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Amael’s off doing French things, so Ben’s all alone, but our week 2 recap is here. Listen in to find out why your team sucks.
Football is finally back, and Amaël and Ben are here to break down an awesome week 1. They answer questions like can anyone in the AFC stop the Chiefs, who are the most irrelevant teams in the NFL, and how Gardner Minshew and Baker Mayfield must have switched bodies.
Also, they each give their standout and most disappointing teams from the games as well as their standout and most disappointing players. Then, they look ahead to week 2 by detailing the most and least exciting matchups.
Schedule: @ATL, NE, DAL, @MIA, MIN, BYE, @ARI, SF, @BUF, @LAR, ARI, @PHI, NYG, NYJ, @WAS, LAR, @SF
Additions: S Jamal Adams (Trade), CB Quinton Dunbar (Trade), OL Brandon Shell (FA), TE Greg Olsen (FA), EDGE Bruce Irvin (FA), EDGE Benson Mayowa (FA), RB Carlos Hyde (FA), LB Jordyn Brooks (Draft),
EDGE Darrell Taylor (Draft), OL Damien Lewis (Draft)
Losses: EDGE Jadeveon Clowney (FA), DL Quinton Jefferson (FA), OL George Fant (FA), DL Al Woods (FA), OL D.J. Fluker (FA), OL Germain Ifedi (FA), S Tedric Thompson (FA), EDGE Darrell Taylor (Injury), RB Rashaad Penny (Injury)
If anything’s certain in the NFL, it’s the Seahawks are going to win at least nine games. That’s happened every year of the Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll era, and shouldn’t end any time soon. Honestly, the real minimum might be the 11 Seattle posted last year. Considering that total was amid a myriad of injuries, they should have no problem surpassing it.
Patrick Mahomes may be the face of the NFL, but Wilson is the next best thing. Number 3 keeps this team competitive in every game, and more often that not, he’s able to lead them to victory behind some late-game heroics. For most quarterbacks, you’d worry about how they’d fare behind such a spotty offensive line. Not for Wilson, though. He’s had terrible lines for years, yet that’s never stopped him. Even with Seattle once again rolling out an awful group, it shouldn’t hurt them too much during the regular season. Once January hits, it could be their kryptonite, though.
Like Wilson, Chris Carson hasn’t let the poor o-line play hold him back. If not for minor fumbling and injury issues, he’d be recognized as one of the top backs in the league. With Carlos Hyde backing him up, the Seahawks are safe in the event their starter misses a couple games again. Once 2018 first-rounder Rashaad Penny returns, this will be one of the best rotations in the league.
Led by Tyler Lockett, the receiving corps is up there as well. By year’s end, D.K. Metcalf might overtake Lockett as Wilson’s top target. That says more about how great Metcalf could be than anything negative about the veteran. Regardless of the pecking order, that’s a great wideout duo to have. Plus, Josh Gordon is poised to join them at some point this season. He’s still solid, albeit unrecognizable from his Cleveland peak. With the addition of Greg Olsen, Seattle has no shortage of dependable options at tight end, too.
Even more than the offensive line, the defense has been the Seahawks’ downfall in recent years. But after a productive offseason, this could be the best group since the Legion of Boom days. Or, at least the best secondary, with Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar coming aboard. Dunbar’s legal situation leaves his availability a little questionable, though. Without him, Seattle will run back the same duo of Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers that gets carved up every year. At least Adams and Quandre Diggs will help cover for them on the back end. Even if the former Jet gets a little bored on his new team, he’s poised to experience the postseason for the first time in his career.
Jadeveon Clowney may be gone, but this year’s pass rush should improve significantly. After posting only 28 sacks last year, they almost have to. Bruce Irvin’s return will help. As will the addition of Benson Mayowa (7 sacks last year with the Raiders). Jarran Reed and Poona Ford are a solid interior duo as well. Paired with the elite linebackers, this is a stout front seven.
So long as they have Wilson and Carroll, Seattle is always going to be dangerous. Those two are good enough to get the team to the playoffs, but the rest of the roster usually lets them down once they get there. This year, it could be different. After making some major defensive upgrades, the Seahawks are as scary as anyone in the wide open NFC. Realistically, they’ll have to win their division to go all the way. Having to win every game on the road would be almost impossible. Luckily, San Francisco has the tougher schedule, so the NFC West champions could once again reside in the Pacific Northwest.
Another thing in their favor, San Francisco’s schedule is tougher, so that could hand them the NFC West
Easier schedule than SF could give them the division
AFC NFC East + Falcons and Vikings
What’s your record prediction for the Seahawks? What did I get right or wrong? Sound off in the comments.
