5 NFL bets to bounce back from missing playoffs in 2019
These 5 NFL teams are on the up heading into 2020. We examine the chances of these 5 teams to make the postseason in 2020.
5. Denver Broncos
The Broncos are one of the popular picks to make a move in the 2020 NFL season, and for good reason. While quarterback Drew Lock enters his second year with both optimism and mystery shrouding him, the team around him is more certain. The Broncos are loaded on offense with skill players in receivers Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, tight end Noah Fant, and running backs Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. The defense should be stout under head coach Vic Fangio, making Denver a tough out in the AFC.
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4. Dallas Cowboys
After falling apart last year despite one of the league’s best rosters, the Cowboys finally made some overdue changes. Dallas brought in head coach Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett and while there are questions surrounding McCarthy’s ability to be innovative offensively, the change had to happen. Dallas still has one of the league’s best young quarterbacks in Dak Prescott along with CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper on the outside. Factor in running back Ezekiel Elliott and a good defense, and Dallas should play deep into January.
3. Indianapolis Colts
This really depends on your thoughts towards quarterback Philip Rivers. After having one of his worst seasons in 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers, he was allowed to test free agency for the first time. Rivers is now on a one-year deal with the Colts and should find comfort playing behind one of the league’s best lines. Additionally, the Colts brought in rookies Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor to bolster the offense and traded for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. They should be significantly improved.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
If Ben Roethlisberger can recover from his elbow surgery — and that’s a huge if at 38 years old — the Steelers should be one of the most-improved teams of 2020. Pittsburgh almost made the playoffs last year despite a rancid combination of Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges. Bringing Roethlisberger into the fold immediately has the Steelers as a potential contender in the conference. The defense is also one of the best in football, led by edge rushers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, along with defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and inside linebacker Devin Bush.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, but this appears to be when the draught ends. Tampa Bay brought in Tom Brady before having a terrific draft class. If the Bucs get anything out of tight end Rob Gronkowski, you’re talking about a potential Super Bowl team. Oh… the Super Bowl is being held in Tampa.