The 2011 NFL season will hopefully be upon us before we know it. When the season begins in earnest, which we believe will be September 11th, every team starts off with a clean slate in hopes of capturing their own division title. Obviously, some teams have more realistic title aspirations than others. How far will each team go in 2011 before they taste defeat? That is the question we want to address in this presentation.
Based on the labor lockout, without OTAs and mini-camps, the players that will be creating more mistakes than usual will be the rookie class of 2011. In fact, some of those rookies that were initially drafted to be starters, may need to bide their time until teams have been able to coach them up sufficiently to warrant a starting role much later in the season.
As for this writing, we have no idea where all the free agents are going to land, so perceived team weaknesses and strengths in their particular division may actually be quite different than they appear to be two months from now. Of course, all it takes are one or two key injuries to star players that can drastically alter the landscape for many teams.
So with what we know right now about each NFL team, we will look ahead and attempt to predict when every team will lose their first contest in 2011.