Thursday, August 30, 2018
2018 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC South
Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
The Falcons are probably one of the most complete teams in the league from offense, to defense, to the coaching staff. On offense they have the best receiver in the game with Julio Jones, he is a game changer in so many ways. On the opposite side of the field Sanu has been a great second option if Julio is in double coverage and if Matt Ryan has any trouble finding any one of his many receivers, he always has the option to hand the ball off to Davonte Freeman. The defense has been a silent killer over the years and actually helped drive their Super Bowl run from a couple of seasons ago. The Falcons are in one of the toughest divisions in the league and will have to battle it out for a playoff spot, but this deep roster is definitely an advantage over the rest of the teams in their division.
New Orleans Saints (10-6)
Drew Brees has turned into an ageless wonder. It seems his game is never off, and as long as that continues the Saints are always in it. Alvin Kamara set the league on fire last season in his rookie year and he will have to carry more of the load with Mark Ingram’s suspension to start the season. The area of concern with the Saints will be their defense because it’s a whole bunch of new guys and we have no idea how they are going to play together. Overall the Saints are a good team not only because of what Drew Brees brings to the team, but also the coaching staff. They have some of the best coaches in the league and that always makes a difference when the game is on the line.
Carolina Panthers (8-8)
The Panthers have not been the same since they lost the Super Bowl a couple of seasons ago. Ever since that loss they have lost the confidence and swagger they had, now this team is not intimidating at all. On offense Cam Newton can still ball, but he has no receivers and the ground game is all him. Cam is a great athlete, but the pressure can’t all be on him. The defense has turned to absolute shit and I really don’t see any improvement with them from last season. The Panthers will probably have another Jekyll and Hyde type of season where they are on one game and off the next. I expect nothing but inconsistencies from the Panthers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
There is literally nothing good to write about when it comes to the Bucs! Even if Jameis Winston wasn’t suspended to start the season this team is a straight up dumpster fire!
Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4)
The Jaguars are coming off of one of their best seasons in the history of the team and I believe they will continue to build off of that. Overall this is a solid team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line has quarterbacks running for days, the linebackers are locked down in coverage, and the secondary has been known to not only cause a turnover, but also take it back for some points! The offense is not bad, but you definitely have to hold your breath when Blake Bortles is your quarterback. Leonard Fournette has proven he can carry this offense and if he stays healthy he will continue to be the work horse for the offense. The Jaguars look to be one of the teams to beat going into this season.
Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
The Colts finally have Andrew Luck back and from what it looks like he will have his arm strength back. I expect him to be a little rusty, but once he shakes it off I have a feeling he will have the Colts playing at a much higher level than last season. The problem will be on the defensive side of the ball. Right now the Colts defense is a bunch of no-names and that can change, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up holding them back in tight games. I have a feeling the Colts will be in the thick of the playoff teams battling it out to the end.
Houston Texans (8-8)
The Texans have accomplished one thing in their history as a team and that is…NOTHING! Every year people keep hopping on this band wagon like they are about to do something and they never do a damn thing besides disappoint. J.J. Watt is only getting older and seems to have a problem staying healthy, so trying to rely on him is not going to work anymore. DeShaun Watson looks promising and should have a good future with the Texans, but until this team proves they can be trusted I won’t be picking them for anything besides a top spot in next year’s draft!
Tennessee Titans (7-9)
The Titans are not a bad team, but overall they aren’t that impressive. They are going to be a good enough to win some upsets, but in the end they probably won’t even sniff the playoffs!