Winners of the most vulnerable departments: Ravens, Texans, Rams at risk

Winners of the most vulnerable departments: Ravens, Texans, Rams at risk


Not all division champions are created.

Some are able to put together a few years of leadership. Some come within one year. Some – well, really, head – rule for more than ten years.

Let's look at the most vulnerable division winners from 2018 as we move towards the 2019 season. Below, each section winner will be ranked according to the likelihood that they will be challenged, along with the staff most likely to take their place. place. That is, No. 8 is the safest division winner and is No. 1 the most at risk. The ratings are presented in reverse order.

8) New England Patriots (AFC East)

New England faces challenges; Rob Gronkowski has retired, and there is no one on the current arrest corps – including N 'Keal Harry pick on the first round – over 850 yards last season. Oh, and Tom Brady 41. But the Patriots won 10 title AFC East straight. Few reasons believe they will not be 11th. Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches ever in the NFL. Let's not overthink this.

They are most likely to replace them: Buffalo Bills. Buffalo did a very good job to improve the draft agency and the free agency, and Josh Allen will be better in the quarter in 2019 than he did in 18. But barring a gigantic with Allen, the New England Bills are unlikely to replace. It would be a good idea to bet against Belichick.

7) Dallas Cowboys (NFC East)


Amari Cooper made a real difference after trading last October. It will help Dak Prescott and the rest of Cooper Cowboys offense to be in the fold from the jump. It will also sure be nice for them to welcome Pro Bowl Travis Frederick back to work after 2018 losing with Sionlain Sion. I like to promote Kellen Moore to an aggressive coordinator; I think Moore will soon be head coach. And, of course, it is the only person in the NFL who has over 4,000 yards over the three years he has been in the series – which gives Dallas a significant edge, provided that there are no difficulties in his contact. The police at a music festival last weekend in Las Vegas. With regard to protection, deMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn's additions, George Iloka and the rookie Trysten Hill will place a unit that ranked the sixth scoring and the seventh overall in 18.

They are more likely to be replaced: Philadelphia Eagles. If the Giants or Redskins don't go ahead, this is a two-horse race between the Cowboys and Philadelphia, and although there is a good chance that it will come down on the wire, I feel good about Dallas, which I see as the most stable team. Consider that Prescott has started every three-year lifetime, and Elliott has not lost time due to injury and Cooper was fully available in 2019. The Eagles are a legitimate threat, but QB Carson Wentz lost the part last of each. The last two seasons, and its current reserve, Nate Sudfeld, have taken only 25 NFL passages in his young life. I see the emerging Cowboys.

6) New Orleans St. (South NFC)

Getting so close it would look like Super Bowl, no team would really like to try to collide it under controversial circumstances. And that's even before you take into account the gut punch that finished playoff pressure New 2017 Orleans. The Saints must leave the past behind. They must also expect that the offensive struggles were marked at the end of last season – from Week 12 to Week 17, on top of 200 yards they had just once – not a sign that Drew Brees days as top QB endings coming to an end. I am still a believer in the 40-year-old Brees – who was facing various doubts about his ability since his time at Purdue – and coach Sean Payton. We must surely give Brees the doubt, based on her previous testimony. But as it comes from its first sub-4,000-yard season since 2005, it will expect the performance of the program.

They are most likely to replace them: Atlanta Falcon. I have concerns about the Newton Cam health in Carolina; there are particular concerns on shoulder surgery. If the Saints were to decline, I would love to choose the Browns and their deeds led by Matt Ryan as the choice to win. No matter what the value is, the Saints have never done more than two years in a row.

5) Bears Chicago (North NFC)


Robbie Gould continues to mock this team. Search Chicago for reliable cicar continued in the season Cody Parkey's lost folding kick. Trade availability Eddy Pineiro appears to be the first runner for the job, but he still has to win it in the foreground. At the defense coordinator, the bears are exchanging Vic Fangio, who left him as the principal coach of Broncos, a former coach Colts Chuck Pagano, who has good experience as a high quality defense mind. Mitch Trubisky in Fourth Quarter is on to another stage in Year 3. Don't forget that Trubisky made only 13 starts in college – he will continue to grow as he collects experience in the NFL, especially with Matt. Nagy.

