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Top 5 Questions facing the NFC South teams

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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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AT       5 Can the run game become a force to balance the O?
4 Can HC Quinn get AT to play more physical FB?
3 Can Matt Ryan have another Super Bowl season?
2 Can Quinn get the D cover anybody or was the SB game an indcation they are overmatched?
1 Can AT mentally  overcome the Super Bowl Loss?
CR      5 After a bad 16, can CR get back to the playoffs this year?
4 Can the CR run game help balance the O with someone other than Newton carrying the load?
3 Will the O line be able to protect Newton better than last year?
2 Will the D get back to playoff level play? Pass D was at the bottom of the league last year.
1 Can HC Ron Rivera get QB Cam Newton‘s head out of his posterior?
NO      5 Did NO do enough to help the pass D by adding CB Marshon Lattimore & S Marcus Williams?
4 Will Brees have anyone to throw to with Cook traded?  Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman,
3 Is this the year that RB Peterson rolls over and plays dead?  MN thought so and let him walk.
2 Can NO fix the O line?  C Max Unger is the only solid starter & LT Armstead is out for 4-6 months.
1 Can DC Dennis Allen get the run D back to being competitive again?
TB       5 Is TB a contender for wild card?
4 Will the rebuilt O line be better? Sweezy was hurt, Smith was the only solid T.
3 Will RB Doug Martin be healthy again in 17 or be hurt like 14 & 15?
2 Will TB get the D  competitive again by adding FS J.J. Wilcox & keeping SS Chris Conte?
1 Will QB Jameis Winston continue to turn over the ball (18 picks & 6 lost fumbles)?
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Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

 

1 Jets Cuts of all the vets won’t help the win totals and cost the coaches their jobs.
 

2

Browns After a 1-15 season, they better get at least 6 wins to keep their jobs
 

3

Bears After a 3 win season, they better get at least 6 games or Fox & company are gone
 

4

Colts Bad ownership & GM will cost HC Chuck Pagano his job.  Part of the blame is on him and his staff.
 

5

Bengals had better get to the playoffs & win a game or Marvin Lewis cpuld be history
 

6

Panthers need to get control of QB Cam Newton or Rivera may be history.
 

7

Jags better get more than 3 wins or Bye Bye. Doug Marrone has failed before could fail again.
 

8

LA Chargers Moves are always hard. GM has not done the Coaches any favors.
 

9

The Vikes may have to get back in the playoffs or Mike Zimmer could be in trouble. Injuries have plauged the Vikes
 

10

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is not in serious trouble but OC Marty Morinwheg is not helping him. Playoffs or MM is out

That is what I think.  Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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NFC Win projections from NNR podcast

