Which of the worst teams could turn out to be a good bet for the 2019 NFL Season?
The NFL is a volatile league. One year, a team can be at the top of the mountain, and then the next, that team is at the bottom of the division and drafting at the top of the draft. Between injuries, free agency departures, coaching changes, etc., NFL teams can see drastic changes. In each of the last four seasons, and in eight of the last nine, one team has finished last in their division in one season has then gone on to win their division the next season. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that could make that jump from worst to first in the 2019 NFL Season (or at least take a big jump in win totals).
Which of the worst teams could turn out to be a good NFL bet this 2019 season?
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San Francisco 49ers
Last year was supposed to be a breakout year for the 49ers. When Jimmy Garoppolo went down, the season went with him. After a four-win 2018, let’s fast forward to 2019, and things are looking up for the 49ers. This is a group that has playoff aspirations this season.
With Garoppolo healthy, the 49ers offense should be vastly improved. With another year under the belts of receivers Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin, and rookie Deebo Samuel figuring into the mix, the Niners are hoping their young group will step it up this season. Jerick McKinnon missed the 2018 season with a torn ACL. He’ll be back in the mix along with Matt Breida, who filled in valiantly for McKinnon last season. Throw in free-agent signee Tevin Coleman, and the 49ers have a good stable of backs. We haven’t even mentioned the 49ers best offensive weapon yet, George Kittle. Kittle, a pro bowl tight end, had a great season last year. He’ll look to be even better this year with a full year of Garoppolo under center. Combine Kittle with all of the other weapons, and the 49ers look to have a very potent offense.
Defensively, the 49ers made some improvements. In drafting Nick Bosa, and acquiring Dee Ford, the Niners have improved their pass rush. They do have a questionable secondary, but they’re hoping that with a better pass rush, they’ll cover up their deficiencies in the secondary. With this year’s win total set at 8 by the Vegas oddsmakers, the 49ers have a great shot at going over that number. Last year’s four-win team should make a run at the playoffs this season and should be greatly improved.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers haven’t made the playoffs the last two seasons. Gone is Mike McCarthy, and offensive-minded Matt LaFleur was brought in to right the ship. Last year the Packers won six games, and we’re looking for much better things from the 2019 Packers.
Any time that you have Aaron Rodgers under center, good things are bound to happen. He had a rough, injury-plagued 2018. With Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, and Jimmy Graham as the primary weapons, LaFleur should have the offense going.
The defense has always been the main weakness of the Green Bay Packers. Between free agent signings, and drafting two defensive players in the first round, the Pack has made big improvements to the defensive side of the ball. Mike Pettine was retained from last year’s staff, and the Packers have put players into position to succeed in his defensive scheme. The win total has been set at nine for the Packers. This team is talented and should get to that number. Even though the NFC North is a very tough division, this team has the talent to contend for the title. Look for big things from the Packers.