3 NFL Teams Being Overhyped Heading Into The 2024 Season

Chicago Bears
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We already know the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are going to be good next season. Those teams are deserving of all of the praise they get. They’ve earned it.

Clubs like the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys? They have been perennial playoff teams the last several years, so they are worthy of big expectations, as well.

But what about the teams that are being a bit overrated heading into the 2024 NFL campaign? Are there any squads on which we should probably pump the brakes in the lead-up to Week 1?

Here are three NFL ballclubs that are being overhyped with the 2024 season approaching.

Atlanta Falcons

When over-under win totals were first released, the Falcons were at 10.5. Only the Chiefs, 49ers and Ravens were ahead of them. That seemed like an awful high projection for a team that won seven games last season.

Atlanta’s over-under has since been moved to 9.5, which is more appropriate, but it still feels like this club is being a bit exaggerated going into 2024.

Yes, the Falcons signed Kirk Cousins in free agency, which is a massive step up from the Desmond Ridder-Taylor Heinicke duo Atlanta trotted out in 2023. But Cousins will be 36 years old by the season opener, and he is coming off of a torn Achilles.

Are we really that sure Cousins will look like his normal self?

Plus, the Falcons have issues outside of the quarterback position. Namely, they lack depth in their receiving corps and their pass rush is a major question mark.

Atlanta benefits from playing in a weak NFC South division, but to call this team a dark horse Super Bowl contender seems like a pretty big stretch.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are a talented team, particularly offensively with Matthew Stafford under center, Kyren Williams in the backfield and a pair of dynamic receivers in Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp.

But are they really Super Bowl hopefuls?

We know how good Stafford can be when he is healthy, but staying healthy has been an issue for him the past couple of years. Plus, he is now 35 years old, and it’s not like he was great in 2023, either. The Stafford we saw lead Los Angeles to a championship during the 2021-22 campaign is probably not coming back.

Also, I think a lot of people are underselling how big of a loss Aaron Donald is. Not just from an on-field production standpoint, but in terms of him being a locker-room leader.

The Rams’ defense ranked 24th in the NFL with Donald last season. Why are we so sure it will be just fine following his departure? Kobie Turner and Byron Young are impressive young players for sure, but LA will sorely miss Donald along its front seven.

Los Angeles will definitely compete for a playoff spot next season, and barring injuries, it should make the playoffs. But do the Rams truly have enough to test the 49ers or even the Detroit Lions? I’m not so sure.

Chicago Bears

Can we relax a little with the Bears?

Look, I get all the excitement. Caleb Williams is regarded as a generational prospect, and Chicago added significant offensive pieces like Keenan Allen, D’Andre Swift and Rome Odunze to an arsenal that already included DJ Moore and Cole Kmet.

But Williams hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass on the NFL level yet and we already have people comparing him to C.J. Stroud and even Patrick Mahomes. That’s just insane.

I think Stroud’s incredible rookie campaign has spoiled a lot of fans and pundits. He made it look easy, so now some just expect Williams to immediately step in and have a similar effect.

And you know what? Maybe he will, but it is far too early to label the Bears actual contenders. Could they make the playoffs? Sure, but they could also win seven or eight games and miss the postseason entirely.

Let’s keep in mind that the Bears finished second-to-last in the NFL in sacks last year and did nothing to address the issue this offseason. As a matter of fact, they actually lost their second and third top sack-getters in Justin Jones and Yannick Ngakoue (who is still a free agent). Not having a legitimate pass rush is a huge issue, especially in an NFC North division that houses Jordan Love and Jared Goff.

Chicago is absolutely talented, but some of these projections are a bit premature.

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