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  1. BraviaryScout

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    Since I'll be working all weekend, I thought I'd knock out both NFC Divisional Round games now.

    Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles (4: 35 PM EST)
    January 13, 2018

    Preview:


    We head to the Linc in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first game of the playoff Divisional Round. The Atlanta Falcons will be taking on the number one seed in the NFC Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons are seeking redemption after the embarrassment last season in the Super Bowl while the Eagles continue to strive on after their hard-earned playoff bye. Conditionally, the winner of this game will play the winner of New Orleans vs Minnesota in the NFC Title game next week.

    The Eagles have one of the most sensational seasons in a long time of struggles thanks to the breakout of second overall pick in last year's draft Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for them, Wentz had torn his ACL, eliminating any chance of him playing in this year's postseason.
    Can Atlanta knock Philadelphia down? Or will the Eagles continue to fly high even without their star quarterback? Let's take a look at the Keys to Victory and Final Score for more.

    Keys to Victory and Final Score:

    Atlanta still has many pieces of its high octane offense in place. Quarterback Matt Ryan has been brilliant under center as always with a supporting cast of talented wide receivers. Within that group is Julio Jones, possibly the second best at his position today besides Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. Even with that title; Jones has been rather quiet during the season in terms of touchdowns, netting only 3 in the regular season. However the many threats of Atlanta will have to stay on their toes against a very strong Eagles defense that can guard the pass and run very efficiently.


    Quarterback Carson Wentz for Philadelphia is no longer able to play this season due to injury, so the duty falls to backup Nick Foles. Foles was previously drafted by the Eagles upon entry into the NFL before being traded to the St. Louis Rams, spending one year with them and one year with the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the city of Brotherly Love. Foles posted his best numbers back in 2013, where he filled in for Michael Vick on multiple occasions, earning a perfect passer rating and a league best touchdown/interception ratio of 27/2. While not exactly Wentz's caliber this season, Foles is capable to lead their offense to victory. The Falcons defense is no slouch either, although some teams have been able to move the ball against them.
    Defense will be the key to this game. If one falters, it's all over for that team.

    Final Score - Falcons 27 - Eagles 19

    Preview #2
    New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings (4:40 PM EST)
    January 14, 2018

    Preview:

    The site of Super Bowl LII in US Bank Stadium in the heart of Minneapolis is where our second NFC Divisional game will be played. The Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints deciding who will be contending in the NFC Championship game against the winner of Atlanta and Philadelphia. Minnesota is attempting to become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Neither team have been to the playoffs recently and with new looks can have anything possible.
    Can Minnesota stop New Orleans? The Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell us.

    Keys to Victory and Final Score:

    Minnesota's strength lies in their defense. While quarterback Case Keenum has shown an unexpected amount of resilience as a backup to the injured Sam Bradford, Minnesota's defensive line and secondary have been the league's most feared. They will be heavily tested in that part when Saints quarterback Drew Brees comes to town. Brees' supporting cast of the dual threat running backs of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have given defenses headaches while the secondary will have their hands full. They'll be up to the challenge as Vikings defensive backs Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith have been named All-Pro this season. Look for a Rhodes vs Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas matchup to be intense.

    Minnesota's offense under Case Keenum has been fairly solid. Keenum will have to watch out for their new cornerback in Marshon Lattimore as he's been able to get the better of offenses in time. Turnovers can prove costly for either side and the teams will be scrapping for every possible inch of ground they can earn.
    Look for this to be a closely matched high scoring game in a cold setting contrasted by hot tempers and tension.

    Final Score: Saints 31 - Vikings 30

     
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    Going to knock out my pair as well.

    Tennesee Titans @ New England Patriots (8:15 PM EST)

    Preview:

    Tomorrow night, we head over to the notoriously overwhelming Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts for our first AFC Divisional Round matchup, as Marcus Mariota and the underdog Tennesee Titans (9 - 7) take on Tom Brady and the heavily favored New England Patriots (13 - 3). the Titans will attempt to reach the AFC Championship since 1999, en route to Super Bowl XXXiV, while the Patriots will attempt to continue their string of dominance in this decade, looking to head to their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years. Can the Titans pull off the playoffs biggest upset, or will the Patriots be simply too much for their opponents as is usually the case? Only the Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    The Titans modest defense will have trouble with New Englands top ranked offense (458 Points - 28.6 PPG). As such, Marcus Mariota will have to have a huge day through the air and possibly on the ground if the Titans want to have a chance to keep up with the Patriots. Eric Decker has played vs. New England several times, so expect him to have a rather big day. Mariota will have to use his legs to pick up the rushing yards as DeMarco Murray will likely not play in this contest. On the other side, expect Tom Brady (4577 Yards - 35 TDs - 102.8 QBR) to do Tom Brady things, which means tossing the ball to his favorite targets, WR's Brandin Cooks & Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski. Their defense can by no means relax vs this Tennesee team, cause it'll be a long day otherwise. When the clock hits all zeros at the end of this contest, expect the Titans to be upset victors.

    Final Score: Titans 28 - Patriots 20

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    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1:05 EST)

    Preview:

    Sunday afternoon, we head over to Heinz Field in the Steel City of Pittsburgh as the defensively oriented Jacksonville Jaguars (10 - 6) take on Big Ben and the offensively minded Pittsburgh Steelers (13 - 3). The Jaguars prevailed in a defensive struggle in their Wild Card matchup against the Buffalo Bills, pulling out a 10 - 3 victory. This time around however, it most likely won't be the same. Pittsburgh meanwhile will be eyeing a return to the AFC Championship game for the second time in as many years. Will the Jaguars defense pull through for an upset, or will Pittsburgh's ovvense be too much for the Jags to handle? The Keys to Victory and Final Score will tell all.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    The Jaguars defense, while very talented, may have some problems with the Steelers 3rd ranked offense (406 Points - 25.4 PPG - 377.9 YPG). Expect the matchup between CB Jalen Ramsey and WR Antonio Brown to be very intense. Ramsey, as we've seen before can get under the skin of some of the NFL's best receivers, and he will certainly do the same to Brown in order to make him have a rather quiet game. On the other side, expect QB Ben Rothlisberger (4251 Yards - 28 TDs - 93.4 QBR) to be looking in the direction of WR Antonio Brown (101 Receptions - 1533 Yards - 9 TDs) all game long. This combination could be potentially deadly to the Jaguars defense if their secondary isn't prepared. Other targets for Big Ben include Martavis Bryant and Darrius Heyward-Bey, both of which could pul off big games as well. When the clock shows all zeros at the end of this contest, expect Pittsburgh to walk away winners.

    Final Score: Steelers 30 - Jaguars 23
     
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    Since no Carolina, gonna root for the next-door neighboor.

    TITANS, GO!!!
     
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    RIP Titans. Had a great playoff run tho
     
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    Naturally. *sighs*

    Well, at least there's the Winter Olympics.
     
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    And then there were four...It's time for the conference championships this weekend! The winner of both games will be the participants in Super Bowl LII!

    Here's the NFC Championship preview!

    Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles (6:40 PM EST)
    January 21, 2018

    The Preview:


    The site for the NFC Championship game is in the Lincoln Financial Field in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. The top-seeded Eagles are seeking their return to the Super Bowl since their loss back in 2004. Philadelphia's stellar win against Atlanta has proven that they can deal with strong offenses and stay in the game even with star quarterback Carson Wentz unable to play from injury. They'll be facing a difficult challenge in Minnesota Vikings with their high tempo offense.

    Minnesota is coming off a wild thriller against the New Orleans Saints ending in an insane hail mary catch. They'll attempt to continue their drive to the Super Bowl. If they win this game; the Vikings will be the first team in NFL History to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Regardless of whomever wins here, the AFC contenders for the championship title New England and Jacksonville are no pushovers.

    Can Philadelphia continue to fight onwards? Or will Minnesota's dream season continue? The Keys to Victory and Final Score shall tell us.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    Despite having a home field advantage, Philadelphia will be fighting more of an uphill battle. Minnesota's defense has punished many talented quarterbacks thus far and their secondary of All Pro safety Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes will hunger for takeaways. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will have to rely on his own instincts in order to move the ball. He'll be aided by wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz. Their running game may have a difficult time despite the tandem of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi. Look for Philadelphia to start airing it out in passing if they find the rushing doesn't produce consistent numbers. Minnesota has a chance to sense their desperation in passing and can pressure the quarterback accordingly in order to create mismatches and pressure.

    Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is having a career season and will seek to capitalize that in the hostile Philly crowd. Similar to the Vikings, the Eagles defense is no slouch either and they'll be putting a hundred and ten percent into making life miserable for Keenum and crew. The Vikings have their own corps of elite playmakers on offense and will seek to exploit the Eagles' secondary on big plays. Wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph can expect tight coverage.

    Overall, expect it to be a defensive heavy game and things can heat up extremely quickly if turnovers are involved. Expect this game to be close, but with chants of SKOL at the end as the Vikings return to the Super Bowl.

    Final Score: Vikings 22 - Eagles 17
     
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    We're down to the Final Four. Here's your AFC Championship game preview.

    Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (3:05 PM EST)

    Preview:

    In a matchup of one of the NFL's best defenses against one of the NFL's best offenses, the stacked defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars (10 - 6) will attempt to take down the high-flying offense of the New England Patriots. The Jaguars will make a try to become the 11th wild card team and first since the 2010 Green Bay Packers and the first in the AFC since the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers to reach the Super Bowl. New England is looking for its 3rd appearance in the big game in 4 years. Who's going to come out on top? Only the Keys to Victory and Final Score can tell us.

    Keys to Victory & Final Score:

    Jacksonville's biggest enemy in this game will be prennial MVP candidate Tom Brady. Look for DL Malik Jackson and OLB Paul Posluszny to generate some immense pressure on Brady, racking up some sacks and forcing some bad throws in the process. CB Jalen Ramsey, among others, can take complete advantage of the pressure the Jaguars create, intercepting bad throws and potentially getting Jacksonville into great field position off of them. For the Patriots, it's exactly the opposite, their biggest enemy being Jacksonville's stellar defense. While Brady can certainly make things happen with his stellar pocket presence, expect RB Dion Lewis to generate the offense in this game. A solid running game for New England will break the passing game wide open. When this contest is all set and done, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be our AFC representative for Super Bowl LII.

    Final Score: Jaguars 30 - Patriots 28
     
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    I got the Eagles winning! Let's go!
     
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    And so the Super Bowl is right around the corner! We'll be doing a preview of the ultimate matchup and final game of the 2017 NFL season between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles later on!

    But first, we've got the Honors ceremony, held Saturday night February 3, 2018, given to many outstanding players' performance. While nothing has been announced yet, @Sugar and I will be doing a prediction of who will receive what.

    • Offensive Rookie of the Year: I believe that it will be Saints running back Alvin Kamara who will earn the honor. Kamara has proven to be a dual threat running back, racking up a good amount of yards in rushing and receiving. Kamara totaled 728 yards in running and punched in 826 on the catch with 13 total touchdowns credited to his name, earning him a Pro Bowl roster spot for the NFC. He's in good company and will serve as an excellent compliment to Mark Ingram.
      • Honorable Mentions: Kareem Hunt RB KC, Deshaun Watson QB HOU
    • Defensive Rookie of the Year: The Saints will own the Rookie spotlight and have Kamara's draft classmate; cornerback Marshon Lattimore crowned as the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year. He had been a risky selection due to a history of hamstring injuries, however he has proven to be an enormous help for the depleted New Orleans' secondary. Lattimore's intercepted 5 passes, defended against 18, forced fumbles and contributed massively to the Saints defense and earning him a Pro Bowl roster spot for the NFC. Opposing quarterbacks should take heed of #23 wearing black and gold.
      • Honorable Mentions: Tre'Davious White CB BUF, T.J. Watt OLB PIT
    • Offensive Player of the Year: This award I think will go to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Had he remained uninjured, he would've been a frontrunner for MVP. Wentz's sophomore season spearheaded the Eagles as the NFL's hottest team. Wentz posed a a mind boggling 33-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio while rallying Philadelphia back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Eagles are still in contention for the Lombardi Trophy and we will see if his efforts prior to injury were not in vain.
      • Honorable Mentions: Antonio Brown WR PIT, Todd Gurley RB LAR
    • Defensive Player of the Year: Jacksonville was among the NFL's largest surprises this season and it's possibly because of the acquisition of the colossal Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell. The former Arizona Cardinal is among the most disruptive and strong players in the league. Campbell not only posted some of the best numbers of his career which included 14.5 sacks, but also provided much needed leadership in Jacksonville's locker room, rallying what may be the best defensive squad in the league currently. Campbell is a free agent this season, but look for Jacksonville to give him another offer when the new league year begins.
      • Honorable Mentions: Aaron Donald DE LAR, Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL
    • Comeback Player of the Year: Seahawks safety Earl Thomas gets my vote. The member of Seattle Legion of Boom had taken a hard hit against the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 last season with a broken tibia. Thomas contemplated retirement briefly before returning back in 2017, posting a goal line stand against the Rams and defending multiple crucial passes that turned the tide in the Seahawks' favor.
      • Honorable Mentions: Justin Houston OLB KC, Keenan Allen WR LAC
    • Walter Payton Man of the Year: This award is the NFL's highest honor. There are three finalists this year and will be chosen by Walter's widow, the commissioner of the NFL as well as the previous winner judged by their charitable work as well as their actions both on and off the field (there were two last year; Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Giants quarterback Eli Manning) Texans defensive end JJ Watt, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson.
    • Deacon Jones Award: This is awarded to the defensive player who has tallied the most quarterback sacks. The winner this season will be Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones, who led the NFL with 17 total.
    • Coach of the Year: I pick Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams. McVay has seemed to turn around several years of mediocrity into something special and inherits a strong Rams team that may just be getting started in a string of playoff contentions.
      • Honorable Mentions: Doug Marrone JAX, Doug Pedersen PHI
     