Most likely to replace them: Minnesota Vikings. While they appeared asleep during a couple of games in 2018, the Vikings (Kirk Cousins) have a good outbreak and strong defense. The aggressive line will be crucial for Minnesota and for Cousins. Like the Packers and Lions, the Vikings have reason to believe that they will work better in 2019 – so the Bears do.

4) CEOs Kansas City (AFC West)

There are reasons for concern about the Heads. The receiver Tyreek Hill is currently absent from the team, and a child abuse investigation involving Knock reopened in April. Will a quick Rookie Hardman be able to replace the All-Pro twice? Besides Hill, Kansas City can It is easy to say that Patrick Mahomes is in his fourth-level quarter, although Travis Kelce has a firm end to the best NFL seasons (103 arrests, 1,336 yards and 10 scores) and the time back, Damien Williams has succeeded. properly after Kareem Hunt was released at the end of November (an average of 5.97 yards per car in Williams into three regular seasons start). Steve Spagnuolo's new defense coordinator is very good, and I think that Frank Clark, the passport-maker, will greatly help. But how long will it take a defense reform, including a transfer to the 4-3, to begin with?

They are most likely to replace them: Los Angeles Chargers. Philip Rivers and Co. Kansas City was forced through Week 17 for West AFC title last season, and they should be leaking at the heels of the Commanders again in 19. Denver and Oakland are also happy to make progress, but Rivers are very good, while working with top-ranking receivers and barriers and better protection.

3) Los Angeles Rams (West NFC)

There is no time at the Super Bowl Rams pole his nurse, not with Seattle breathing his necks and San Francisco welcoming Jimmy Garoppolo back to the West of the NFC. Key to Los Angeles: Will Jared Goff, a good fourth quarter who sometimes struggle with consistency, be able to get his confidence back and achieve lousy function in Super Sunday's team loss? I am also worried about running back with Todd Gurley. It is a great player, but not a good thing to see someone dealing with knee issues. The main coach Sean McVay is from the rising charts in the NFL. But there are many questions hanging in the air for defending NFC champs.

They are more likely to be replaced: Seattle Seahawks. There are a number of questions about how they will lose Frank Frank's pass racer and receiver Doug Baldwin. But otherwise, I think Russell Wilson and Co.. present like to make sweat.

2) Houston Texans (South AFC)


The Texans are credited for returning from 0-3 in 2018 to win the division – but the defects suffering the first round of lost Colts are very serious. To protect Houston his crown, three things must happen. 1) The aggressive line must function better after allowing Deshaun Watson to be saved 62 times in the regular season and three times more in the postseason loss. 2) The overhaul of secondary school, Tashaun Gipson, Bradley Roby, Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Ronnie Johnson's rookie must be disassembled instead of Mathieu Tank, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson. 3) Watson and the game must run another step forward.

They are likely to replace them: Indianapolis Colts. Tennessee has improved significantly since 2018, although the Jaguars have nowhere to go under Nick Foles' new QB. But Indianapolis is a better team when the resurrection Andrew Luck is shooting on each roller. If it stays healthy again, the Colts have the opportunity to be good enough.

1) Ravens Baltimore (North AFC) t

Urgent questions entering 2018 – Will John Harbaugh take over as a coach? Will Lamar Jackson replace Joe Flacco? – answered positively. The fourth quarter play could be fixed, but is worth bigger uncertainty this season. Can Jackson take the next step as a learner under Greg Roman's new attack coordinator? On defense, Baltimore Earl Thomas signed Eric Weddle. But the team also suffered significant losses in the front and routing corps, with Terrell Suggs, Za Darius Smith and CJ Mosley going towards greener pasture – and the Ravens are dependent on younger players and free-stop agent to fill the void.

They are most likely to replace them: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens in Northern Ireland competition will stop. The Browns are going up, and Pittsburgh was a perennial competition for most of the era Ben Roethlisberger-Mike Tomlin. There is a transition year in front of the Steelers, and Veon Bell and the receiver Antonio Brown departed back, but it would be silly to write them out at this point. I think the race for “competitor” is a virtual corruption between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and the tie to break, I will see the team with more experience I've created, including at a quarterback.

Gil Brandt continued on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.

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