Which NFL team should you root for?
The NFL’s playoff race is heating up, with three teams battling for the NFC East title and the possibility of a Super Bowl berth.
Here’s our guide to the top three contenders: Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after Saturday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings that he believes the Falcons will be the better team this year.
He also said that the team will be better this season than it was last year.
Here are our picks for who we think will make the leap: The Panthers are the most obvious team to make a leap.
The Panthers were the second-worst team in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric last year, finishing 20th in points per game, yards per game and total offense.
That wasn’t a huge problem in 2016, when they were a bottom-three team in those metrics.
But after losing quarterback Cam Newton and running back Kelvin Benjamin to free agency, the Panthers are a mess on offense.
They finished 29th in the NFL in points scored, averaging fewer than 20 points per contest.
But that was mostly due to the lack of an elite running back.
They lost veteran back Mark Ingram to the Saints and rookie Ryan Mathews to the Bills.
That’s why the Panthers have struggled so badly with scoring.
They rank 31st in points allowed per game this season, and they’ve allowed at least 200 yards in six of their past seven games.
That hasn’t been good enough to help the Panthers catch up to the Falcons, who are the only team in the NFC to have been above .500 in the two weeks since the Panthers were eliminated.
The Steelers are a lock to win their division, and their offensive line should be better than they’ve been in the past.
They’re averaging 4.7 yards per carry, which is the second best in the league.
The defense is also strong, but it hasn’t scored more than 27 points per outing in any of their last five games.
Pittsburgh has been good on offense, but the Steelers also rank 30th in yards per play and 30th against the run.
They are also giving up too many rushing yards, giving up 4.5 yards per rush.
Pittsburgh is going to be a tough team to beat this year, but there is still a chance they make the playoffs.
They’ll probably need to win out in the playoffs to keep up with the Patriots, who have been one of the better teams in the AFC this season.
They could be favored by at least five games to make the postseason, and if they do, they could be a real contender.
New England Patriots The Patriots have been the most impressive team of the bunch, and it’s hard to argue with their record.
They have only dropped three games in a row and haven’t lost more than three games since Week 9.
They’ve averaged more than 100 points per week, but they’ve also been more efficient than any team in football.
They lead the league in rushing, rushing yards per attempt and points per attempt.
Their defense has been even better, allowing just 15.5 points per play this season and allowing just 4.1 points per drive.
Their pass defense has allowed just 19.1 passing yards per contest and 19.6 passing yards allowed per drive this season (the Patriots rank 27th in both categories).
They also have the league’s best offense, averaging nearly 28 points per day, which ranks first in the League.
But New England’s offense has been awful this season with just 28 points scored per game (they’re second to the Broncos).
They’ve also struggled in short yardage situations, giving their opponent an average of just 4 points per carry.
The Patriots rank last in points and yards allowed, but in short-yardage situations they rank second in both.
They also rank 28th in passing offense, allowing an average per carry of just 2.8 yards per pass.
They should be a dangerous offense in this one.
New Orleans Saints Saints quarterback Drew Brees said after Sunday’s game that he wants to win this game.
But he also said he’ll be looking for the same things that he did in the Saints’ win over the Atlanta Falcons.
He called his team “a little bit off the rails” at times, but he also admitted he was frustrated that they had trouble getting the ball out of their offensive hands.
He said he’s been doing a lot of things to make sure he has the ball.
“I’m just looking for me to be the quarterback that drives the ball, and when I have the ball I’ll just try to make plays,” Brees said.
“When I’m in a good spot, I’m going to try to throw it to my guys.
We played good special teams and we won the game, but I don’t want to go in there”
It’s frustrating that it was a bad game for us, because we played great defense and played great special teams, and the defense came through big.
We played good special teams and we won the game, but I don’t want to go in there