Before we start the predictions, I want to take a moment and talk about the longevity and success of this league. 18 years ago, I was a 21 year old kid with an idea to create an online madden league, but really had no idea how it worked. With the help of Dolan (Lhu27) we created the MOF. We had some bumps and bruises in our first few seasons, but 53 seasons later here we are. One of the most prestigious leagues out there. As we enter our 54th season, a number that not many leagues have seen, I want to thank every single one of you for making this league what it is. I say this all the time, but this is a wonderful hobby for all of us. Something to get our minds off the everyday grind and have a place to escape for a few hours a week. I take pride and pleasure in providing that for you guys, so again, thank you for making the MOF great!
Welcome to the Season 54 Predictions! Season 53 was filled with some surprises but with similar results. We saw RobPowers make the playoffs for the 2nd time in a row and we saw Enzo miss the playoffs for the 2nd time in a row. We also saw another legend leave our league, we wish Lhu27 the best in his future endeavours. In the end, we saw the same champion as we did the previous 2 seasons. The Redskins won his 3rd straight Super Bowl, a feat that has never been done here in the MOF. This is Coach Betts' 7th overall MOF Super Bowl title, as he defeated Bhicks14's Chiefs 19-10. Will things change this season? Can someone stop his running game? Will we see two new teams in the Super Bowl? All this and more will be answered in the article below.
*Remember all these predictions are very in depth. We go game by game with the current schedule and predict games 1 by 1 and that's how we come up with our algorithms. Remember this is all in good fun and for some, some bulletin board material! Enjoy
by Commissioner Jeff
February 26, 2020
Biggest Off-Season Addition: MLB Bobby Wagner - NYJ
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: CB Richard Sherman - BUF
Best Draft Selection: LG Dustin Lentz - NE
In a division where we saw the first two seasons dominated by Coach WickedMe's Dolphins, last season was a breath of fresh air. The New York Jets were able to take the division as they finished 11-5. The Bills were also a playoff team at 9-7. So what will change in Season 54? I am predicting not too much. The Buffalo Bills were able to replace the loss of Richard Sherman with AJ Bouye, but they made a questionable trade dealing MLB Tremaine Edmunds and not really replacing him. I think the lack of a true #1 wide receiver will come to haunt this team all season. Although I expect them to battle for a wild-card, I just don't think they will have enough firepower in this division. The Dolphins had a down season after back to back division titles and it starts to make you think, has the rest of the division caught up? That's exactly what has happened. Derek Carr will have to improve on his Season 53 numbers which saw him throw 33 interceptions to just 20 touchdowns. We also saw a very poor run game as Kenyan Drake only mustered up 3.9 YPC. They made a couple solid moves signing center J.C. Tretter and linebacker Justin Houston. However I don't think it will be enough to get back to a division title. The Patriots finished last season 7-9 even though they had some very impressive wins on their resume. I think if any team would be able to knock off the Jets and make a serious run at the division it would be these guys. Antonio Brown had himself a fantastic season 53 with 80 receptions for 1,635 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will need to be just as good for the Patriots to compete. The Patriots drafted the most talented guy in the division in offensive lineman Dustin Lentz he looks to start right away at LG. The New York Jets and Coach Latinyank77478 come into this season as the team to beat in the division. After going 11-5 in a very impressive season, they were knocked off in the division round by the Chiefs. The Jets came out and made one of the biggest splashes of the off-season in trading for X-Factor MLB Bobby Wagner. Couple him with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye and you have quite possibly the hardest hitting defense in the MOF. Last season also saw the emergence of HB DeAndre Washington who out gained Le'Veon Bell 1,006 to 641. I believe the Jets were the team to beat before they got Bobby Wagner, and now that just solidifies it.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: LT Trent Williams - PIT
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: DT Geno Atkins - CIN
Best Draft Selection: QB Jordan Banks - PIT
The AFC North has been absolutely dominated by the Cleveland Browns and MackDaddy these last 3 seasons. The Browns record over the last 3 regular seasons is an astonishing 43-5, including going undefeated during last regular season. The Browns however have yet to win the big one, losing two super bowls then losing in the divisional round last season. What will it take for them to hoist that trophy? Well we all know the Pittsburgh Steelers shouldn't get in their way. The Steelers finished league worst 2-14 last season, and I don't think it will get much better this season either. Yes they did draft the best QB coming out in Jordan Banks, but will that be enough to turn their fortunes around? They also made a huge trade acquiring one of the best lineman in the MOF in Trent Williams, so that will only help that offense. They were also busy in the off-season, signing TE Jordan Reed and RE Akiem Hicks to name a few. I still think the Steelers will be in last place, but they should be more competitive. The Ravens surprised the league last season after being predicted to go 5-11 they finished 9-7 and made the playoffs. Lamar Jackson had himself a nice season with 23 TDs and 19 INTs, also ran for 559 yards and 7 more TDs. I believe the Ravens will be right there in the mix once again for a wild-card spot, but will fall just short. It's very