It all starts up front, as most great defenses do. Vernon lived up to his price tag and led the team with 8.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul, wearing a custom-fitted glove on his mangled hand, had a tremendous comeback year with seven sacks and three forced fumbles, finally getting the big long-term contract he’s always wanted. Big Snacks Harrison was an unmovable force in the middle of the line, though Johnathan Hankins could be hard to replace after he left in free agency.
In the secondary, Jenkins teamed up with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to form one of the better cornerback duos in the league. Safety Landon Collins had an explosive breakout season with five interceptions, four sacks, and a defensive touchdown, getting named to the All-Pro first team as a result. Pro Football Focus recently ranked this unit as the best secondary in the league:
The Steelers and Chiefs faced off early last season and it wasn’t that great. Kansas City lost 14-43. But then in the playoffs … the Chiefs also lost to the Steelers but not by a lot. That was only a 2-point Pittsburgh victory thanks to a late Chris Boswell field goal. Maybe Dontari Poe can surprise the defense with another beefy touchdown?
We appreciate the enthusiasm for your team, but be careful what you wish for because you might end up watching a Giants game against the Rams where Greg Zuerlein is responsible for all six points on the board until its the last drive in the fourth quarter. Still, the Giants can probably get out of that scenario.
If you could attend *one* NFL game in 2017, which one would you pick?
This is obviously the best answer if you can pick out one of the best games to go to throughout the season. But I have to strike this one out based on a technicality. The upcoming Super Bowl is in 2018. So unless you want to watch a game that already took place I’m looking at you Patriots fans / sorry for bringing up old stuff Atlanta then we have to pick another game. Let’s see what the regular season can offer.