NFL Super Bowl Futures: Teams to Avoid

by ASA, Inc.

The best weekend of the year is finally upon us, and from now until February 7th we will have NFL games three days out of the week. This may be the most loaded that the league has ever been in terms of pure talent and the number of competitive teams. Because of this, the margin of error between the good vs the great teams will be extremely small. 
+450 KC Chiefs 
+700 TB Buccaneers 
+1100 BUF Bills
+1200 LA Rams
+1400 BAL Ravens 
+1400 GB Packers.
+1400 SF 49ers

Josh Allen carried Buffalo last season and was a true MVP candidate. Unfortunately, he may have to have an even better performance this season. The Bills defense ranked 16th in points allowed last year and are not expected to be drastically improved. The run game is an even more worrisome aspect after finishing 20th in yards per game, while leaning heavily on Allen in the red zone. The AFC East will be no cakewalk either with Bill Belichick and Brian Flores looking to play defense and run the rock. A couple of close divisional losses could bump the Bills back to the wild card ranks. 
With Matthew Stafford anointed the saviors of the Ram’s offense they seem to be in the clear. That is until you look at the rest of the NFC West. San Francisco may be a more physical team on both sides of the ball. Seattle has the weapons to score with anyone and hopes to feed Chris Carson all he can handle. Lastly, the Cardinals offense finished 6th in total yards in 2020 and is a beast of a 4th place team for a division. If Stafford struggles in year one with Sean McVay, or if they become one dimensional without Cam Ackers, it is easy to see the Rams in 3rd in the NFC West.  
Injuries are already pilling up for Baltimore. J.K. Dobbins is a huge loss in the run game, Rashod Bateman is banged up, and the other weapons of Hollywood Brown and Sammy Watkins are the epitome of injury prone. Lamar Jackson has handled a massive workload for a QB over the past 2 seasons but has remained healthy, for now. Another concern is again, the division they play in. A one dimension offense is not what you want when competing with the Steelers and Browns. Cleveland’s odds have been on the rise this offseason, and they may enter 2021 the best team in the AFC North. 

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