5 NFL teams that will improve this season and The 5 that will decline in 2023

The Jets won seven games — in a tough division, mind you — with Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco And Mike White as their QBs. Those three, by the way, combined for a whopping 14 touchdown passes and as many interceptions. 

The Vikings were by far the flukiest 13-win team in NFL history last season. They set a single-season record in one-score wins with 11 — including the greatest single-game comeback ever against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 

The Lions greatly exceeded expectations and finished 9-8 for their first winning season since 2017. They only missed out on the postseason because of a tiebreaker to Geno Smith’s Seattle Seahawks. 

This one couldn’t be more obvious. Even with the GOAT Tom Brady last year, the Buccaneers were lucky to win the NFC South, let alone finish with eight wins. TB12 needed not one, but FOUR fourth-quarter comebacks in 2022 to help the Bucs repeat as division champs. 


Also, the 7-and-10 Saints lost SIX games by one score. History shows they’re bound to enjoy some better luck and come away with more victories than losses in one-possession games. 

Nine of the Raiders’ 11 defeats were decided by one score. That included two overtime defeats and five losses by three points or less — including two L’s by a single point. 

Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett had just 11 combined touchdown passes last season. Superstar pass rusher TJ Watt missed seven games, and unicorn safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was sidelined for two. Yet Pittsburgh still finished with the No. 10 scoring defense! 

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