4 Issues facing AFC West teams

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4 DV drafted 2 RBS & 2 WRS. Is that enough to fix the O?
3 The D got some pass rush by taking Edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Will they understand how to use him most effectively?
2 The D was solid except in ppg. Lots of that was due to O turnovers. Can a better O help the D get better?
1 DV signed Case Keenum to big contract. Will that solve the QB issues for DV?
   
  Chargers
4 RB Melvin Gordon scored 12 TD & had 1000 rushing yards. Can he do that again this season?
3 TE Hunter Henry was lost for 18 with an ACL tear & released Antonio Gates. Can the TE position contribute to playoffs?
2 The 1st 4 picks were on D. 2 were Safeties. Pass Rush is solid. Did LC do enough on D to get into the playoffs?
1 Q Philip Rivers was outstanding last yr after leading in picks in 16. Can he duplicate last year’s results this season?
   
  Chiefs
4 Can the OL stay healthy in 2018?
3 The OL was hurt but the Run gm was solid. Can R Kareem Hunt duplicate his 17 season?
2 The D has aged out & lost players due to cap issues. Can KC D recover enough to get the team back to the playoffs?
1 KC took a BIG risk in trading Smith & making Patrick Mahomes the QB. Will that work out for more than 10 wins?
   
  Raiders
4 OK drafted 2 OT. Did they do enough to fix a VERY over rated OL?
3 The WR group couldn’t catch the ball. OK got FA Jordy Nelson & drafted Marcell Ateman. Is that enough?
2 The Pass D under preformed badly last yr. Can the new staff get the DBS to play better?
1 Q Derek Carr had a bad season last yr. Can he recover this year to get OK into the playoffs?
 

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4 Frank Gore was well past his “use by”date & was cut. Can one of the worst OL’s get the run game going again?
3 Can the rebuilt WR group give the O some pop?
2 IN used 4 draft picks on D. Can the 3rd worst D get off the field often enough to help the team?
1 No Luck last year at all & he is not throwing the ball yet. Will Andrew Luck be able to play this year?
   
  Jaguars
4 JK Cut WR Herns & TE Lewis. Can the receivers group recover from those losses?
3 The D was 2nd in points allowed but lost MLB Paul Posluszny. Can it reach that level again?
2 RB Leonard Fournette was outstanding last yr. Can he produce that level this year?
1 Is Blake Bortles the real deal & franchise QB or not?
   
  Texans
4 Can TE C.J. Fiedorowicz play this year with 3 concussions last year?
3 J. J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture. He is the key to the D. Will he be able to play like he did in 17 prior to J?
2 The Run game was a huge disappointment. The didn’t draft or sign a RB. Can R Lamar Miller revive the run game?
1 Can a really bad OL keep Q Deshaun Watson healthy?
   
  Titans
4 TN cut R DeMarco Murray. In 3 starts Derrick Henry had 1 good gm. Can RB Dion Lewis get the run gm going?
3 Can CB Malcom Butler solve the passing yardage the D gave up last year?
2 The D was middle of the road last season. TN traded up to get ILB Evans & OB Landry. Did they do enough to get to PO?
1 Q Marcus Mariota had a down season last yr. Can he get back to 26 to 30 TD passes this season?
 

Top 4 issues facing AFC North teams

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  Ravens The saying goes when you have 2 QBS you don’t have any. What if you have 5 QBS?
4 The D played very well last year. Can they continue to keep that going with new DC Don “wink” Martindale?
3 The run game was up and down. Can R Alex Collins revive the run game?
2 The WR group was totally reworked. Is this group any better than the one in 17?
1 Flacco has been down the last several years 29th in passing y 17. Can he get the O going to get back into the playoffs?
   
  Bengals
4 Will new blood help an OL that was decimated by losses over the last 2 seasons?
3 Can R Joe Mixon get the run game going?
2 Can the pass D survive the losses they suffered because of cuts?
1 RV Dalton has not won a playoff game in his career. Can he even get there this year?
 

 

Browns
4 CL retained HC Jackson with a 1-31 record. How long will he survive?
3 CL was 18th in rushing despite refusing to run & let R Isaiah Crowell leave in FA. Is there any hope for the run gm?
2 D was 31st in scoring D but the O turned the ball over and over. Will it play better this season?
1 How long will CL let Q Baker Mayfield sit before throwing him to the wolves? It will not be pretty!
   
  Steelers
4 Can the young DBS get the job done with 2 rookies in the group?
3 PT Traded WR Bryant. How will the reworked WR Group play this season?
2 Will PT ever get R Le’Veon Bell to sign a long term contract?
1 Q Ben Roethlisberger played well LY. How will he react to the drafting of Mason Rudolph?

