The New York Giants (6-10 record & third in the NFC East) after winning all four of their preseason games, went 3-2, then lost seven straight games in the middle of the season. The biggest story for the Giants last season, started with the loss of Victor Cruz to a knee injury, and the passing of the torch with the superstar emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham quickly became one of the most explosive players in the NFL last season, and helped overshadow the team’s win-loss record. The Giants, with all of their success on offense, they struggled on the defensive side of the ball. They have not been to the playoffs since the franchise won the Super Bowl back during the 2011 season.
The New England Patriots (12-4 record & first in the AFC East) started the season a little rocky, and Tom Brady’s play had people calling him washed up. Then, the team started to heat up at the right time, and Tom Brady had put himself into the MVP race. The biggest addition to the Patriots did not come during the offseason, but in the middle of the season. After some controversial problems with Pittsburgh, LeGarrette Blount was dropped mid-season. The Patriots came in and swooped up Blount, who played a key role to their Super Bowl run, with his ground and pound running ability. The soon to be Super Bowl champions cruised through the playoffs, on their way to facing the defending champion, Seattle Seahawks. One of the best finishes in Super Bowl history, Malcolm Butler had the game sealing interception in the end zone. The Patriots overcame doubt with their additions of Darrelle Revis, Brandon LaFell, Brandon Browner and LaGarrette Blount, all helped play vital roles in the team’s Super Bowl run.
The Miami Dolphins (8-8 record & third in the AFC East) were one of the best offenses in the league last season, but the defense struggled to win more games. Tannehill finally took the jump to the next level, and was a top 10 quarterback, along with the emergence of running back Lamar Miller and rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins made a big impact all over the field. The biggest struggle for the Dolphins was in their defensive backfield, where there was inconsistency. This offseason, the team added quality impact players on both sides of the ball. With the key additions, the Dolphins are primed to breakthrough in the AFC East and finally emerge as a playoff competitor.
The Seattle Seahawks (12-4 record and first in the NFC West) were one offensive mistake away from beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. With one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, the Seahawks continued their reign on the NFC West. On offense, they were one of the best running teams in the league, with both Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. This offseason we saw the team make a blockbuster trade for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. The Seahawks also spent a lot of money resigning Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, and should help fortify the franchises success for the near future.
The Dallas Cowboys (12-4 record and first in the NFC East) were a Dez Bryant controversial catch away from the NFC Championship and a possible Super Bowl Berth. Last season we saw the Cowboys have two high profile fantasy players. Demarco Murray led the NFL in rushing and Dez Bryant in touchdown receptions. The offense was the strong point of the team, and they were able to run the ball with efficiency, which opened up the passing game. The defense was without its best player and yet they found a replacement who played well despite coming out of retirement. Fast forward this season and the team is without its star running back, and they brought in a few troubled players with off the field issues.