The 2023 NFL season is still months away, but there are three teams that unfortunately may regress when teams take the field next.
It’s inevitable in the NFL for a team to be above average one year and below average the next. The opposite is also quite true as well.
There were a few surprise teams in 2022 that made a leap from the year before, but I also think there could be some cases of teams regressing in 2023 for various reasons.
Three teams who can regress in the 2023 NFL season
Las Vegas Raiders
I think an obvious candidate to regress in 2023 is the Las Vegas Raiders. For some reason, they replaced Derek Carr with a worse and more injury prone quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. I get that he has experience with Josh McDaniels, but I just can’t see how the Raiders are any better than their six wins in 2022, especially with the division they are in.
The Vikings won 13 games in 2022 with first year head coach Kevin O’Connell. They won nearly all of their close games and really did not excel on offense or defense. I’d hate to say that they got lucky, but that’s really how it feels.
They also have been cutting quite a few veteran players in efforts to get younger and to give an opportunity for General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah to build the roster how he wants.
I just don’t think losing only four games is realistic for the Vikings in 2023.
Green Bay Packers
After nearly two decades, four time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely isn’t going to be a Packer come 2023. As soon as the Jets and the Packers figure out trade compensation, the Packers will become significantly worse.
I don’t think Jordan Love is very good, and their defense has quite a few big names but has yet to perform as the lineup would suggest.
To me, even though the Packers won just eight games in 2023, I don’t foresee them winning that many in 2023, especially with up and coming clubs like the Lions and Bears.