We are a few weeks from the Super Bowl and about 2 months away from the NFL Draft. But for those football fans, The Sports Whisperers breaks down what every team needs to improve.
Chicago Bears, (12-4): The Bears shocked the NFC North last season. It was the first time Chicago has won the division since 2010. The Strength of this team was their defense and talented linebackers. Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan had over 200 tackles between the two of them. Khalil Mack had 12.5 sacks on the year. The Former Oakland Raiders battled through some injuries but with him on the field, he takes the pressure off every other defensive player. The Bears gave up 17.7 points per game, which was 1st in the NFL and they only gave up 299 yards per game. That ranked 3rd in the league.
Offensively, the Bears weren’t great. They ranked 21st in yards per game and 21st in passing yards. Mitchell Trubinsky took a few steps forward from his rookie season. He threw for 3,222 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. This offense has very good #2 options all across the field. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are solid but not great running backs. Cohen also led the team with 71 receptions. For this team to take it to the next level they must got a number 1 option in the wide receiving core or add a #1 running back. The Bears should go after Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Minnesota Vikings, (8-7): The Vikings have very talented skill position players. Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph combined for 279 receptions and 22 combined touchdowns. Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray can both carry the load at running back. Statistically Kirk Cousins appeared to have a great season. He threw for over 4,200 yards, 3o touchdowns and 10 interception.
Kirk Cousin Career Stats:
Record In Primetime Games: 5-13
Record vs. Winning Teams: 4-24
Record vs. Winning Teams This Year: 0-5
Career Road Record: 12-23-2
Career Record On Monday Night Football: 0-7
— Mark Schlereth… December 11, 2018
Cousins was sacked 40 times in 2018. Look for MN to improve their offensive line.
The Vikings defense was solid for the most part. They gave up 21.3 points per game, which was ranked 9th best in the NFL. On paper this team should succeed, but, if their quarterback play doesn’t improve against elite competition, they will be a .500 team.
Green Bay Packers, (6-9-1): After 2 straight losing seasons the Packers fired Mike McCarthy. 39-year-old Matt LaFleur will take over the coaching reigns in Green Bay. Despite battling through injuries Aaron Rodgers put up hall of fame numbers once again. The Former California Bears quarterback threw for 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. For my money, Davante Adams is the best wide receiver in the NFL. He had 111 catches and 13 touchdowns on the season. The Packers need to get a legitimate #2 WR. I would not be shocked if they go after Antonio Brown from the Steelers. The Packers gave up 25 points per game which was ranked 22nd in the NFL. Green Bay needs offensive line help and they need playmakers on defense. Blake Marinez led the team with 144 tackles and Kyler Fackrell had 10.5 sacks.
Detroit Lions, (6-10): The Lions offense struggled during the season. They were 24th in yards per game and 25th in points per game. The Lions don’t have an elite quarterback, running back or wide receiver. They had an elite TE but Eric Ebron left for the Indianapolis Colts. Ebron had 66 receptions and 13 touchdowns. 24-year-old Jarrad Davis had 100 combined tackles on the year.
This Lions team doesn’t do anything well on either side of the ball. They are in a 3 year rebuilding process. They need to stockpile draft picks just to get to .500 next year.
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