2019 NFL Flashback
Last year was the NFL’s 100th season. The first game began on September 5th, 2019, and featured the Green Bay Packers winning against the Chicago Bears with a score of 10 – 3.
In February 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Superbowl LIV event with 31 – 20 against the San Francisco 49ers. This was the second time the chiefs had won the Super Bowl, with their first victory dating back to 1970 – the 4th Super Bowl.
Following the Superbowl, as one of Kansas Chiefs’ most instrumental players during the 49ers defeat, Patrick Mahomes was dubbed MVP (most valuable player) for his impeccable performance.
Which Teams Will Hit The Ground Running This Season
The teams haven’t had the opportunity to practice in training camps in recent months, and won’t be able to do so until July 28th, 2020. Whether the distance between team players and their coaches recently will affect the season’s outcome remains to be seen.
For supporters wanting to gain a better perspective of the upcoming NFL odds, below there’s a rundown on some promising teams which have confirmed, in a roundabout way, that they are ready to hit the ground running. The teams are the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, and Raiders. Let’s take a look at the teams.
New York Jets
During the NFL, the Jets lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals had the most inferior record in the NFL last season. The Jets score dropped to a 1-7 record in the first half. The second half saw the Jets rise to 6-2.
Ahead of the next season, CJ Mosley explains on the Locked On Jets podcast, his take on last seasons performance and the upcoming championship games:
“We ended the season on a great note, so we’ve got to start the season fast like we ended the season, and I think if we can start early this year, through our off-season going into camp, and hit the ground running those first four games, that first month of football, we can set the pace for ourselves.”
A former all American player, and before the Jets, a Raven, CJ Mosley’s first season with the New York Jets in 2019, unfortunately, ended after just two games due to a groin injury. In December, CJ was admitted for surgery.
Nonetheless, CJ has made significant progress, bounced back from the damage caused, and is ready to begin training. Equally, he’s vocal and confident about the New York Jets’ ability to hit the ground running at the NFL.
In the 2019 NFL championships, the Ravens had a spectacular team. A fantastic quarterback, Lamar Jackson – need we say more, and twelve pro players in tow. With a 12 game winning streak, the Ravens were set to win. But then the Titans came along and defeated the ravens.
However, a new season is coming, and the Ravens are more confident than ever. With Coordinator Don Martindale stating that the ravens will be hitting the ground running.
In recent months, coach John Harbaugh has set the team up for success by scheduling what they need to do while in their own homes to get ready for the season. The new arrangement over recent months doesn’t seem to have knocked the raven’s confidence to win.
For this season, the Ravens have most of their original team from last season, including Lamar Jackson as a quarterback. Plus Calais Campbell from Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos’ Derek Wolfe has been rolled in to enhance their defense line. Other drafted players such as Malik Harrison and Patrick Queen, have been selected as middle linebackers. Both are promising players.
The Baltimore Ravens focus is firmly planted on creating a team that shall enable them to play a full season, and perhaps even win. However, adjusting new players into the mix and expecting them to work in harmony is difficult when players do not have the opportunity to practice together.
Las Vegas Raiders (Formerly known as the Oakland Raiders)
The Raiders’ participation in the NFL this year shall be it’s 51st.
A deal was finalized in 2017, to secure the Raiders, a brand new stadium in Las Vegas, worth $1.84 billion by 2020. Die-hard Oakland supporters are not too impressed. The upcoming season is the first time they shall play on their new grounds.
Since the Superbowl, the Las Vegas Raiders have been searching for talent to draft on their team and hike up their low receiver levels. However, the Raiders are expecting more than players with elite physical skills. They need receivers who possess the ability, memory, and confidence to absorb the teams’ complex offense strategy – fast! Understandably, both Mike Mayock, the general manager, and Jon Gruden, the coach, have high expectations, but can they be met?
General Manager Mike Mayock believes, by scouting wide receivers for the team, the group shall benefit from a robust top, coupled with much-needed depth threaded throughout the game.
However, Mike is concerned about whether there are receivers out there who can grasp the challenging gaming techniques the raiders study in their meetings. While also commenting, that from experience, the probability isn’t extraordinary.
Ambitious players that are willing to step up to the plate and take on the role of receivers include Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and CeeDee Lamb.
While the above is just a fraction of the teams that shall endure the NFL’s 51st event on September 10th. The Raiders, Ravens, and Jets all have promising reasons to put in a good play at the championships.
- The Jets team is similar to 2019’s setup, and therefore players are already adept with the formations required.
- The Ravens have devoted extensive time to meetings over the last few months. Their team also remains almost untouched from last year.
- The raiders shall have new wide receiver talent on board. However, whether the selected players have the mental acuity to adopt Ravens thorough and detailed gameplay remains unanswered – for now, at least.