NFL Honor Awards Prediction

It’s almost that time again. The NFL regulsr season kicks off when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Foxborough to face the defending Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots. As fans, we always specualte in sports. Who is being dealt next? Who is going to win the Super Bowl? This article is no different. I will be predicting the 2017 NFL Honor awards. Feel free to comment or reply if you disagree.

NFL MVP: Dak Prescott QB DAL

This is kind of a dark horse pick. Obviously the 3 favorites (Brady, Rodgers, Carr) have to be in the discussion, but Dak’s rookie season is one that shouldn’t be ignored. With the O-Line in front of him, and Zeke running the ball anywhere and everywhere, I don’t see why Dak can’t turn in another magical season.
RUNNER UP: Tom Brady QB NE

Offensive Player of the Year: David Johnson RB ARI

David Johnson is one special player. He is by far the best player on the Cardinals, and I’d go even as far to say he may be the best player in the NFC. Quarterback Carson Palmer has seen his better days go behind him under center. This is Johnson’s team, and he’ll show why this season.
RUNNER UP: Julio Jones WR ATL

Defensvie Player of the Year: Khalil Mack EDGE OAK

Mack is an absolute beast on an otherwise lackluster Oakland defenseive squad. He is one of their few bright spots, and a huge reason why they went 12-4 in the previous campaign. His season should be no different from the rest.
RUNNER UP: Vic Beasley OLB ATL

Offensive Rookier of the Year: Joe Mixon RB CIN

Amid all of the allegation he had in his college days, Mixon was drafted by the Bengals in this past draft. He was a star in Oklahoma, and he should be a star in the NFL. He will add to what already is a very explosive Bengals offense this season.
RUNNER UP: OJ Howard TE TB

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jamal Adams S NYJ

Unfortunately for you Jets fans, this is the only thing you guys will be winning for a long while. Adams was considered by many to be the best defensive porspect out of the draft. He will have the chance to shine in a heavily depleted Jets’ defense.
RUNNER UP: Rueben Foster LB SF

Coach of the Year: Anthony Lynn LA

Not many are picking the Chargers to be above .500 next season. Lynn and the Chargers will shock most, if not all fans outside of the Los Angeles area.
RUNNER UP: Dirk Koetter TB

Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen WR LA

I mean he’s been so oft injured throughout his short career, so he has to win it once, no?
RUNNER UP: Desmond Trufant CB ATL

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NFL All-Time Team: 2017 Edition

There has been a lot of buzz about the “GOAT” of football recently. Is it Tom Brady? Is it LT? Well I’ve decided to compose an NFL All-Time team, including some of the biggest names the sport has ever seen. These are the top players at each position throughout the NFL/AFL’s long history. 26 players have been included in the list. 
OFFENSE

QB: Tom Brady, NE 2000-Present

RB: Barry Sanders, DET 1989-1998

RB: Walter Payton, CHI 1975-1987

WR: Jerry Rice, SF 1985-2000 OAK 2001-2004 SEA 2004

WR: Randy Moss, MIN 1998-2004, 2010 OAK 2005-2006 NE 2007-2010 TEN 2010 SF 2012

TE: Tony Gonzalez, KC 1997-2008 ATL 2009-2013

T: Joe Thomas, CLE 2007-present

G: Jerry Kramer, GB 1958-1968

C: Jim Otto, OAK 1960-1974

G: Steve Hutchinson, SEA 2001-2005 MIN 2006-2011 TEN 2012

T: Jonathan Ogden, BAL 1996-2007

DEFENSE

DE: Bruce Smith, BUF 1985-1999 WAS 2000-2003

DT: Vince Wilfork, NE 2004-2013 HOU 2015-2016

DT: Joe Greene, PIT 1969-1981

DE: Reggie White, PHI 1985-1992 GB 1993-1998 CAR 2000

OLB: Lawrence Taylor, NYG 1981-1993

MLB: Jack Lambert, PIT 1974-1984

MLB: Ray Lewis, BAL 1996-2012

OLB: Dick Butkus, CHI 1965-1973

CB: Deion Sanders, ATL 1989-1993 SF 1994 DAL 1995-1999 WAS 2000 BAL 2004-2005

S: Ed Reed, BAL 2002-2012 HOU/NYJ 2013

S: Ronnie Lott, SF 1981-1990 OAK 1991-1992 NYJ 1993-1994

CB: Night Train Lane, LA 1952-1953 CHI Cardinals 1954-1959 DET 1960-1965

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Adam Vinatieri, NE 1996-2005 IND 2006-Present

P: Ray Guy, OAK 1973-1981 LA 1982-1986

Return: Devin Hester, CHI 2006-2013 ATL 2014-2015 BAL 2016

2017 AFC East Preview

July 13th, 2017                                                                                                                              Written By: Andrew Giovanniello

The AFC East is in the past numerous years has been one of the more lopsided divisions in football, ruled by the evil empire themselves, the New England Patriots. Last year, however, the division saw two playoff teams come out of there for the first time since 2010. The Miami Dolphins, under first year head coach Adam Gase, shocked the NFL world and earned the second AFC Wild Card spot. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets? Well they took a step back. Will the AFC East look to be the same going into the 2017-18 NFL season? Wingspan Sports previews the division, and all of the other ones right here.