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    So it's come down to this. Super Bowl LII is here and many of us are eagerly anticipating the coronation of one team as the champion!

    Will it be the New England Patriots, who will be making a return to the throne for the sixth time? Or will it be the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be making their third Super Bowl appearance in hopes of earning their first?

    @Sugar will be covering the Patriots breakdown while I will be doing the Eagles.

    Philadelphia Eagles Offense

    The Eagles' offense is among the NFL's most explosive with sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz at the helm. Wentz went down with a torn ACL injury late in the regular season and instead is replaced by Nick Foles.
    The Patriots defense is no slouch and extremely savvy, so be certain they'll be limiting Philly's opportunities whenever possible. Much of their action is to delay the Eagles' scoring abilities while maximizing their efficiency for three and out, allowing Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady to continue adding points to build a solid lead.
    Foles has a very quick release and innate sense of timing, which will be critical to securing big plays. He has a plethora of experienced targets; wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor who will keep the Patriots defensive backs busy. They're assisted with breakout tight end Zach Ertz who had posted a season best in touchdowns.
    Philadelphia's backfield of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount will be hard at work pounding the running game.

    If the Eagles can keep the Patriots defense guessing, they'll be able to go toe-to-toe with the New England juggernaut. Otherwise, it'll be a very miserable 60 minutes of footbal.

    Philadelphia Eagles Defense


    The Eagles defense will have an extremely difficult task in stopping the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Tom Brady will be up to his usual magic with creating mismatches and playing the defense to his own ends. Philadelphia's defensive coaches must be mindful of these tricks and not fall for the deceptions easily.
    Of course that is easier said than done, but the Eagles have still managed to shut down high octane offenses before from turnovers and coverages that prevent the advance of the opposition.
    Philly's pass rushing line of Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox, Chris Long will need to quickly neutralize the Patriots offensive line and put constant pressure on Brady. Brady seldom loses his cool and while blitzes may be among the best ways to halt his rhythm, it also requires additional personnel, creating opportunities for bigger plays on his end.
    The Eagles defensive backs; safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Patrick Robinson have to shadow the Patriots' corps of receivers as well as Rob Gronkowski, whom is noted to be very difficult to bring down.
     
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    Well, we've made it to the big game once more. This will be our 52nd installment of one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and theb iggest sporting event in the US. Will the Patriots walk away with their sixth ring, tying thm with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most ever, or will the Eagles prove that the third time's the charm and walk away with their first ever?

