Denver Broncos: 9-7
What went right: The defence was back playing at a high level. They were 4th in points allowed and 1st in pass defence. Harris and Talib were the best corners in the league. Von Miller was outstanding and close to being DPOTY. Ware was great when healthy and Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett are developing nicely. T.J Ward and Darian Stewart were a great safety duo and another big reason their pass defence was so good. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are quality receivers and C.J Anderson was great while healthy.
What went wrong: C.J Anderson’s injury really derailed the rushing attack and rookie Devontae Booker was up to at this point of his career. Trevor Siemian was average and lacks the arm talent and confidence to make downfield throws. Paxton Lynch only played in three games and wasn’t very impressive. Russel Okung didn’t play that well on the line. Only Matt Paradis was good at centre. They need to improve that entire area to be more consistent. The run defence was a real issue. Loosing Danny Trevathon really hurt as they couldn’t find anyone to play next to Brandon Marshall. Derek Wolfe was really the only good run stopping defensive lineman with rookie Adam Gotsis struggling with consistency and Jarred Crick not suiting his role along the line.
- Key Position Needs: LB, OT, QB
- OMVP: Emmanuel Sanders
- DMVP: Chris Harris
Miami Dolphins: 10-6
What went right: Jay Ajayi and DeVante Parker both responded after poor rookie seasons. Ajayi was especially outstanding having three 200-yard rushing games during the year, the fourth in NFL history to do so. Jarvis Landry was outstanding again they just need to use him more in the redzone. Kiko Alonso has had a nightmare run with injuries, however this season he played most of the games and played very well. Tony Lippett might be the biggest corner in the NFL, standing at 6”3 he has the size to become a dynamic play maker. The key to this defence is the safeties. When healthy Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus can be two of the best.
What went wrong: Ryan Tannehill was starting to click with the offence before he tore his ACL in week 14. They managed to make playoffs but without Tannehill they were never a chance. Dropped catches on offence became an issue. Kenny Stills dropped a few sure touchdowns. They also lacked the ability to go downfield. Tannehill was improving in the area before he got hurt but it was an issue all season. The offensive line was inconsistent. Brandon Albert was bad and will most likely be cut. Laremy Tunsil was good at guard and him moving to tackle, his more natural position, should improve him more. They need to get this unit healthy and more consistent and it could be great. The run defence was poor. After Alonso, the linebackers weren’t up to standard. With Suh getting double teamed they needed another DT that could make plays while being single blocked. Wake was a great pass rusher but didn’t help against the run as much.
- Key Position Needs: LB, DT, DE
- OMVP: Jarvis Landry
- DMVP: Ndamukong Suh
New York Giants: 11-5
What went right: Free agent signings Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins all worked out great. Landon Collins developed into one of the best safeties in the league. In my opinion he should have been the DMVP. Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie play well and created a lot of turnovers. Odell Beckham was outstanding and continues his impressive start to his career. Rookie Sterling Shepard showed some great signs and should develop nicely next to Beckham.
What went wrong: Eli Manning’s numbers were good but his play wasn’t. He couldn’t get the ball downfield consistently and had a huge issue with turnovers again. The running game was a joke. It offered almost no threat. Tackles Ereck Flowers and Marshall Newhouse really struggled all year. They didn’t get any push in the running game and were liabilities in pass protection, especially former 1st round pick Flowers.
- Key Position Needs: RB, T, QB
- OMVP: Odell Beckham
- DMVP: Landon Collins
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