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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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Cardinals
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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Bears
Can the new coaching staff headed by HC Matt Nagy turn the team around?
5 Can CH find a TE that can be an effective safety valve for Trubisky.
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Will the rebuilt WR group be better this year with Allen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel?
2 CH depended on the run a lot. Is RB Jordan Howard the real deal or just a 1 year wonder?
1 Will Q Mitchell Trubisky be allowed to throw down field more this season?
 
Lions
5 Will DT find a TE since they cut Ebron?
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Can RB LeGarrette Blount get a run gm going that has been dormant for years?
2 Can anyone get the OL going to protect Stafford & help the run game going?
1 Can OC Jim Bob Cooter keep Matt Stafford playing as well as he did in 17?
 
Packers
GB had a bad season last year when Rodgers went down with an injury.
5 Can GB figure out how to use TE Jimmy Graham because SE never did?
4 Will the OL be able to protect Rodgers & help the run game?
3 The 3-4 is not working. Can the back 8 of the D start to produce?
2 Will the WR group survive the loss of Rodgers’ favorite WR Nelson?
1 With Aaron Rodgers back, can GB get to the playoffs again?
 
Vikings
MN took a HUGE risk in signing Q Curt Cousins to a fully guaranteed 84M contract.
5 Will the rebuilt DL play as well as it did last season?
4 Will the WR group be helped by the addition of Kendall Wright?
3 Will the rebuilt OL protect Cousins & keep the run game going?
2 Can the run game equal the way they played last year?
1 Can Curt Cousins get MN to a SB?

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Cowboys
DA fell badly last year. Part was due to Elliot being suspended but also Prescott did not play well. D is what cost DA PO.
5 Will the addition of W Allen Hurns means the end of Dez Bryant in DA?
4 Will the reshuffled OL be able to play better than last year?
3 The D was bad last year keeping DA out of the playoffs. Will it improve enough to get them back this season?
2 Can Ezekiel Elliott stay on the field to help the O & D with his rushing?
1 Can Dak Prescott get back to his level of play in 16 or will he continue to struggle this season?
 
Giants
Cap space cuts hurt but this team can’t be as bad as last year, can they?
5 Can the run gm be decent w/o Orleans Darkwa who is in CR?
4 Can the reworked OL get better under the new coaching staff?
3 Will the WR group include Beckham? Can that group recover from all the injuries?
2 NG SBS were based on Pass Rush. Where will it come from this year? Not from the LB group that was HORRIBLE.
1 Will Eli play better this year?
 
Eagles
The SB Win was great but cap issues & the satisfied feeling may be a problem.
5 Will LT Jason Peters come back or will Lane move to LT?
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Can the run game survive the loss of RB Blount & Sprols?
2 Can W Alston Jeffery help PH O get better?
1 How many games will Wentz play this season?
 
Redskins
Can new QB Smith make the Skins a Super Bowl contender?
5 Can the rebuild WR group perform better with Smith rather than Cousins?
4 The RBS & TE groups were hurt last year. Will they all recover and play well this year?
3 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield be better with the addition of CB Orlando Scrandrick?
2 Can the rebuild D play better than last year?
1 Q Smith will not have as many toys as he had in KC. Can he make it work in WA?

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