同じ記者(Adam Schein)が書いた、オフェンスのランキングを紹介します。チェックしてみましょう。







1) Atlanta Falcons

Yes, the Falcons plummeted from No. 1 in scoring offense in 2016 down to 15th last year. Clearly, there was a drop-off after Kyle Shanahan left to coach the 49ers. But this is Year 2 with Steve Sarkisian at the controls. And talking to Matt Ryan this week on my SiriusXM Radio show, "Schein on Sports," the fantastic 33-year-old quarterback stressed increased comfort with his coordinator. Ryan told me Atlanta will incorporate concepts from all four offenses he's played in during his time with the Falcons. And I believe this is the most talented team he has been on. This group is absolutely loaded.








In addition to the former MVP at quarterback, Atlanta boasts the freakish offensive dynamo that is Julio Jones. The Falcons predictably did the right thing by giving him a financial bump and getting him back in the building. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has four straight 1,400-yard receiving seasons. He's a player you can't do without. Everyone harps on last season's low touchdown total of three. I predict that number will be closer to 13 in 2018. Meanwhile, Ryan raved to me about the play and smarts of Jones' new running mate, first-round receiver Calvin Ridley. And Mohamed Sanu is a fine complementary wideout -- a guy who does all the little things, even throwing a touchdown pass every so often. I haven't even gotten to the backfield, where Atlanta houses the dynamic duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman -- two RBs who can kill you on the ground or through the air. Lastly, the Falcons bring back all five starters from an offensive line that ranked second in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

It's all happening in Atlanta this year. The Falcons' offense will be the best in the league.





さらに、Pro Football Focusのランキングで昨季NFL全体で2位と評価されたオフェンスラインも、先発5人がそのままチームに残った。






2) Pittsburgh Steelers

I seriously considered putting the Steelers in the No. 1 slot. The one thing that ultimately held me back: Groundhog Day with Le'Veon Bell. Just like last year, the running back has yet to sign his franchise tag. Thus, he won't show up until Labor Day, and his September touches will be compromised. It's all rather sad for Steeler Nation.



スティーラーズを1位にしようかと真剣に考えたが、1つの理由があってそれを思いとどまった。RBレベオン・ベルの状況だ(※記事原文のGroundhog Dayは、ジリスの1種のグランドホックが冬眠から目覚める日とされる2月2日の記念日のこと。この日に天気を占ったりするようです。ベルのチーム合流時期が不透明なことを言っているものと思われます)。


But when Bell is Bell, Pittsburgh rocks. Ben Roethlisberger is still playing like a Hall of Famer. Antonio Brown was the best -- and most clutch -- receiver in the game last year, getting some legit MVP burn. This trio is unparalleled in the NFL today. Second-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster is a fantastic No. 2, having piled up 917 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, despite starting just seven games. The offensive line is rock solid across the board, with a truly elite guard in David DeCastro.







3) Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers -- like his 2004 NFL Draft classmate, Big Ben -- is still playing at a Hall of Fame level. His go-to guy, Keenan Allen, was finally healthy last season -- and what do ya know, he was sensational, setting career highs in catches (102) and yards (1,393). Melvin Gordon is fresh off his best NFL campaign, too. He doesn't get the credit he deserves, as a dual-threat weapon in the backfield (SEE: 1,105 yards rushing, 476 receiving). The O-line should be improved this season, with Mike Pouncey now manning the pivot and guard Forrest Lamp set to return from the torn ACL that cost the 2017 second-rounder his entire rookie season.







Mike Williams could be the X-factor here. The 2017 No. 7 overall pick suffered an offseason back injury shortly after joining the team, missed the first six games of the season and then had a knee issue. His rookie campaign was pretty much a wash, but I expect him to be a strong target for Rivers in Year 2 and add another dimension to this offense. With playmaking tight end (and red-zone terror) Hunter Henry already on the shelf with a torn ACL, the Bolts could certainly use a sophomore breakout from their 6-4 jump-ball specialist.







鯖缶コメント:いかがでしたでしょうか? 昨季それぞれ悔しい思いをした3チームのオフェンスが、上位にランクインされていました。