In today’s post I’m going to be giving you one offensive X-Factor for each AFC team in 2020. Each X-Factor is going to be a player, a group of players, or a coach that can make or break their team’s offense next season.
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Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa; If Tua wins the starting job by week 5 or 6 and plays like he did at Alabama, this team could be a surprise wild card team in 2020 with DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki in the passing game.
Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs; Diggs gives this offense another threat for Josh Allen, making Allen only more deadly to carry this passing attack.
New England Patriots: Cam Newton; When everyone thought the Patriots were on the decline, Newton brings an MVP attitude to Foxborough that’ll help kickstart a Brady-less offense.
New York Jets: Sam Darnold; If Darnold plays like he did last season before he got mono, Adam Gase could hang onto his job.
Indianapolis Colts: The Offensive Line; The Colts offense is all about running the football. Without a good offensive line they’ll not only struggle to run the football, but they’ll struggle to keep Rivers upright. Good thing for Indianapolis is that they have one of the league's best offensive lines with Quenton Nelson and Anthony Castonzo.
Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson; Without Hopkins, the load is all on Watson’s shoulders to make plays downfield.
Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry; After what he did against the Ravens last season in the playoffs, this offense showed that it’s the Derrick Henry show.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Gardner Minshew; The Jags chose Minshew over guys in the draft and in free agency, placing Jacksonville’s trust in the hands of their sophomore signal caller.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger; When healthy, Big Ben is arguably a top ten NFL quarterback that’ll take Pittsburgh’s offense back to 2018 and reignite JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow; Last season, Cincinnati struggled with Andy Dalton. This season, Burrow comes to Cincinnati after having the most productive college football season ever. Plus, it’s his lucky day that he fell in a spot with great offensive weapons around him with Joe Mixon, AJ Green, and Tyler Boyd.
Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson; Does this one really need any explanation? I mean Jackson is the reigning NFL MVP, keep scrolling.
Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield; He’s got the weapons and now there’s no excuses for his lackluster play. Therefore, if Mayfield can go back to 2018 and put his foot on the gas pedal, watch out for Cleveland’s offense.
Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes; He’s the best player in the NFL, keep scrolling.
Las Vegas Raiders: Jon Gruden; Gruden needs to get the most out of the personnel he has. He has everybody he needs in the WR, RB, and TE rooms and paired with a great offensive line, Gruden has everything he needs to break down opposing defenses.
Denver Broncos: Pat Shurmur; This season is all about getting the most out of Drew Lock. For a guy who’s made Nick Foles, Sam Bradford, and Case Keemun look elite, this bodes well for Drew Lock.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Offensive Line; The offensive line was a big focal point this offseason, and by bringing in Trai Turner and Bryan Bulaga, Los Angeles will hopefully have better run blocking and pass protection moving forward.