The New Year is fast approaching and now is a good time to gaze into our crystal ball and make some bold predictions for the world of sports in 2017. Who will win the Super Bowl? Who’s on tap to be named Most Valuable Player in their respective sports? And which sports legends will retire in the coming 12 months? We break it all down right here, right now. And while we can’t guarantee these predictions will come true, we can assure you readers that a lot of thought, consideration and debate went into making these bold picks. Enjoy!
10. The New England Patriots Win the Super Bowl
You can make this prediction most years, and there’s nothing new about the Patriots running over the competition in the NFL, as they’re currently doing. But the question heading into Super Bowl 51 is: Who can stop the Patriots this season? The interesting thing season is not how good the Patriots are, but how bad the teams expected to challenge them are. The two top teams in the NFC from last season – the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers – are each struggling, while perennial NFC powerhouse such as the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are blowing hot and cold. In the AFC, there seems to be even less competition for the Patriots. The Indianapolis Colts are struggling, while the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are each having so-so seasons. Sure, last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, still have a good defense. But their offense is operating with a rookie at the quarterback position, and it shows. Heading into 2017, it looks like a case of the Super Bowl being the Patriots’ to lose. And with Tom Brady out for revenge after his four game suspension at the start of the season, would anyone bet against the Pats and Brady to win it all?