Amidst all the buzz regarding Kyrie Irving’s shocking request to leave Cleveland and the MLB trade deadline, the NFL season is soon approaching. After a relatively quite offseason for the players, the business starts back up in a few weeks with preseason football and then the opening kickoff game on September 7th.
Let’s dive into my top 5 teams for the 2017-2018 NFL Season:
- New England Patriots- Most often than not, any defending Super Bowl champion is a good bet to have success the next year, nevermind the Patriots. New England has a consistent model of success with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. On top of that, offseason pickups Stephan Gilmore and Brandin Cooks are primed for great seasons on an excellent team. Sorry NFL, the Patriots are still the team to beat and this year is no different.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- The combination of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell is just plain nasty. Add in the return of Martavis Bryant, and that is one superpower offense. The defense will be a bit of a question, but the overall team is primed to go far.
- Green Bay Packers- As with the Steelers, the offense will be stellar, especially with a healthy Jordy Nelson. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ “run the table” philosophy at the end of the season proves just how talented and strong the team will be again this year. With Clay Matthews in need for a comeback year, the defense should be good enough to give Green Bay a deep playoff run.
- Atlanta Falcons- Even though the season is new, the Super Bowl has to be some thought in the Falcons’ minds. A small decline is expected here, but Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will continue to build on their amazing chemistry and keep Atlanta both afloat and thriving. Aside from end of the Super Bowl, the Falcons defense demonstrates it has extreme talent and will become a great asset for the team.
- Dallas Cowboys- It is hard to put an exact choice for the number five team, but the Cowboys present the best growing potential and talent out of the remaining 28 teams. The success for the Cowboys this year will hinge on an Ezekiel Elliot possible suspension and Dak Prescott’s second season. If both of those scenarios go in the opposite way, Dallas could be headed for a “2016 Carolina Panthers” type collapse. However, until any more information is released, Dallas can be expected to be a contender, especially with their unreal offensive line.
Notable Mentions: Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders
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