One More Sunday! The (Mini) NFL Preview

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  • MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  • Offensive POTY: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  • Defensive POTY: Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year: Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year: Rolando McClain, LB, Oakland Raiders
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers

Rodgers looks like a stud this season. Maybe learning under the gentle, caressing wing of Brett Favre will turn out to help Rodgers become better than the ol’ gunslinger. Which means, obviously, that Tavaris Jackson will be the second coming of Johnny Unitas when #4 calls it quits for good. Or not. All Tavaris Jackson talk (and Favre talk for that matter) being pushed aside for the time being entire season, Rodgers is poised to turn the Packers into Super Bowl champions, and all of the weapons are there for him. Expect a career year out of him. You heard it here first on, unless you count the other thousands of people who have said it before me.

I like Jared Allen a lot. He’s the most consistent pass rusher in the NFL, and one of the most talented. I think he’ll lead the league in sacks, and maybe if he gets rid of the mullet, he can get some award recognition. I also like Sam Bradford. His only real competition for the OROTY award looks like it will be C.J. Spiller and Jahvid Best, both guys with huge question marks surrounding them. On the defensive side of the ball, look for Rolando McClain to be a stud from the outset. He was the best player on the best defense in college football last season, and that means he should be pretty damn good in the NFL, coming from a pro-style defense. Mike Singletary should grab the COTY award just because if the 49ers make the playoffs, and everything goes according to my playoff predictions, they would be the only team that actually needed a good coach to qualify. I like the direction he’s taking this team in, and he’s just another chip off the old Ravens block of position coaches and coordinators going onto NFL success.

I think that’s enough league talk for one Sunday. NOT!!! Waiting for Thursday and Sunday will be some of the hardest waits I’ll have to endure this year, just because the NFL is that great. Tomorrow, we’ll shift gears back to the Ravens, breaking down their practice squad, and discussing their newest addition to the 53-man roster, Bryan McCann. By then, all the dust should have settled, and we’ll be able to get a nice look at how the team will be turning out for this upcoming season.

The countdown has started, ladies and gents. 4 days and counting until the NFL starts.