Finally, we have some football. After a fantastic first week of college football, the professionals are gearing up to start their seasons. The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and Arizona Cardinals eye a Super Bowl title, while teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts desperately try to stay relevant. There is a plethora of storylines before Week 1, so lets get right into it.
Can Brock Osweiler Lead The Texans Into The Playoffs?
The Houston Texans were able to completely revamp their roster this offseason, and could challenge for the AFC South crown if all things go according to plan. As we all know by now, the big shock of the offseason was Brock Osweiler leaving the world champion (blah) Denver Broncos and shacking up with Bill O'Brien deep in the heart of Texas. Osweiler showed that he is a good game manager, but I am not 100% sure he can lead an inferior team deep into the playoffs. The Texans also cut ties with long-time running back Arian Foster, and signed ex-Phins Lamar Miller. In the draft, the Texans were able to add Will Fuller and my boy toy, Braxton Miller. Look for the Texans to improve throughout the season and win 10 or 11 games.
Will Andrew Luck Be Able To Stay On The Field?
Last season, everyone was expecting Andrew Luck to leap frog over Tom Brady and reign supreme atop the AFC. However, Andrew Luck got hurt and could never recover to make a serious impact in 2015. In my opinion, I have always thought that Andrew Luck was a bit overhyped. Coming out of Stanford, it was believed that Andrew Luck was the most polished and NFL-ready quarterback to come out of college since Peyton Manning. However, Luck has shown that he turns the ball over too much and tries to make too many plays when it is clearly not there. Andrew Luck may be healthy this season, but with Chuck Pagano still at the helm, will that even matter? Obviously the Colts will be better than they were last season, but I still do not see them threatening for the AFC Conference title.
Can The Jaguars Propel Themselves Into Relevancy?
The road has been rough for the Jacksonville Jaguars since they last appeared in a playoff game in 2007. The Jags have suffered through five straight seasons of double-digit losses, but things are looking up for this franchise. The Jags were able to land FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack in the draft this past season, and will also be able to see the long awaited debut of of 2015 No. 3 pick Dante Fowler, who is coming off of a torn ACL. As I've said before, it always comes down to quarterback play in the National Football League. Since coming out of college in 2014, Blake Bortles has shown flashes of dominance. With some serious weapons in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas, expect the Jags to become a borderline playoff team in 2016.
Will DeMarco Murray Flourish In His New Role With The Titans?
The Tennessee Titans are one of the up-and-coming teams to watch in the NFL. With newly acquired RB DeMarco Murray and ex-Alamaba power back Derrick Henry, the Titans may be looking to ease up on the load of Marcus Mariota, who had trouble staying healthy last season. Mariota needs to continue to develop as a pocket passer, but there is no reason why this team cannot threaten to be .500. Obviously they are not threatening for a playoff spot, and that was evident when the Titans decided to trade away the top overall pick. Slow and steady wins the race.