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Preseason is over… From here on out they count. Here are final thoughts for each team heading into the season. Below that you’ll see your team’s next game… click it for preview and prediction for week 1. The helmets you see are called “mash ups”… Star Wars themed Concept Helmets. Click the Star Wars Helmet to see more.

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1. Buffalo Bills

Bills fans have been waiting a long time for 2021.  Not since the days when they were losing Super Bowls annually have expectations been this high.  Josh Allen became a full blown star in 2020, and with the weapons around him it’s hard to imagine he won’t continue to improve.  The D will be top 10; in short this is a team without a glaring weakness.  The big question is this:  For a few years now, Buffalo has been in the role of underdog.  Can they handle the pressure of heading into 2021 as the AFC Big Dog?

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2. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers has a chip on his shoulder again.  And we all saw how that played out last year.  And now that he’s gone all Tom Brady-zen… yeah, defenses should be terrified.  Randall Cobb was a bigger pick up than people realize; The Packers’ biggest shortcoming in 2020 was in the slot.  What he’s lost in ability should be more than compensated for in Chemistry with Rodgers.  The question is, again, the D.  If the new scheme can turn this into a top 10 unit, the Cheeseheads could cruise to a Super Bowl.  

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3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s hard, on the surface, to bet against the Bucs.  Through some short term Cap Magic, they managed to bring back an entire Super Bowl lineup.  So what’s to stop Brady and the boys in 2021?  The two things we all lose to in the end… Time and evolution.  There are a lot of kep pieces on this team who are… old.  That simple.  The odds of this lineup surviving a 17 game schedule is slim.  And coordinators have had a full off season to scheme against them;  there’s a reason it’s all but impossible to repeat in today’s NFL.

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4. Los Angeles Rams

There’s really only one question for the Rams heading into 2021.  Is Matthew Stafford the savior?  In a word… maybe.  He’s been a man on an island his entire career in Detroit; a top talent surrounded annually with garbage.  So now that he’s under center for a legit contender… with a great D, surrounded by weapons…. What happens now?  If he plays to his potential, the Rams could make a deep playoff run.  But sometimes losing ruins a QB… We’ve seen it before.  We know he’s talented, but in 2020 we find out if Stafford is a winner.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs rebuilt the O-line, so Andy Reid’s machine should be operating at full speed in 2021.  They won’t need the D to be great; they’re going to outscore people.  But once it gets cold out, you need that championship level D.  There are teams in the AFC who have it.  The Chiefs will roll through the regular  season, but if the D doesn’t hold up, neither will their Super Bowl p;ans.  Two years ago the Chiefs were the ‘Hungry” team.  They aren’t that team in 2021.

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6. Baltimore Ravens

There are a number of teams in the AFC… hell, in the North.. Who are going to live and die by their QB’s progress, but none so much as the Ravens.  Year two was more make or break for Lamar than people realize.  Coordinators were ready for him in 2020, and at times it showed.  He needed to evolve or become another over fad, and evolve he did.  He’ll have more weapons, although losing Dobbins hurts.  He needs to keep evolving for Baltimore to be anything but an annual short term playoff participant.

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7. Los Angeles Chargers

It’s a recurring theme, but it’s a theme of the NFL, really.  In year two, defenses adjust.  It will happen to Herbert, as well.  He’ll have an elite D to lean on, so the adjustment may not be as bad, but don’t be surprised if he struggles early. The one thing he… and the Chargers as a team need to improve on is closing out games.  The 2020 Chargers never saw a lead they couldn’t give away.

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8. San Francisco 49ers

2020 sucked for the “Niners.  Teams get hit with injuries;  that’s part of the game.  But this… this was nonsense.  By the end of the year they were starting cheerleaders on the O-line.  And it was the good players.  Like all of them.  So scratch 2020.  Most of the pieces are back… this is a post season team once more.  Only… how does Trey Lance not become an issue?  You know soon as Jimmy G throws a pick… it’ll start.  And that type of scenario can ruin a team.

