Welcome to The Athletic’s pre-Week 1 energy rankings. Last week, you noticed the projections from Austin Mock’s advanced model which permits him to simulate the NFL season 100,000 instances. From now on, you get the opinions of 1 dummy with too many open tabs.

1. Los Angeles Rams

Mock rank: 6 (10.1 wins)

The excellent news: Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey appear to be a very good Advil-and-Gatorade mixture to stave off a doable Super Bowl hangover, whereas Sean McVay has gained not less than 9 video games in every of his first 5 seasons as head coach. Veteran additions Bobby Wagner and Allen Robinson give the workforce some recent juice.

The dangerous information: Mystery elbow injuries aren’t splendid for middle-aged quarterbacks coming off a season through which they threw probably the most passes of their profession (together with playoffs).

Nugget to recollect: Based on Las Vegas’ projected win totals, the Rams have the second-toughest schedule within the league. The highway to a repeat is not going to be easy.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Mock rank: T-3 (10.6 wins)

The excellent news: The Chiefs have, at worst, a top-three quarterback, a top-three offensive line and a top-three offensive schemer. It could be so simple as that.

The dangerous information: Kansas City has the toughest schedule within the league. So even when it appears like one of the best workforce within the AFC, any playoff run figures to incorporate having to win on the highway.

Nugget to recollect: In addition to their troublesome schedule, the Chiefs additionally could be going through some damage regression after ending 2021 because the healthiest workforce within the league by Football Outsiders’ adjusted video games misplaced. We’ll discover out this 12 months simply how highly effective Patrick Mahomes is.

3. Buffalo Bills

Mock rank: 1 (11.6 wins)

The excellent news: No workforce within the league appears extra satisfied it’s going to the Super Bowl than the Bills.

The dangerous information: Tre’Davious White lacking not less than the first four games of the season leaves Buffalo with an unpredictable cornerback group. Aside from nickelback Taron Johnson, the Bills are relying on third-year participant Dane Jackson (eight profession begins) and rookies Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford. There’s additionally no assure White will likely be his standard self straight away every time he returns from the ACL tear he suffered final November.

Nugget to recollect: According to Vegas, the Bills have the shortest odds of successful the Super Bowl at +600. Among the final 10 preseason Super Bowl favorites, two went on to hoist the Lombardi trophy (the 2016 and 2018 Patriots), two misplaced within the divisional spherical, two misplaced within the convention championship and 4 misplaced within the Super Bowl. As if Bills followers weren’t already ready for heartbreak.

Meanwhile, solely one of many previous 10 Super Bowl winners (the 2017 Eagles) got here from outdoors the highest six preseason Super Bowl favorites. Good information for the Bills, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Rams, Packers and Chargers.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mock rank: 5 (10.5 wins)

The excellent news: Tom Brady is again and his arm appears nearly as good as ever, to say nothing of his face.

The dangerous information: The factor about Brady, and never many individuals know this: The one strategy to actually get him off his sport is with stress up the center. He’s in contrast to each different quarterback in that approach. So, the Bucs’ inside offensive line tumult might have Brady rethinking retirement.

Nugget to recollect: The 4 lively leaders in receiving yards are break up between two groups. For now, No. 1 Julio Jones and No. 4 Mike Evans have the lead with 22,631 mixed receiving yards over No. 2 DeAndre Hopkins and No. 3 A.J. Green’s 20,859.


Mike Evans offers the Bucs yet one more participant who’s excessive up on the lively profession rating lists. (Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Images)

5. Los Angeles Chargers

Mock rank: 9 (9.8 wins)

The excellent news: Justin Herbert virtually ensures a top-five offense, whereas his rookie contract allowed the workforce to spend huge on protection to enhance the No. 26 unit by DVOA. Meanwhile, Brandon Staley’s commitment to proper in-game decision-making ought to repay over the long term. If you’re a fan of course of, the Chargers are for you.

The dangerous information: Staley could be supplanted by Mike McDaniel this season as the top coach whose information convention clips flow into on social media as “honestly so important you need to stop what you’re doing and watch this right now.”

