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#32 Jacksonville Jaguars
If Blake Bortles was the starting quarterback, this #32 would rise to at least #28 and the Jaguars could battle the Titans for second place in the AFC South, but he is not and Chad Henne is, which might benefit Bortles in the long-term, but will surrender the franchise for another season.
#31 Buffalo Bills
Losing Kiko Alonso to an ACL injury after a breakout season in 2013 coupled with the free agency loss of Jairus Byrd to the New Orleans Saints will be difficult for Buffalo to digest. The Bills offence has looked average at best during its preseason and E. J. Manuel in particular looks like he’s still going through growing pains. The season has not yet begun, but already looks doomed for the New York team.
#30 Houston Texans
The Texans did not use a high pick on a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, they did however just pick up Ryan Mallet but is he enough to save their 2014 season?. Their D line, as ferocious as it is, will only get them so far.
#29 Oakland Raiders
Matt Schaub is not the answer at quarterback and if he does begin the season as the starter, it will not be long before rookie Derek Carr takes over – he’s already made a lasting impression on the fans. The Raiders are capable of winning at least a couple more games in 2014 thanks to their savvy offseason additions and draftees, but a trying schedule that includes match ups against the NFC West may prevent them from fulfilling their potential.
What a preseason finish for Derek Carr! The Raiders rookie leads 4-touchdown drives, finishes 11-14, 143 Yds, 3 TD. pic.twitter.com/eZzNtLMyB1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 29, 2014
#28 Tennessee Titans
The Titans are one of the NFL’s biggest enigmas, but the fact is they could finish as high as second in the AFC South in 2014. New Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt helped the San Diego Chargers become a playoff team last year when he served as Offensive Coordinator and will now look to do the same with Tennessee. A more stable O line should help keep Jake Locker upright, while Justin Hunter and ‘Fantasy Sleeper’ Bishop Sankey make plays. However, an uneven Titans defence could hold its offence back.
#27 Cleveland Browns
As if learning a new system was not difficult enough, the Browns will be without their best offensive player (Josh Gordon) in 2014. A quarterback competition which culminated in the naming of Brian Hoyer as the starter also likely made life in Cleveland a bit more troubling, as first-team reps were divided. The AFC North is a competitive division, which any first-year team would struggle in. It appears star players Joe Thomas, Alex Mack and Joe Haden will be forced to settle for another ‘regular’ season.
#26 Minnesota Vikings
Like the Rams, the Vikings have handed their starting quarterback job to a seasoned veteran in Matt Cassel. Once upon a time (2008), Cassel led the New England Patriots to a 11-5 record. 5 years on, he still has the ability to lead a team, but it is only a matter of time before the gap between his experience and Teddy Bridgewater’s ability closes. The NFC North team has a lot of talent and a ton of potential all over the field, but they are trapped in a very tough division which will likely subject them to an average record once again.
#25 St Louis Rams
The loss of Sam Bradford to another ACL injury is unbelievable. Now, the Rams look ready to make former Detroit Lions backup quarterback Shaun Hill their “guy”. Hill, 34, will enter his 13th season in the NFL with an impressive touchdown to interception ratio – 41-23 that shows off his ability to be careful and make smart decisions. His ‘game manager’ status will be exactly what the team from the midwest needs in 2014, as they look to capitalise off a ground and pound offence and a reliable defence that features the best D line in the league.