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Let’s make some predictions for the 2021-22 NFL season.

Let’s take a closer look at the South divisions of the AFC and NFC.


AFC EAST

4) New York Jets

  • 2020 Record: 2-14
  • Key Additions: QB Zach Wilson, DE Carl Lawson, WR Corey Davis, DT Sheldon Rankins, LB Jarrad Davis, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Keelan Cole, S Lamarcus Joyner, WR Elijah Moore, OL Alijah Vera-Tucker
  • Key Losses: QB Sam Darnold, WR Breshad Perriman

Look, things are in fact finally looking up for the Jets after they’ve been the most embarrassing organization in professional sports for years- Adam Gase and Gregg Williams are no longer ruining the team, their new coach Robert Saleh seems to be a well-liked culture-builder, they have a brand new rookie quarterback, and they spent a lot of money on new free agents that will build off of their young core.

That being said, they’re going to need time to develop Zach Wilson and their young team and learn a brand new system; that firmly puts them behind every other team in the AFC East.

3) New England Patriots

  • 2020 Record: 7-9
  • Key Additions: QB Mac Jones, TE Hunter Henry, TE Jonnu Smith, WR Kendrick Bourne, DE Matthew Judon, CB Jalen Mills, WR Nelson Agholor, LB Kyle Van Noy, DT Davon Godchaux
  • Key Losses: WR Julian Edelman, OL Joe Thuney, RT Marcus Cannon

The Patriots have a strong enough defense under the greatest coach in the history of football to the point where Cam Newton still managed to win 7 games last year by throwing the ball at the receivers’ feet. They re-signed Newton and drafted Mac Jones, possibly the most divisive quarterback prospect out of Alabama, but even if Jones is a bust and Newton still looks like 2020 Cam, they spent big in free agency.

The rest of the team will be much better compared to the first year post-Brady. Unless Mac takes over and sets the league on fire, they’ll be the same, pesky Patriots team last year that competes merely because of Belichick.

2) Miami Dolphins

  • 2020 Record: 10-6
  • Key Additions: WR Will Fuller V, WR Jaylen Waddle, DE Jaelen Phillips, S Jevon Holland, RB Malcolm Brown, QB Jacoby Brissett, OT Liam Eichenberg
  • Key Losses: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Kyle Van Noy, LB Shaq Lawson, DT Davon Godchaux, OT Julie’n Davenport

Miami’s training camp has gotten off to a blazing start with the league’s interception leader, Xavien Howard, requesting a trade, but with or without Howard, Miami has gradually become one of the highest-rising overall organizations in football because of Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier’s clear vision for the team. The media is a bit down on Tua because he was unimpressive last year in the games he played, but he was coming off of major surgery, looked limited and timid as he recovered, and didn’t have receivers that could get as open for him as they did at Alabama.

They went out and got speedsters in free agency to do that for him. Assuming their defense doesn’t fall off if they get a fair return for Howard, as long as Tua can be a game-manager (even though he could take a major leap this year), Miami will be one of the most aggressive teams in the AFC.

1) Buffalo Bills

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  • 2020 Record: 13-3
  • Key Additions: WR Emmanuel Sanders, DE Gregory Rousseau, DE Carlos Basham Jr., TE Jacob Hollister
  • Key Losses: WR John Brown, WR Andre Roberts, DE Quinton Jefferson

Josh Allen took potentially the biggest leap in quarterback history last season and that took them to the AFC Championship. That level of production is sustainable is unlikely given the numbers were not of this world, but the Bills are pretty much just running it back with the same, dominant, young team. As long as the COVID off-the-field debacle we’ve seen this offseason doesn’t divide the locker room, they’ll be right back where they were: competing to win the Super Bowl. 


NFC EAST

4) Philadelphia Eagles

  • 2020 Record: 4-11-1
  • Key Additions: WR Devonta Smith, S Anthony Harris, DE Ryan Kerrigan
  • Key Losses: QB Carson Wentz, DT Malik Jackson, CB Jalen Mills, WR DeSean Jackson, DE Vinny Curry

There just seems to be bad juju surrounding this Eagles team ever since they intentionally tanked the final game of the 2020 season for a better draft pick and angered all of their players. They hired a new head coach, Nick Sirianni, who has never called plays or played in the league before, and he had a bumbling opening press conference that Philadelphians everywhere roasted. Then, a viral clip came out during the draft where GM Howie Roseman went for a fist bump to celebrate a pick and the front office did NOT look happy about it.

Now, there are reports that Eagles players are questioning Sirianni’s ability as a coach… Things are going tremendous in Philly. They’ll likely spend this full year with Jalen Hurts in the post-Wentz Era to see if he’s their guy, and after a season of losing, cash in on their draft capital next season.

3) Washington Football Team

  • 2020 Record: 7-9
  • Key Additions: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Jamin Davis, OT Samuel Cosmi, WR Curtis Samuel, CB William Jackson III, WR Adam Humphries
  • Key Losses: CB Ronald Darby, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, CB Fabian Moreau, QB Alex Smith, DE Ryan Kerrigan

The Washington Football Team (even without a name) had a mediocre-yet-magic year last year with the incredible defense helping them win the terrible NFC East without any offense. They at least added some new key pieces to their offense this year with Ryan Fitzmagic and Curtis Samuel, but even if he is an improvement over Alex Smith at quarterback, he’ll be 39 in November, and defensive dominance is incredibly difficult to sustain itself to carry a team.

They can’t rely on it entirely, and putting faith in the old veteran Fitzpatrick is a gamble. This feels like a bit of a stop-gap year for Washington for when they have a mascot next season and try to find their franchise quarterback. If I’m Washington, my main goal for the year is to stay healthy, develop young talent, and look like a desirable destination for the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes…

2) New York Giants

  • 2020 Record: 6-10
  • Key Additions: WR Kenny Golladay, WR KaDarius Toney, DE Azeez Ojulari, CB Adoree’ Jackson, TE Kyle Rudolph, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, WR John Ross, DT Danny Shelton
  • Key Losses: G Kevin Zeitler, DT Dalvin Tomlinson

The Giants looked significantly impressive once they finally seemed to get it together under their new head coach, Joe Judge. They’ll have Saquon Barkley back from a major injury, and the defense will look to run it back as one of the best young groups in the NFC, but it’s ultimately going to come down to whether or not Daniel Jones doesn’t turn the ball over constantly and ruin their offense in his contract year.

He’ll have Golladay, Saquon, and Toney now, so he has no excuse; it’s a pivotal year to see if they decide to extend him considering he’s the weak link. He’s shown enough flashes to where they could make some noise and win some games that they shouldn’t, but they’ve got a while to go with how young the team is. And you never can trust Jason Garrett.

1) Dallas Cowboys

  • 2020 Record: 6-10
  • Key Additions: LB Micah Parsons, S Keanu Neal, CB Kelvin Joseph
  • Key Losses: QB Andy Dalton, S Xavier Woods, CB Chidobie Awuzie, OT Cameron Erving

Dak Prescott was a superhuman in those first five games last year. That also was because their defense was one of the worst in football, so he HAD to put up those numbers before his season-ending injury. They’ll have him back for a full-season, Zeke puts up far better numbers when Dak is on the field, and they fired the PE teacher-level, defensive coordinator.

Even if their defense remains as bad as it was or only looks slightly better, the offense is king in the NFL. Dak, Zeke, Gallup, Cooper, and a healthy offensive line will put up enough points to win the worst division in the NFL. Mike McCarthy can just sit back, eat some Whataburgers, and let Dak do his thing.


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