    New England Patriots Offense

    Tom Brady had led the Patriots top ranked offense into the big game once more with another MVP like season at the age of 40. Brady will be trying to prove that once again, age is just a number and tear apart this Eagles defense for the second time in in the Super Bowl (XXXIX - 23 / 33 - 236 - 2 TDs - 0 INTs). The Patriots, as always, havee a multitude of passing optiont for Brady to throw to. Among them include Julian Edelman (whos incredible catch in last years Super Bowl helped kept NE's historic rally going), speedsters Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan, and obviously TE Rob Gronkowski, who after multiple reports, will indeed play in this game. In the backfield, RB Dion Lewis is a name to keep an eye on and could have a huge game if not accounted for.

    New England Patriots Defense

    The Patriots defense will be tasked with attempting to shut down WRs Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffrey (who boldly predicted an Eagles victory a few days ago.) If not accounted for, the Patriots secondary is going to be completely miserable by the time this game is over. Among the key players here are CB Malcom Butler (whos INT in the final seconds of SB XLIX helped seal an NE victory), will be tasked with attempting to shut down one of the two toughest wide receivers to cover in the NFL. If Butler can do it and shut Jeffrey up for good, he'll be eating his words by the final whistle. Another big name on the Patriots defense to look out for is OLB James Harrison. Look for Harrison to consistently plug up the holes in the line in order to prevent LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi from racking up big yardage.
     
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    Wow, you two did horrible with the predictions of the last few games. On a more positive note, my home town Eagles have a good shot at winning what I'm pretty sure would be our first Superbowl! I am pumped! And I usually don't care about football.
     
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    First off, huge thanks to Brav and Sugar for taking us through this football season. You guys are amazing! Brav, thanks for this wonderful thread! Can't wait for this. Eagles all the damn way!
     
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    So who is playing in the Superbowl this year?
     
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    Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots!
     
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    I think Eagles will win number 1 tonight!
     
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    I would like to present and congratulate your Super Bowl LII champions...

    2017 Philadelphia Eagles
    Thank you everyone for a great 2017-18 season, but we're not quite done yet. Stay tuned to this thread for all the offseason news. Until then, we'll see you all next time.
     
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    Wow...just wow. This was probably the most intense thriller of a Super Bowl I've seen. The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs no more!! Congrats Philly, it's been a long time coming and it's well deserved.

    @Sugar and I would like to thank everyone who comments, follows and reads this great blog the two of us have created together. Like what she said, we've still got things to cover heading into the offseason, but both of us are looking forward to covering the 2018 season when it approaches.

    Fly Eagles Fly!!
     
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    Hey everyone! It's Brav back and we're onto the offseason! It's going to be a bit of a lull before we hit the new League year on March 14 where free agency explodes into a frenzy and the draft in late May.
    So I've decided to do something to help keep myself busy and my own thoughts on entering the new season on what each club is going to do in redrawing their playbook and addressing the needs over the course of the offseason and draft.

    I'll go over each division, briefly touching on each team.

    Starting with the AFC East.

    AFC EAST

    Buffalo Bills
    Primary Need: Defensive Line, Quarterback


    Buffalo is once again without a franchise quarterback and seeking a solid signal caller should always be a priority whenever it's unclear. While that is something that needs to be considered by the front office, another glaring spot is the defensive line and edge rush. Buffalo posted a mere 27 total sacks, leaning towards the back half of the league and it's mainly due to the inconsistency of the front four. Part of it could be attributed to the departure of Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    The only gems on the line would be defensive ends Jerry Hughes. Look for Buffalo to seek out a pass rusher or interior lineman, especially if defensive linemen Cedric Thornton and Kyle Williams test free agency. They may also aggressively go after this position in the first round as they have two picks and there are plenty of promising prospects.

    Miami Dolphins
    Primary Need: Cornerback, Linebacker


    The Miami Dolphins have a good chance to potentially draft quarterback Ryan Tannehill's successor, however they also need to patch some glaring holes within their own defense. They were notably horrible against the pass catching backs and tight ends on the offense.
    Cornerback Xavien Howard is slowly emerging as an elitist at his position and opposite him was rookie Cordrea Tankserley. While the two will combine to be under contract for a couple additional seasons; it is almost necessary to have a solid slot corner, especially to cover rival New England's Julian Edelman. Adding a corner/safety hybrid can help both Howard, Tankserley and safety Reshad Jones immensely.
    Look for Miami to invest an interest in an inside linebacker as well.


