The Preseason has started, and the NFL season is inching closer and closer. As I continue my grand preview, I will go through this season’s most unpredictable teams.
Really any team with a new coach is a complete question mark. Most teams that have a new coach probably aren’t very good teams at the beginning of the season. Teams that have quarterback battles in camp are also unpredictable, even though they aren’t a great start to the season. The NFL Preseason is off, and players are showing why they deserve to be on the team. It’s a exciting time. Some could be just as good as last, or could fall apart. It matters where their holes and problems are.
The Cardinals, who are my favorite team, had a great season last year at 10-6. They missed the playoffs in a controversial matter, but mostly because of their division. The Cardinals could go 10-6 again, but key losses on defense include Daryl Washington, Karlos Dansby and Tyrann Mathieu for half the season. The Cardinals had a top five defense last year, and we can expect that to slip. Arizona did add a couple of big name players on offense, including Ted Ginn Jr, Jared Veldheer, and Johnathan Dywer. The Cardinals need Carson Palmer to be smart. That’s the big issue. Carson Palmer isn’t a issue, but he needs to limit his interceptions, after throwing 22 last year. Palmer has a better offensive line, which should help Palmer make better throws. Arizona could be 10-6 again, or they could fall because of poor QB play or a struggling defense. Their worse case scenario is 7-9. Best case is 10-6. I don’t expect them to be much better than last year, especially since they have a tougher schedule.
The Redskins had disappointing 2013-2014 season. RG3 didn’t play well, and their defense was atrocious. They added many players on defense, have a new coach, and added a stud wide-out on offense. The Redskins are hard to predict because nobody knows how RG3 will play. Unfortunately, he’s the X-Factor. If he plays well, this team could push 10 wins, if he plays poorly, and the defense isn’t any better, the Redskins could end up close to where they were last year. A worst case scenario is 4-12, and a best case is 9-7. They play in a weak division, which will aid them. The Eagles should be favorited in this division, and this will be highlighted in my prediction column.
This may be very controversial, but the Panthers may not be a great team this year. Their defense is solid, no doubt. It’s one of the best in league featuring Luke Kuechly. The problem is on the offensive side of the ball. First, the Panthers are crunched money wise. They have about five million left on their cap, and have many holes on offense. Carolina had four offensive lineman retire this off-season. The right side of their line is not good looking. On top of this, QB Cam Newton has no one reliable to throw to. The Panthers wide receivers are Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, and Kelvin Benjamin. These are notable names, but they are old or run down, or rookies! This is the real issue. Cam Newton has no one to throw too! This team has some serious holes. It could be a real disappointing season in Charottle. The Saints should be the favorites, and I expect them to win the division. If Carolina proves me wrong, they could be in the hunt for a wild card spot. Their best case is 10-6, and worst is probably 7-9.
More NFL Preview to come….