Who Has The Best Defense For the 2016 Season?

Who Has The Best Defense For the 2016 Season?

While every player is focusing on the shiny offenses and best quarterbacks who deliver many points in a short period, to win the Super Bowl, a team needs to have a dominant defense. While the offense helps the teams gain more points than the opponents, a strong defense is what changes the landscape of a game or season. It was proved by Denver to a T during the last Super Bowl. The Broncos’ two quarterbacks were able to throw 19 touchdowns by a large combination compared to 23 interceptions on the season. The question is who will dominate with the best defenses in 2016?

It is evident that every team will adopt its strategy or philosophy of how to attack that draft. Some teams will adopt the strategy of finding fits for its weaknesses; others teams will lean on addressing the offensive, and others will concentrate on the defensive of the ball. Do not forget there are teams who target the best players in their opponents. Such teams play with the idea of a need to win rather than selling a particular concept. In 2016, there are various teams which have improved their defensive side and could have the best defensive in NFL of 2016.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

It does not matter the position of Jalen Ramsey in the secondary, Gus Bradley ensures that the team have Ramsey in the lineup to utilize his size and playmaking potential. For players who played different positions in college such as Myles Jack, many people think that it is the reason he has no grasp of where he fit best. However, Jacksonville is a perfect landing spot for his talents on the defensive. Jacksonville Jaguars have Tyrone Holmes and Yannick Ngakoue with the same defensive traits, and the two could end up battling for playing time in 2016. Sheldon Day is what many people call “tweener” size and he is not the perfect fit on either inside or outside up front but he can be disruptive, and he has great feet.

2. New York Jets

So long as the New York Jets have linebacker Darron Lee, the team is much better is many different ways. Lee has the necessary speed and range that allows him to make some great tackles which without him Jets’ inside backers could not attempt to make. Lee is both good as a blitzer and coverage which simply adds more three-down value. Another great player they have is Jordan Jenkins, who is more of an edge-setter than a pass rusher. Jenkins is tough and appears to enjoy the pro-ready style which fits the team’s personality. The other best defensive player is the Fourth-round cornerback Juston Burris who has both size and matchup ability to defense against bigger opponents in nickel coverage. Burris is a player to watch this season because he has the willingness to tackle.  They are nearly impossible to get a two-point conversion on, which keeps their team in it.

3. Tennessee Titans

Commonly referred to as the Titans, they have an excellent way of weaving in and out between offensive and defensive depending on the situation. Kevin Dodd plays with a pass-rush talent and can play both when his hand is on the ground or standing. When it comes to Austin Johnson, he has a motor of “never stops” because he can work on the team’s defensive line rotation quickly.

4. Houston Texans

Having finished third in the rank of best in total defense and pass, it was also among the top 10 against the run. There is no doubt J.J. Watt is the face of the team, but all players are a pro in nearly all levels. The secondary starts and ends at the boundaries where Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, and Kelvin Johnson forms an impressive group of cover guys. The three players were the reason Houston reached 82.8 quarterback rating a season ago. Houston is projected to have a strong overall defense in the NFL in the upcoming 2016 season.

Best NFL Quarterbacks 2016 Edition

Best NFL Quarterbacks 2016 Edition

So, here’s a secret: if you want to win in the National Football League you better have a good quarterback. Okay, so that’s no secret at all. The quarterback position to a football team is what location is to real estate. Anyone who follows the game knows that.

With the 2016 NFL season looming in the not-so-distant future, let’s take a look at the league’s best quarterback situations:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Yes, Rodgers had an off-year by his standards in 2015. But it hardly resembled the beginning of the end, especially when you consider that he was missing his best receiver (Jordy Nelson) for most of the season, while running back Eddie Lacy ate his way into the doghouse. Rodgers still has a lot left in his tank.

2. Cam Newton, Carolina
Newton basically carried Carolina’s offense to the Super Bowl with his unique pass-run skills. Cam accounted for 45 touchdowns last year, and did it without a game-changing receiver or running back at his disposal.  Sure, they have one of the better defenses in the league, but Newton is a powerhouse.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle
Like Rodgers and Newton, Wilson had to make do with a mediocre supporting cast in 2015 but still had his best season statistically. His quarterback rating was a league-best 110.1 and he threw for 34 touchdowns against only eight interceptions.  If you are going for two, there isn’t anyone else I would want due to his double threat ability.

4. Tom Brady, New England
Father Time will eventually catch up with Brady, but when? He was the NFL’s best quarterback last year before injuries wiped out most of his offensive artillery. Yet, he still took the Patriots to the AFC Championship game and nearly won on the road against a Denver defense that was playing at a level rarely seen on this planet.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Roethlisberger was sent to the canvas because of injuries three times in 2015, but still put up monster numbers. With offensive weapons like Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Markus Wheaton around him, there’s no reason – other than injuries, of course – why Big Ben won’t be good again.

6. Drew Brees, New Orleans
Like Brady, Brees figures to slow down sometime. But there’s plenty of juice left in Brees’ right arm and people forget that he led the league in passing last season. Brees has averaged an incredible 4,964 passing yards per season since 2004.

7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
Injuries contributed to Luck’s dismal 2015 season, but it was still a performance that was bafflingly bad at times. Luck helped save the Colts’ sinking ship immediately after being a No. 1 overall draft pick, but his career numbers are good, not great. This will be a pivotal season for the former Stanford star.

