Which 7 NFL Teams Can Turn Their Season Around

Football News / NFL / Top Headlines / November 12, 2020

It is officially the middle of the most unexpected season in NFL history. Battling the COVID-19 pandemic and the constant testing of players and staff, the 1st half of the NFL season is officially over. Some teams are currently standing strong from the beginning, and then some teams have been weak. My buddy Jason Steinlauf and I have put a list of teams together whose season is far from over. These teams are currently under .500, but they have made necessary adjustments to keep their season hopes alive. The remaining question still stands; what seven teams are poised to changing their season around? Let’s take a look from number 7 to number 1. Here are my selling points for the 7 teams to turn their season around.

7. Minnesota Vikings: 3-5 (.286)

I know the Vikings are 3-5, so why are they even on this list? Well, despite how their season has been going, they have shown that they can put up quite a fight. They have traded DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens, which was confusing for a lot of fans. So, where do the Vikings stand with Week 9 coming up and playing against former DE Everson Griffen?

The Sell Point

In the last five games, they are 3-2 and have been decided by eight points or less, except for the Falcons game in week 7. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been toting the rock and has the most rushing yards in the league (858), beating out Derrick Henry. The Vikings defense needs to improve, as they have allowed an average of 29.2 points. This has been the deciding factor of most of their losses, despite being close. The Vikings’ next four games are winnable as well, considering 2 out of the 3 teams are under .500 (DAL, CHI, CAR).

Minnesota will have to get the ball rolling, starting with a smashmouth win against the Detroit Lions’. No current updates on DB Cameron Dantzler, who suffered a neck injury in Week 8 against the Packers. I think these next four games can either make or break the Vikings season, and Dalvin Cook is the crucial factor in that.

6. Washington Football Team: 2-6 (.286)

Washington has been through so much in this one off-season. The season has not started on the right foot in Washington from the name change to front office allegations to QB controversy. Young QB Dwayne Haskins is in his second year, but he has benched after the week 4 loss to the Ravens and replaced by former Carolina QB Kyle Allen.

The Sell Point

Being number 1 in passing yards allowed, top 5 in yards allowed offensively, and top 10 in turnovers per game, the Washington defense looked great on paper after the bye week. As far as their offense, they have found a gem in rookie RB Antonio Gibson who has reached his first 100-yard rushing game in week 7 against Dallas. Terry McLaurin is listed as the number one WR in the 2nd year of their career (577 rec yards and 43 rec), topping DK Metcalf, Hollywood Brown, and Darius Slayton following week 7. Washington needs a stronger WR core to change this offense around, and with the recent addition of former Bills WR Robert Foster, this can be the help that McLaurin needs in the offense.

With more weeks to come, Washington looks to win more games and win the division, as their schedule gets a little easier with the next four opponents (DET, CIN, and DAL). With TE Logan Thomas shaping up to be an explosive weapon for Kyle Allen, these next three games are in Washington’s favor. Despite their record, the team has been playing better since the beginning of the season. They have to be more consistent offensively from here on out to have any hopes of turning this season around. They cannot afford to keep allowing teams to score 14 or more points in the first half. That will have to improve as the season progresses.

5. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-4-1 (.438)

Now, where do I start from here? Ok, the Eagles have had a rough season due to the mass amount of injuries. Losing a mass amount of starters can deplete any team in the NFL, but the Eagles have had it bad. They lost their offensive line in the first quarter of the season (1-2-1). However, they were able to be atop of the division tying against the Bengals in week 3. Before their bye week (Week 9), they turned around and remained at the top of the division with a 3-4-1 record.

The Sell Point

The Eagles are decent when it comes to rushing yard per game (15th, 118.6 yds). However, they have to improve and get the running game involved early and consistently. The lack of offensive line has been the curse of the Eagles offense. With LT Lane Johnson coming back next week, this can slowly improve the offensive game plan as a whole. Sunday night’s game against Dallas was a sight for some fans’ sore eyes, but some decent production was offensive.

Despite the lack of offensive push, the defense has been working overtime. The Eagles defense is ranked 9th for yards allowed per game (340.1). They are also ranked 5th for passing yards allowed (209.4), which is pretty good. Although, there are more improvements needed to turn around their season as well. They have Dallas Goedert coming back into the lineup and young rookie WR Jalen Reagor, which is two weapons that Carson Wentz needs.

4. Detroit Lions: 3-5 (.429)

The Detroit Lions have surprised me so far this season. They have made the moves necessary to keep their season afloat. With the addition of future HOF running back Adrian Peterson in the offseason, this has bolstered their RB core. Lions are now 3-4 and are looking to continue winning games. Their next four games look pretty favorable (MIN, WAS, CAR, and CHI). However, a few of those teams are looking to changing things around as well.

