4 NFL Teams Facing Make Or Break Seasons In 2024

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
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It’s not all fun and games for all 32 teams in the NFL. There are some ballclubs under a lot of pressure entering the 2024 NFL season.

Obviously, every team enters every new year with expectations, but let’s be honest: some squads know they aren’t winning the Super Bowl. You mean to tell me the Carolina Panthers are anticipating making a deep playoff run this coming season? Come on.

But there are other teams that know they have to show out in 2024.

Here are four NFL teams facing make or break seasons as we inch closer and closer to Week 1.

New York Jets

The Jets were supposed to contend for a Super Bowl last year, but their championship hopes ended in the season opener when Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles.

Now, Rodgers is on the mend, and New York has supplied him with even more talent heading into 2024.

The Jets added wide receivers Mike Williams and Malachi Corley, patched up what had been a horrific offensive line and even further solidified what was an already great defense by swinging a trade for edge rusher Haason Reddick.

On paper, New York is built to win. But will the Jets put it all together?

Let’s face it: Rodgers is 40 years old and is coming off of a devastating injury. This is also the final year of his contract, so if he and Gang Green don’t do it this year, they may never get another chance.

When the Jets acquired Rodgers in a blockbuster deal with the Green Bay Packers last spring, they knew the deal. They understood that their window was short.

Well, Year 1 of the window was unfortunately wasted. The good news is the roster looks even better heading into Year 2.

It all depends on the health of Rodgers, but make no mistake: New York is a Super Bowl or bust team.

Philadelphia Eagles

It’s still hard to fathom exactly what happened to the Eagles last season.

Philadelphia was 10-1 and looked poised to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl once again. But then, Philly lost five of its last six regular-season games to choke away the NFC East division title. To put the cherry on top, the Eagles were routed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.

The Birds decided to retain Nick Sirianni as their head coach, but they did revamp the staff by adding offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. They added running back Saquon Barkley in free agency and then addressed their ailing secondary through the draft.

Still, the vast majority of the 2023 Eagles squad is still in tact, minus center Jason Kelce, who announced his retirement. That’s actually a huge deal, and we’ll see how negatively that affects the team.

But really, who is to say that Philadelphia has eliminated the stench from last winter? Rumor has it that the locker room wasn’t crazy about Jalen Hurts in the second half of last season, so has that suddenly been solved?

If the Eagles don’t have a great season in 2024 (at least getting to the NFC Championship Game), we might see sweeping changes in Philadelphia for 2025.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have posted three straight 12-win campaigns, but they have registered just one playoff win during that span. They have also collected just four postseason victories in total since last winning the Super Bowl in January 1996 and have not advanced past the Divisional Round throughout that period.

But it runs even deeper than that for this current iteration of the Cowboys.

Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his deal. He may very well land a new contract before the start of the season, but if not, there will be a whole lot on the line for him.

Then you have head coach Mike McCarthy, who is beginning his fifth year in Dallas. Many felt he should have been canned after the Cowboys’ embarrassing playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers this past winter, but Jerry Jones opted to hold on to him.

And I hate to sound morbid, but Jones is 81 years old. He turns 82 in October. So, there is a sense of urgency for him to win another Super Bowl (or at least make a deep playoff run) soon.

This is a very good football team. Yes, Dallas could afford to add some pieces in its receiving corps and it probably should have done a better job addressing the running back position this offseason, but the Cowboys are still good enough to make a run.

If Dallas doesn’t break the barrier this year, heads may roll next offseason.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have been knocking on the door for the last half-decade. They just can’t seem to get in.

San Francisco made it to the Super Bowl in February 2020. It lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. It then made it to the Super Bowl again this past winter. Once again, it lost to the Chiefs.

The Niners have arguably the most talented roster in football, but financial constraints will make it difficult for the front office to keep all of these guys together long term. That means they need to win now.

A legitimate argument can be made that there is no other team in the NFL that can classify their 2024 season as a failure sans a championship as much as the 49ers.

Kansas City has won three in the last five years. Sure, the Chiefs would love to three-peat, and winning a Super Bowl is obviously their goal. But if they lose, hey; at least they already won a few.

But San Francisco? The Niners have to win. Getting to the Super Bowl won’t be enough. They need to actually close the deal.

Will the 49ers be able to overcome the dreaded Super Bowl hangover and finally get over the hump next season? It remains to be seen, but if not, San Francisco will have a lot of tough questions to answer next spring.

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