NFL 2016: 7 Teams That Will Break Your Heart And 8 Teams That Will Win You Over

The NFL is a very up and down kind of league. Remember when the Chargers were supposed to dominate with Ryan Leaf? Well, so don’t we—the pick after Peyton Manning broke a lot of Chargers fan’s hearts that year. Remember when the Cardinals were poised to do big things with Matt Leinart? Boy did that plan crash and burn. How about the Giants in 2007? They surprised the world by winning it all that year. In 1998, the St. Louis Rams finished the season 4 and 12. Not much was expected from them the following year. Then stepped in the AFL star Kurt Warner. The team went 13 and 3 and did the improbable by winning the Super Bowl. Overall, there is no telling who will dominate and who will fade out of relevance. Below you will find a list of 7 teams that will “break your heart” and 8 teams that will “win you over” in the 2016 NFL season.

This list was determined by three different criteria. First, how efficient was the team in the offseason? Did they sign any stars? Draft any potential leaders? Or did they lose some key components? Second, how good/bad is their division looking. Do they have a chance to overtake some of the division leaders from last year. Or are the other teams just looking too strong? Last, how young/old is the team looking. In some cases, time allows rookies to mature, in others instances, time does the opposite to over-matured players. If you find your team on the “break your heart” list, hold on tight. Contrarily, if you find your team on the “win you over” list, congratulations… you’re in for a fun season.

17 Break Your Heart

16 New England Patriots

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15 Denver Broncos

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14 Los Angeles Rams

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13 Washington Redskins

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12 New Orleans Saints

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11 Cleveland Browns

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10 Detroit Lions

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9 Win You Over

8 Minnesota Vikings

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7 Miami Dolphins

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6 Houston Texans

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5 Arizona Cardinals

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4 Jacksonville Jaguars

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3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2 New York Giants

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1 Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders will be the Cinderella story of the NFL in 2016. For far too long, the Raiders were one of those polarizing teams. If you wore a Raiders jersey, people either wanting to hug you or fight you. Unfortunately, the organization faded into the the abyss for a decade or so. Then behold… They draft David Carr, Amari Cooper, Latavius Murray and Khalil Mack and guess what, they are back in business! If David Carr can continue on his 1st half trajectory from last season, then he’ll undoubtedly be a top 5 QB. The offensive line in Oakland is considered to be one of the best in the NFL at the moment. The defense added some really good players. And the offense has infinite potential at almost every position. This is the year of the rising stars in Oakland. Soon enough, Raiders fans will finally be able to let the days of Rich Gannon behind them and look forward to a bright and exciting future of football in Oakland.


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NFL 2016: 7 Teams That Will Break Your Heart And 8 Teams That Will Win You Over