Making Sense of the Chaotic NFL for 2015
Predicting the NFL regular season has become a full-time job. Whether you’re wagering on games, running your fantasy league, or talking smack to your group of friends, having knowledge and opinions on the NFL is fast becoming a popular American past time. Before the chaos of the NFL season begins, let’s take a peek at what to expect for 2015.
The Bounce-Back Falcons
Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons would like to pretend the 2014 season was just a dream. After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs the year before and losing a close game to the eventual Super Bowl champ Seahawks, many thought the falcons would be back contending last year. However, injuries and an abysmal offensive took the wind out of their sales early and made 2014 forgettable. Still, with one of the better up-and-coming corners in football, Desmond Trufant—along with a healthy Julio Jones, Roddy White, Matt Ryan, and a better performing offensive line—the Falcons are poised to rise up in a mediocre NFC south.
Last year, the Cowboys were a Dez Bryant catch away in Lambeau Field from reaching the NFC Championship and a chance to go to the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, who they dismantled earlier in the season. Tony Romo, behind a massive offensive line, had one of his most efficient seasons ever. Demarco Murray, now a Philadelphia Eagle, was also a monster last year. Carrying the ball almost 400 times and gaining over 1,800 yards—thereby setting a Cowboys franchise record—Murray allowed the suspect Cowboys’ defense to continually get rest, while taking the load off of Tony Romo’s shoulders. Murray is now gone, and everything will not go as perfectly as it did last year. Regression toward the mean will happen with the Cowboys, and even if their defense is expected to be slightly upgraded, look for them to take a step backwards.
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