Sports fans sometimes have this delusion, that since a player did good last year, that means he will automatically do better this year. It doesn’t always work that way. If you look at history it’s usually actually the opposite, especially with rookies. Plus, with the Cowboys you are talking about two players who have most likely already hit their ceilings and very like will digress. On top of that, they are going to have somewhat of a patchwork defense to work with this season. In spite of all of that they should still be at least in contention for a wild card spot.
Everyone is waiting in awe for this offense to blow us out of the water now that the young weapons are becoming veterans. I’m excited too, but I can’t stop remembering this same feeling last year about the Jaguars. I try to tell myself it’s different. However, if this opportunistic defense continues to develop, we are in for something special either way. The Bucs offense was good in 2016, but the surprise defense is what made the major difference in their turnaround.
This team is starting to look dangerous everywhere. Not just with their newest additions, but also from maturity and players recovering from injury. The Giants offense behind Eli Manning has been good for awhile, but if Jason Pierre-Paul can continue improving now that his hand is healing and get back to where he was two years ago and the rest of the defense follows, this team will be filthy. If they get a solid run game going, they could be unstoppable.
Since promoting Jim Bob Cooter from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator halfway through the 2015 season, the offense has improved greatly and the team has won 15 of its last 24 games. Since then they have been putting most of their time and assets into building the defense and offensive line. If the o-line comes through as expected, this team could roll through it’s schedule and earn Matthew Stafford his first MVP.
The Seahawks have issues and some of them have actually started to catch up to them as time has gone on. They still have their cornerstone players on defense and with Eddie Lacy to give them their power running game back, they may just start feeling invincible again. However, if Father Time catches up to them before their confidence does, this could be a very long season in Seattle.
This team just always makes the playoffs because that’s what they do. Now that Rodgers has even better weapons, they should become extremely more irritating to opponents who keep trying in vain to stop them. The Packers focused a lot of the draft on patching up their defense. If it works, the rest of the league could have a very hard time stopping them from making their ninth consecutive playoff appearance.
This team may have a drop off from the Super Bowl hangover thing everyone talks about, but even so they added a bunch of new talent and should be ready to go when it matters most. We all know about Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the two headed monster at running back. Don’t forget though, that it’s just a matter of time before Head Coach Dan Quinn turns this into one of the top defenses in the league as well. He went as far as to pay a heavy price to draft a second potentially devastating pass rusher, if it works, this with be an even more dominant team than what we saw last year.
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