With the Hall of Fame game way behind us and four weeks of painful pre-season semi action on the field ahead of us, it the best time to point my fingers at four teams that have the most to lose in the coming season and which are more likely to blow it a big time during the course of the coming Autumn and Winter.
Let’s get picking , in no particular order, two AFC and NFC teams that will disappoint their fans the most in 2016.
- Seattle Seahawks (NFC)-
With Pete Carroll extended through 2019, there’s no less expectations than to try to repeat Super Bowl XLVIII but the Hawks are going to fail yet again.
They were granted two ‘extra lives’ in last two seasons, first by the Packers, throwing the NFC Championship away despite Russell Wilson doing whatever he can to lose that game. Last year the Vikings kept the game close thanks to their kicker and failed to capitalise on poor Hawks’ game thank to the same kicker.
Expectations will be high to return to the Super Bowl but the window here has closed a while ago. Why the fans won’t understand that?
* New England Patriots (AFC)-
Tom Brady is suspended for four games, he then returns, rallies the Pats with short slants to Gronk into the playoffs and slowly fades away into retirement as his body can’t keep this nonsense up.
The Pats are always the team to beat in AFC and always high on list of favourites but this time around there’ll be one qb sneak too many for Tom to shake it off. While the Pats have some great pieces (Gronk, Hightower, Collins) it is time to just become mediocre.
* Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)-
No. Nope. Manning-less Broncos have nowt to prove or keep the hype up, despite deadly defence. The Chiefs though… They have the hype of going from 1-5 to 11-5 and shutting out Texans in Wild Card to live up to, just to lose by a possession to the Pats.
With Charles, hopefully in 100% health mode and last serious hurrah to give his fans and some deadly pieces of the defensive team (yes, looking at you, Mr. Houston) this team is poised to make a lot of noise and to finish off quietly somewhere out there where no one looks past half January.
- Carolina Panthers (NFC)-
Well. It has already begun. Cam Newton imploded during the Super Bowl 50 and then sunk to the bottom shortly after. The Panthers gave up the rights of Josh Norman without even trying to get a compesation. The signs are here really.
Given the fact that Panthers had a fairly easy schedule ride last season the 15-1 record doesn’t really resemble the true value of the team which is bound to just carry on the implosion started by Newton in February. Poor fans, eh?!
And like that I have put another football- less Sunday to bed. Personally I’m going for Colts vs Packers in Super Bowl as both, Rodgers and Luck will be looking to put their 2015 misery deep in the ground.
What do you guys think? Let me know and until next week. Keep well.
ALL STATISTICAL DATA PER http://www.pro-football-reference.com