Month: September 2017

The Best and Worst NFL Teams

Rest easy, National Football League fans. The 2016 football season is rapidly approaching. The 2016 NFL Draft came and went, and training camp is in session. Aside from a few roster moves involving veteran players who we will inevitably see before and during training camp, every team’s roster for the upcoming season is set.

With that being the case, we put together our post-draft power rankings, which reflect every team’s offseason moves. Here’s what we came up with

Cleveland Browns

The Best and Worst NFL Teams of 2016

The Cleveland Browns have one of the longest suffering fanbases in professional sports. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The reality of the situation in Cleveland is that the Browns have holes all over their roster — despite having 14 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft — and they are still a long ways away from being competitive in the AFC North. Expect to see things get worse before they get better for the Browns in 2016.

New Orleans Saints

The Best and Worst NFL Teams of 2016

Can Sean Payton and Drew Brees lead the New Orleans Saints back to the NFC Playoffs? | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Based on what we saw last year, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees is inching closer and closer to being just another veteran playing on borrowed time, and their defense was laughably bad. The Saints should be better on the defensive side of the ball (which isn’t really saying much), but it’s still hard for us to consider them true playoff contenders in the NFC.

Los Angeles Rams

The Best and Worst NFL Teams of 2016

Jared Goff is selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. | Jon Durr/Getty Images

The Rams have their quarterback of the future in Jared Goff, an All-Pro caliber running back in Todd Gurley, and one of the best defenses in the league. However, with Goff looking like the team’s Week 1 starter as a rookie — behind a subpar offensive line — the Rams will likely struggle in 2016.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts will only go as far as quarterback Andrew Luck carries them. For Luck to find success in 2016, he will need his teammates to stay healthy and his offensive line to do a better job of protecting him. The Colts will still have issues on the defensive side of the ball, but if Luck returns to the All-Pro form he flashed in 2014, this team will contend for a playoff spot in the AFC.

Houston Texans

The Texans went all-in on quarterback Brock Osweiler, and as long as the 25-year-old signal caller proves to be an above-average player, the Texans will be tough. If he struggles, even J.J. Watt won’t be able to save them.

New York Giants

The Best and Worst NFL Teams of 2016

Can Eli Manning lead the New York Giants back to the NFC Playoffs? | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Giants spent huge money this offseason, and we are confident that their financial risks will reward them on the field in 2016. In a wide open NFC East race, the Giants are the team with the best quarterback (in our opinion), and they should be vastly improved on the defensive side of the ball this season. If they stay healthy and see things break their way, the Giants could be one of the better teams in the NFC in 2016.

Dallas Cowboys

As we learned in 2015, the Cowboys success (or lack thereof) hinges on the health of quarterback Tony Romo. If he is healthy and stays healthy, this team could be special in 2016. If not, the Cowboys could end up picking in the top-10 in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins surprised everyone on their way to winning the 2015 NFC East title. After their impressive offseason, they should be even better in 2016. As we previously mentioned, the NFC East will be wide open this year, but this time around the Redskins won’t sneak up on their opponents.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Best and Worst NFL Teams of 2016

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers may have the best offense in the league. | Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Steelers may have the best offense in the league, which should be enough to keep them in every game they play this season. If their defense comes together, this could be a Super Bowl-caliber team.