- Atlanta Falcons
My biggest concern with the Falcons is them forgetting about the debacle that was the super bowl. The next concern is the loss of Kyle Shanahan and we’ll see how the unstable Steve Sarkisian works out.
On the field, this team looks great. In the offseason, they went strictly defense adding a couple veterans and taking Takkarist Mckinley in the draft. The team didn’t lose anyone too important and I can see the Falcons making another run.
- New York Giants
Somewhat out of nowhere, this Giants team became one of the best in the NFL. On the offensive side is one of the most prolific attack there is with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard leading a receiving core that could do some real damage. They added Brandon Marshall who needs to prove that he hasn’t lost a step with his age.
Paul Perkins is looking to take the every down back role and shows potential to be a franchise back. Eli Manning is still concerning with his inconsistency and errant throws but if he can contain that he could lead this team a very long way.
This defense is quietly elite and will be able to stop almost any team they face. Coming off an 11-5 season I expect this team to improve that record and maybe do some damage in the playoffs.
- Pittsburg Steelers.
As usual, this team has one of the league’s best offenses. Big Ben doesn’t look like he’s ageing too bad and they (hopefully) get Martavis Bryant back for week one. One worry is of course Le’veon Bells contract. We’ve seen in the past that contract holdouts don’t go very well for both the team and the player.
The defense needs to take a couple of strides to be great and really have a chance to knock off the Patriots but they aren’t far away. They added depth in the offseason and took T.J. Watt in the draft who, because of his last name, has a chance to be special.
I think it will be good for everyone if the Steelers can get a rematch with the Patriots in that AFC title game.
1. New England Patriots
This is the obvious choice. I don’t think I have to explain myself. I can’t find a weakness on the team and in fact this could be one of the best teams we’ve seen in a very long time.
Everyone outside of the New England area is going to have a terrible football season because we’ll have to watch Tom Brady probably go the distance once again.