Schedule: ARI, @NYJ, @NYG, PHI, MIA, LAR, @NE, @SEA, GB, @NO, BYE, @LAR, BUF, WAS, @DAL, @ARI, SEA
Additions: OL Trent Williams (Trade), OL Tom Compton (FA), EDGE Kerry Hyder (FA), TE Jordan Reed (FA), DL Javon Kinlaw (Draft), WR Brandon Aiyuk (Draft)
Losses: DL DeForest Buckner (Trade), WR Marquise Goodwin (Trade), RB Matt Breida (Trade), OL Joe Staley (Retired), OL Mike Person (Retired), WR Emmanuel Sanders (FA), TE Levine Toilolo (FA), DL Sheldon Day (FA)
Super Bowl Hangover is real. Returning to the big game the year after losing is incredibly difficult. Just ask San Francisco’s divisionmates. Following their Super Bowl appearance, the Rams seemed to have one of the brightest futures in the league before missing the playoffs in 2019. Now, L.A. is closer to an average team than a contender.
I don’t think the Niners will experience quite the same drop, but there are causes for concern. For starters, Kyle Shanahan is in pretty much the same spot Sean McVay was a year ago, as the young offensive guru who just outsmarted defensive coordinators all year long. Only, McVay got figured out a little last year. Will Shanahan adjust, or suffer the same fate?
Then there’s the matter of the offseason losses. Like the Rams or any other great team, San Francisco had to sit back and watch as many of its key players departed. To their credit, they did a great job of recognizing this and getting assets back for some guys. But still, replacing two o-line starters, arguably their best receiver, and arguably their best defender won’t be easy.
Even without DeForest Buckner, the front seven is terrifying. Edge rushers Nick Bosa and Dee Ford could both improve in their second seasons in the league and with the team, respectively. Bosa could be a DPOY candidate while Ford is due for a larger role after being utilized shockingly little last year. With Javon Kinlaw incoming, the interior will be stout as well, though it’s unrealistic to expect the rookie to match the All-Pro level of his predecessor.
Behind the ferocious line, the Niners have possibly the most underrated linebackers in the league. Fred Warner, Kwon Alexander, and Dre Greenlaw deserve more credit for the defense’s success. Same goes for safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. You don’t become the best defense in football solely because of an insane front four. Both the safeties and linebackers were integral pieces of the dominant unit.
Any drop off from the pass rush will put more pressure on the corners—the one slight weakness of this defense. While Richard Sherman is still great, he can’t be trusted to lock up top receivers anymore. Across from him, the exploitable duo of Ahkello Witherspoon and Emmanuel Moseley will battle for snaps. Moseley seemed to win the job during the playoff run, but the pair were co-starters on the first depth chart. No matter who wins the job—including Jason Verrett, who people still love for some reason—the cornerbacks are the clear weak link of this defense.
Offensively, the choice isn’t so easy. If you can shut down the run game, the rest of the unit doesn’t look so great. Jimmy Garoppolo has an unbelievable record as a starter, but he’s not a “put the team on my back,” kind of quarterback. The offensive line is down two starters from last year’s up-and-down showing. Trent Williams was a high-potential, yet risky acquisition after the Washington exile held out for all of 2019. The receivers are nothing special, especially with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk already banged-up. While George Kittle helps make up for that, he can’t do everything. I don’t have much faith in Jordan Reed at this point, either.
Even the rushing attack isn’t perfect. Much of its success stems from Shanahan’s genius, not the personnel. So, if defenses catch on to San Francisco’s tricks as they did L.A.’s, the backs will be exposed for the mediocre players they are. Starter Raheem Mostert was cut by six teams for a reason. There’s also a reason his own team was hesitant to give him a raise. Outside of blazing speed, the Purdue product doesn’t offer much. Behind him, Tevin Coleman and the oft-injured Jerick McKinnon are unspectacular support pieces.
Between the departures, full offseason for coaches to study Shanahan’s tendencies, and stockpile of injury-prone players, there’s a lot of bust potential with the reigning NFC Champions. Don’t be surprised if they tumble down the standings, just as so many past Super Bowl losers have. With that being said, I expect their talent and coaching to prevail. Given the manageable schedule, a chance at redemption in February is possible.
What’s your record prediction for the 49ers? What did I get right or wrong? Sound off in the comments.