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NFC EAST AFC West          
NFC West D N A E T
DA W6 @AT GB 4 3 3 1 11
WA W5 @NO MN 2 2 2 1 7
NY W8 @TB DT 4 2 2 2 10
PH W10 @CR CH 2 2 2 2 8
    12 9 9 6  
NFC North AFC North          
  NFC South D N A E T
GB W8 @DA SE 5 4 3 1 13
MN W9 @WA LR 4 2 2 2 10
DT W7 @NG AZ 3 1 1 0 5
CH W9 @PH SF 0 1 1 1 3
    12 8 7 4  
NFC South AFC East          
  NFC North D N A E T
AT W5 @SE DA 4 3 3 0 10
CR W11 @AZ PH 3 2 2 1 8
NO W5 @LR WA 3 2 2 2 9
TB W11 @SF NG 2 1 2 1 6
    12 8 9 4  
NFC West AFC South          
  NFC East D N A E T
SE W6 @GB AT 4 3 4 1 12
AZ W8 @DT TB 4 2 3 2 11
LR W8 @MN NO 2 2 2 0 6
SF W11 @CH CR 1 0 0 0 1
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DV DC Wade Phillips was hurt by a player running into him. Went to the Hospital but was OK & released.
CR QB Cam Newton is complaining to the NFL about not getting late hit calls.  Good luck with that!
SE DE Michael Bennett will get surgery for a cartilage issue & will miss 2-3 wks
KC QB Smith is in concussion prototcol after taking 2 hits to the head.
KC rb Spencer Ware is in concussion protocol.
KC RB Jamaal Charles will go to a knee specialist to get his knee checked.
DA CB Claiborn sports hernia & S Church broken arm.
AZ S Ty Mathieu shoulder injury MRI today & LT Veldheer needs surgery Tricep
NFL WR Andre Johnson retires after 14 seasons in the NFL.
WA24 CN24 WA missed a 34y FG in the last 2 min to send the game into OT.
4-3-1  3-4-1 RV Dalton lost a fumble in OT but Cousins couldn’t get into scoring position
Dalton 27/42 284 11 FL Hill 20/76 TD Bernard 11/52 TD Green 9c 121  Eifert 9c 102 TD
Cousins 38/56 458 21 Kelley 21/7 TD Crowder 9c 107 TD  Reed 9c 99 TD
NE41 BF25 Brady & Pats served the BF crowd buffalo meat as they sliced up the Bill D.
7-1      4-4 BF D looked confused and got very little pressure on Brady.
NE Brady 22/33 315 40 Blount 18/43 TD Gronk 5c 109 TD
BF Taylor 19/38 183 00 5r 48 TD Gilislee 12/85 TD Powell 3c 59y
AZ20 CR30 LB Davis returned a fumble 46 y for a TD & RB Stewart scored 2 TDs to lead CR over AZ.
3-4-1  2-5 CR D sacked Palmer 8 times & shut down AZ run game. Despite the pressure Palmer threw for 363y.
CR Newton 14/27 212 00 Stewart 25/95 2TDs Gomm 5c 53
AZ Palmer 35/46 363 31 Johnson 10/24 7c 84y
DT13 HO20 Osweiler took advantage of a bad DT Pass D to lead HO to a win.
4-4     5-3 HO Osweiler 20/29 186 11 Miller 17/56 TD Hopkins 4c 44
DT Stafford 27/41 240 10 Riddick 11/56 Ebron 7c 79y
KC30 IN14 KC QB Smith got the win but Nick Foles replaced him for the save.
4-2  3-4 Smith was checked twice & the second time benched for a potential concussion. Foles has the better arm.
KC Smith 9/19 127 10 Foles 16/22 223 20 West 14/52 Kelce 7c 101 TD
IN Luck 19/35 210 21 9r 60y Moncrief 4c 41y TD
SE20 NO25 S Thomas scored on a fumble recovery to start the scoring by SE
4-2-1 3-4 Brees was outstanding & took advantage of an injured SE D backfield.
NO Brees 27/35 265 10 Rush TD Hightower 26/102 Thomas 6c 63y
SE Wilson 22/34 253 01 Michael 10/40 TD Prosise 4c 80y
OK30 TB24 OK set an NFL record for accepted (23) penalties but overcame that to win the game. 5th road win for OK.
6-2 3-4 OK scored the wining TD pass Carr to Roberts 41y with 1:36 left in the OT period
OT OK Carr 40/59 513 40 Murray 11/48 Cooper 12c 173 TD
TB Winston 16/32 180 20 Rodgers 19/69 TD Humphries 3c 58y
DV27 SD19 Rivers should sue SD O line for lack of support. 4 sacks & a ton of hits beat him up.
6-2  3-5 SD couldn’t get an extra point. It was blocked by KC
Seiemian 20/38 276 01 Booker 19/54 TD Thomas 5c 79y
Rivers 20/47 267 23 Gordon 23/111 Inman 4c 72y
GB32 AT33 This was the most offensive (in a good way) game of the day.
4-3  5-3 AT took the lead for the last time with 31 sec left.  Rodgers tried to rally GB but failed on a 4th down throw.
AT Ryan 28/35 288 30 Ward 6/46 Freeman 11/35 TD Sanu 9c 84y TD
GB Rodgers 28/38 246 40 6r 60y Adams 12c 74y
PH23 DA29 Former HC of DT Jim Schwartz has made a HUGE difference on PH D.  It is very solid.
4-3  6-1 PH fell behind 0-10 but then took a 20-10 lead by QB Wentz.
OT DA tied the game at 23 with a late TD which was set up by a fumble by Smallwood deep in PH territory.
In OT, DA won the toss & drove the length of the field for a TD to Whitten.
DA Prescott 19/39 297 21 RTD  Elliott 22/96 Bryant 4c 113y TD
PH Wentz 32/43 202 10 Sporles 16/86 J Matthews 11c 65y TD
MN10  CH20 The Bears controlled the ball and the game.  MN D wore down in the 2nd half.
5-2          2-6 Cutler looked very accurate.  It seemed like the MN O didn’t want to play.  They were slow & uninterested.
MN is not going anywhere unless they can protect Bradford. He was harrassed by a weak pass rush.
Ian Rapport reports HC Fox & his staff are  on the hot seat in Chicago.
NJ31 CL28 It was the best of times (1st half).  It was the worst of times (2nd half).
3-5       0-8 Exhibit A the ball goes off RB Johnson hands to NJ defender, That gave NJ the FG for the winning points.
Fitzpatrick 16/34 228 10 Forte 25/82 2TDs Enunwa 4c 93y TD
McCown 25/49 341 22 Cromwell 11/29 TD Pryor 6c 101y
CL O Nobody but Pryor & Barnidge can catch the ball.
Good 1st drive. Nice to get out front for a change. 3rd & 10  throw 2 Pryor was the key.