New England Patriots

Every year, there are at least a handful of analysts that suggest that the Brady/Belichick tandem are approaching their final year. Every year those same analysts are proven wrong. Last year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell threw down a 4-game suspension on Tom Brady for his role in the DeflateGate scandal. The Patriots would go 3-1 in his absence, and ending the regular season 14-2. In the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl, Tom Brady looked like, well, human. But it took a Herculean effort to win the biggest game of the year, coming back from a 28-3 deficit with 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, and finishing off the Atlanta Falcons in OT. This offseason was one like we’ve never seen in years past in New England. Usually, teams that win the Super Bowl lose a key piece or two. This team kept essentially every key piece they had, and added more key pieces to their roster. Additions like Kony Ealy, Lawrence Guy, Dwyane Allen and Rex Burkhead are traditional, under the radar moves that Belichick made. The biggest move of the offseason however, was the addition of Brandin Cooks. Cooks is lining up to be Brady’s biggest wide receiver threat since Randy Moss, and we all know what those two did in 2007. Let’s not forget the defense either. Their defense was the best scoring defense in the league last year. They were able to keep Dont’a Hightower, and signed the top free agent from this offseason, Stephon Gillmore. This team is primed for another Super Bowl run, but let’s be honest, when aren’t they primed?                  Projected Record: 15-1

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins made a big move toward taking down the Patriots last season. Though they couldn’t quite win the division, they made the playoffs as a second wild card team. For as accomplished as their regular season was, their playoff “run” was lackluster. The Dolphins got trounced by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Wild Card weekend. Ryan Tannehill was in the middle of his best season to date, until he suffered a season ending knee injury in week 14, right before the playoffs. The injury was a kill shot to the surging Dolphins. The ‘Phins look to build off of their franchise quarterback’s breakout season. The re-signed key defensive players such as Charles Harris, Kiko Alonso, and Cameron Wake. The team didn’t make a big splash in the free agency period. They would rather just build off the team they had last year evidently. In his first year running the team, new head coach Adam Gase raised eyebrows around the NFL on how well he did. Gase looks to do more of the same this season. The Dolphins finished 10-6 last season. I see more of the same for this team in 2017.                                                                                    Projected Record: 10-6

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills had a tumultuous 2016 season, to say the least. Nepotism was shown early on in the season, as OC Greg Roman was unceremoniously fired by the organization after their week 2 loss to the lowly Jets. Though he was terminated, the problems for the Bills did not stem from the offense. It was the defense that the root of their problems. Who was leading the Bills’ defense? None other than Rob Ryan, brother of then head coach Rex Ryan. Both were fired at the end of the season. Rex landed on his feet as an analyst for ESPN. How long that job will last is an question that only time could answer. As for the team itself? They replaced Rex with an in house option in Sean McDermott.  The Bills fired GM Doug Whaley, and replaced him with Brandon Beane. They lost Stephon Gilmore to their division rivals, the New England Patriots. They will try to replace him with cornerbacks Shareece Wright and Tre’Davious White. Gilmore was considered by many to be the top prize of free agency, so replacing him is no easy feat. They also lost RB Mike Gillislee to the Patriots as well. As for the quarterback situation, this may be the last chance for Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. The rumblings for his benching slowly but surely started last season. The Bills finished last season at 7-9. From what I’ve seen through free agency and the draft, this team took a slight step backwards.                                                                                                                           Projected Record: 6-10

New York Jets

Now for the cellar of the AFC East, the New York Jets. What a terrible year 2016 was for this team, the worst in recent memory. Jet fans have been long in suffering since 1969 when Broadway Joe carried the Jets over the Colts in what was one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Todd Bowles enters his 3rd season under a white-hot seat. The fans are already to give up on the first time head coach. GM Mike Maccagnan was willing to give Bowles one last shot at glory. However, the roster Maccagnan gave him to work with this season is pretty abysmal. If you think 5-11 is bad, just wait until this season. It will not be pretty folks. The Jets released the likes of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris, and Darrelle Revis. They did make some signings however, signing Morris Claiborne from the Cowboys, and Josh McCown from the Browns. McCown adds to an already putrid Jets QB situation. The competition will include Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, along with McCown. No one expects the Jets to compete. Amazingly, Vegas has the Jets O/U win total at 5.5 wins. If I were a betting man, which I am, I would go heavy on the under.                                                                                                                                  Projected Record: 3-13