Outside of Buccaneers and Packers, it’s hard to identify title contenders within a mediocre NFC
NEW YORK – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the current champions and the Green bay packers they have title aspirations.
But the rest of the NFC is very mediocre when compared to the AFC.
Just consider the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers. They all enter the nominations of candidates for the Super bowl, with Kansas City, Buffalo, Baltimore and Cleveland one step above the large platoon.
On the other side, it is difficult to identify someone to take seriously in the East of the NFC or the North (except Green bay). While the NFC West is strong and will have a close fight, its four members –Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona cardinals– raise many questions. The opposite was the case with the Bucs, who kept their roster almost intact – something very rare for a Super Bowl champion, even with Tom brady quarterback– and the Packers.
“You want the route to Super bowl, the route to where we want to go, is the hardest possible ”, said the safety of the Titans, Kevin Byard. “I think it is something to be proud of, and that it also keeps us alert that there is a lot of competition for the championship of the AFC or just him Super bowl. We will have to strip every day and not take any day lightly ”.
The safety of Browns, John Johnson III, who skipped conferences this season by signing as a free agent with Cleveland after four years with the Rams, you see it like this:
“You have very strong candidates, even in our own division. You look at Buffalo and Kansas city And you don’t know who else could make it out of the division alive Kansas City. Denver I could get out alive, and I think it’s quite competitive, and it’s a different game. “
A different game in every way, given that the pandemic of COVID-19 has not disappeared and will be a competitive factor in the first season of 17 games in the history of the NFL.
Vaccinated players have the freedom to continue their lives normally – at least for now – unlike the unvaccinated. More than 93 percent of the players have been inoculated, but an outbreak is very easy, as has happened to the Titans and Dallas cowboys during the preseason.
“The livelihoods of a lot of people are involved in terms of jobs,” said the head coach of the Bills, Sean McDermott. Buffalo It is one of the teams with one of the lowest vaccination records among the 32 in the league. “Being able to have the staff is important, so when you have to sail a week – if this were a real week – and have players discarded as happened to us, that complicates the task of winning games.”
Injuries, of course, will be a key factor. They always are. One of the most damaging last season was the one that affected the ankle of the quarterback of Dallas, Dak Prescott. He has dragged on shoulder discomfort this summer, so the focus will be on him when Cowboys kick off the season in the fiefdom of Tampa bay,
And, of course, the 44-year-old quarterback of the Buccaners too.
Seven coaches make their debut in command of teams, Urban meyer with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the most outstanding after his brilliant career at the university level. Four take over the reins on teams that are shaping up to be among the worst in the league: Nick sirianni with the Philadelphia Eagles, Robert Saleh with the New York Jets, Dan Campbell with the Detroit Lions and David culley with the Houston Texans, and the only African-American to be hired after seven job openings. What’s more, Arthur Smith take the baton with the Atlanta Falcons and Brandon staley with the Chargers.
Meyer’s enthusiasm for the start of the campaign is palpable.
“This is almost the best because I don’t remember going out with all the talent and a young quarterback,” he said. “Certainly there is a lot involved, but I like our situation.”
The league contemplates returning to London for a couple of games this year after being absent last season: Jets vs. Falcons and Dolphins vs. Jaguars in October.
And another very notable detail on the calendar. The Super bowl on The Angels will be played later than ever, on February 13, amidst the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
By then, the AFC you will have your representative cleared. He is not surprised if the winner of that conference meets with Brady and the Bucs or Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.