Cincinnati Bengals: 6-9-1
What went right: Andy Dalton playing a whole season was huge for him. Injuries have been an issue over the last few seasons. Even though he was playing at his best he is still a top QB in the league and the Bengals need him playing. Whatever your opinion of Vontaze Burfict no one can argue how well he played this season. If he could limit his mental lapses he could become one of the best linebackers in the league.
What went wrong: Although Andrew Whitworth played well at left tackle the offensive line struggled at times. They couldn’t get consistency going in the running game and their age is becoming an issue. Last year’s first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi struggled at times and needs to improve along with the running backs. There young defensive backs aren’t working out how they had hoped. Kirkpatrick struggles at times and Adam Jones is starting to get old quickly. Hopefully William Jackson can make an impact next season after the first rounder missed the whole season due to injury.
- Key Position Needs: CB, MLB, T
- OMVP: A.J Green
- DMVP: Vontaze Burfict
Buffalo Bills: 7-9
What went right: Firing Greg Roman and promoting Anthony Lynn to offensive coordinator did wonders for the Bills offence. Shady McCoy looked like a different player the offensive line went back to dominating the trenches. Lorenzo Alexander broke out and had 12.5 sacks after being a special teams player most of his career. I don’t think his success will continue into next season but it was a high point for the defence along with Zach and Preston Brown.
What went wrong: Sammy Watkins injuries are starting to hurt his career. When he’s healthy he looks like the dynamic receiver we were promised coming out of the draft. Some experts blame Tryod Taylor for Watkins struggles but he needs to get his body right and get it right to get further success in the NFL. Marcell Dareus’ run-ins with law and substance abuse issues started to affect his play. It was by far his worst season and a big reason why the Bills were ranked 29th in the league for run defence.
- Key Position Needs: QB?, DL, Edge rusher
- OMVP: LeSean McCoy
- DMVP: Zach Brown
New Orleans Saints: 7-9
What went right: Drew Brees continued to play at a high level for the saints. Adding Michael Thomas proved to by huge as he led all rookies at wide receiver. Brandon Cooks was amazing in patches creating big plays for the offence. Cameron Jordon was about the only shining light on defence playing well for the whole season.
What went wrong: Their defensive backs were terrible all year. Sterling Moor and B.W Webb aren’t starting cornerbacks in the NFL. Vaccaro and Byrd looked ok at times but both earn too much money to get beaten consistently. Fairly was good along with Jordan but they had no other help along the front. The drop off of Stephon Anthony after moving from middle to outside linbacker was staggering and has to be seen as a poor move by the saints. Running back was an issue with Ingram struggling in pass pro and needing to be rotated. Time will tell if he can turn his inconsistent career around.
- Key Position Needs: G, DL, DB
- OMVP: Drew Brees
- DMVP: Cameron Jordan
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