2020 NFL season in review: What went wrong, what's next for non-playoff teams

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The 2020 NFL regular season came to a close Sunday.

To say it was an unusual year is an understatement. The league worked through a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, holding games on every day of the week for the first time in history. The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens both experienced COVID-19 outbreaks with more than 20 players and coaches contracting the virus on both teams.

On the field, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are favorites for the MVP after helping their teams reach the playoffs.

But what’s next for the teams that didn’t make the playoffs? NFL Nation digs in.

AFC EAST

What went wrong: The short answer? Quarterback Tom Brady left. But that’s really just scratching the surface, because even Brady would have had a tough time elevating the Patriots to greater heights given the dearth of talent at tight end and wide receiver. The Patriots were so one-dimensional on offense the Arizona Cardinals played a goal-line defense all over the field because they didn’t see any threat in the New England passing game. So that’s where it starts, but it doesn’t excuse

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