There is no denying the 2017 season was a disaster.
The New York Jets blew a 3-0 lead in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts and then lost four of five games to fall into a 12-13 hole.
But the Jets will still be in the playoff hunt with three games left to play and could easily clinch a berth with wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
In the end, it was all about Eli Manning, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery and the Broncos were able to avoid a fourth consecutive loss, with the help of a game-winning touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler.
In 2018, the Denver Broncos could have made a playoff push with a win over the Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts.
They will have to wait for 2019, though, before they have any chance of repeating the feat of 2017.
But if Manning can be the hero that he was in 2017, he could lead the Broncos to a playoff spot in 2019, and he could do it with a fresh start in Denver.
Let’s start with the New York Giants.
The Giants could have easily made a deep playoff run had they not lost three of their last four games.
Eli Manning struggled mightily for most of the season and the team needed a spark to make the playoffs.
With Manning out of the lineup, it has been a revolving door in the Giants backfield.
The Giants are expected to trade Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason, which could mean the Giants will look to add a veteran runner in 2018.
They could also look to trade defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who has been on the wrong side of the league for most years, with a late-round pick.
With the Giants hoping for another offensive surge in 2019 and possibly a deep postseason run, it is likely they will look for a starting running back in the draft.
The Browns are believed to be the frontrunners, but the Patriots and Steelers could also be a possible landing spot.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.