hard to make the playoffs in the MOF you really need a lot to fall in your favor when you're in a division with someone like MackDaddy. The Bengals and Coach Gouch come into the season much improved. After finishing 9-7 and losing out of the playoffs on tie breakers, the Bengals made some moves in the off-season that turned some heads. Their entire defensive line decided to retire, but the Bengals were able to replace them all and then some. They signed Brandon Williams and Damon Harrison. They also signed Jarvis Landry and Richard Sherman. Some joke that Cincinnati is the place players go to retire, well maybe, but this season we expect big things out of the Bengals and a wild-card berth. The Cleveland Browns and MackDaddy had a season for the ages. Going undefeated, 16-0. Winning every single game that was put on their schedule. Wow. However, the celebration was cut short as they were ousted by the Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Browns are starting to show the league that they can be beat, it just takes a perfect game. The Browns made some nice off-season moves, grabbing Curtis Samuel from Seattle and Sheldon Richardson at DT. They also lost SS Harrison Smith, but Sheldrick Redwine is there to fill those shoes. The Browns are easily the favorites to win this division for a 4th season in a row, I don't think he will go undefeated, I do think the Browns will lose a couple games but will still win the division pretty handedly.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: HB Kerryon Johnson - IND
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: QB Andrew Luck - IND
Best Draft Selection: CB Aaron Sams - HOU
The AFC South ended last season with some controversy as the Jaguars were forced to forfeit their last game because of internet troubles, giving the Titans the AFC South title. The Jaguars since then have gotten their internet fixed and are primed and ready to take back the crown. The Colts were the biggest losers in the off-season as they decided to not bring back star QB Andrew Luck. Instead they replace him with 34 year old Kirk Cousins. Yikes. They did sign the best free-agent in the off-season however, in Kerryon Johnson after losing Nyheim Hines. The Colts finished 3-13 last season after being predicted to go 1-15. This season we are predicting them somewhere in the middle there. This is a competitive division and he lost the most important piece of his team. There's no way they can recover from that. The Texans were disappointing last season finishing 6-10 after being predicted to be 9-7. I believe the Texans will be a much better team this season. They seemed to focus towards the end of last season and that should carry over to this season. They had the top draft pick in the division in cornerback Aaron Sams. I think the Texans will be right there battling for the division and a wild-card spot, but i still think they will fall short as the Titans and Jaguars are about a half a step better right now. I wouldn't be shocked if Houston won the division, just surprised. The Jaguars as we mentioned above, were forced to forfeit out of the playoffs last season or they would have won their 2nd division title in a row. They are coming into this season with a chip on their shoulder and they are ready to compete. They did lose CB A.J. Bouye in the off-season but they traded for James Bradberry to replace him. The Jaguars have a very strong roster, everywhere but quarterback. They lost Nick Foles in the off-season and then whiffed on Andrew Luck, and they signed former Giant Tyree Jackson. I think that will be the reason the Jaguars will fail this season. I expect them to still battle for the division but I cannot give them the edge over the Titans with that quarterback. Speaking of the Titans, they won the AFC South last season and then upset the undefeated Browns on their way to the AFC title game. MrRoclo found his way as he started using Mariota a lot more in the run game and had some huge plays with him during the season. He also got Derrick Henry going as he rushed for 1,570 yards. I expect the Titans to continue off their success last season and be the favorites to win this very tough division. It will come down to the head to head games vs Jacksonville and Houston, but i give the edge to Roclo and his Titans to win this division by a game.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: HB Dalvin Cook - OAK
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: SS Lamarcus Joyner - OAK
Best Draft Selection: RE Leon Dunn - LAC
The AFC West saw a 3rd division winner in the first 3 seasons of Madden '20. The Chargers, Broncos, and now the Chiefs have won the division the last 3 seasons. What is most impressive is the Chiefs won this division without Patrick Mahomes and a lot of the season without Tyreek Hill. That's very scary for the rest of the division. The Los Angeles Chargers have had a fall from grace. After Season 51 winning the division at 11-5, they have finished 8-7-1 and 5-11 respectively. I expect the same kind of pattern this season. As this division gets stronger, competition gets more fierce, and the Chargers become more vulnerable. The Chargers lost Phillip Rivers but signed Matthew Stafford. They also lost Melvin Ingram, an elite pass rusher, but they drafted quite possibly the top player in the draft in Leon Dunn. They still have a dynamite running game, but can they compete with the Chiefs and Broncos and the improving Raiders? Although on paper the Chargers have a very good team, I think the Chargers will be in last place and worse than last season. The Raiders come into this season off a few nice wins last season and they will try to build off that momentum. They made a trade for HB Dalvin Cook solidifying the position. Superstar QB Kris Sheldon will be entering his 3rd full season as the Raiders starting QB and hopes to have a good season as this could be make or break for his career. Last season he threw 22 touchdowns to 41 interceptions and no question