Schedule: DAL, @PHI, @BUF, NYG, @WAS, @SF, CHI, @MIA, BYE, SEA, @TB, SF, @ARI, NE, NYJ, @SEA, ARI
DL A’Shawn Robinson (FA), EDGE Leonard Floyd (FA), RB Cam Akers (Draft), WR Van Jefferson (Draft), EDGE Terrell Lewis (Draft)
Losses: WR Brandin Cooks (Trade), S Eric Weddle (Retired), RB Todd Gurley (Cut), EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. (FA), LB Cory Littleton (FA), K Greg Zuerlein (FA), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (FA), PR/KR Jojo Natson (FA), S Marqui Christian (FA), EDGE Terrell Lewis (Injury), DL A’Shawn Robinson (Injury), LB Travin Howard (Injury)
Was last year’s four-win drop just Super Bowl Hangover or indicative of who this team really is? I’d say more the latter than the former. Los Angeles made a series of all-in trades that left them with alarming cap and draft pick situations. Had they won in 2018, it might’ve all been worth it. Of course, they didn’t, so hindsight has the moves looking much more questionable.
I just can’t see the Rams running it back with a seemingly worse roster and returning to contender status. Their biggest weakness in 2019, the offensive line, returns the same underwhelming rotation. Don’t let the sack numbers fool you: they were bad last year. Sean McVay’s play-action and quick passing calls were responsible for the low sacks, not a strong line. One thing in this group’s favor is youth. With a ton of young guys on the line, betting on internal development wasn’t the worst idea.
On the other hand, expecting improvement from Jared Goff might be unrealistic. We pretty much know who he is at this point—you can rely on him to keep the gears turning in a great offense, but not to carry a bad one. He’s still a franchise quarterback; he’s just not in the league’s upper-echelon.
Unfortunately for Goff, this year’s offense looks closer to the 2019 disappointment than 2018 juggernaut. At receiver, losing Brandin Cooks will hurt a little. Only a little, though. Rookie Van Jefferson seems poised to make an early impact and Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are more than capable of picking up the slack. The tight ends should remain stout as well. Both Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett flashed last season, so this could end up being one of the best groups in the league.
In the backfield, the running back-by-committee won’t come close to matching Todd Gurley’s brilliant 2018 season. Meeting last year’s standard is far more realistic. Actually, a broken-down Gurley might still be better than the Malcolm Brown-Darrell Henderson-Cam Akers trio. The 2020 rookie seems like the only one capable of matching the new Falcon’s ceiling, though he has to get a chance first.
Even McVay deserves a little blame for last year’s fall from grace. Defenses seem to have figured out the constant jet sweep trickery, so Kid Genius needs to come up with something new. To be fair, if anyone is capable of completely reinventing his offense in one offseason, it’s the Rams coach.
After L.A.’s offense cratered last year, it could be the defenses turn in 2020. They did a remarkable job of withstanding last season’s departures, but this year’s wave is much larger and scarier. Outside of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, two of the best players at their respective positions, standouts are in short supply in this unit. For a team whose strategy has been to acquire as many stars as possible, that’s worrisome.
Ramsey’s secondary-mates are promising, but calling them elite is a reach. Maybe after the year it won’t be, though. Troy Hill, Taylor Rapp, and John Johnson have each looked great in stretches, so if they can maintain that over a whole season, the Rams may not be dead yet.
The defensive line is a similar story. We know Donald is a one-man wrecking crew, so anything the other guys can add is gravy. Michael Brockers had one foot out the door, but he’s back in the supporting role he’s held for years. Sebastian Joseph-Day is a nice complementary piece as well. If A’Shawn Robinson ever gets on the field, this group could be really good.
Sandwiched between two promising groups are the awful linebackers. Throw in the edge rushers, too. Neither position inspires much hope. L.A.’s plan to replace studs Cory Littleton and Dante Fowler is prayer, apparently. For a team so cap-strapped, how did they possibly think spending $10 million on Leonard Floyd was a good idea? If playing across from Khalil Mack doesn’t make you break out, odds are you’re never going to. Between Samson Ebukam, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and record-fast bust Jachai Polite, the other options aren’t any better. Rookie Terrell Lewis isn’t going to transform this group upon his return, either.
Somehow, the inside linebackers might actually be worse. Before Travin Howard’s season-ending injury, this group looked bad. Now, they’re possibly the worst in the league. Troy Reeder played limited snaps next year while Micah Kiser has zero career starts and is coming off a season-ending injury. Opposing backs and tight ends might eat these guys alive.
While I only have the Rams going 7-9, a playoff berth is definitely possible. The schedule is very manageable, so if L.A. can play to their strengths while hiding their weaknesses, they could pile up wins in what should be an insane division. That’s another reason I don’t have them in the playoffs. Between San Francisco and Seattle, winning the West is pretty much off the table. Pulling out a wildcard spot in the deep NFC will tough, too.
What’s your record prediction for the Rams? What did I get right or wrong? Sound off in the comments.