Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9
What went right: Carson Wentz looked great to start the season. Although he faded later in the year he still looks worth trading up to grab with the number 2 pick. Fletcher Cox played outstanding all season on a defence that was dominant in patches. Malcolm Jenkins continued to be one of the better safeties in the league.
What went wrong: Other than Jordan Mathews the Eagles have no legitimate wide receivers. Agholor looked terrible and we can all see why the Titans gave up Dorial Green-Beckham so easily. It’s a position they must improve to help Wentz out. Cornerback was a huge issue also and is in desperate need of an upgrade.
- Key Position Needs: WR, CB, Edge rusher
- OMVP: Zach Ertz
- DMVP: Fletcher Cox
Arizona Cardinals: 7-8-1
What went right: David Johnson was arguably the best offensive player in the NFL this season. He broke the Cardinals single season touchdown record with 20. He was simply incredible. Larry Fitzgerald continues to cement his spot in the hall of fame with another productive season. Markus Golden and newly acquired Chandler Jones formed a great edge rush for the defence. Put them with Calais Campbell and it’s a great front, just need to add a MLB.
What went wrong: Injuries hurt the defensive backfield with Tyronne Mathew coming in and out of the side. The main issue with the Cardinals were the turnovers. The defence is ranked 2nd in total defensive yards but 14th in points allowed. This shows they were turning the ball over too much leading to good field position and too many points. Despite the running game being terrific, the offensive line was an issue all year. Every position along it needs to be improved.
- Key Position Needs: MLB, OL, CB
- OMVP: David Johnson
- DMVP: Tony Jefferson
Indianapolis Colts: 8-8
What went right: Andrew Luck and T.Y Hilton became one of the league’s most explosive duos. If that can continue this offence can only get better. Although Frank Gore is ageing he still manages to put up thousand yard seasons even behind a bad offensive line. Erik Walden was the only shining light on defence with 11 sacks.
What went wrong: Their defence was one of the worst in the league. Defensive backs struggled to cover and linebackers couldn’t stop the run and they had zero pass rush. All that adds up to the third-worst defence in the league. On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line needs to improve fast.
- Key Position Needs: T, DB, Edge Rusher
- OMVP: Andrew Luck
- DMVP: Erik Walden
What went right: When you look at the Vikings it’s hard to work out what went wrong. Sam Bradford had by far his best year as a pro. Stephon Diggs emerged as a number one receiver and Kyle Rudolph was back playing great after his injury troubles. Defensively they were terrific once again ranking 6th in the league. Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes led a terrific backfield and Linval Joseph and Anthony Barr were beasts up front. The emergence of rushing pass rusher Danielle Hunter is promising also.
What went wrong: The running game. Peterson was hurt early but was bad even when he played. McKinnon and Asiata were not up to it. The offensive line had some injuries but overall their play was terrible. If they can’t improve those areas, then it doesn’t matter how well their defence plays. Who would have thought a team with Peterson would be the worst rushing attack in the NFL.
- Key Position Needs: RB, OT, G, C
- OMVP: Sam Bradford
- DMVP: Xavier Rhodes
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