that will have to improve. The Raiders are still on the lower part of the AFC totem pole, as they finished 6-10 last season after being predicted to go 6-10. This season, no change, I expect them to also go 6-10. Coach Pettigrew had himself one of the worst seasons of his MOF career going 8-8 with the Broncos and missing the playoffs for the first time since Season 40. I expect more out of the Broncos this season, a more focused Pettigrew, and a shot at knocking off the Season 53 division champ. The only problem the Broncos have right now is the play of their quarterback. Josh Rosen, who has nice stats on paper, hasn't been the quarterback that Pettigrew has hoped for. However, if he can just do enough and lean on Phillip Lindsay the Broncos could very well find themselves in the mix for a playoff berth. The Chiefs and Coach Bhicks14 were extremely impressive last season. Boasting an 11-5 record even without Patrick Mahomes. We saw the emergence of Derek Sparks who threw for 32 touchdowns and 3,989 yards. He hit free-agency after the season and wound up signing with Atlanta where he will start. This season the Chiefs welcome back Mahomes and have a full season of Tyreek Hill, that spells a lot of trouble for the rest of the league let alone this division. Do not forget the emergence of Garrison Kershaw who rushed for 1,198 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Chiefs are the favorites to win this division by multiple games and Iíd be surprised if he didnít earn the #1 seed in the conference.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: QB Andrew Luck - NYG
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: LT Trent Williams - WAS
Best Draft Selection: DT Nick Finney - NYG
The NFC East is now home to 3-peat champion, Coach Betts and the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are without a doubt a dynasty and it is going to take more than a valiant effort to knock them off. We start with the New York Giants. In a division where, most say, is the best in the MOF, the Giants might be the worst best team in the division. The unofficial winners of the off-season, the New York Giants come into Season 54 with a brand new look. They got rid of Tyree Jackson and signed Andrew Luck. They signed Jason Kelce, Harrison Smith, and Marquise Goodwin. They also drafted extremely well, landing DT Nick Finney as their prized possession. The pre-season hype is real for the Giants, who i expect to completely turn things around this season and compete for a wild-card spot. I believe they might fall short in this extremely tough division, but expect them to be a factor all season long. The Dallas Cowboys and RobPowers have made the playoffs two seasons in a row, for the first time in Powers career, he is considered a perennial playoff contender! It's great to see as his team is full of talent offensively and defensively. Dallas made a nice trade with the Titans acquiring WR A.J. Brown to go along with Amari Cooper. But the strength of this team is at running back. Ezekiel Elliot is the cog in the machine of the Dallas Cowboys. Elliot rushed for 2,075 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and I expect much more of the same this season. I expect the Cowboys to compete for a wild-card berth once again, but with the Giants much better and this division being what it is, I think they will fall short maybe by a game or two. MrWitness36 and the Eagles showed us exactly why we were so high on them last season as they finished 13-3 after we predicted a 10-6 season. The Eagles had a fantastic season, led by Carson Wentz's 26 TDs and 3,499 yards passing. Tarik Cohen also provided a nice run game with 1,057 yards on the ground. Fletcher Cox also had himself a historic season with 40 sacks. The Eagles will be a sexy pick for me again this season, as I expect even more out of MrWitness in Season 54. They will challenge the Redskins for the division title and they will be right there again when the NFC is decided in the playoffs. Coach Betts is our first ever 3-peat champion in the MOF. He also has won a record 7 championships. Astonishing. He's clearly the greatest MOF coach of all-time and he's just hammering the final nails in that coffin season after season. He's the team to beat, once again, as he enters the season the favorite to win his 4th in a row. Derrius Guice is an absolute monster, rushing for 2500 yards and 30 TDs last season. His underrated passing game was also on point, with Haskins throwing for 30 Tds, 3,501 yards and only 8 interceptions. The Redskins will win the division, and if they don't they'll still be in the post-season and right there in the title game once again. I don't expect anything less from the GOAT.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: WR T.Y. Hilton - CHI
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: LT Charles Leno Jr. - CHI
Best Draft Selection: RT Daniel Edmonds - MIN
The NFC North has gone through the most change out of any division in the MOF this edition. We lost two hall of fame coaches in the last two seasons in Pauy2110 and Lhu27, and that hurts. However, we welcomed back another hall of fame coach in Canesbucs1 and he immediately made an impact winning the division last season. This season we see the Detroit Lions coming in tied for the worst record in the MOF last season at 2-14. They received the 2nd pick in the draft and drafted QB Daniel Watt out of Ole Miss after losing Matthew Stafford in free-agency. The problem is the rest of the team. The Lions have one of the weakest squads in the MOF and with poor general management they have not addressed the needs of the team. They are average at HB/WR and below average on the line. Do they have enough talent to win games? Sure, but will they? I don't think so. I think the Lions will have the top pick if not, a top 3 pick in Season 55's draft. The Packers have a new coach in Estrada and we don't know a lot about him. We do know that there will be a new QB under center for the Packers, as