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What teams are the potential winners in each of the 8 NFL Divisions?
Just weeks away from the kick-off marking the new NFL saga, we are starting to wrap up our predictions. With the draft, free agency, and offseason preparation already history, we are now able to project the possible formations to lead their respective divisions. In this article we investigate the NFL Division Favorites.
The New England Patriots are the clear division favorites here and probably the only NFL team who is capable of pulling out a perfect 16-0 season this year. Tom Brady and his comrades have what it takes to claim the Vince Lombardi trophy once again – for the 6th time in their history.
The battle in the AFC East would most likely be for second place. All three competing teams seem capable of lining up next below the Pats, with the Miami Dolphins having a slight advantage over the Bills and the Jets.
The Dolphins can easily do great in the playoff phase as well, if their top running back Jay Ajayi manages to stay healthy and productive.
This will be a war between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Both teams did great during the 2016 season but didn’t impress anybody during the offseason.
The Cowboys are once again going to rely on their amazing offensive line and the talent of their 2016 NFL Draft treasure picks Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. The Giants’ offseason will be remembered by only one action – taking DE Jason Pierre-Paul back home from the free agency market.
Keep an eye on the New York superstars Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and of course, Eli Manning. Manning is a potential all-time record-breaker in terms of earned revenue.
All he needs to do to achieve the title of “highest-paid NFL player of all time” is to surpass his brother Peyton, who has already retired. A pretty tight rivalry here but we would go with the Giants, as the Cowboys’ match schedule is much more difficult this year.
As it has always been in this division, the battle for the first place is between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. The favorites, as during the last year, are the Steelers.
“The three B’s”: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell, will be aiming at bringing the Steelers their 23rd division triumph.
Their biggest rivals, the Ravens from Baltimore, suffered a weak season in 2016 and finished 8-8. For 2017 they will be healthier, thus performing better, but we don’t foresee them scoring a two-digit win record.
The Green Bay Packers are the clear division favorites here. The genius of QB Aaron Rodgers is going to shine. We can expect deep passes and fearless QB runs when needed.
In terms of the NFL schedule, the Packers can put an explosive start and get the edge of the rankings early. The Minnesota Vikings are the second best team in the NFC North but it’s going to be really hard for them to pull out miracles without Adrian Peterson.
Spotting the division favorite is a very hard decision here. All four teams have the potential to reach the playoffs. All four teams seem to have chances for the Super Bowl, as well.
We’re going with the Houston Texans and their devastating defense: Jadeveon Clowney, Vince Wilfork, and J.J. Watt. But keep an eye on Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota, as he traditionally starts the season with huge passing yardage.
It will be interesting to see if the Jacksonville Jaguars would use their new NFL 2017 Draft recruit, Leonard Fournette, to strengthen their run game.
Ladies and gentlemen, the “one-hit-wonder” division! In 2015, QB Cam Newton led his Panthers, almost undefeated (15-1), all the way to the Super Bowl. Next year the Falcons were the “NFC surprise”.
During the first half of Super Bowl 2016 the Falcons gave all the experts and NFL coaches a perfect how-to-counter Tom Brady lesson. In the second half, what they gave up was the game, but that’s another story.
This time it is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ turn. The Buccs ran an amazing 2017 offseason campaign, drafting smartly and value-driven. They are definitely a team on the rise and have the potential to reach far beyond the playoffs.
The Raiders and the Chiefs were on fire last season. Now things have changed a bit. The Chiefs lost some key players during the offseason such as Dontari Poe.
The Raiders on the other hand, seem stronger than ever with the addition of the superstar RB Marshawn Lynch. He joined the franchise after nine seasons with the Bills and the Seahawks. The Raiders’ beloved QB Derek Carr is also available. He is expected to fully recover from his foot injury before the 2017 season kick-off.
This one is a bold prediction, as the most probable division leader will be the Seahawks. But it is time the Cardinals rebounded and returned to their previous form, utilizing the full potential of veteran players like Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, and talented youngsters like the 2017 NFL Combine ‘torpedo’ David Johnson.
Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams made huge improvements during the offseason, but transformation takes time. Their actions would probably take a year or two to give notable results.
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