By Monte Perez
The NFL season is going to be one of the most unique situations we have ever seen in sports. There was no extended training camps and no pre-season games.
AFC East Preview/Prediction:
Buffalo Bills, 11-5.
The Bills should have the best defense in the AFC East. Adding wide receiver, Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings should help Josh Allen’s development at quarterback. For the first time since Jim Kelly was under center, this is Buffalo’s division to win.
New York Jets, 8-8.
New York has talent but Adam Gase is not a good coach. Sam Darnold is entering his 3rd season as the Jets quarterback and he still does not have a proven No.1 wide receiver. Losing safety Jamal Adams in a trade and linebacker C.J. Mosely opted out because of COVID-19 concerns. It is a bad sign when no one in the building likes the head coach.
Miami Dolphins, 8-8.
The Dolphins are the team in this division that has the highest ceiling. Ryan Fitzpatrick should begin the year as the starter but look for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to take over the job midway through the season. Xavien Howard and Bryon Jones could be the best defensive back duo in the NFL. The Dolphins were last in the NFL, they only sacked opposing quarterbacks 23 times last year. They must improve and they will. Brian Flores was 5-11 last year on the sidelines but his team is very well coached. The Dolphins were one of the least penalized team in the NFL despite having a losing record.
New England Patriots, 7-9.
More than 40 players in the NFL have opted out this season because of the Corona Virus. New England has 8 players sitting out the year. Of the eight Patriots to opt-out so far, three of them are significant losses that add further question marks to a roster already full of them, Marcus Cannon, Dont’a Hightower, and Patrick Chung were all starters last season. The Patriots do not have anyone on offense that will scare opposing defense. Cam Newton will be the starter, replacing Tom Brady. Bill Belichick will use this season to develop players and try to acquire Trevor Lawrence from Clemson in next year’s draft. If the Patriots get Lawrence, they will have another legendary quarterback for the next 10-15 years.
Philadelphia Eagles, 11-5.
The Eagles have a few questions marks coming into this season. The acquired speedy wide receiver, Marquise Goodwin who opted out of the season. Rookie, Jalen Reagor will miss 2-4 weeks with a foot injury. DeSean Jackson has elite speed but he has not played a full season since 2013. Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox and DB Darius Slay should both see the Pro-Bowl this season.
Dallas Cowboys, 10-6.
If there was a pre-season, the Cowboys would probably be my favorite to win the division. With a new coach, Mike McCarthy, and a new system it may take time for the Cowboys to understand the schemes and formations. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb should be able to put up points. The question mark will be their defense. If they can be a top 10-15 unit, this team could have a great season. On paper, they have enough talent to win at least 10 games.
New York Giants, 7-9.
Are people forgetting how good Shaquon Barkley is? Other than Christian McCaffrey, he is the best dual threat running back in the NFL. Daniel Jones is entering his 2nd season and should improve on his numbers. This team should be competitive but too many questions marks to compete for the division title.
The Washington Football Team, 5-11.
Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month.
“I was stunned,” Rivera, 58, said in an interview with ESPN, which first reported the news. “But I was angry because I feel like I’m in best health I’ve been in.” The cancer is considered very treatable but how much will this bother and distract a team that already has a ton of front office distractions?
The Washington Football Team should have an elite defensive but their offense and Dwayne Haskins are still a few years away. Do not be surprised if Chase Young wins defensive rookie of the year.
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