Predicting how the 2019 NFL season will shake out. Which NFC teams will come out on top?
Last year, we saw the Los Angeles Rams surge to the top of the NFL and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. They had a strong run with head coach Sean McVay, but fell to the New England Patriots by a score of 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. Seeing a young, offensive-minded coach like McVay perform so well has got other teams following suit with younger coaches.
The Green Bay Packers replaced Mike McCarthy with Matt LeFleur who was the offensive coordinator in Tennessee last season but spent the prior season in Los Angeles under McVay. The other coaching changes in the NFC didn’t follow the McVay coaching branch.
The Arizona Cardinals went with failed college coach, but noted offensive guru Kliff Kingsbury, who had one of the most exciting offenses in all of football at Texas Tech. He replaced Steve Wilks who only had one year to lead this team in the right direction, so Kingsbury needs to find success fast or he could end up like Wilks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went with a veteran coach who they snaked out of retirement with the signing of Bruce Arians who had last coached in 2018 for the Arizona Cardinals.
Looking back at the divisions from last season we’ll start with the NFC North, where the Chicago Bears were a surprise last season and won their division with a record of 12-4. The Minnesota Vikings finished at 8-7-1 and the Green Bay Packers finished at 6-9-1. The last place Detroit Lions finished with at 6-10 record.
The NFC East saw two playoff teams from a year ago. The division was won by the Dallas Cowboys with a 10-6 record, and the Philadelphia Eagles were in second with a 9-7 record. After a strong start, the Washington Redskins fell apart at the end of the year and finished with a 7-9 record. The New York Giants finished last in the division with a 5-11 mark. Both the Giants and Redskins drafted their quarterbacks of the future in the 2019 NFL draft with the Giants selecting Daniel Jones and the Redskins selecting Dwayne Haskins.
The NFC South was won by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints with a 13-3 record. The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers both had disappointing seasons, both finishing at the 7-9 mark. The last-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished with a 5-11 record.
The NFC West also had two playoff teams from a year ago with the Los Angeles Rams winning the division with a13-3 record and then the Seattle Seahawks finishing with a 10-6 record. The San Francisco 49ers finished in third in the division with a 4-12 record, and the Arizona Cardinals were last at 3-13 and held the first pick in the NFL draft. The Cardinals took quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Now let’s dive into the NFC predictions for the upcoming 2019 NFL season that will surely see some new teams winning their division.