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Ryan consistently compiles impressive statistics but the Falcons, who haven’t made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, are stuck in idle. Ryan threw for 4,591 yards in 2015 but also accounted for 21 turnovers.

9. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
Winston came into the NFL with a lot of (off-the-field) baggage but turned in a great rookie season in which he nearly broke the Bucs’ season record for passing yards. It was the kind of debut that points to a long career ahead.

10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
This is a toss-up between Manning and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, but Manning gets the nod for being a proven winner. He’ll enter the ’16 season while riding the best 32-game stretch of his career. Having other-world receiver Odell Beckham around certainly doesn’t hurt.

Who Wins Each NFL Division in 2016

Who Wins Each NFL Division in 2016

I can almost smell the fall air bringing football back to life. There is no guarantee to win each division, much less the Super Bowl, but here is who I am betting on will win each one in 2016.  You’ll notice I don’t stray too far from the odds on favorites, but Vegas sets those numbers for a reason. They are normally better at picking winners and setting lines than the rest of us.

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are going to make up for last season’s failure. It all started with the loss of Tony Romo due to a collarbone injury, but he is back and ready to lead the Cowboys. Dallas has the best offensive line in the NFL and has added Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State to help carry the load in the backfield. Dez Bryant will be at full strength and the defense will play much better. They could lock up the NFC east pretty quickly.

NFC North: Green Bay Packers

With Aaron Rodgers under center, the Packers will always be a contender and secure a playoff spot. He’s the best quarterback in the league.  They had a disappointing end to the season last year but will rebound to win this weak division. The only team that might give them a run for their money is Chicago, but I’m not betting on it.

NFC South: Carolina Panthers

Carolina had a great season in 2015 and are looking to build on it. They were able to get to the Super Bowl only to lose to Denver. Cam Newton fell short on getting 16 wins for the Panthers, but he looks like he’s ready to claim the first undefeated season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. They have excellent playmakers, and young Newton is only getting better.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle will get back in the driver’s seat this season. With Pete Carroll as head coach and Russell Wilson at QB, there really isn’t much this team can’t do. They are one of the top team in the entire NFL, and with a little competition with Arizona for the division title, and there’s a race I’m ready to see.

AFC East: New England Patriots

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are one of the most prolific coach/quarterback combination in NFL history. They have won four Super Bowls together, and Brady has not shown any signs of slowing down. They always know how to re-tool their squad. They’ve got the NFC East locked up.

AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals

I had a tough time with this one. But, with a much better defense than they’ve had in years, and an offensive group that seems to have found it’s identity, the sky should be the limit for them. Andy Dalton heads up a pretty talented crew with A.J. Green at WR and Tyler Eifert at TE. That makes for a pretty dangerous offensive combination. They get the nod over Pittsburgh to win the division.

AFC South: Houston Texans

J.J. Watt is a “man on a mission” for Houston and is leading one of the best defenses in the NFL. He is an incredibly dominant defensive player that strikes fear in those that line up across from him. The Texans aren’t a great team by any stretch, but with the other teams in this division, this looks like an easy call.

AFC West: Denver Broncos

Even though Peyton Manning has retired the Broncos are still going to be an elite team. That’s because they have a Defense that brought the Carolina Panthers to their knees in the Super Bowl. They have some questions at quarterback, but with Gary Kubiak as head coach, they may get back to the pinnacle of the NFL mountain.

Should You Go For Two

Should You Go For Two

So, the question most men will always debate amongst themselves is, “should you go for two, or just kick the PAT?” This is a highly debated topic, as some see it as a way of getting an extra point on the scoreboard, while others will see it as a risk with only a little reward.  I think the best teams in the division take chances and succeed.  But, who is right?

Going for Two

Now, if you pass or run the ball in to the end zone your touchdown is worth eight points making your lead a two-possession game to beat.  Having one of the best quarterbacks helps.  However, should you miss; your score will only be a one-possession game to beat with a touchdown and a PAT.

Next, let us understand from a statistical probability of success of the opportunity of going for two. As of last year, there were 94 attempts made for the two-point conversion, of these attempts only 45 were successful. What this means is that of all the attempts made to pad the score, or take the lead via the two-point conversion only 47% were successful.

The main reason for the unsuccessful path of the two-point conversion is the increasing shrunk field, as you get closer to the goal. Especially against top defenses, this is when things get difficult.  This is what generally can make a pass play more difficult to construct, as routes are shorter, and more confined. For the same reason, a run play is made a bit more predictable; however, the other team in a standard goal line formation will generally try to close up running lanes.

PAT

Now, if we are not going to be going for two points, what is the result of us going for the PAT (Point After Touchdown)? First, significantly better to sum it up, as the percentages of teams that have been able to make this extra point is at an astonishing 99%. This percentage of success is so high that the league commissioner was thinking of doing away with the extra point all together or lengthening the kick distance. Therefore, from a statistical probability pass, run, or kick; kicking for just one point would seem to have a definite advantage.

Counter Point

Most of the time being conservative, and going for one point will be your best bet. However, there are times being a bit more liberal, risk-taking would be beneficial such as following your touchdown you are still down by two, and it is late in the fourth quarter. However, in contrast, a time not to be liberal would be if you were down by one point, as this would be a time to tie up the game and proceed to overtime. However, in either of the previous examples your goal would be to simply tie it up, and proceed to overtime for the victory.