Week 17 of the NFL season falls on New Year’s Day, giving many NFL teams a head start on their 2023 ambitions.
Some teams will be attending the Super Bowl on February 12th, while many others will get an early sense of direction heading into the offseason.
Here are some things all 32 NFL teams can expect next year.
Buffalo: Will this be the year that Josh Allen and the Bills finally break through? After two consecutive postseason relegations to the Chiefs, the Bills are hoping their third is a charm. Allen entered his prime and the Bills proved his championship relevance, helping him remember his four straight Super Bowl losses in the ’90s.
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Miami: The road to rebuilding will finally be worth it if the Dolphins make it to the playoffs. even for one season. But are they the .500 fringe his team or a potential powerhouse?Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion problem in 2022 clouds Miami’s future, but the postseason run shows Miami rising, not falling It shows a trend.
New England: Life after Tom Brady hasn’t been so kind to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. There are holes. Still, it may not be enough to restore it to its historic glory.
New York Jets: The Jets hope the new year brings a new quarterback. Could Derek Carr be the answer? Robert Saleh needs both young prospects and bridge starters so his restructuring in New York can keep pace with his stadium roommates.
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Baltimore: Pushing the Ravens into the AFC’s elite this postseason will depend on Lamar Jackson, who is dealing with a knee injury before the playoffs. Keeping them happy will determine the fate of the franchise.
Cincinnati: A second consecutive Super Bowl would definitely give the AFC an advantage. The Bengals swept the Chiefs last year and did what the Bills didn’t. But this year, we’ll do it all over again and find the missing piece to help Joe Burrow, Jamar Chase, and others get over the hump and win the championship.
Cleveland: The Browns’ first season with Deshawn Watson’s suspension is over and they’re headed into the new year with a PR nightmare and $230 million guarantee that they’ve acquired him and entered contention. You can check whether it was worth the contract you signed.
Pittsburgh: With a team led by Mike Tomlin still in transition after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger, entering the second year of Kenny Pickett’s era, whether he really is the quarterback of the future or the Steelers will soon be out. I wonder if I need to find a place for
Houston: Whether it’s CJ Stroud or Bryce Young, No. 1 picks are giving new life to struggling franchises by trading star players and future draft picks in hopes of getting the final result. blow in.
Indianapolis: Perhaps Jeff Saturday is the new Colts coach from his run as interim coach. But one truth remains the same. Indianapolis can’t let their quarterbacks have a revolving door if they want to compete again among the AFC’s elite.
Jacksonville: Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars come away from retaking the AFC South in Doug Pedersen’s first season with a win over the Titans. It’s a shame they could have gone further. But one thing’s for sure, Urban Meyer couldn’t be farther from the chaos it wreaked on Jacksonville.
Tennessee: The Titans learned a tough lesson in 2022. They’ve hit their limit with Ryan Tannehill and need to move to rookie Malik Willis or veteran Joshua Dobbs.
Denver: Russell Wilson enters his second year with a new coach tasked with rallying the army and reviving a nightmare season in Denver. But the biggest question is whether Wilson can turn the clock back and become the veteran quarterback Denver needs to compete.
Kansas City: Participated in four consecutive AFC title matches. Two Super Bowl runs. And one championship. Will this be the year Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and the Chiefs reassert themselves as the ruling franchise of our time? Another Super Bowl victory cements the Chiefs’ run into a dynasty I guess.
Las Vegas: Derek Carr’s run with the franchise is over, and a new quarterback reigns supreme in coach Josh McDaniel’s second year. need to find an answer.
Los Angeles Chargers: It’s time for Justin Herbert to step into the postseason and see where he really stacks up against Barrow, Allen and Mahomes among the AFC’s elite quarterbacks. If Herbert shines like he did in his first three seasons, the Chargers will be a formidable team to face in the postseason and next year.
Dallas: The Cowboys have a stingy defense and a terrible (sometimes) offense. But Jerry Jones, Dak Prescott and Cowboys fans around the world want the same thing. He’s another Super Bowl proving Dallas isn’t just a team on the fringes of contention. January sets the tone for his 2023, and the Cowboys’ playoff run brings either euphoria or another dreaded offseason.
New York Giants: If Bryan Dabor makes the playoffs in his first season, that would be a great achievement. And if you beat the Colts, you can take a walk in the park. Still, it’s clear that this rebuild will require an influx of talent, as a new quarterback could top the list.
Philadelphia: Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni are 2022 contenders, using their playoff berths from last season. This postseason run and next year is all about proving that the Eagles have what it takes to be a formidable NFC power for years to come.
Washington: Contending for a playoff spot is a good achievement for a team whose franchise is in transition. The real New Year’s resolution is whether Dan Snyder will eventually sell the team.
Chicago: Fortunately, the Bears don’t have the quarterback problems that most NFL teams have. Justin Fields is their future. This time, I’m going to build a roster around him.
Detroit: A playoff spot would be a real treat for the Lions, but even competing for one shows how far this rebuild has come. A few of the year’s early draft picks could be the missing piece for a hungry franchise on the rise.
Green Bay: The Packers’ push for a late playoff spot could be a loss at home to Minnesota on New Year’s Day or a loss to Detroit next week. Either way, the real news here is that Aaron, who will earn his nearly $60 million next season, will be ready for another year of his Rodgers. he’s not going anywhere
Minnesota: The Vikings enter 2023 with the NFC North in hand, and a promising playoff run ahead of them. Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook have the potential to lead the Vikings to victory once and for all. This year, it’s about showing the rest of the NFL that they are real competitors, not impostors.
Atlanta: The Falcons’ turnaround effort, which began at the end of 2020, has not turned out the way the franchise hoped. Long time no see Matt Ryan. The Falcons lost Justin Fields. And new coach Arthur Smith will soon have to find his next quarterback to make the most of his third year in 2023.
Carolina: Steve Wilkes should be hired as the Panthers’ next coach to maximize Carolina’s potential. But the quarterback problem still exists. And they played all the way to the bottom of the top 10 in the first round. Unless Derek Carr saves the day, Carolina needs to make a big splash in the draft.
New Orleans: Sean Peyton’s later life has been fraught with considerable adversity, but I would like to commend the Saints for remaining in contention in the lower divisions. The Saints are competing with their NFC South rivals to bring the franchise back to the playoffs on his team.
Tampa Bay: This may be the end of the road for Tom Brady. Retirement may be imminent, but rumors never stop that he’ll join another team next season, one super he won’t get a bowl and a lot of memories from this deal. , was a good value for Tampa Bay. But finding another quarterback would be difficult. Thankfully, their divisional rivals are in the same boat.
Arizona: A team with Kyler Murray shouldn’t be at the bottom of this list with a four-win season. The bad news is that unless Murray’s torn ACL heals, Arizona will be a team, and the best Arizona State can do for his 2023 is to start building for 2024.
Los Angeles Rams: can you get back into the fray? And how much does it cost? Los Angeles will see what the 2021 Super Bowl really costs as it runs out of premium draft picks it no longer owns. Injecting talent has been difficult for the Rams and coach Sean McVay, especially since March will pay Matthew Stafford $57 million for both 2023 and 2024.
San Francisco: The 49ers appear poised for another deep playoff run, including a participation in the NFC title game for the third time in four years. That would be a brilliant achievement for director Kyle Shanahan. But making it to the Super Bowl means more than that. The 49ers must figure out which quarterback is truly the best fit for their long-term future.
Seattle: The Seahawks have a chance to secure a top-three draft pick and a playoff spot over the next two weeks. This could set him up for a thriving 2023 where new quarterback prospects will inspire a new run, much like the Seahawks did a decade before him.