The Sell Point

The Lions have acquired DE Everson Griffen from the Cowboys before the trade deadline, which will add some pass rush to their defense. HC Matt Patricia has been doing a bang up job so far with making adjustments and putting this team in a position to win. With the devastating loss against the Colts Sunday, Detroit will attempt to win the next four games on their schedule.

Kenny Golladay missed Week 9 against the Vikings’ division rivals, but Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola stepped up alongside the young WR Marvin Hall. Hall had an explosive game against the Colts last Sunday, being the leading receiver with 113 yards and 4 receptions. Moving forward, Golladay should be ready to go Week 10 as the Lions hope to change the season around.

3. Carolina Panthers: 3-6 (.375)

At the start of the season, I did not think the Panthers will have a great season with losing RB Christian McCaffrey early in Week 2. Matt Rhule has not given up on his season yet. He believes that this season can turn around with the weapons he has on offense; there is hope.

The Sell Point

The Panthers found a gem inside of 7-year veteran RB Mike Davis. Davis has been effective out of the backfield carrying the ball and receiving as well. With 244 yards receiving and 350 yards rushing, Davis has been a workhorse inside the Panthers offense. Also, Bridgewater has a solid receiving core in Curtis Samuels, Robby Anderson, and D.J. Moore.

Carolina Came up short against the reining super bowl champs, the Chiefs. Christian McCaffrey returned to the field in week 9 against the Chiefs, and was explosive as we expected. Chiefs came out on top as the Panthers tried to come out on top after missing a long FG to try and win the game.

Rhule was hoping to snag some extra help on the defense before the trade deadline, but nothing was worth the jump. However, I believe Rhule believes that his team is set up to change their season around.

 

2. Denver Broncos: 3-5 (.429)

The Broncos have been going through some rough times this season. They have lost games against contending teams versus winning games against teams with a losing record. HC Vic Fangio have not given up on this season, and he doesn’t plan to either. He believes this team can still win games, just needs some changes to turn the season around. With the young QB Drew Lock, Broncos have a future with the kid.

The Sell Point

Broncos QB Drew Lock was able to win in week 8 against the Chargers, with a 28-point second-half comeback. During halftime, Lock gave a heartfelt speech and came out of the tunnel to rally the team with a win. Denver fans were ready to bench Lock after falling 14-3 in the first half, but now they see the potential Lock has. Not to mention, the offensive line has been struggling, which gives Lock little time to work within the pocket.

Lock has some weapons, with RB Phillip Lindsay back into the lineup from injury in Week 8. Also, rookie WR Jerry Jeudy was the starting leading yardage receiver. This could be an explosive receiving core if Hamler keeps producing more in the season after getting productive yards and targets in Sunday’s game.

Currently, Denver’s defense stands at the 17th spot when it comes to Points Allowed (26.1) and yards allowed (360.0) before week 9. This has to improve if they want to continue winning hard-fought games throughout the season. Denver has to get the running game established if they want to have better control of the game.

1. LA Chargers: 2-6 (.286)

This is what I call my BOLD prediction, and I will sell you on why I believe the Chargers can turn this ship around. The Chargers have been losing a lot of close games. These are games that have been decided by no more than a touchdown. The Chargers have to improve their defense and not allow so many points. They are at the midpoint for both Points Allowed and Yards allowed (18th and 19th) before week 9.

The Sell Point

The Chargers have two offensive weapons in the backfield in the two young RBs, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley. They share several snaps between the two while starter Austin Ekeler is out due to injury. Not to mention, the young rookie QB Justin Herbert has been slinging the football across the field and has been productive in doing so. With the two receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, Herbert has found them in an open field. Herbert stats prove that chargers just might be able to turn things around.

The recent trading of Desmond King has some fans scratching their heads, as this can take away from the passing defense, but HC Anthony Lynn has plans for that defense. The defense has to improve more, as well as the offensive line. Herbert is struggling just a tad bit behind that offensive line. I think the Chargers are set up to win their next 3 games (MIA, NYJ, BUF). Chargers will look to win that game to change the course of that ship to the playoffs.

These teams are set up to do big things in the next four weeks, but it is still any given Sunday. Injuries will play a factor as the season progresses as well as the COVID-19 protocol. My buddy Jason and I will be having a close eye on the next four weeks of the NFL season with these 7 teams to turn their season around.


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Charlton Julien
27, born and raised in Washington, DC. Former athlete and now football coach for the DMV Blackhawks 9U football team. Lover of all sports, but football is who I am married to. NFL, College, Arena, you name it, football is my game. Intern writer at PigskinNut Football. Find me on Twitter @PigskinnutCJ




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