Now that the 2019 NFL season is officially over, there is going to be time to look back at the season as well as what teams under and over performed and played differently than most people expected.
Most of the season NFL live lines indicated on any given Thursday, Sunday or Monday who would win or lose, but now there will be moments to look back on for each team that were game changers.
There’s also a number of teams that we can look back at that could have played better, and today we look at those teams that simply didn’t live up to the hype that was given to them throughout the course of the 2019 campaign.
1. New York Jets 7-9
The team was expected to have a much better offense after signing running back Le’Veon Bell in free agency, and while he played okay, this team simply didn’t play as well as many felt.
Most had the Jets sitting at 8-10 wins, but instead they finished two games under .500 at 7-9. Sam Darnold missed time with mono which really hurt this team, and the defense didn’t play as well as what many people were thinking they would.
Adam Gase is coming back in 2020, so let’s see what changes are coming for the Jets this offseason.
2. Cleveland Browns 6-10
The Browns got the dreaded “SI curse” in 2019, as Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. appeared on the cover prior to the season.
No team got more hype this past offseason than the Browns, and no team played about as worse at times than the Browns.
They lost by 30 to the Titans on opening day at home, and it should have sent up red flags at that moment this team was not all it was cracked up to be.
They didn’t wait long, firing Freddie Kitchens after one season, and now turn to former Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski, who gets a five-year deal.
We will see what changes comes the Browns way in 2020.
3. Carolina Panthers
A bad season for the Panthers cost Ron Rivera his job during the season, and in the end the club went just 5-11, winning just two of eight regular season games at home.
Now it’s about the future, and the team has to see what they want to do with quarterback Cam Newton, who for the second straight season was injured and ineffective.
Matt Rhule will get a shot to put his stamp on this Panthers team moving forward, and with critical decisions it likely will take 1-2 years for this team to get back to being a force in the NFC South.
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