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NFL Season Preview


The last NFL season ended in a thriller with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Philadelphia Eagles to win their 3rd Super Bowl in franchise history. Here’s what to expect for the next season:

In New York, the Jets look to end their playoff drought by adding veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Wide Receiver Mecole Hardman.

In New England, the Patriots try to fix holes in their offense by adding running back Ezekiel Elliot and Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Miami Dolphins looked really promising last season, but as the season gets closer there’s a growing concern about keeping the starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa healthy, they also added cornerback Jalen Ramsey but he’s out with a meniscus tear.

The Buffalo Bills look to be Super Bowl contenders, losing in the divisional round last season to the Cincinnati Bengals. Although it looks like their window to win one might start closing after looking at all the losses in the past few years.

The New York Giants try to improve on the playoff run they had last season, resigning quarter back Daniel Jones and franchise tagging running back Saquon Barkley. They also traded for tight end Darren Waller.

The Dallas Cowboys try to finally end the drought and win the Super Bowl, adding cornerback Stephon Gilmore and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. They have also built one of the best defenses in the league, with all pro linebacker Micah Parsons.

The Philadelphia Eagles try to go back to the Super Bowl and win their second Lombardi trophy. They had a bit of a problem at the beginning of the off-season with a lot of players running out of time in their contracts, but they were able to get through most of it and are going into the season as Super Bowl contenders.

The Washington Commanders aren’t really seen as a team who can really make a deep playoff run. They are trusting their quarterback Sam Howell to lead them this season, they have had quarterback troubles in the past few seasons.

In Cincinnati, the Bengals are trying to go back to the Super Bowl after losing it 2 seasons ago and lost in the AFC Championship to the Chiefs last season. Over the off-season, the Bengals extended quarterback Joe Burrow to a 5 year, $275 million deal, making him the highest played player in NFL history.

The Baltimore Ravens also look to be a serious contender after acquiring wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason. They want to give weapons to quarterback Lamar Jackson who is more of a run-heavy quarterback.

In Cleveland, the Browns want to bounce back from their disappointing run last season, finishing 7-10 and missing the playoffs. They have probably the best running back in Nick Chubb and expect to have a full season with quarterback Deshaun Watson under a new offensive coordinator.

The Pittsburgh Steelers look like a dark horse contender if they can get their quarterback Kenny Pickett going as he enters his second season. The Steelers also have a really talented defense and well coached team with Mike Tomlin.

The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to have a repeat of the same success as last year, although they are having trouble re-signing star defensive lineman Chris Jones to a new contract. Tight end Travis Kelce also looks to miss week 1 with a knee injury.

The Los Angeles Chargers want to take a major leap this season, after losing in the wildcard round of the playoffs last season to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They put all their trust in quarterback Justin Herbert to lead them to their first Super Bowl victory.

The Denver Broncos upgraded their offensive line this offseason, trying to help their quarterback Russel Wilson as he struggled last season in his first season as a bronco. The Broncos also have a new head coach in Sean Payton who is going to try to make Denver a surprise playoff team.

The Las Vegas Raiders traded their long time quarterback Derek Carr to the New Orlean Saints this offseason, replacing him with free agent signing Jimmy Garoppolo. They also signed Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers and re-signed star running back Josh Jacobs.

The San Fransisco 49ers look to be a legit Super Bowl contender after losing in the NFC Championship last season to the Philadelphia Eagles. They traded quarterback Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys, going all in on Brock Purdy as the quarterback for the future. They also signed defensive lineman Javon Hargrave, who was an important asset in the Eagles defense last season.

The Seattle Seahawks also look like a team to make a great run, re-signing quarterback Geno Smith, who had a breakout season for Seattle last season. They also drafter cornerback Devon Witherspoon and signed free agent safety Julian Love.

The Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, but have been going at a bit of a decline since then. They let go of cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was a key player to the Rams when they won the Super Bowl. There are also concerns over wide receiver Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who have dealt with injuries in the recent months.

The Arizona Cardinals are also a team with a lot of holes. Their quarterback Kyler Murray tore his ACL last season and they do not know when he will be playing again. There are also questions about the defense, as they lost their top defensive player Zach Allen to free agency and still haven’t found the replacement.

In Green Bay, the Packers are trying to build Jordan Love into their quarterback for the future after losing long term quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They also fixed holes in their defense in the draft, looking very promising. If they can live up to their potential, they can make a deep playoff run.

The Minnesota Vikings had a pretty successful last season, winning the division over the Packers. They had one of the most talented offenses last season, unfortunately having to say goodbye to wide receiver Adam Thielen and running back Dalvin Cook, who were key parts of the offense last season. They also let go of some of their key defensive players this offseason.

In Detroit, the Lions are trying to turn this franchise around and finally make a big run for the playoffs this season. They are very well coached by Dan Campbell and made key free agent signings in running back David Montgomery and cornerback Emmanuel Mosley.

The Chicago Bears look to take a leap this season, signing linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards. They also traded the first overall pick of the 2023 draft to the Panthers for D.J. Moore, the ninth overall pick, the 61st overall pick and Carolina’s first round pick next year.

The New Orleans Saints traded for a new quarterback in Derek Carr. They also re-signed wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas to help Carr get some weapons. There is however a concern on how well the saints defensive line will do after losing most of their starters this offseason.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Baker Mayfield to find a replacement for Tom Brady who retired at the end of last season. They also drafted defensive lineman Calijah Kancey, who seems to be a very promising rusher in the league.

The Carolina Panthers traded for the first overall pick in the 2023 draft, picking up quarterback Bryce Young at number 1. They lost wide receiver D.J. Moore with that trade, so they signed wide receivers Adam Thielen and D.J. Chark. If Bryce Young can play good enough, this is team who can definitely make the playoffs

The Atlanta Falcons are relying on second year quarterback Desmond Ridder to lead them to the playoffs. They also signed free agent safety Jessie Bates III, who is one of the best in the league at his position. The defensive line also had major upgrades this offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are all set on making Trevor Lawrence the quarterback of the future, so the re-signed tight end Evan Engram. Engram was a key part of the Jaguars’ success last season. They also drafted offensive tackle Anton Harrison in the first round and he looks to be the long term replacement for Jacksonville.

The Indianapolis Colts drafted quarterback Anthony Richardson with the fourth overall pick this season who they named the starter. They also drafted some very promising players like wide receiver Josh Downs and cornerback Julius Brents. It’s mostly on the new quarterback to see where they go this season.

The Houston Texans also drafted a quarterback first round, getting C.J Stroud at pick number 2. They also had the 3rd overall pick where they drafted edge rusher Will Anderson Jr., who seems to be a very promising player. They also signed free agent safety Jimmie Ward who was needed to bring leadership to a struggling Texans defense.

The Tenneessee Titans are a team who have made it far in the past few seasons, but never got to a Super Bowl. It looks like it might be one of the last years for this coaching staff to find their success, as players like Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill start to get older.

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Wilmer De La Cruz, Sports Writer
My name is Wilmer De La Cruz. I am a junior and I like to play soccer. I like watching football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis. I like all New York sports teams.

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