    New England Patriots
    Primary Need: Cornerback


    The Patriots may have lost the Super Bowl, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous. Most of the pieces such as superstar quarterback Tom Brady are set to return, as well as Julian Edelman who will be recovering from an ACL injury that kept him out the entire 2017 campaign. Malcolm Butler, the Super Bowl hero four championship games ago has seemingly gone to zero after a surprise benching in their most recent loss earlier this month. The signing of former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore appears to have sealed Butler's fate and it is almost certain he will not be donning a Patriots uniform come next season. New England's other corner, Eric Rowe struggled against the Eagles (his former team) in the Super Bowl and his contract will expire at the end of the upcoming season. Their defensive scheme of man coverage requires many different types of cornerbacks, so it's very plausible to see them actively shopping or drafting at this position.

    New York Jets
    Primary Need: Quarterback, Offensive Line, Tight End


    The multiple holes that the New York Jets have would be enough to sink an unsinkable ship. There's a lot to cover and technically each of the positions could use an upgrade.
    Quarterback of course will be one of the biggest issues, but even a new face throwing passes will need to have reliable catchers and a strong offensive line to keep him from being smashed. New York picks very early in the upcoming draft and you can trust that whomever they choose will be thrust into a starting role when the season commences.

    That'll do it for this week! I'll be doing another on Sunday to cover the NFC East!
     
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    Alright! I'm back to touch on arguably the most popular NFL division.

    NFC East

    Dallas Cowboys
    Primary Need: Wide Receiver

    America's team faltered under the high expectations after claiming a first round bye in the previous year's playoffs. The on and off suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott drastically hurt the team's playoff chances and it appeared that quarterback Dak Prescott found little respite in his wide receivers. Namely Dez Bryant, who has regressed since the 2015 season and constantly has been defeated by the cornerbacks shadowing him.
    While Prescott is a talented quarterback, his preferred way to move downfield is required to have talented backs, receivers and tight ends. The Cowboys will need another strong offensive playmaker and with defensive lineman stud Demarcus Lawrence in line for a rich contract, they'll have to restructure some contracts and it may include Bryant's...who will be forced an ultimatum of taking a pay cut or be released/traded.

    New York Giants
    Primary Need: Running Back

    It is not a farfetched thought that the G-Men could draft quarterback Eli Manning's eventual successor, but even if they go star-crossed with someone in this QB rich draft, Manning has shown little sign of decline. In spite of the benching, he should be back with a new offensive scheme under head coach Pat Shurmur and having two of his favorite targets of Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard back in the fold from injuries. This can be further augmented by having a dynamic running back...something the Giants have lacked since the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw back in 2012. They have multiple backs to fit a variety of roles but not a first/second down back that can carry the workload. Two of the Giants' running backs; Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen are going to be free agents and it's uncertain if either will return. If one or neither are re-signed, there are intriguing options in free agency lingering such as Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Taiwan Jones.

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Primary Need: Offensive Line

    The defending Super Bowl champions had loaded up in the previous offseason with plenty of talent and it paid off; bringing the Lombardi Trophy to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time ever. There's still a lot of pieces that need to be fixed coming into this offseason, but one of the primary concern should be the front five to face the rush. Big names are set to hit free agency like wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, running backs LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles and linebacker Nigel Bradham. Offensive tackle Jason Peters is 36 years old and likely nearing the end of his career and even if he does depart, the holes can be filled such as moving All-Pro Lane Johnson to the left. Look for Philly to explore the draft through trades to earn picks in the second, third and fourth rounds.

    Washington Redskins

    Primary Need: Wide Receiver, Inside Linebacker

    Washington was the surprise trade partner for the Kansas City Chiefs in dealing away quarterback Alex Smith. While he's not as risk-taking as Kirk Cousins, his tenure in Kansas City has shown that he can flourish with the right weapons. Similarly, he'll get a strong tight end in Jordan Reed and can help to improve the corps of mediocre wideouts. There's possibilities that they'll look into free agency to see if they can get themselves a cheap buy...as well as addressing the issue in the upcoming draft. Also a glaring weakness is inside linebacker. Zach Brown is well-liked in Landover, but is inconsistent with misreads despite his impressive speed. They also have no inside linebacker depth, so they should seek to find more help in the position regardless if Brown remains a Redskin.

    I'll be back next Sunday to cover the AFC North.
     
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