Last year, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a longtime suffering Miami Dolphins fan, made a wild Super Bowl prediction as a joke that the football world tore him apart over, with some calling it the “Worst Superbowl pick ever” (story HERE).
His prediction? The Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.
While then, yeah, it was considered a goofy joke. A year later it makes much more sense.
First, it wasn’t the worst pick ever. It wasn’t even the worst pick for that year. Some experts had teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Green Bay Packers going to the big game and they all underachieved (story HERE).
The Cleveland Browns, behind rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield, jumped out of the cellar of the AFC North, and was in the playoff hunt until the last couple of weeks of the season.
If it wasn’t for a terrible pass interference call in the NFC Championship game, the Saints would have gone to the Superbowl. It’s not a stretch to say they would have won it all.
This year, a Browns and Saints Super Bowl isn’t completely inconceivable (it’s not going to be my prediction, that comes tomorrow). Many have the Browns and Saints in the playoffs. I definitely like the Saints if that offense behind Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara can keep it going. The Browns have added O’Dell Beckham Jr. and a host of other weapons for Mayfield to win with.
So yes, at the time, it was a strange pick. But it was just a joke.
A year later, with some breaks here and there, it could be Marco Rubio that’s laughing.