A record of 5-11 seems the best bet, which likely puts them at either third or fourth place in the NFC East.
Led by head coach Frank Reich, the Colts have a great coaching and support staff in place. Reich and GM Chris Ballard have led a roster makeover that looked to be propelling this team back into contention. Even with Andrew Luck now out of the picture, their is faith amongst all corners of staff that all is not lost.
After a spectacular 2018 where Andy Reid’s wonderfully entertaining offence was driven by the brilliant Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs fell to a heartbreaking overtime loss in the AFC Championship game to perennial winners New England.
To state the obvious, if Carolina can keep their star quarterback healthy then the sky is the limit for this franchise.
For a franchise that prides itself upon being steady and without drama, the 2018 version of the Pittsburgh Steelers was far from the norm.
As the last of the euphoria-ingrained dust, the kind that only appears following a long ardent journey to a first Lombardi trophy, finally settles on the streets of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love is once again quietly optimistic ahead of the new season.
After a tumultuous 2018 season brought to an end the era of Mike McCarthy, there is renewed hope that the Packers can once again re-establish themselves as the kings of the NFC North under the leadership of head coaching rookie Matt LaFleur.
It should be mentioned this is, of course, all coach talk. There still so much promise that must be delivered upon. With the lingering concerns on the defensive front, it may just prevent this team from hitting their full potential quick enough. But in what is now a wide open division, no one team can be ruled out. It certainly will be one to watch with much intrigue and mystery surrounding it.
By the Cincinnati Bengals’ standards this offseason is one of earth-shattering change. This relatively conservative franchise doesn’t do dramatic or sudden. Nonetheless this offseason they moved on from long time head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons, replacing the seasoned veteran with the relative greenhorn Zac Taylor.
The Lions may finish 6-10 again, however, fans can be forgiving as long as they see that the team is moving in a positive, forward direction.
Barring major injury to their divisional rivals, playoff football might just be a bridge too far for the Tennessee Titans.
The Browns are likely to get into playoffs but I’m more cautious in predicting it as a wild card berth rather than as division winners. It may take this team time to gel and it’s going to be difficult for them to live up to the lofty expectations immediately.
Buffalo will likely end up .500 at best, despite a stout defence and improved offence.
The Atlanta Falcons are a trendy sleeper Super Bowl team this offseason. Last year the team were hampered by injuries to key players, particularly on defence, whilst this offseason has seen the rehiring of former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter after his firing from Tampa Bay’s head coach position.
One critical aspect will run throughout the whole season - stay healthy. If luck is on their side, it should be playoffs for the Houston Texans.