Nugget to recollect: Herbert and Joe Burrow are both a historic tandem or a sign that quarterbacks might be nice faster than ever. Herbert has probably the most passing yards (9,350, blowing away Andrew Luck’s 8,196) and touchdowns (69 to Dan Marino’s 68) by any quarterback via his first two seasons, whereas Burrow sports activities one of the best completion proportion (68.2) of any quarterback via two years. Herbert wants solely 3,608 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to carry each information for the primary three years of a quarterback’s profession.

6. Baltimore Ravens

Mock rank: 8 (9.9 wins)

The excellent news: The Ravens had been probably the most injured workforce within the league by adjusted video games misplaced final 12 months and nonetheless practically made the playoffs. Some constructive regression on that entrance mixed with the anticipated enchancment on protection and Lamar Jackson’s contract-season bump might make this a particular 12 months in Baltimore. In the eyes of The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, Odafe Oweh and Rashod Bateman appear primed for breakout seasons.

The dangerous information: Per TruMedia, there’s no current precedent for a workforce whose mascot suffered a season-ending injury occurring to win the Super Bowl.

Nugget to recollect: In Jackson’s three seasons as a starter, the Ravens completed, so as, first, third and Eleventh in dashing DVOA. If they’re going to reverse that pattern line, they in all probability want a giant season from J.K. Dobbins, who won’t be prepared when the common season begins. It might be operating again flotsam déjà vu.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

Mock rank: 12 (9.5 wins)

The excellent news: You’ve seen Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase play, sure?

The dangerous information: The league appears to not absolutely respect the Bengals because the AFC’s defending champions. Said one executive to our Mike Sando: “The O-line is better, but I don’t think it’s good. … They put a Band-Aid on it. Burrow has the appendix. When is he taking contact? That is a painful injury with a guy who has a bad offensive line, so I think it’s OK to hedge a little bit.”

Aha, anonymous govt! Burrow actually does not “have the appendix.”

Nugget to recollect: Chase would possibly set up himself as one of the best broad receiver in soccer this 12 months. You in all probability know his 1,455 receiving yards broke Justin Jefferson’s long-standing post-merger NFL rookie receiving document. But as a result of he performed 17 video games, Chase solely ranked fourth in rookie receiving yards per sport all time. The high two? Jefferson at No. 2 and Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 1. All within the LSU, ahem, fyaaamly.

8. Green Bay Packers

Mock rank: 2 (11.4 wins)

The excellent news: Even if Aaron Rodgers isn’t capable of overcome Davante Adams’ departure to show a large receiver group of castoffs and unproven kids into one thing particular, he’s in all probability skilled an alternate actuality through which he did.

The dangerous information: Lots rides on the well being of David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins, who’re each set to return from knee accidents of various severity. And although there are stars on protection resembling Jaire Alexander and Rashan Gary, the Packers have been under league common on that aspect of the ball every of the previous two seasons.

Nugget to recollect: In Rodgers’ 12 wholesome seasons as a starter, the Packers have solely completed outdoors the highest quarter of the league in offensive DVOA twice, which had been each Eleventh-place finishes. Even with no Adams, a wholesome Rodgers ought to nonetheless assure offensive success.

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Even with Jimmy Garoppolo nonetheless on the roster, second-year quarterback Trey Lance has been handed the keys to the 49ers’ offense this season. (Maria Lysaker / USA Today)

9. San Francisco 49ers

Mock rank: T-10 (9.7 wins)

The excellent news: Trey Lance’s talent set would possibly change the complexion of what the 49ers can do on offense. And if one thing occurs, they in all probability have one of the best quarterback Plan B within the league.

The dangerous information: Half the locker room won’t wish to be so affected person with Lance’s improvement — no current quarterback entered the league with much less school sport expertise — with Jimmy Garoppolo’s chiseled jawline looming over his shoulder.

Nugget to recollect: The 49ers had the one protection in 2021 that completed within the high 10 in DVOA with out being within the high 10 in takeaways. There might be some constructive regression coming in its means to power turnovers, which might vault DeMeco Ryans’ unit to the highest of the league.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Mock rank: 15 (9 wins)

The excellent news: On offense, the Eagles return everybody from the Eleventh-ranked unit by DVOA whereas plopping A.J. Brown on high. On protection, they improved on paper at each stage. The second-easiest schedule within the league makes them all of a sudden a very talked-about sleeper Super Bowl contender.

