No need to beat around the bush. We've got five words on how every NFL team will do this year.

By Mitch Goldich
September 05, 2019

Welcome to the Weekend Read. This week we dish just five words on every NFL team, dig up a photo of the 1941 Bears and run through our favorite stories of the week.

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A Bite-Sized Take on Your Favorite Team

The NFL season is finally here! You've probably read countless stories already that began by saying "The NFL season is finally here!" but this time we really mean it. Packers-Bears is in the books, and now we've got 265 games left before the Super Bowl. I was asked to give you a preview of every NFL team, but let's be honest: 1) You're already sick of reading NFL preview content; 2) There's enough other stuff in this newsletter to spend your time reading. So here are just five words on all 32 teams.

Arizona Cardinals: Will faster plays mean wins?

Atlanta Falcons: Good team but tough division

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar can’t run 30 times

Buffalo Bills: Let’s learn more about Allen

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Carolina Panthers: NFC contender if Cam's healthy

Chicago Bears: Still thinking about the doink(s)

Cincinnati Bengals: Finally an overdue fresh start

Cleveland Browns: America’s New Team might deliver

Dallas Cowboys: Paying stars, now all-in

Denver Broncos: Is Joe Flacco the answer?

Detroit Lions: Clearly fourth in strong division

Green Bay Packers: World is watching Rodgers’s audibles

Houston Texans: Best in post-Luck South

Indianapolis Colts: Good, but Brissett ain’t Luck

Jacksonville Jaguars: Is a new QB enough?

Kansas City Chiefs: Best QB, maybe best team

Los Angeles Chargers: Regression coming even with Gordon

Los Angeles Rams: McVay too young for hangover?

Miami Dolphins: Miami, you’re on the clock

Minnesota Vikings: Will probably end in heartbreak

New England Patriots: Why should 2019 be different?

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New Orleans Saints: Changed that rule, at least

New York Giants: Eli era ends in 2019

New York Jets: Not a disaster, so, progress!

Oakland Raiders: Who the hell even knows

Philadelphia Eagles: If Wentz's healthy, NFC’s best

Pittsburgh Steelers: First time under the radar

San Francisco 49ers: No ACL excuses this year

Seattle Seahawks: Usually better than people think

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Last year for Jameis? Decisions...

Tennessee Titans: Last year for Mariota? Decisions...

Washington Redskins: Strong contender for worst franchise

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Vault Photo of the Week: Jump for Joy, Football's Back

With the Bears hosting the first game in the NFL's 100th season, let's roll it back 78 years to a championship season for Chicago. The 1941 squad went 10–1 en route to beating the Giants 37–9 in the December title game. That same month is when the photo above was captured, featuring QB Sid Luckman striking a pose with his teammates as they took on an All-Star team in the Polo Grounds to benefit the Navy Relief Fund.

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