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.
The Dolphins’ 2019 season will be judged by their performances rather than wins. Good performances and playing hard for 60 minutes will be as encouraging as wins. Miami are not built to win now. This is not the season the Dolphins succeed. It’s the season they figure out how they want to succeed in the future.
Belichick, Brady, Watson, Thomas, Bennett, and Gostkowski are all 33 or older. Age is the biggest arrow in the quiver of the Patriots’ critics, and it will be drawn early, ready to be shot out on media should they look less Patriot-like in 2019. What are the chances of that though?
I think Anthony Lynn's team will take another step forward this year, and will be amongst one of the dominant franchises within the AFC. The lack of significant roster turnover, with a few key additions, will help propel them deep into the playoffs.
The Jets lost five games by seven points or less last season, while winning one. Easily a better team than last year, playoffs are a realistic goal if they can fix issues at secondary.