The Return of NFL
To celebrate the return of the NFL, I have compiled a couple teams I expect to overachieve, and a couple that should underachieve.
The Falcons have fallen on hard times since their NFC Title Game appearance in 2012, but they seem poised to bounce back this season. The offense should continue to be productive as long as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones stay healthy, while the defense should at least take a step forward with former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn at the helm. Couple that with no clear favorite in the NFC South, and you have a recipe for a much better season for Atlanta and its fans.
While the Packers are still a near lock to win the NFC North, we can expect a much better season from the Vikings this year. Their defense should continue to improve in year 2 of Mike Zimmer’s regime, while Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Wallace, and the return of Adrian Peterson should help the offense put up points in bunches in Norv Turner’s scheme.
While the Seahawks should still be a very dangerous team this year, I expect their win total to drop off compared to the last two seasons. While they did add Jimmy Graham, they also lost some key contributors on an O-line that was already shaky to begin with. That, coupled with a difficult schedule, should see them have a tougher go of things this season.
The dominant O-line is still there, as are Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Having said that, I have doubts on how well the defense will hold up and if Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden can replace the lost production of DeMarco Murray.