It’s always a great thing when the NFL regular season rolls back around. All of the teams are fully recharged and ready to go full throttle towards a Superbowl run.
The early weeks will be a feeling out process of sorts even after four weeks of preseason games. Some teams will show an immediate dominance, while others will immediately send their fans to a bar in hopes of drowning away their sorrows. Football is back and all the hits, passes and touchdowns count now.
1.Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have added a couple pieces, including a recent pick up of LeSean McCoy. Can Andy Reid finally grab that elusive championship?
2. New England Patriots
The defending champs have lost a couple pieces including Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady is getting older and still somehow they’ve gotten better. The league is just waiting for this guy to retire.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have a good mix of young and veteran talent, with explosive players on both sides. What’s funny is they have a backup quarterback controversy brewing, which could come into play at some point during the season.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Will the Rams avoid the fate of other Superbowl losing teams and make the playoffs? The defense remains tough and the offense gets a much needed boost with Cooper Kupp’s return.
5. Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky will have to win games with his arm this year. The running backs are good and the receivers are solid but it will be up to him to push through in some of these games when the defense isn’t dominating.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers would be a serious pick to win everything this year. Great quarterback, great defense, solid skill position players. Too bad they play in the AFC West.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia will continue it’s trend of sending multiple running backs to attack opposing defenses. Carson Wentz has a full arsenal of receiving options as well.
8. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland comes in with the most hype of any team. In the midst of one year (and one draft pick) they went from half baked to fully loaded. Good luck trying to stop them.
9. Houston Texans
The Texans have made recent moves to sure up their offensive line. If they play solid, Houston should put up a good amount of points on the season. The defense should still wreak havoc without Jadeveon Clowney.
10. Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins returns to play “who can score the most touchdowns” with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Dalvin Cook will be a great safety valve to have on third down.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh was a playoff team that didn’t make the playoffs last season. Their defense has improved in the middle and the offense can play without controversy for a change.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars
With Nick Foles at the helm, Jacksonville should have a much improved offense. A healthy Leonard Fournette will downright guarantee that.
13. Dallas Cowboys Most will focus on the offense but beware of the Dallas defense. Their linebacker corps might be the best in the league.
14. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have almost everything a team needs to win a Superbowl. Its a matter of stating healthy and pulling it all together. They should play with a bit more balance on offense with Devonta Freeman back.
15. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens want to prove last year wasn’t a fluke. Whether it be Lamar Jackson or the defense, the Ravens have a chip on their shoulder this season.
16. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks will run the football relentlessly this season. It will be up to Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf to change the dynamics of their offense. The defense will look to get back to top ten status.
17. Green Bay Packers
The defense is a work in progress with new and young faces on that side of the ball. Aaron Rodgers and company will have to put up a premium amount of points if they want to reach the playoffs.
18. Tennessee Titans
In 56 games played, Marcus Mariota has 69 touchdown passes and 42 interceptions. It’s time for him to get serious about passing the football if the Titans want to make a playoff run.
19. Carolina Panthers
If Cam Newton can remain healthy this season, the Panthers’ offense should look dynamic. With Christian McCaffrey being a dual threat and a couple of real receiving options on the edges, they could be a difficult draw every week.
20. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers season rests squarely on Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulders. If they get the preseason version of him… well for their sake let’s just hope they don’t.
21. New York Jets
LeVeon Bell will get a chance to prove his worth right away. A winning Jets’ team will mean he’s going nuts on offense and the young defense is being disruptive.
22. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is one of those enigmatic teams we see every year. We haven’t heard they were supposed to do anything or get anywhere this season but in January we might look up and they have nine wins.
23. Indianapolis Colts
Jacoby Brissett takes over at quarterback and seems to be ready to take on that role. Can Marlon Mack, T.Y. Hilton and company provide the help necessary for him to succeed?
24. Detroit Lions
Mathew Stafford has two new tight ends to throw to, which will hopefully bring more touchdown passes. Matt Patricia’s defense might look a little more stout upfront with big Damon Harrison in the middle..
25. Denver Broncos
The defense should be nightmarish upfront with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Denver will try and squeeze whatever juice they can get out of Joe Flacco.
26. New York Giants
Will Eli Manning have a bounce back season in what should be his farewell tour? The bigger question is will Manning finish the regular season as the starter?
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
All you hear is Jameis Winston and how this is his last chance but what about the Buccaneers defense the last year? Can newly acquired Ndamukong Suh and rookie linebacker Devin White bring change to that side of the ball?
28. Oakland Raiders
Running back Josh Jacobs and defensive end Clelin Ferrell are two first round picks that should make an immediate impact on the team. Oakland is hoping the impact Antonio Brown makes is ultimately a positive one.
29. Washington Redskins
Dwayne Haskins will start the season on the bench, while Case Keenum starts the season at quarterback. They desperately need a receiving threat to emerge outside on the outside, no matter the who the signal caller is.
30. Cincinnati Bengals
A much tougher division, a new coaching staff and an A.J. Green injury will give the Bengals a difficult start to the season. Can Andy Dalton weather the storm and give Cincinnati a chance?
31. Arizona Cardinals
The Kyler Murray era in Arizona finally begins months after the Josh Rosen project failed. The Cardinals will have to give him better protection if they want it to work this time around.
32. Miami Dolphins
Miami seems to be rebuilding by tearing the whole thing down first. Its not the worst plan except, Miami hasn’t been known to be the best architects.