If The Match taught us anything. It’s that the NFC South is already heating up:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Yesterday Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods defeated Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a charity golf match. The event raised $20M to help fight covid-19 and it was certainly a success. But we also got a glimpse of how cut throat the NFC South will be this year. Saints head coach Sean Payton sent out a tweet that indicated he likes seeing Tom Brady struggle. Dante Fowler also believes the Atlanta Falcons have something for Brady. So you can already begin to see that Brady is walking into a hostile environment. Everyone is gunning for the greatest quarterback of all-time and this won’t be an easy mountain to scale. Yet this is Tom Brady that we’re talking about and he let the viewers know time-and-time again. That his only focus is winning the Super Bowl and he just did the golf thing to help some people out. That may be the case but the impression that it left on people was real. Clearly Brady’s NFC South opponents felt that way. And you know they were all watching him on national television and thinking to themselves “I want to be in that position.” Therefore the target on Brady’s back is bigger than ever. However you still can’t bet against him. Because this is the best offense he’s had since 2007. Which is when the New England Patriots went 16-0.

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These aren’t the same old Arizona Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins will put on a show:

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In today’s NFL wide receivers are more important than ever. Teams throw the ball more than they did in the past. So you need guys that can get open and make plays. And luckily for the Arizona Cardinals they have Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. The last time Arizona was this deep at the receiver position was when Anquan Boldin and a young Fitzgerald took this team to the Super Bowl back in 2009. Which means everyone on this roster has to be feeling good. Because the Cardinals can make things interesting in the NFC West. This division is tough right now but Arizona got much better when they traded for Hopkins. We also can’t forget that Fitzgerald looked reinvigorated in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. By also adding Hopkins to the mix you can already foresee a lot more touchdowns being scored. Someone should be open on every single passing play. Fitzgerald is as strong as an ox and he’s still got enough speed to be considered a vertical threat. While Hopkins is a fearless receiver who isn’t afraid to go over the middle. Therefore it’s clear Kyler Murray has the best of both worlds. Fitzgerald and Hopkins may have different playing styles. But together they’ll make Arizona much more exciting.

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Drew Brees has accomplished so much throughout his career. If he wins another Super Bowl it would be the perfect ending:

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Remember when John Elway and Michael Strahan both won Super Bowls and rode off into the sunset? That was the perfect ending for those two Hall of Famers. And if you’re in Drew Brees’ position then you’re trying to achieve the same thing. You can just tell that Brees wants to step away from the game in good health. He’s a family man and he’d like to enjoy his time after football with the people who matter the most. But on the field Brees is still a sniper. His decision making, awareness, and precision are still better than 95% of the quarterbacks in the league. This is someone who’s thrown for more passing yards than anyone else in NFL history. He’s also got a Super Bowl victory on his resume. At this point Brees has done it all. But we can’t forget that he’ll always be a competitor. Brees is smart enough to know there’s no turning back when he hangs it up for good. So this is clearly his last dance and that means he needs his curtain call like we’ve seen some of the other greats have. If Brees wants to leave an everlasting impression on the fans. Winning one more Super Bowl would solidify his greatness for all of eternity.

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Yes it’s true. Josh Allen is one of the best athletes we’ve ever seen at the quarterback position:

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You don’t break some of Michael Vick’s rushing records unless you have exceptional athleticism. The competition in the NFL is too stiff and that’s why Josh Allen is so gifted. He’s actually a better athlete than he is a quarterback. And he’s still learning how to translate from someone who relies on his speed and agility to a pocket passer. But we’re already getting some indications that Allen is starting to make some progress. His stats improved drastically from year one to year two. And that’s what happens when you’re a great athlete. You can develop faster than most guys normally would because of your natural talents. When you also factor in that Allen is a world class competitor. These are the characteristics that are helping him separate himself from Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield. Sure those guys throw a better ball. But Allen is a winner and that’s what every team is looking for. If you compare each of those 2018 NFL Draft class QBs you’ll also notice something else. Allen is the biggest guy at 6’5” 238 pounds. So it’s a little unusual that he’s way more quick and explosive than those other guys. But at the end of the day this is what makes Allen special.

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For better or worse. The Seattle Seahawks seem like they’re ready to move on from Russell Wilson:

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During the 2018 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks wanted Patrick Mahomes. Ultimately the Seahawks ended up sticking with Russell Wilson because the Chiefs got Mahomes. But there was also rumors that Seattle tried to trade Wilson to the Cleveland Browns in 2019. So there seems to be some evidence that Pete Carroll and G.M Jon Schneider would like to try their luck with another quarterback. And they probably feel like it’s just time to move on from the few remaining players from their Super Bowl run six years ago. Still though it’s hard to turn the page on Wilson because he’s been so good throughout his career. His numbers haven’t declined at all and Wilson hasn’t given the Seahawks any reason to fire him. But Carroll knows his system can develop players very quickly and he’s willing to roll the dice. Seattle can get out of Wilson’s contract after the 2021 season. Which means the decision makers of this team definitely have their eyes on other QBs. And they really believe they can find someone who will be a better fit for their team. No matter how ridiculous that might be. So if Wilson wants to stay in the Pacific Northwest he’ll need to show the coaching staff something over these next two years. Individual stats are off the table. Carroll wants playoff wins instead.

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