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14. Tennessee Titans

OK… Julio Jones?  Even if he’s lost a step… holy sh@t.  Travis Henry is going to EAT with that stretched field.  Like all the rest of the second tier AFC teams, they’ll have to win their share of shootouts, but man, are the Titans going to be fun to watch.

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10. Cleveland Browns

It’s just weird. I have kids in college who didn’t even realize the Browns getting to the playoffs was a thing. Ever. And now… best O line in the game. AA D that won’t suck. The Best 1-2 punch the NFL has seen at RB in decades. almost great WR group. So why aren’t they favorites? Two reasons. One, they’re the Browns. That is a thing. And 2… Baker. He was better in 2020. Really good at times. But he was still… Baker at times. If he can finish out-growing that part of him… sky’s the limit.

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9. Indianapolis Colts

People are worrying way too much about Carson Wentz’s health.  A far more important question is… will he suck?  He doesn’t have to be great, which is good.  He’s not.  If he can just not suck… the Colts are a playoff team.  Hard to be confident there.

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11. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are a complete crapshoot in 2021.  Big names all over the place, but a lot of them are old or injury prone.  If everything goes well, and If none of the names get hurt… just a lot of ifs.  And being in the best division in football doesn’t help at all.  

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12. Miami Dolphins

So here are my thoughts on Miami.  Great team.  The whole NFL saw that last year.  Ton of young talent.  But they suck at QB.  I don’t mean Tua sucks;  Look back at how they handled Fitzmagic last year.  They didn’t draft a QB, and there were QBs to be had. Got him his old WR instead.  But then they offer the house for Deshaun Watson, who might be in prison by 2022?  Great teams know how to QB.  Miami needs to learn or this will be a waste of a great team.

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13. Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook is a beast, and if healthy is one of the best RBs in the league.  Justin Jefferson?  Last time a the Vikings had a rookie WR like that?  Randy Moss.  Kirk Cousins is… he could be worse.  And yet no one is talking about the Vikings.  Could be the D… hard to win if you can’t stop the pass.  If they can, then people will be talking about the Vikings.

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15. Dallas Cowboys

So just like every year, we’re all talking about how the Cowboys offense will be terrific, how the D is going to stink.  But if they stay healthy… yeah, that’s not going to matter.  It starts at the top, and Mike McCarthy is going to be the reason the Cowboys fail in 2021.

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16. Carolina Panthers

So for a while now the Panthers have been one of those teams… nice team, but man… QB.  Is Sam Dornold the answer?  Who knows?  It’s the same question the Rams are facing, but Darnold is younger.  If he is… The Panthers are that one team every year that no one saw coming.  That simple.

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17. Denver Broncos

Here’s another one.  Nice team, but man… QB…. the D is there, the line will be outstanding yet again, spectacular young skill players… yet if this team finishes over .500 it’ll be a surprise.  There’s a reason Teddy has been with 39 teams in 5 years, and Drew Lock… yup.  Imagine if Aaron Rodgers… yeah… Sorry Broncos fans.

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18. New Orleans Saints

One of two things will happen in New Orleans this year.  Either Jameis Winston will have a career revival… which is possible.  This is a solid football team.  And let’s not forget… Drew Brees was not great in 2020.  At times he wasn’t good.  If Winston has gotten better… and he was in the right place to do that… the Saints will be as good as we all thought they were last year.  Probably better.  Or they’ll throw Taysom Hill in and be average.  

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19. New York Giants

On a good note, the D is going to be as good as advertised.  Daniel Jones has shown some brilliance, but it’s hard to notice when he turns the ball over 8 times a game.  If Barkley is healthy, it takes some of the pressure off of him.  If he’s not, it’s doubtful much will change, even with all of the new offensive toys.

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20. Washington Nameless

First, name your damn team.  The nameless ones are in the best position in the NFC East.  But like so many other teams… yup, again… Nice team, but man… QB.  Don’t get me wrong… I love Fitzmagic.  But he’s mostly a career backup who’s played for half the teams in the league because while some weeks he’s Dan Marino, other weeks he’s Ryan Leaf.  I hope the man kills it… but even if he does, this is still just a peripheral playoff team.

