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4DV drafted 2 RBS & 2 WRS. Is that enough to fix the O?
3The D got some pass rush by taking Edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Will they understand how to use him most effectively?
2The D was solid except in ppg. Lots of that was due to O turnovers. Can a better O help the D get better?
1DV signed Case Keenum to big contract. Will that solve the QB issues for DV?
  
 Chargers
4RB Melvin Gordon scored 12 TD & had 1000 rushing yards. Can he do that again this season?
3TE Hunter Henry was lost for 18 with an ACL tear & released Antonio Gates. Can the TE position contribute to playoffs?
2The 1st 4 picks were on D. 2 were Safeties. Pass Rush is solid. Did LC do enough on D to get into the playoffs?
1Q Philip Rivers was outstanding last yr after leading in picks in 16. Can he duplicate last year’s results this season?
  
 Chiefs
4Can the OL stay healthy in 2018?
3The OL was hurt but the Run gm was solid. Can R Kareem Hunt duplicate his 17 season?
2The D has aged out & lost players due to cap issues. Can KC D recover enough to get the team back to the playoffs?
1KC took a BIG risk in trading Smith & making Patrick Mahomes the QB. Will that work out for more than 10 wins?
  
 Raiders
4OK drafted 2 OT. Did they do enough to fix a VERY over rated OL?
3The WR group couldn’t catch the ball. OK got FA Jordy Nelson & drafted Marcell Ateman. Is that enough?
2The Pass D under preformed badly last yr. Can the new staff get the DBS to play better?
1Q Derek Carr had a bad season last yr. Can he recover this year to get OK into the playoffs?
 
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4Frank Gore was well past his “use by”date & was cut. Can one of the worst OL’s get the run game going again?
3Can the rebuilt WR group give the O some pop?
2IN used 4 draft picks on D. Can the 3rd worst D get off the field often enough to help the team?
1No Luck last year at all & he is not throwing the ball yet. Will Andrew Luck be able to play this year?
  
 Jaguars
4JK Cut WR Herns & TE Lewis. Can the receivers group recover from those losses?
3The D was 2nd in points allowed but lost MLB Paul Posluszny. Can it reach that level again?
2RB Leonard Fournette was outstanding last yr. Can he produce that level this year?
1Is Blake Bortles the real deal & franchise QB or not?
  
 Texans
4Can TE C.J. Fiedorowicz play this year with 3 concussions last year?
3J. 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?
2The Run game was a huge disappointment. The didn’t draft or sign a RB. Can R Lamar Miller revive the run game?
1Can a really bad OL keep Q Deshaun Watson healthy?
  
 Titans
4TN cut R DeMarco Murray. In 3 starts Derrick Henry had 1 good gm. Can RB Dion Lewis get the run gm going?
3Can CB Malcom Butler solve the passing yardage the D gave up last year?
2The 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?
1Q Marcus Mariota had a down season last yr. Can he get back to 26 to 30 TD passes this season?
 
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Baltimore Ravens

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

 

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

 

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4Can the rebuilt OL give the Q time to throw and give the running game a chance to succeed?
3Can the D limit opponents run game to under 100y/g? Gave up 124.6 last year
2Is the O able to score more point this year than 18.9 in 17?
1Is A.J. McCarron the starter or will be Josh Allen?
  
 Dolphins
4Can the D that is aging out still be competitive?
3Can the ST stop giving up big returns?
2Can the run game get going that was 29th last year.
1Now that Cutler is in the broadcast booth, will Ryan Tannehill finally become the QB to get MI into the playoffs?
  
 Pats
4Can R Sony Michel get the run game going?
3Can the rebuilt OL give Brady time to throw?
2The D fell of the map last year. Can they get back to a level to get back to the SB?
1As long as Tom Brady is healthy the O will be fine. Can he stay upright this season?
  
 Jets
4The O was DOA last year. Can it score more points this season?
3Will the green as grass D preform better this season?
2Can R Isaiah Crowell get the run game going?
1As 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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