 

Top 4 issues facing AFC East teams

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4 Can the rebuilt OL give the Q time to throw and give the running game a chance to succeed?
3 Can the D limit opponents run game to under 100y/g? Gave up 124.6 last year
2 Is the O able to score more point this year than 18.9 in 17?
1 Is A.J. McCarron the starter or will be Josh Allen?
   
  Dolphins
4 Can the D that is aging out still be competitive?
3 Can the ST stop giving up big returns?
2 Can the run game get going that was 29th last year.
1 Now that Cutler is in the broadcast booth, will Ryan Tannehill finally become the QB to get MI into the playoffs?
   
  Pats
4 Can R Sony Michel get the run game going?
3 Can the rebuilt OL give Brady time to throw?
2 The D fell of the map last year. Can they get back to a level to get back to the SB?
1 As long as Tom Brady is healthy the O will be fine. Can he stay upright this season?
   
  Jets
4 The O was DOA last year. Can it score more points this season?
3 Will the green as grass D preform better this season?
2 Can R Isaiah Crowell get the run game going?
1 As the QB Merry-go-round stops, who will start at the position?
 
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AZ had no QBS as 17 ended. Signed Bradford but not much else. Lost players due to cap issues.
5 Can the OL stay healthy this year?
4 How will the WR group do without John Brown & an old Larry Fitzgerald?
3 How will the Dbackfield play without FS Tyrann Mathieu & CB Tramon Williams?
2 When David Johnson went down the run gm died. Can he stay healthy in 18?
1 Will Sam Bradford stay healthy & be the QB AZ needs?
 
Rams
Rams were very busy signing & trading players.
5 Can Nickell Robey-Coleman replace Trumaine Johnson?
4 In 16 LR OL was bad. Signing Whitworth changed that. How many years will LT Andrew Whitworth continue to play?
3 Will the pass rush be hurt by the trade of OLB Robert Quinn.
2 Can Todd Gurley continue to play well or become the bust everyone thought he was after 16?
1 Can Q Jared Goff continue to play well or will he revert back to 2016?
 
Seahawks
The Legion of Boom is now a joke. CB Sherman is gone & SS Kam Chancellor may not play again.
5 Will SE ever focus on getting Wilson some protection by the OL?
4 Can SE get a run game going to take some pressure off Wilson?
3 Will the WR group play well without Paul Richardson?
2 Can the D survive despite the loss of CB Sherman?
1 How long can Russell Wilson survive behind the worst OL in the league?c
 
49ers
With 5 wins in the last 5 games, SF has it’s QB in Jimmy Garoppolo.
5The Dbackfield was bad last year. Will it get better or continue to give up big plays?
4 Can the WR group be better due to Garoppolo at QB?
3 Who will replace Hyde at RB?
2 Can the D play as well as it did in the last 5 games of 17?
1 Can Jimmy Garoppolo lead SF back to the playoffs?
 

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Falcons
The O fell off badly last yr. That put a lot of pressure on the over-rated D. That did not go well.
5 DT Dontari Poe left. Who will be able to stop the run gm?
4 Can the D play better this year as they did last year?
3 Will RB Devonta Freeman be healthy and return to a 1000 y season?
2 Jones had his worst season since he was a rookie. Can the WR group get the O running smoothly again?
1 Can Matt Ryan get back to his level of play in 2016?
 
Panthers
The biggest asset is also the biggest question. The D is solid & will be better in 18 but depends on the O to get to a SB.
5 Will the addition of W Torrey Smith give CR the speed that they lacked last season?
4 Will the rebuilt OL be better than the old version last year?
3 Christian McCaffrey was good in pass gm but not running. Can the Run game survive the loss of Jonathan Stewart?
2 Can the D stay healthy this year?
1 Will Cam Newton stop pouting & get his guts back?
 
Saints
A young D makes mistakes that cost them a NFC title gm. Resigning Brees was a HUGE step to get back.
5 Can TE Ben Watson fill the hole that management created when they traded Jimmy Graham
4 Will the young D continue to develop as fast as they did last year?
3 Will Ingram and Kamara continue to produce like they did last year?
2 Can the LB group stay healthy this year?
1 Can the OL continue to protect Brees & block for the run as well as last year?
 
Buccaneers
TB had a bunch of inj last season. Didn’t do a lot in FA but brought back key players that were UFA’s.
5 Spence was hurt in wk 3. Can the DL generate a pass rush this year?
4 The lack of pass rush hurt Dbackfield the most. Can it survive another no rush season?
3 The run gm did not exist last year. Can TB get a run gm going this year?
2 TB started the season with 3 OL injured. Can the updated OL stay healthy all year?
1 Will Jameis Winston stay healthy & continue to develop?

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