The dangerous information: Eagles followers are on edge due to the dynamic Jason Kelce described completely: “In this city, it feels like every year the media thinks we’re really good, we end up being shitty. And every year the media thinks we’re going to be shitty, we end up being really good.”

Nugget to recollect: After the Eagles’ midseason commerce of Zach Ertz in 2021, Dallas Goedert ranked sixth in the league amongst all gamers in receiving yards per route run (2.7). If that effectivity stays close to the identical stage whereas the Eagles tilt again towards throwing the ball greater than they did down the stretch, he’ll cement himself among the many league’s greatest on the place. Brown, by the way in which, ranked on the high of that listing.

11. Dallas Cowboys

Mock rank: T-3 (10.6 wins)

The excellent news: Factoring in positional significance, Dak Prescott and Micah Parsons are in all probability the 2 greatest gamers within the NFC East. If Anthony Barr can stay wholesome sufficient to let Parsons spend extra time dashing the quarterback, the second-year linebacker might have a Defensive Player of the Year-type season.

The dangerous information: Sean Payton gained’t be the coach till not less than October. And the offensive line, except for Zack Martin, woof.

Nugget to recollect: No workforce damage itself on offense greater than the Cowboys a season in the past. According to TruMedia, Dallas’ offense ranked thirty second in offensive EPA misplaced to penalties one season after it completed third-best in that class. The Cowboys had been additionally probably the most penalized workforce in soccer.

12. Denver Broncos

Mock rank: T-13 (9.4 wins)

The excellent news: Entering Year 11, Russell Wilson has solely had one season with a dropping document.

The dangerous information: That one dropping season was final 12 months, when he additionally missed video games for the primary time. The Broncos are relying on that being a blip fairly than an indication of issues to return.

Nugget to recollect: Of the ten groups with new head coaches this season, the Broncos are the one one to pair a first-time head coach with first-time coordinators on either side of the ball. Maybe that is Wilson’s workforce greater than it’s Nathaniel Hackett’s, nevertheless it could be cheap to anticipate some rising pains.

13. Miami Dolphins

Mock rank: 16 (8.9 wins)

The excellent news: Ludicrous pace on offense and continuity on protection appear to be a positive recipe. Terron Armstead ought to assist give Tua Tagovailoa sufficient time to get the ball to his playmakers and, not less than in concept, McDaniel’s Kyle Shanahan-borrowed offense ought to enhance one of many league’s worst dashing assaults.

The dangerous information: It will likely be actually troublesome to beat the on-field influence of Stephen Ross’ early-season suspension.

Nugget to recollect: Jaelan Phillips’ 8.5 sacks as a rookie had been overshadowed by Parsons’ breakout debut, however the Dolphins have one thing brewing with the expertise and disguise of their pass-rush group. Among gamers who rushed the quarterback not less than 140 instances in 2021, each Jerome Baker and Andrew Van Ginkel ranked within the high eight within the charge with which they hit the quarterback whereas dashing the passer.

14. Tennessee Titans

Mock rank: T-18 (8.6 wins)

The excellent news: Jeffery Simmons could be one of the best younger inside defensive lineman within the league, Derrick Henry remains to be Derrick Henry, and the AFC South remains to be fairly dangerous.

The dangerous information: Everyone is rooting in opposition to Ryan Tannehill as a result of we wish to see Malik Willis. And, uh, the workforce doesn’t actually look higher on paper than final season at any place.

Nugget to recollect: The Titans are 10-2 over the previous two seasons in video games determined by three factors or fewer. That’s far and away one of the best mark within the league and might be a touch at coin flips touchdown the opposite approach this season.

15. Indianapolis Colts

Mock rank: 7 (10 wins)

The excellent news: Shaquille Leonard feels good for the first time in a long time, Stephon Gilmore appears primed for a comeback year, they’ve the third-easiest schedule within the league and the proprietor not hates the quarterback.

The dangerous information: There are respectable considerations concerning the Colts’ means to guard Matt Ryan, with journeyman Matt Pryor below the highlight at left deal with. How many instances can Jonathan Taylor be moderately anticipated to hold the ball after a league-high 332 final season?

Nugget to recollect: In the 9 seasons since he left Seattle, Gus Bradley has had a top-10 protection by DVOA solely twice (No. 10 with the Chargers in each 2017 and 2018), whereas his defenses have ranked within the backside half of the league in six of these 9 seasons.

