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 The Cowboys Tread Water If/Until Romo Returns?
I know that people hate on the Cowboys regularly, and with good reason. Jerry Jones is a complete turd, but you have to feel right now for Tony Romo. The dude just cannot stay healthy. In the Cowboys' third preseason game, Romo broke his back and now rookie phenom Dak Prescott looks like the next Tom Brady. While the days of Tony Romo playing professional football look to be dwindling, the Cowboys surprisingly have a bright future ahead of them. Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant will be able to win this team games, regardless of the quarterback. Unfortunately, without Tony Romo, I think the Cowboys are destined for a murky 2016 season. At some point, Prescott is going to come back to earth and the Cowboys will struggle to reach .500 yet again.
Can The Giants Improve Enough Defensively To Make Some Noise?
Last season, the biggest issue with this team was on the defensive side of the football. Tom Coughlin and company relinquished an NFL record five fourth-quarter leads, which contributed to their 6-10 record. In the offseason, Ben McAdoo was given the keys to the castle, while Giants brass spent $200 million exclusively on defense. The Giants were able to sign defensive linemen Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon, while also drafting Eli Apple to improve the secondary. Nevertheless, I just don't think the Giants are that good of a team overall to threaten for Eli Manning's third Super Bowl. Expect the Giants to win double digit games this season, but choke in the playoffs.
How Much Of An Impact Will Carson Wentz Have?
After two decent seasons where they went 10-6, Chip Kelly and the Eagles went 7-9 in 2015 to miss the playoffs. Additionally, Chip Kelly was relieved of his duties and was replaced with Doug Pederson. Sam Bradford was reportedly set to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles, but was traded a few days ago to the Vikings after Teddy Bridgewater's injury. Now, it appears that rookie Carson Wentz will lead the Eagles' offense in 2016. I really love Wentz. Hell, I like him more than Jared Goff. Unfortunately, the Eagles have a terrible roster that got even worse after trading second-year defensive back Eric Rowe to the Patriots for a conditional pick. While Rowe is not the next Patrick Peterson, he is a young and athletic defensive back that offers versatility. With a bevy of picks in the next two drafts, it appears as if the Eagles are looking past the 2016 season, where they will likely struggle to win half a dozen games.
Are The Redskins Considered A Top Tier Team Now?
Last season, the Redskins made a surprise trip to the postseason, but were not able to make any noise because of an abysmal pass defense, which ranked 25th in the league. Surprisingly, Josh Normal was not able to strike a new deal with the Carolina Panthers and jumped ship to the Redskins. While the secondary may not be stable and balanced, Norman adds some talent that should help them improve in 2016 to take some of the burden off of Kirk Cousin's shoulders. To be completely honest, this is a terrible division and nine wins could seal the deal for one of these teams. My pick is the Skins.