The NFL next year should be exciting to watch. Many players are returning from injury, fans are allowed in the stands, and an additional game was added. That being said, there are a lot of unanswered questions for each team. Not all of our questions will be addressed before the season begins, but some will be answered in training camps, which begin on July 27 for most teams.
That being said, I’ll be going over the most pressing questions for all 32 teams as training camps begin. These articles will be released by division, so be on the lookout for your favorite team. The AFC West will most likely be won by the Chiefs next year, but the other 3 have a chance to make the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs- Can the new offensive line protect Mahomes?
Poor offensive line performance may have lost Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs a Super Bowl. This summer, they decided to correct that by bringing in all new starters. Joe Thuney, Orlando Brown Jr., and others will be joining them for next season. Thuney and Brown are locked to start, but there’s an open competition at every other position. Opt-outs Lucas Niang and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and rookie Creed Humphrey are among the other options they have. They now have lots of depth at the position they needed the most, which was a great move by Veach. This combination of veterans and young players has the potential to be one of the league’s best units next season. If the Chiefs want to win another Super Bowl, they must protect their franchise quarterback.
Los Angeles Chargers- Which unit will be more dominant?
Brandon Staley brings his defensive scheme to the team after coaching the Rams’ #1 unit last season. On the other side of the ball, Justin Herbert is looking to continue his success from his rookie season. The Chargers are looking to make a playoff push next season, but which side of the ball will be more dominant? My pick would be the defense, as Staley has already shown what he can do as a DC. The Chargers have a solid defense and some great cornerstones in Joey Bosa and Derwin James. The only thing preventing them from being successful is staying healthy. If the defense improves and the offense maintains its current form, the Chargers are a playoff team. If Herbert continues at the same rate as last season and they stay healthy, the Chargers could be challenging the Chiefs for an AFC West title in a couple of years.
Las Vegas Raiders- Can the Raiders have a winning record?
The Raiders have been one of the worst teams in the NFL recently but seem to be improving lately. They’ve acquired good players on both sides of the ball, but the coaching will dictate their success this season. Derek Carr has been a good QB for them over the past 7 years, but their defense has held them back. Jon Gruden has a 57-55 record there and has been mediocre during his tenure. Their offense and defense have been mediocre despite having players like Darren Waller, Josh Jacobs, and Maxx Crosby. If they can get it together on both sides, they should be a 9-8 team.
Denver Broncos- Who will start at QB?
This year, the Broncos are a quarterback away from being contenders but have to deal with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Lock started hot his rookie year but has only won the same amount of games since. Bridgewater was brought in to provide some competition for Lock but hasn’t been a quality starter himself. Reports from the camp have said that it’s been even, which isn’t good news for Denver. In an ideal world, they trade for Aaron Rodgers, who would make the Super Bowl Contenders. To truly compete within the AFC West, they’ll need a good QB. For now, if Lock can show some improvement and win the job over Bridgewater, they should win about 8 games next year.