16. Minnesota Vikings

Mock rank: T-10 (9.7 wins)

The excellent news: Coming off a season through which they had been probably the most decidedly common workforce within the league (Sixteenth in offensive and defensive DVOA), it shouldn’t take a lot enchancment across the edges to bump the Vikings into the playoffs. Kevin O’Connell must be anticipated to assist the offense take a step ahead, and there are sufficient new items on protection to be bullish about that aspect of the ball. With the league’s Sixteenth-easiest schedule, the Vikings ought to not less than tell us this 12 months in the event that they’re decidedly good or decidedly dangerous.

The dangerous information: Early-round picks Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth Jr. had been supposed to assist improve a mediocre secondary, however neither seems able to contribute straight away.

Nugget to recollect: To date, Kirk Cousins is 59-59-2 as a beginning quarterback. Only Jim Plunkett (72-72) and Eli Manning (117-117) performed extra video games with a exact .500 document.

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The addition of Davante Adams offers Derek Carr one of many high wideouts within the league to assist bolster the Raiders’ offense. (Kirby Lee / USA Today)

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Mock rank: 20 (8.3 wins)

The excellent news: With Tyreek Hill out of Kansas City, Adams and Darren Waller in all probability type probably the most harmful broad receiver-tight finish combo within the league, with apologies to the Deebo Samuel-George Kittle and Brown-Goedert mixtures.

The dangerous information: The Raiders might be higher than they had been a 12 months in the past and nonetheless discover themselves outdoors the playoffs. Stuck within the league’s most loaded division, the Raiders have the third-hardest schedule within the NFL. Given how a lot unloading the brand new regime has executed of the roster they inherited, they could be ready to take a step again earlier than taking a giant one ahead.

Nugget to recollect: The Raiders should be good early. Three of their first 5 video games are in opposition to division opponents, which Vic Tafur notes final occurred to the Raiders in 2009 after they went 5-11.

18. New England Patriots

Mock rank: T-18 (8.6 wins)

The excellent news: Even if the offense appears wildly in flux after a weird summer time and we will’t perceive the plan from the surface, Bill Belichick absolutely is aware of what he’s doing. Right?

The dangerous information: The Patriots’ offensive linemen will in all probability have to attend not less than 17 weeks or so earlier than popping champagne in the locker room.

Nugget to recollect: Jac Mones is one of the best present beginning quarterback spoonerism.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mock rank: 24 (7.1 wins)

The excellent news: Mike Tomlin’s 15-year streak and not using a dropping document is preposterous, and although quarterback is a significant question mark, it’s exhausting to anticipate both Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett to be a big downgrade from the broken-down Ben Roethlisberger of the previous few seasons. If the protection might be extra just like the 2020 model, this might be a shock playoff contender.

The dangerous information: By all accounts, the Steelers’ offseason plan to improve their offensive line has gotten off to a disastrous start. Not solely might that torpedo their season, nevertheless it might have an effect on the workforce’s willingness at hand the reins to Pickett in order to not break the rookie’s confidence within the pocket.

Nugget to recollect: Together, J.J. and T.J. Watt have mixed for 174 profession sacks. If they had been melded into one particular person, the Watts would nonetheless rank solely third on the all-time listing behind Reggie White (198) and Bruce Smith (200).

20. New Orleans Saints

Mock rank: T-13 (9.4 wins)

The excellent news: Even after the Chauncey Gardner-Johnson trade, there are excessive hopes Dennis Allen’s protection can nonetheless be probably the greatest within the league. If Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas stay wholesome, possibly the offense can benefit from a weak division.

The dangerous information: Defensive success is notoriously unstable 12 months over 12 months, and there are legit questions concerning the Saints’ means to guard Winston after Armstead’s departure and Trevor Penning’s gradual begin. Even worse, if issues go south, the Saints don’t personal their first-round choose. Few groups enter 2022 with such a large variance of doable outcomes, from an NFC South championship to a one-and-done 12 months for Allen and the crew.

Nugget to recollect: The offensive line is an additional concern due to Winston’s enjoying fashion. No quarterback took not less than three seconds to throw extra usually than Winston final season, per TruMedia.

