The 2015 NFL season is back! The New England Patriots will enter the season with quarterback Tom Brady returning to the field for Week 1.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP had his four-game suspension for his alleged role in DeflateGate overturned by a judge.
The Patriots are set to begin their title defense in the 2015 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here is a full stream of predictions for the upcoming season, complete with projected standings and a playoff simulation…
1. Philadelphia Eagles(12-4)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will either be labeled a madman or a genius when this season is over. If the Eagles can carry their preseason success into the regular season, there’s no stopping their offense. Quarterback Sam Bradford looks ready to break out in a much more favorable situation than St. Louis as long as he can stay healthy, but that’s a big if.
Kelly has made many questionable moves throughout the offseason, such as trading away Nick Foles for Bradford while trading running back LeSean McCoy and letting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin walk in free agency.
The running game has been revamped with the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews though, and the defense has been heavily upgraded with additions such as cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
2. Dallas Cowboys(9-7)
The Cowboys were one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 season, as they tied for the best record in the NFL before falling in a heartbreaking Divisional Round loss after an apparent catch by wide receiver Dez Bryant was ruled incomplete.
Quarterback Tony Romo will look to repeat his MVP-caliber performance, but that will not be easy as the Cowboys were forced to let Murray walk in free agency, and their worst nightmare came true when he joined an NFC East rival.
Romo will still have Bryant and tight end Jason Witten at his disposal, but the defense will have to overcome obstacles with defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain suspended for four games. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffering a season-ending torn ACL doesn’t help matters either.
3. New York Giants(8-8)
The Giants have endured a frustrating offseason, as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a foolish fireworks accident that resulted in him losing a finger. It is still unknown when he will return to the field, but his absence would hurt the Giants’ pass rush.
The offense appears primed to be one of the elite units in the NFL though, as quarterback Eli Manning bounced back in 2014 with 30 touchdown passes against 14 interceptions. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took the league by storm with one of the greatest rookie seasons ever for a receiver. He caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games.
The Giants upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Ereck Flowers in the draft, and he will be given immediate playing time with left tackle Will Beatty out until midseason.
The running game was upgraded with the addition of Shane Vereen, and he will likely share carries with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Having to face the Cowboys and Eagles twice will take a toll on the Giants defense once again though, especially if Pierre-Paul can’t return and shake off rust.
4. Washington Redskins(4-12)
Although Giants fans have had plenty to be frustrated about, there is perhaps no worse offseason for any team than the Redskins. The team has finally given up on Robert Griffin III as their starting quarterback, as he has frequently been labeled a bad leader. He is even reportedly disliked by multiple teammates[Pro Football Talk].
Kirk Cousins will be taking over as the starting quarterback, which will boost the team’s morale and give them a few wins right off the bat. However, Cousins will only be able to do so much for the Redskins.
This team is hurting badly on defense, and their offensive line will have to prove that their recent woes were mostly because of their beef with Griffin. Head coach Jay Gruden will also feel his seat burning as a third consecutive last-place finish can only end badly for him.