Not many teams are able to repeat the level of success they achieved the year after going 15-1 during the regular season and playing in a Super Bowl, but when you add the personnel losses that the Panthers suffered -- most notably, Josh Norman heading to the Redskins in free agency -- it's easy to predict a drop-off of some kind for the reigning NFC champs.
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Julio Jones led the league with 1,871 receiving yards last season, but the Falcons finished with a record of just 8-8 despite that insane level of production. Atlanta is tied with San Francisco for having the toughest strength of schedule in 2016, and that alone is enough for us to wonder if the Falcons can play even .500 ball during the upcoming season.
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The defending Super Bowl champs won't have the guy in the picture at quarterback this season, and the Broncos are currently trying to figure out whether it'll be Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch under center when the regular season begins. Denver's defense should remain one of the league's best, but without an answer at the game's most important position, it's almost certain that the Broncos will take a step back in 2016.