21. Arizona Cardinals

Mock rank: 17 (8.7 wins)

The excellent news: Marquise Brown positive is quick.

The dangerous information: The Cardinals begin the season with a tricky three-game stretch in opposition to the Chiefs, on the Raiders and in opposition to the Rams. In a company susceptible to finger-pointing, issues might get ugly earlier than Hopkins has an opportunity to assist proper the ship in Week 7. And then the brand new Call of Duty comes out on the finish of October and all bets are off.

Nugget to recollect: More than half of the projected beginning offense (together with the suspended Hopkins) is on the fallacious aspect of 30. Even with a younger quarterback, this isn’t essentially a workforce on the rise.

22. Seattle Seahawks

Mock rank: 28 (6 wins)

The excellent news: Pete Carroll is lastly going to get to play his most well-liked fashion of ugly, grind-it-out soccer.

The dangerous information: Pete Carroll is lastly going to get to play his most well-liked fashion of ugly, grind-it-out soccer.

Nugget to recollect: Geno Smith will make his first Week 1 begin since 2014, thereby setting a contemporary document for hanging round. The document for years between Week 1 begins for a quarterback this century is seven, which Josh McCown completed in 2014. Congratulations to the Smith household.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

Mock rank: 27 (6.2 wins)

The excellent news: Here’s how pathetic Urban Meyer’s 12 months in cost was: a coach as soon as caricatured as an ice cream-loving fool savant is being offered because the grownup within the room. And it’s true! Once upon a time, Doug Pederson helped a second-year quarterback take the league by storm. Can he do it once more?

The dangerous information: Even if the Jaguars tried to improve the offensive line and weapons surrounding Trevor Lawrence this offseason, they could not have tangibly executed so. And except Travon Walker performs like, effectively, the No. 1 total choose, this protection appears ripe for the choosing. But boy have they got plenty of linebackers.

Nugget to recollect: Only poor Cam Cameron has a worse non-interim win-loss document as a head coach than Meyer. Nowhere to go however up!

24. Cleveland Browns

Mock rank: T-21 (8.2 wins)

The excellent news: We in all probability don’t need to pay a lot consideration to them for the primary 12 weeks of the season.

The dangerous information: Week 13 goes to be gross.

Nugget to recollect: Jacoby Brissett is one thing of an empty vessel at quarterback. Over the final three years, he joins Trubisky and Kyle Allen because the quarterbacks with an ideal 0.00 EPA per dropback, per TruMedia. He nonetheless ranks twenty eighth of 40 qualifying quarterbacks, although, so it might be worse.

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The Panthers are hoping Baker Mayfield can lead them again to the playoffs for the primary time since 2017. (Geoff Burke / USA Today)

25. Carolina Panthers

Mock rank: 23 (7.5 wins)

The excellent news: Of the groups projected to be among the many league’s backside quarter, few are extra motivated to win now than Carolina. Baker Mayfield can be in all probability one of the best quarterback this a part of the ability rankings has to supply. Faint reward, rattling it.

The dangerous information: Early returns on first-round choose Ikem Ekwonu have been uninspiring, complicating an uneven strategy of making an attempt to repair one of many league’s worst offensive traces. Then once more, a 12 months in the past right now, each Penei Sewell and Chase had been being mentioned as underwhelming rookies. We’ll see.

Nugget to recollect: One man’s rating of the spite with which different people will likely be approaching their Week 1 revenge video games:

1. Mayfield versus the Browns

2. Pederson versus Carson Wentz

3. Wilson versus the Seahawks

4. Wentz versus Pederson

5. Lamar Jackson versus the Ravens’ standing contract provide

26. New York Giants

Mock rank: 26 (6.6 wins)

The excellent news: Long time period, the identical adult-in-the-room bump that applies to the Jaguars changing Meyer with Pederson figures to be at play within the swamplands of North Jersey with Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll changing Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge. Short time period, the Giants have the best schedule within the league based mostly on Vegas’ projected win totals.

The dangerous information: The offensive line would possibly nonetheless be a large number, and the returns are in all probability already in on the quarterback, if we’re being trustworthy.

Nugget to recollect: Since 2000, the Giants have fallen behind with solely 22 successful seasons throughout soccer and baseball to the Cardinals’ 27.

