by: Jay Twizzle III
Outlook: After contending for a Super Bowl berth in season 12, Hawk will get to pick up with the Rams
right where he left off with the Colts. The Rams made a statement in the 2018 offseason, putting
all of their eggs in the short term basket and loading up the roster with stars like Peters, Talib,
and Suh. It might break their salary cap in a few years, but it will all be worth it if the Lombardi
Trophy is hoisted in LA… not by the Chargers. Look for the Rams to contend for the division
lead early on, but possibly fade after a few seasons as their rivals get stronger.
Projection: 1st in NFC West
Outlook: A Super Bowl champion in M18, what Chandler lacks in roster support he can easily make up
for in skill. Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner will be truly terrifying under his control. Look for
the Seahawks to contend for the division early in the file, and possibly run away with it if
Chandler sticks around for all 6 seasons.
Projection: 2nd in NFC West
Outlook: After leading a pass-happy Patriots offense in M18, Juke takes over the 49ers and budding star
Jimmy Garoppolo. The offense appears primed for a fast start, but the defense will require some
key young additions to become viable, similar to the draft and development of Antuan Horn in
M18. Look for the 49ers to be middle of the pack in the division at first, but contend for the title
once the roster strengthens and the stacked Rams have to shed stars to clear cap space.
Projection: 3rd in NFC West
Outlook: After botching a chance to draft Chao Li in M18, Tigers went on to lead a rather effective
offense behind Christian McCaffery and a deteriorated Kirk Cousins. The combination of David
Johnson and Josh Rosen may be even more potent, as long as Rosen develops into a
competent starter. The struggle will be on defense. Patrick Peterson is a superstar and will help
contain opponents’ passing games, but there is work to be done. Stuck in a division full of
capable users, look for the Cardinals to be fighting an uphill battle for contention.
Projection: 4th in NFC West
Outlook: A true powerhouse owner, Dakota turned Deshone Kizer into a Super Bowl winning
quarterback, and developed one of the fiercest pass rushes of the M18 file. He gets a head start
on defense in M19 with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, but will have to find his QB of the future.
Even so, Dakota is a skilled enough user, and Keenum is a viable enough starter, for this team
to contend from the start. Look for the Broncos to dominate the West until Dakota gets bored.
Projection: 1st in AFC West
Owner: Michael Martin
Outlook: Another Super Bowl winner, Mike knows how to make the best of a roster laden with skill
players such as the Chiefs. If he could do it with Dobbs, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able
to do it with Mahomes. The only question is, why did he fade from the picture after a few
seasons in M18? Did other owners figure him out? Look for the Chiefs to be the Broncos’ main
competitor in this division, but the threat may not be too serious if Mike doesn’t adapt his game
as his opponents adapt to him.
Projection: 2nd in AFC West
Owner: Neal Mason
Outlook: After coming into his own down the stretch in M18, Neal will take over a Chargers squad with young
talent on both sides of the ball. However, Rivers will need a replacement at some point, and
unless that replacement comes via a trade or free agency, he will have to be developed. With
two past Super Bowl champs in the division, look for the Chargers to take some time gaining
momentum this file.
Projection: 3rd in AFC West
Outlook: SA’s king of airing it out, Moe draws Derek Carr as his QB in M19. After lighting up defenses
with multiple 5000 yard seasons with the cheat code that is Aaron Rodgers, a mid-tier
quarterback may bring some early struggles. Luckily, Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson present a
very competent receiving duo. There might be some growing pains, but this offense will take off
soon enough. As with many teams, defensive play and development will be the deciding factor
in this teams relevance. Moe developed a star corner and interior linebacker with the Packers in
M18, so look for the Raiders to become a wild card contender once the roster comes online.
Projection: 4th in AFC West