Since he was drafted No. 12 overall by the Detroit Lions, the buzz around running back Jahmyr Gibbs has been hard to avoid. Bold predictions, his own general manager casually mentioning a couple big names to laud him as a unique offensive weapon, coaches talking about how he'll be used in the offense, etc. The hype is rampant, and bordering on excessive at times.
With the season starting this week, it's time for NFL analysts who are motivated to do so to come out with their predictions. Team-by-team records, playoffs, awards, who will win the Super Bowl...whatever direction it's wanted to be taken, or all of the above.
In his "Football Morning in America" 2023 season prediction piece, Peter King has the Lions finishing as the No. 3 seed in the NFC. He also predicted Gibbs to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, over Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers and Panthers quarterback Bryce Young.
"Flowers will be more spectacular. Gibbs will produce more yards."- Peter King
NFL Network analyst continues to drive the Jahmyr Gibbs bandwagon
When the regular co-hosts of "Good Morning Football" returned from their summer hiatus around the time training camps started in July, Peter Schrager wasted no time to go a little outside the box for a prominent topic and talk glowingly about Gibbs.
So it was absolutely no surprise that Schrager, during the show's prediction segment on Monday morning, followed that by having Gibbs as his pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year--with a stat projection.
On FanDuel Sportsbook (odds subject to change) as of Monday morning, Gibbs has the fourth-best odds (+900) to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, behind Bijan Robinson (+300), Young (+450) and Anthony Richardson (+700). But two prominent analysts have predicted Gibbs to win the award, and with the Lions' plans to use him in mind it doesn't land as an especially bold prediction.