27. Detroit Lions

Mock rank: 25 (6.9 wins)

The excellent news: Both traces of scrimmage look to be in good condition, which could take a workforce with the fifth-easiest schedule far sufficient to be a shock contender.

The dangerous information: Jared Goff looks like a pleasant, well-adjusted dude, however he’s nonetheless the quarterback.

Nugget to recollect: There is little year-to-year correlation in crimson zone protection. For occasion, three of the bottom-five crimson zone defenses in 2020 went on to have top-10 crimson zone defenses in 2021. The Lions, in the meantime, completed thirty first in crimson zone protection every of the final two seasons. A spike within the different route would assist so much.

28. Washington Commanders

Mock rank: T-21 (8.2 wins)

The excellent news: The proprietor hasn’t been subpoenaed by Congress in days.

The dangerous information: Last 12 months’s Twenty second-ranked protection is missing its star pass rusher till not less than Week 5, there’s a bizarre feud between the top coach and the now-default top running back and the famously scattershot quarterback has been described as wild all summer time. At least the schedule is comparatively straightforward.

Nugget to recollect: Expect plenty of play motion from this offense. The Commanders ranked second within the league in early-down play motion in 2021, in keeping with TruMedia, whereas Wentz’s Colts ranked third. Wentz’s yards per try jumped from 6.1 on performs with out play motion (twenty seventh within the league) to eight.5 on performs with play motion (fifteenth within the league).

29. New York Jets

Mock rank: 32 (4.7 wins)

The excellent news: Seven gamers minimize by the Jets throughout this 12 months’s roster cutdown had been claimed by different groups! That should imply the roster is in approach higher form.

The dangerous information: The Jets didn’t get something in return for these gamers. Also, everybody expects their younger quarterback to be outplayed by 37-year-old Joe Flacco.

Nugget to recollect: The Jets desperately want Carl Lawson to be the participant they thought he was going to be after they signed him final offseason. Per Football Outsiders, the Jets have ranked within the backside two every of the final three seasons within the proportion of sacks they get from edge rushers.

30. Houston Texans

Mock rank: 31 (4.8 wins)

The excellent news: Dameon Pierce regarded like a star within the preseason, and if Davis Mills might be the middle-of-the-road quarterback he regarded like as a rookie, the Texans can have some attention-grabbing roster-building prospects this offseason.

The dangerous information: The entrance workplace has to undergo this Lovie Smith charade for not less than a full 12 months earlier than hiring the McCown of their desires.

Nugget to recollect: Sando’s executive survey panned the Texans for constructing their roster with particular groups in thoughts. That performed out final season after they completed thirtieth in offensive DVOA, twenty third in defensive DVOA and ninth in particular groups DVOA. It’s a bizarre technique, however not less than it’s a perspective.

31. Chicago Bears

Mock rank: 29 (5.9 wins)

The excellent news: There’s actual Justin Fields optimism after an impressive preseason showing. If Fields can cement himself as a starting-caliber quarterback this season, that’s actually all that issues.

The dangerous information: Man, is it going to be exhausting for Fields to take action given the expertise round him. The offensive line is in transition, and the No. 2 broad receiver behind Darnell Mooney is both somebody who wasn’t capable of look good with Mahomes as his quarterback (Byron Pringle) or somebody who wasn’t capable of look good with Rodgers as his quarterback (Equanimeous St. Brown). Or possibly it’s the 25-year-old rookie (Velus Jones Jr.). Yikes.

Nugget to recollect: The Bears have plenty of work forward to show over their roster. As of final week’s preliminary cutdown to 53 gamers, they’d the oldest roster in the league. Old and dangerous, which additionally applies to the Texans, isn’t any strategy to undergo NFL life.

32. Atlanta Falcons

Mock rank: 30 (5.8 wins)

The excellent news: Kyle Pitts is cool as hell.

The dangerous information: Bryce Young can’t simply go well with up now. But possibly that’s unfair to Desmond Ridder.

Nugget to recollect: The Falcons lined up in 11 personnel solely 31.3% of the time final season, the second-lowest charge within the league, per TruMedia. That tracked with Arthur Smith’s identification in Tennessee. With first-round choose Drake London and an array of castoffs at broad receiver, anticipate extra of the identical with Pitts nonetheless the highest possibility.

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