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21. Seattle Seahawks

This just isn’t the same Seahawks team.  Russell Wilson is still Russel Wilson, And DK Metcalf is a star, but beyond that?  The D sucks, so Wilson will have to carry them again.  Only… there are a lot of good teams floating around the NFC in 2021, and they’re in the NFC West… yeah.  Could Wilson carry them to the playoffs?  Yup.  Will he?  Doubtful.

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22. New England Patriots

The Pats brought in half the NFL in free agency, and even if you hate the guy, we all no that no one is better at putting the right guys into his system than Belichick.  But once more… QB.  Cam Newton hasn’t proved anything.  Mac Jones is a rookie, and ‘Bama QBs tend to be unsuccessful in the modern NFL.  If one of them comes through, this is a playoff team.  If not, they’ll lose more games than they did last year.

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23. Pittsburgh Steelers

I’m just gonna say it… Ben should have retired.  I hate to say it, but it’s true.  The man is a legend, but he’s old.  And he’s never really taken care of himself.  Last year’s undefeated run obscured a lot of things; Ben isn’t Ben anymore.  He’ll start strong, like last year… but it’ll be over a lot sooner.  That’s my prediction; by the end of the year someone not wearing #7 will be taking the snaps.

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24. Jacksonville Jaguars

There was a lot to be excited about for Jags fans a few months ago, but the luster has already faded.  Travis Etienne didn’t make it through pre-season.  Urban Meyer is having a hard time adjusting to the NFL, and has already made some hiring mistakes.  Trading Minshew was a head scratchier at best.  Even I was optimistic, but it looks like business as usual for the Jags in 2021.

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25. Atlanta Falcons

It’s not looking good for the Falcons.  No Julio immediately makes them less explosive, and the D looks like it’s still going to be worthless in spite of the money they spent there.  And God bless Matty Ice… but he’s getting old, too.  He’ll still get his numbers, but not a lot of those numbers will be wins.

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26. Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts looks good, and I love the Minshew trade.  50/50 he’s starting before the end of the year.  It’s just hard to see a way the Iggles aren’t hugging the bottom this year.

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27. Las Vegas Raiders

I’ve been saying it since last year, and I’ll say it again.  For the Raiders to win, they have to feed Josh Jacobs.  Look it up… when they do, they win.  When they don’t, they lose.  Gruden is still trying to play Raiders football.  Pound the ball.  Stretch the field with deep balls.  Play mean defense.  And it’s not working.  No D at all, and if you can’t run the ball.. None of it works.  Carr will be good for Fantasy, but not much else.

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28. Chicago Bears

One of the most interesting quotes of the pre-season was Justin Fields saying he didn’t think the NFL game was very fast.  The confidence is nice, but you have to wonder if he’d feel the same way if they threw him to the wolves… or rather… Rams.  And of course he won’t start.  The Bears won’t be good this year… thinking Nagy will be fired before the season ends.

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29. Cincinnati Bengals

Great young QB.  Bad line.  QB gets smashed.  New year.  Didn’t fix that line.  The new toys don’t matter if you don’t have time to throw to them.  You just have to hope Burrow survives.  If he does, they may win 4 or 5 games.

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30. Detroit Lions

The story in Detroit has been the same going into every year… for a lot of years.  “If they can get Matthew Stafford some help…”  New story this year.  Jared Goff.  Practice squad level talent at WR.  And it only goes south from there.  Advice to Jared Goff?  Run.

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31. New York Jets

The Jets don’t have a pass rush.  They also don’t have CBs.  That spells doom for the Jets D.  Zach WIlson hasn’t looked bad in the pre-season,  But you have to wonder if he’ll be able to do it at full speed.  Another Prediction… Wison will be remembered as the Bust of the 2021 Draft.

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32. Houston Texans

Still don’t think the Texans win a game this year.  They’re trying to shop Watson around before he goes to prison.  It would be hard for things to get any worse in Houston.

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