Aaron Rodgers moves onto the Rams. It looks like Drew Lock, who the Packers acquired mid-season 53 will be the starter moving forward. The Packers have a nice squad, they a decent line, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams. They are setup to succeed, but as we all know when you're a rookie in the MOF you have to earn your respect! We cannot predict anything crazy from a rookie, but if there was a time to think a rookie could win a division, this would be the one. The division is not a lock, so don't be surprised to be surprised by the new coach and the Packers in Season 54. The Minnesota Vikings come into the season as the defending division champion. Due to the fact that Coach Dolan resigned and lost his last two games by forfeit, the Vikings won the division by default. So there is a bit of an asterisk on that division title. Despite that, Canesbucs1 is one of the favorites to win this division once again with the addition of Nyheim Hines as insurance for Saquon Barkley as they traded away Dalvin Cook in the off-season. The problem looms at quarterback however, as Jacoby Brissett is back after a mediocre season. He threw for 29 TDs , 25 INTs, and 3,773 yards. Which actually is pretty good in the MOF. However, this could be their downfall if things get rough. The Vikings are still shaking off the rust, as Healy is trying to get back to his hall of fame standard, i don't think he will have much of a problem shaking it off this season but a tough schedule and a division where we don't know what we have in the Packers and an improving Bears team, i think it will be a nice fight and struggle for them. Coach Remo357 and the Bears are our favorites to win the division this season, call us crazy, but the way he played last season has us feeling good about his chances. The Bears went out and signed T.Y. Hilton away from the Giants and now they have a nice deep threat to go along with Anthony Miller. The Bears also boast one of the better offensive lines in the MOF. What about Khalil Mack? Mack has been destroying the competition the last few seasons and i don't see much of a change this season either. This is the season for the Bears to come out on top, and i think it will be close, and it will be a .500 record that might win this division.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: LT Terron Armstead - TB
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: LT Terron Armstead - NO
Best Draft Selection: WR Kentrell Parks - NO
The NFC South has been taken over by Coach Jfon and the Buccaneers. Coach BigReg finally has lost a division to Jfon and is starting to take a step back. The NFC South is another division a lot like the NFC North. We have 3 teams that will be fighting for that title, and if the Saints can have some things fall right, they might be in the mix too. However the Saints were predicted to go 2-14 last season, and they did wind up finishing 6-10 but we don't see much improvement out of these guys. They lost a top left tackle in Terron Armstead to division foe Tampa Bay, but they did replace him with Charles Leno, which was a nice signing. QB Blake Eckel will be entering his 3rd full season as the Saints starter and last season was not much better than the first. 17 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and 2,809 yards. Those numbers obviously need to improve greatly. The Saints best asset is Alvin Kamara. If they can utilize him in 70% of their offensive plays, they will have a chance to win some games. I don't think they will have enough to win this division, but they can surprise some teams here and there. The Atlanta Falcons and Coach BigReg has had a fall from grace. Last season they were predicted to go 9-7 but they finished 7-9 and completely missed the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, I don't think rock bottom has hit just yet. Of course the division will still be up for grabs, but I don't think we will see a team above .500 in this division. That will provide hope all season for the Falcons who will be dealing with the loss of Matt Ryan. Enter Derek Sparks. Sparks led the Chiefs after a Mahomes injury, to an 11-5 record and a Super Bowl appearance. So the experience is there for the new QB. The Falcons however have some holes. They lost Devonta Freeman in the off-season, so Ito Smith looks to be starter now and that will hurt their run game. I think the Falcons have a shot at the division, but I honestly think they will finish 3rd missing the playoffs once again. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a division title win, and an 8-8 record. They were predicted to go 10-6 and they fell short, however with the poor play of the division they still were able to win it. Jameis Winston continues to be the gun slinger we all know as he put up some crooked numbers last season with 34 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. That will absolutely need to improve this season or they wonít even reach .500. The Bucs improved their line greatly with the addition of Terron Armstead from the Saints. They still have Kareem Hunt and a lot of weapons at receiver. The Bucs just have to stop turning that ball over and they will be in prime position to win the division again. However, I think they will fall short this season, and the division winner? The Carolina Panthers. I think this will be the season that Dpanther finally makes it to the playoffs. This is Damon's 40th season in the MOF, and he has had zero count them, 0 playoff berths. 194 wins, 417 losses, and 2 ties. Talk about a committed coach, he is the epitome of a great owner. This season he is ready to take the division. We saw spurts of greatness out of him last season, and with the rest of the teams taking steps back, the Panthers were able to secure Keuchly, keep Cam, and draft Kyree Matthews. The Panthers have a solid squad, especially with the emergence of McCaffrey now, they have the firepower to take over the South and win their first division title under Dpanther95.
