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    2021 NFL predictions: Expert picks for Super Bowl LVI, league MVP, top teams, other major awards – CBS Sports

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    Well, kids, it’s finally here: The 2021 NFL season. You know exactly what that means: Prediction time! Football is thrilling in part because it’s so unpredictable, but we all love a good forecast.

    Speaking of, there’s a running bit we have in our office Slack channel about my workroom alias, Dr. Clouds. Some of my colleagues probably don’t even know why it exists. But the truth is, it stems from a string of assignments related to game-day weather forecasts. Well today, Dr. Clouds is in the house, but he’s here not to project thunderstorms, but rather the entire 2021 season.

    And I’ve got lots of help to do it! Here’s the full cast of CBS Sports NFL experts who chipped in with predictions for all of this year’s major awards: “Pick Six NFL Podcast” host Will Brinson, senior writer Pete Prisco and staff writers Cody Benjamin (yours truly), John Breech, Bryan DeArdo, Jared Dubin, Josh Edwards, Jeff Kerr, Tyler Sullivan, Chris Trapasso and Ryan Wilson.

    Without further ado, our 2021 NFL predictions, headlined by a lot of love for the Buffalo Bills:

    Super Bowl LVI champion

    Will Brinson 49ers
    Pete Prisco Bills

    Cody Benjamin

    Buccaneers

    John Breech

    Packers

    Bryan DeArdo

    Packers

    Jared Dubin Chiefs
    Josh Edwards Chiefs
    Jeff Kerr Chiefs
    Tyler Sullivan Bills
    Chris Trapasso Bills
    Ryan Wilson Bills

    Final tally:

    1. Bills (4)
    2. Chiefs (3)
    3. Packers (2)
    4. Buccaneers (1)
    5. 49ers (1)

    Excited for the biggest NFL schedule in history? Follow along on the CBS Sports app and get the latest insights from our team of NFL insiders, plus news from our team of experts, as well as data insights on every player. If you already have the CBS Sports app, make sure to favorite the your favorite team so you don’t miss a thing!

    Super Bowl LVI MVP

    Will Brinson Trey Lance

    Pete Prisco

    Josh Allen

    Cody Benjamin

    Tom Brady

    John Breech

    Aaron Rodgers

    Bryan DeArdo

    Aaron Rodgers

    Jared Dubin

    Patrick Mahomes

    Josh Edwards Patrick Mahomes
    Jeff Kerr Patrick Mahomes
    Tyler Sullivan Josh Allen
    Chris Trapasso Josh Allen
    Ryan Wilson Josh Allen

    Final tally:

    1. Josh Allen (4)
    2. Patrick Mahomes (3)
    3. Aaron Rodgers (2)
    4. Tom Brady (1)
    5. Trey Lance (1)

    NFL MVP

    Will Brinson Josh Allen

    Pete Prisco

    Patrick Mahomes

    Cody Benjamin

    Tom Brady

    John Breech

    Josh Allen

    Bryan DeArdo

    Patrick Mahomes

    Jared Dubin

    Patrick Mahomes

    Josh Edwards

    Josh Allen

    Jeff Kerr Patrick Mahomes

    Tyler Sullivan

    Tom Brady

    Chris Trapasso

    Dak Prescott

    Ryan Wilson

    Aaron Rodgers

    Final tally:

    1. Patrick Mahomes (4)
    2. Josh Allen (3)
    3. Tom Brady (2)
    4. Aaron Rodgers (1)
    5. Dak Prescott (1)

    Offensive Player of the Year

    Final tally:

    1. Dak Prescott (2)
    2. Josh Allen (2)
    3. Patrick Mahomes (1)
    4. Matthew Stafford (1)
    5. Christian McCaffrey (1)
    6. Nick Chubb (1)
    7. Alvin Kamara (1)
    8. Justin Jefferson (1)
    9. Stefon Diggs (1)

    Defensive Player of the Year

    Final tally:

    1. T.J. Watt (3)
    2. Myles Garrett (2)
    3. Aaron Donald (2)
    4. Nick Bosa (1)
    5. Danielle Hunter (1)
    6. Chase Young (1)
    7. Devin White (1)

    Coach of the Year

    Will Brinson Kyle Shanahan

    Pete Prisco

    Sean McDermott

    Cody Benjamin

    Brandon Staley

    John Breech

    Kyle Shanahan

    Bryan DeArdo

    Bill Belichick

    Jared Dubin

    Sean McDermott

    Josh Edwards

    Kyle Shanahan

    Jeff Kerr Kliff Kingsbury

    Tyler Sullivan

    Sean McDermott

    Chris Trapasso

    Kyle Shanahan

    Ryan Wilson

    Brandon Staley

    Final tally:

    1. Kyle Shanahan (4)
    2. Sean McDermott (3)
    3. Brandon Staley (2)
    4. Bill Belichick (1)
    5. Kliff Kingsbury (1)

    Offensive Rookie of the Year

    Final tally:

    1. Mac Jones (4)
    2. Najee Harris (2)
    3. Trevor Lawrence (1)
    4. Trey Lance (1)
    5. Zach Wilson (1)
    6. Justin Fields (1)
    7. Trey Sermon (1)

    Defensive Rookie of the Year

    Final tally:

    1. Micah Parsons (3)
    2. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (2)
    3. Kwity Paye (1)
    4. Jaycee Horn (1)
    5. Jamin Davis (1)
    6. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (1)
    7. Patrick Surtain II (1)
    8. Jaelan Phillips (1)

    Top teams on the rise

    Will Brinson Patriots

    Pete Prisco

    Chargers

    Cody Benjamin

    Chargers, Rams

    John Breech

    Chargers

    Bryan DeArdo

    Cowboys

    Jared Dubin

    Chargers, 49ers

    Josh Edwards

    49ers, Jets

    Jeff Kerr Dolphins

    Tyler Sullivan

    Chargers

    Chris Trapasso

    Chargers

    Ryan Wilson

    Bills

    Final tally:

    1. Chargers (6)
    2. 49ers (2)
    3. Patriots (1)
    4. Bills (1)
    5. Cowboys (1)
    6. Jets (1)
    7. Dolphins (1)
    8. Rams (1)

    Top teams on the decline

    Will Brinson Bears

    Pete Prisco

    Saints

    Cody Benjamin

    Raiders

    John Breech

    Colts

    Bryan DeArdo

    Seahawks

    Jared Dubin

    Colts, Saints

    Josh Edwards

    Eagles

    Jeff Kerr Vikings

    Tyler Sullivan

    Packers

    Chris Trapasso

    Ravens

    Ryan Wilson

    Packers

    Final tally:

    1. Colts (2)
    2. Packers (2)
    3. Saints (2)
    4. Seahawks (1)
    5. Ravens (1)
    6. Eagles (1)
    7. Raiders (1)
    8. Vikings (1)
    9. Bears (1)

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