Way too many 3rd and long for #Browns.
Pryor is becoming a #1 WR.
3rd & 10 throw for 4 yards will not get the 1st.  McCown predetermined the throw. On his left were 2 rec wide open.
McCown is still using pre-snap read to decide where to go with the ball.  Hawkins was doubled but McC threw it anyway.
Browns, Way too little & way too late.
CL D Davis & company played the run wide well -3
Taylor 3 PD.
Browns have never figured out how to stop the run on the edge. 35y TD run by Powell.
Memo TO #Browns. Man D works better if the S stays in the middle of the field.
Pryor was beating Revis but Marshall beating Haden worse.
Browns D is mailing it in from nowhere special.  Have to fix the D. 20-7 lead gone to 28-20 deficite
coaching Your 0-7 and have a 3rd & 2.  Go for it.  All that can happen is you will lose another game.  #Browns
What is with the wholesale changes in personell. Cost 5 yards for 12 men on the field.
Browns were doing well in man so why change to zone in the 2nd half?
WAY too many drops by WRs.
CL did not make adjustments NJ did on O and D.  How many times have I said that?
Thoughts The O is MUCH better with McCown than RG3 or Kessler. 50% on 3rd down conversions.
The D gets warn out.  On the field for 20 min in 2nd half.  Rookies have hit the wall.
Tackling is HORRIBLE.  4 missed tackles on Enunwa’s TD.
We are not seeing the improvement I expected by the young players.
Kessler is NOT the QB 4 the future. Heart of a lion, Mind of a coach & the Arm of a chicken.
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MI rb Arian Foster retires
nj QB Smith is put on IR
DV rb C J Anderson has meniscus damage out indefinately
OK lb Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement after a year susp for substance abuse policy violation
DA Tony Romo is throwing the ball at practice.
JK22 TN36 The Titans scored on 4 of their first 5 possessions. It was a very one sided game.
2-5  4-4 The issue with JK was as usual QB Bortles.  His mechanics & footwork are bad. That prevents accuracy.
The game was Col. Mustard vs the Smerfs
TN Mariota 19/22 270 20 Murray 21/123 TD Wright 4c 84y TD
JK Bortles 33/54 337 30 4r 22y Hurns 7c 98 TD
WA CN-3 CN has to get the run game going again.  Looked great last week but that was vs CL so it doesn’t count.
4-3  3-4 WA run game is solid but the pass game has not been as effective as last year.
CN pass game (4th) vs WA pass D (17th)
WA pass game (3rd) vs CN pass D (12th)
NE-6.5 BF In week 4 BF shut out NE. But that was without Brady at QB. Look for NE to crush BF for payback.
6-1      4-3 BF pass D is horrible.  Brady & co will take advantage of that.
Brady & pass game vs BF pass D (31st)
BF run game (2nd) vs NE run D (11th)
AZ CR-3 CR has lost more games this year than in all of last season.  This will be a HUGE test of CR pass D.
3-3-1 1-5 Both teams need this game.  CR is out with 6 losses.  AZ needs to keep up with SE.
AZ run game (5th) vs CR run D (7th)
CR pass game (8th) vs AZ pass D (3rd)
DT HO-2.5 HO O has struggled but so has DT D.
4-3     4-3 The issue with Osweiler is he is not accurate & has bad footwork.
The only reason HC O’Brien has not benched his QB is Savage & Weeden are his only other QBs.
HO run game (12th) vs DT run D (19th)
DT pass game (12th) vs HO pass D (2nd)
KC-2.5 IN There is nothing wrong with Luck that a better O line would not solve.
4-2  3-4 KC needs a run game because that is the best chance for a long TD.  Smith’s arm is below average.
IN pass game (7th) vs KC pass D (19th)
KC run game (18th) vs IN run D (25th)
SE-3 NO SE has the WORST O line in NFL.  Not only hurts Wilson but run game as well.
4-1-1 2-4 All NO can depend on is QB Brees.  Has nothing else on either side of the ball.
SE pass game (14th) vs NO pass D (30th)
NO pass O (1st) vs SE pass D (9th)
OK TB-1 OK O is doing well while TB O is struggling a bit.
5-2 3-3 OK D is REALLY struggling but TB D is getting better.
OK O (13th pass & run) vs TB D (13th pass & 20th run)
TB pass O (16th) vs OK pass D (32nd)
DV-5.5 SD DV is a fairly complete team.  All SD has is Rivers.
5-2  3-4 DV rush O (16th) vs SD run D (8th)
SD pass O (5th) vs DV pass D (1st)
GB AT-3 GB O has struggled.  The problem is WRs are not getting open & Rodgers is not as accurate now either.
4-2  4-3 AT started hot but lost @ SE and home vs SD.  SE loss was expected. SD not so much.
AT pass O (2nd) vs GB pass D (15th)
GB pass O (20th) vs AT pass D (31st)
PH DA-4.5 DA has won 5 straight games.  Rookie QB Prescott is good but run game is outstanding.
4-2   5-1 PH rook QB Wentz is OK but the problem has been his mechanics.  The D has been the difference.
DA run game (1st) vs PH run D (14th)
PH run game (17th) vs DA run D (10TH)
MN-5.5  CH Monday
5-1          1-6
NJ-4.5 CL Neither of these teams are going anywhere.  NJ has no QB & CL has used 6 of them.
2-5       0-7 The best chance for CL is Fitzpatrick continuing to be very giving throwing picks.
NJ passing game (22nd) vs CL pass D (29th)
NJ run game (21st) vs CL run D (31st)
CL run game (8th) vs NJ run D (2nd)
CL pass game (24th) vs NJ pass D (27th)
QB McCown will start for CL. Does that improve their chance to win?

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