Five NFL teams that could surprise in 2020 NFL season

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Seeing a team go from worst-to-first has become the norm in the NFL, and 2020 is not likely to see that trend change, as I am predicting there to be five NFL teams that could surprise in the 2020 NFL season.

Let’s take a look:

5. Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons started off 1-7 in 2019 and things looked grim. However, they rebounded to close out the season by winning six of their final eight games to get to a 7-9 record for the second consecutive season. The turnaround was enough to save some jobs and give the current regime one more chance in 2020. They’ve since added running back Todd Gurley via free agency and selected Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell in the 2020 NFL Draft, essentially improving on both sides of the ball. With quarterback Matt Ryan still under center and some young building blocks spread out across the roster expect the Atlanta Falcons to be one of the five NFL teams that can surprise fans in 2020.

4. Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos were a mess entering Week 13 of last season but then came rookie quarterback Drew Lock. While Lock didn’t exactly light the NFL world on fire he did show potential. With Pat Shurmur, the quarterback whisperer, now taking over as offensive coordinator, it can mean only good things for Lock and his offensive teammates. Moreover, the Broncos padded their roster with the addition of running back Melvin Gordon, as well as the selection of wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in the 2020 NFL Draft. They’ll need their defense to continue playing well. But so long as that happens, expect to see a vastly improved Broncos team in 2020.

[Read also, “Why the Broncos Could Surprise…and Disappoint This Season”]

3. Washington Football Team

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins looks like a man on a mission this offseason; wide receiver Terry McLaurin will soon be a household name; running back Adrian Peterson is apparently ageless, and cornerback Fabian Moreau should lead a defense that is trending upwards. Oh yeah, there’s also a brand new coaching staff led by Ron Rivera, who has a history of winning. While The Washington Football Team may not excel to the point of competing for the division or even a playoff spot, don’t be surprised if they are mid-pack and well ahead of where many football analysts project them to be.

2. New York Giants

Are the Giants finally nearing the conclusion of their seemingly endless rebuild?  The Giants have retooled and repaired their much-maligned offensive line. They finally added a playmaking linebacker, also added some much-needed veteran experience and youthful speed to their secondary. So long as players like Golden Tate, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, and Jabrill Peppers can stay on the field, the Giants have a good chance to compete for an NFC East title in the upcoming 2020 NFL season.

1. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins were supposed to be a joke in 2019. Despite their 5-11 record, they played well above expectations. They will potentially usher in a new quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. And have substantially upgraded their personnel on both sides of the ball. Add in the uncertainty surrounding the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots, and the AFC East could very well be open for the taking. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins will swoop in and steal the show. But they are clearly headed in the right direction for the 2020 NFL season and could make some waves before the division is settled.

 

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My name is Kenneth Gifford and I am 42 years old and am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but am currently living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I am a huge New Orleans Saints and LSU fan. I am currently engaged to a very beautiful woman that I have known since high school. I love just about all things sports. My favorites are football, baseball, basketball and boxing. My personal favorites are NFL and College Football.

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