THE BIG KAHUNA
|We continue going division by division to get you ready for the NFL season
Projected Wins: 11.5
Outlook: One of the favorites to win it all, however, not a good offseason. Todd Bowles (lets call him a 'second chance coach') replaces Arians. Gronkowski retires. Brady turns 45.
Projected Wins: 8.5
Outlook: The Saints also feature a 'second chance coach' (Dennis Allen) taking over from Sean Peyton. Jameis Winston returns from injury. Alvin Kamara's legal status is cloudy. Could go south, could also be a 'Super Bowl sleeper team'. An odd unexplained level of success vs Tampa Bay.
Projected Wins: 5.5
Outlook: Surprised the Panthers are so lowly rated. The wheels came off last year at the end (were 5-5 and ended 5-12) Add Baker Mayfield to the mix, 4th place schedule, Christian McCaffrey returning, some potential although just as likely Matt Rhule gets fired and the wheels come off this year as well.
Projected Wins: 5
Outlook: Matt Ryan is out and Marcus Mariota is in. All of Atlanta's wins last year were 'one score games'. Falcons were out-yarded each of the last 12 games of the season last year. Lowest projected wins in the league for 2022.