The NFL season is just days away, and every team will have the luxury of starting anew in 2021 with a clean slate and nothing but hope ahead of them (or dread, for some unfortunate teams). I will be continuing my top to bottom rankings of the league as I did last season, updating my order after every three weeks of the season as some teams perform above or below expectations as the season progresses.
The first ranking list is always the hardest, as you don't really know exactly how most of the teams are going to fare when the season finally kicks off. It is pretty much just a reliance on assumptions for how you think a team should perform on paper based on their coaches or depth charts. Even so, I will attempt to provide the most accurate reflection of how the season will play out here in my preseason rankings, with the goal being, theoretically, to correctly predict which teams will succeed or fail over the course of the season. That is somewhat of a subjective opinion - the difference between success and failure - and everyone will have a different interpretation of which teams they think are better based on what qualities they value of a "good" team.
But enough with the philosophical tangent. Let's go ahead and get to the rankings.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2 last season)
Making predictions on outcomes of plays, games, or seasons is one of the most entertaining forms of discussion that sports fans can have. It's even more fun when the predictions you make come true, which happened to an extent for me when I wrote the same preseason predictions that I am about to do now. I certainly wasn't completely correct with my 2020 picks, but I'm hoping 2021's projections will be better.
For those who weren't keeping up with the engaging dialogue of the Bucket Squad Sports Reports' finest (me) last year, I will be making my initial predictions for how the 2021 NFL regular season will shake out. I will provide the final standings of each of the eight divisions, as well as identify which seven teams from each conference will make the cut for the postseason. Every four weeks of the season, I will update my predictions based on the performances of every team and compare how my picks change from each quarter (roughly speaking, now that there are 18 weeks) of the NFL season.
Keep reading if you want to see where your team will finish within their division and whether or not you'll be rooting for them into mid-January of 2022.
x - clinch division
y - clinch wildcard
The best time of the year is just around the corner.
Rejoice! We now have less than one month before the NFL season starts. And just like whoever is reading this article, my excitement for the first NFL Sunday of 2021 is off the charts. There is nothing quite like sitting down with all of your devices spread out in front of you to support your favorite team, watch the must-see matchups of the week, and track your fantasy team's performance throughout the entire day on a Sunday in the fall.
Like always, there have been a ton of offseason moves that teams have made to (hopefully) improve their chances at the postseason, and all of those trades, acquisitions, cuts, and retirements can sometimes be difficult to keep up with by the time the season rolls around. So fear not, as I will be informing you of all the key moves your team made in the offseason, whether that be rebuilding their programs under new head coaches, signing or trading for new players you can look forward to supporting, or perhaps even some of your former favorite players suiting up elsewhere in 2021. Let's get into it.
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