Biggest Off-Season Addition: WR Tyler Lockett - SF
Biggest Off-Season Subtraction: MLB Bobby Wagner - SEA
Best Draft Selection: TE Warren Paxton - SEA
The NFC West had yet another different division winner in Season 53 as the Arizona Cardinals emerged as the NFC West champs at 10-6. This is one of the best divisions in the MOF, along with the NFC East. The difference is, this is anyoneís division! All 4 teams have a legit shot to win this division, depending on those head to head huge matchups. We start with the San Francisco 49ers. Who are 2 seasons removed from their Season 51 division title, they have missed out on the playoffs the last 2 seasons in a row. We predict them to finish last in the division, but that doesn't mean much since they can still have a winning record doing so. I think the 49ers added the best player out of anyone in the division when they signed Tyler Lockett. But they did not address a need at left tackle. The play of Jimmy G improved drastically last season as he threw for 35 TDs to only 17 INTs. The run game is Enzo's strength however, with Breida leading the charge with Tevin Coleman and Juan Douglas behind him. George Kittle had himself a huge season, and I expect the same this season. The 49ers are also ball hawks at safety as Enzo is one of, if not, the best safety user in the league. However, when it came down to the big games, Enzo fell short. I expect the same this season as well. The Cardinals surprised some of us last season as he won the NFC West at 10-6 and put himself at armís reach for a lot of MOF records. Kyler Murray threw for 5,508 yards, 46 TDs and 27 interceptions. Andy Isabella caught 136 balls for 2,570 yards and 21 touchdowns. Incredible numbers. However, the Cardinals changed up their playbook in the playoffs and shook some stuff up as they were eliminated in the divisional round by the Eagles. It looks like they are going in a different offensive direction after some controversy last season, and i think that will ultimately doom them in. I predict them to get off to a slow start, then maybe going back to what got them the division title last season and surge to the finish line. I expect a good season out of the Cardinals and for them to battle for this division and a wild-card spot. The Seahawks had their first full season with CoachQKP35 at the helm. Although they finished 8-8 they had some very nice wins in the shuffle, including a win over the Cardinals where they were down big. I think they can build off that win coming into this season. They know what works for their team, they know that they need to run that ball and protect the clock and that's exactly what they're going to do. They Seahawks made the best pick in the draft in the division when they grabbed Warren Paxton, TE out of Wisconsin. That gives Wilson another big target, like he needed it, along with AJ Green and DK Metcalf. Carson and Penny round out a nice run game. The Seahawks did trade away Bobby Wagner in a cap move, but the team will still be very good. I think Seattle will battle for the NFC West title and absolutely be there for a wild-card berth as well. The Los Angeles Rams come into the season as my NFC West favorite. They finished 9-7 last season and were only a couple plays away from winning this division. They have struggled with the Cardinals and 49ers however, and they will need to improve those head to head games or they will find themselves in last place, that's how close this division is. Todd Gurley will need to be the focal point to their success as the Commish has proved to the league that the passing game is a struggle. Aaron Donald is a game changer at DT as he sacked opposing QBs 49.5 times last season, which is good for 2nd all-time. The Rams have what it takes to win this division and make a run in the playoffs, the question is can he win the important games?