Which teams merit optimism heading into the season?

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Tuesday’s PFT Live included a draft that had Chris Simms and yours truly picking teams about which we’re “oddly optimistic.”

It seemed like an odd assignment, and I say that only because Stats thinks Simms did a better job than me in picking the teams. Check out the teams that we selected, the reasons provided for the selections, and the ensuing back and forth. Then ask yourself who wont draft.

And then vote below as to who you think the real winner was. Also, tune in every weekday for PFT Live, both on NBC Sports Radio (from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET), with a simulcast on NBCSN for the final two hours.

26 responses to “Which teams merit optimism heading into the season?

  1. Yeah right.. Giants were the media darlings last year as well and were supposed to win the NFCE.. how did that work out?
    Chiefs have a rookie QB that will have growing pains.. they will underperform

  2. Simms at least hit the “oddly” criterion. There’s nothing odd about expecting the Pack and Chiefs to do well. So, yeah, Simms won this one almost by default.

  3. thefappingbearcutler says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    Giants suck! Is Barkley somehow going to block for himself?
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    News flash at least 80% of the o-line has changed since last year.

  4. crackillsdumb says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Yeah right.. Giants were the media darlings last year as well and were supposed to win the NFCE.. how did that work out?
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    This year’s Giants are night and day difference from last year’s team. Not saying they will be dominant but new front office, coaching staff, scheme, and several players means they will be way different than last year. Oh also, weren’t the Eagles supposed to be pretty bad last year? How did that work out?

  5. According to Vikings fans (every last one of them), the only team that is allowed to have optimism is the Vikings. They alone improve with every move, and every move any other team makes is the wrong one.

    This is all proven by the divisional championships of the 1970s and 1980s, the true barometer of greatness.

  6. vikings1234 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    I think the sandblaster needs to relax a bit.

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    I’m pretty relaxed, actually. Thanks!

    Looking forward to week 2. We’ll see everything we need to see at that point.

  7. According to Cowboys fans, they should be the most optimistic. Afterall, Gregory and his one sack are back on the roster, their juco receivers and noodle armed QB won’t be burdened by Dez. Sean Lee actually woke up today and didn’t get injured getting out of bed. Stephen will be on the radio soon to spread more propaganda..How can they not be filled with optimism.

  8. I’m a giants fan, I have cautious optimism this year. Last time we had the makings of a good rb was David Wilson so every giants fan knows how things can go, oline should be better, maybe Eli will actually have time. Happy that flowers is on the other end now(wasn’t that where he was supposed to be at anyway).

  9. bkinacti0n says:
    July 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    thefappingbearcutler says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    Giants suck! Is Barkley somehow going to block for himself?
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    News flash at least 80% of the o-line has changed since last year.

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    Replace garbage with garbage….you still have garbage.

  10. tokyosandblaster says:
    July 31, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    According to Vikings fans (every last one of them), the only team that is allowed to have optimism is the Vikings. They alone improve with every move, and every move any other team makes is the wrong one.

    This is all proven by the divisional championships of the 1970s and 1980s, the true barometer of greatness.
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    Perfect. Good take. I laughed out loud at this one, because of the ironic truth.

  11. “Looking forward to week 2. We’ll see everything we need to see at that point.”

    Aaron Jones is out for that game. I feel he is GB’s best (not smartest) back, so we will see. GB should still win, but Jones is their best pure runner.

  12. djvh2
    Jul 31, 2018, 7:22 PM EDT
    “Looking forward to week 2. We’ll see everything we need to see at that point.”

    Aaron Jones is out for that game. I feel he is GB’s best (not smartest) back, so we will see. GB should still win, but Jones is their best pure runner.
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    The Packers are so good that they forgot about week 1. Bears smack them!

  13. tokyosandblaster says:

    July 31, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    According to Vikings fans (every last one of them), the only team that is allowed to have optimism is the Vikings. They alone improve with every move, and every move any other team makes is the wrong one.

    This is all proven by the divisional championships of the 1970s and 1980s, the true barometer of greatness.

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    Way to blanket statement all Vikings fans. As a Vikings fan, yes I think they improved their roster a bit, but I am not an idiot. I know other teams have improved a lot to and nothing is for sure for the Vikings or any team for that matter.

    The Packers improve dramatically just by getting Rodgers back. But I do think it will take vintage Rodgers for the Packers to have a good season (which is very possible). Realistically the Packers still have tons of question marks on defense, and usually it takes a season or 2 for new corners to become good. Even Rhodes took 2-3 years to become a great corner. I think the Packers or Vikings both have a chance to win the Division and both to make the playoffs. If Rodgers can score 30 points a game and your defense is average, the Pack will be hard. If the Vikings can stay healthy they should win 10+ games. It just depends on how Cousin’s does with a new offense, is Cook healthy, and some minor questions.

    So way to make blanket statements. What is wrong with Vikings fans having optimism? Just because we are excited about our team, doesn’t mean we aren’t aware that other teams will be good to. It’s comments like yours that really make your fan base look bad.

  14. Few people are paying attention to what the Ravens have done this off season…and that’s cool!!

  15. djvh2 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Aaron Jones is out for that game. I feel he is GB’s best (not smartest) back, so we will see. GB should still win, but Jones is their best pure runner.
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    I agree with you on Jones, but the Packers won’t beat the Vikings on the ground in any event. I think Montgomery will take a lot of snaps at RB and the Pack go 4 wide, quick reads.

    Week 2 will be a good litmus test.

  16. The Dolphins sucked last year. They played worse football than their record reflected because the AFC east is so weak. Florio forgot to mention that the NFC Central is going to actually be the Black and Blue division this year. Everyone is going to be tough to beat. The winner is the last team standing. Minnesota is my pick but the lowly Lions will vastly improve. I like the Giants roster. I hope Manning can abstain from chuck and duck football. The Chiefs go through this same scenario every year. Good roster and good coach; great fans. Somehow, Marty Schotheimer possess the coaching staff’s bodies and the Chiefs choke in the playoffs! Who knows!

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