A Thinking Fans Guide To The NFL Season. The following is excerpted from the team chapters of the always excellent Football Outsiders Almanac. Buy it here as a PDF, or here in print. AFC North. Baltimore Ravens The Ravens face a choice. After two years of Marc Trestmans Dumpoff Fiesta if you buy the line that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was coaching with Trestmans playbook, its clear that the Ravens need to run the ball a lot more to succeed. Baltimores offense ranked seventh in their average lead per drive, yet only two teams had fewer rushing attempts. The only other team with an average lead and rushing total anywhere near Baltimores last year was Green Bay, and they A have the best quarterback in the game and B had to turn a wide receiver into their starting running back. The Ravens dont even have the excuse that the rushing game was unproductive, as Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon were each right around the league average in rushing DVOA. West was a spectacular reclamation project, and Dixon has true three down ability if he ever stays on the field for a full season. A PED suspension will cost him the first four games in 2. The offensive line could use some work, but so could the line for about 2. Minecraft 1.5 2 With Multiplayer. Marshal Yanda. Rivers Mc. CownCincinnati Bengals While the Bengals finally shed Rey Maualuga and Domata Peko this offseason, replacing Maualuga with two down run stuffer Kevin Minter, they didnt put much of an effort into finding passable solutions beyond that. If their young edge rushers fail, the answer is still Michael Johnson. Pat Sims is still here. Wallace Gilberry is still here. Reinard Wilson is still here. OK, OK, we made that last one up. But you get the gist theres very little upside here unless the Bengals have hit on their draft picks. The stopgap solutions are just the same guys you saw in 2. 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Even stranger, the rumors said that the analytics department was pushing Trubisky over Garrett, even though no team with a strong analytical background would gamble on a risky one year starter. In the end, the Browns took Garrett, then sat back and watched as Chicago traded up to grab Trubisky. The rest of this paragraph is purely speculation, but it seems likely the Browns knew Chicago was looking to make a deal and were leaking the Trubisky rumors to try to bait the Bears into a mega package. In the end, they could not get an offer they liked more than Garrett, and stood pat. This is why Browns management was shown on the draft broadcast congratulating each other after the pick was madethey had done their due diligence in exploring all options with that first pick and chosen the option that best fit their needs. And it was another sign of the new intelligence in Clevelandwhile the old Browns might have been happy to make a deal, the new Browns are only interested in the right deal. Vincent VerheiPittsburgh Steelers A trio of 2. Pittsburghs defense. First rounder Artie Burns played in all 1. Week 8 bye. His charting numbers were quite poor, but many highly drafted cornerbacks struggle as rookies and take two, three, or even four seasons to fully develop. Second round safety Sean Davis started the last seven games of the regular season and all three playoff games. He showed promising potential as an in the box type, though he must improve his tackling. Third round nose tackle Javon Hargrave outplayed the two men picked before him, starting 1. I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul. Pittsburgh Steelers A trio of 2016 draftees started at least eight games for Pittsburghs defense. Firstrounder Artie Burns played in all 16 games, starting every. On November 23, I developed mild tinnitus. Ive been hearing a constant sound in my head. The sound is a midpitched whistle or whine similar to what you hear. As a nose tackle, its doubtful hell ever put up big individual numbers of any kind, but his continued development would solve a lot of problems for a defense that hasnt finished in the top 1. Vincent VerheiAFC West. Ria Adams is officially the first lady of Dope Hitz Entertainment, and shes looking to amaze listeners with her prismatic style. Flowers Vs Zombies. You can tell Ria Adams was looking. Denver Broncos While Trevor Siemian, the teams official starting quarterback, boasted better overall numbers, this looks like the classic low ceiling Siemian vs. Paxton Lynch argument. Siemian exhibited a lot of traits shared by division rival Alex Smith in his careful way of protecting the ball at least he costs only a small fraction of what Smith makes in Kansas City. Meanwhile, Lynch was more of the deep throwing, get on the move wild child with questionable accuracy. Were not calling him Tebow 2. Action Photoshop more. Lynchs 2. 4. 7 percent rate of off target throws over or underthrown passes according to ESPN Stats Info was the second highest in 2. Scott KacsmarKansas City Chiefs Either ultimate success comes early, or the situation deteriorates and someone has to go. With the Chiefs entering Year 5 of Andy ReidAlex Smith, it is really on Smith to deliver this season. We know Reid isnt going anywhere after the team signed him to a four year extension in June. Clearly, there have been limitations within this offense that start at the quarterback position. The Chiefs jumped on the opportunity to trade up with Buffalo for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, moving from 2. Going from Smith to an Air Raid quarterback sounds like a huge change, but its likely not one we will see until 2. The Chiefs have not won a regular season game with a quarterback they drafted since September 1. Todd Blackledge, and that streak is all but guaranteed to extend beyond 3. Scott KacsmarLos Angeles Chargers If the Chargers can finally stay healthy this year, then head coach Anthony Lynn is inheriting a very talented starting roster on both sides of the ball. Depth is of course an issue, but lets consider the range of talent that this team has put together. As always, we have to start at the quarterback. The fact that Philip Rivers has started every game since 2. This is the weakness in blaming injuries for Mike Mc. Coys ineffective tenure. Yes, there have been a lot of injuries, but a top player at the most important position remained healthy enough to suit up every single week, and the Chargers still went 2. Scott KacsmarOakland Raiders It is not an insult to believe that the Raiders will regress and win fewer games this season. Stacking 1. 2 win seasons is a very difficult thing to do in this league. Joe Montana, Steve Young, Roger Staubach, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan have never stacked together consecutive 1. A team basically has to have Peyton Manning or Tom Brady at quarterback to consistently win 1. Derek Carr is not at that level yet. Last years team was rough around the edges despite the record, and the inability to beat Kansas City limited them to a wild card berth. Lesser competition also tended to give the Raiders all they could handle. Scott KacsmarAFC South. Houston Texans Right now, the Texans look very much like a team that has gambled their future on Deshaun Watson reinvigorating a dead passing offense. It could work, but its more likely to work in the longer term. Rookie quarterbacks being good right away is a hard thing for projection systems to catch on to, and we have no empirical data that points to Watson excelling immediately. We also have a lot of evidence proving that the other teams in this division have gotten better. The Colts finally got rid of their dead end general manager and stopped fielding an AARP defense. The Jaguars are building a great defense and are only tied to Blake Bortles for one more year.
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