Have you ever wondered who the NFL franchises you root for resemble in other sports? Have you ever thought to yourself “man, Darren McFadden really is the Eric Gordon of the NFL?” Well, have no fear sports fans because the good folks at Turn On The Jets and Turn On The Knicks have come together like Voltron to provide you with those answers. First up is the AFC and NFC East. TOJ/TOK Staff Writers Dalbin Osorio and Max Marcilla are running point, so feel free to spew your retorts at them on Twitter or in the comments section below..
New England Patriots – San Antonio Spurs
Led by a veteran star and coach (Tom Brady-Bill Belichick/Tim Duncan-Gregg Popovich), both of these teams are consistently playoff teams and championship contenders.
Buffalo Bills – Washington Wizards
These teams aren’t similar just yet, but the Bills can only hope to be as successful as the Wizards with this current team. The Wizards have a “dynamic duo” of John Wall and Bradley Beal, two stars who were drafted by Washington. The Bills have put together a quarterback-wide receiver combo of EJ Manuel and Sammy Watkins via the draft. If the duo can live up to the hype, Bills GM Doug Whaley will be a happy man.
New York Jets – Philadelphia 76ers
Although the Jets haven’t “tanked” like the Sixers have, both teams enter the 2014 season with a slew of young talent that could potentially lead their team to the playoffs. Both teams have a reigning rookie of the year, Sheldon Richardson and Michael Carter-Williams, and other young studs like Nerlens Noel and Muhammad Wilkerson.
Miami Dolphins – Minnesota Timberwolves
In the past year, these teams have made the headlines more because of their off the field activity than on the field activity. From bullying scandals to trade rumors, they were stuck last year. Now, Richie Incognito is gone and Kevin Love should be moved before the season. The only problem: these teams remain relatively mediocre.
Dallas Cowboys – New York Knicks
Just as easily as you can spell Romo, you can also spell Melo. Both teams have gifted franchise players who have not been able to get the job done “in the clutch.” These are two storied franchises that are revered more for their glory years than for anything that they’ve done lately. Their salary caps are in shambles, they both have meddling owners, and have shuffled coaches like chairs on a sinking ship over the last few years.
Washington Redskins – Chicago Bulls
The parallels are actually pretty striking when you consider them. Both franchise players are trying to come back from terrible knee injuries, both franchises have won repeatedly under a legendary coach in the past, and both teams made big moves in the off-season (DeSean Jackson/Pau Gasol) to try and return to the league’s elite. Their head coaches are both former highly successful assistant coaches, and they both play in crazed sports cities.
Philadelphia Eagles – Golden State Warriors
Exciting and fast paced offenses both led by some of the best young talent in each sport. Both are led by neophyte coaches. Both have floor generals with serious questions about their durability (Nick Foles/Steph Curry) and both fired popular coaches recently.
New York Giants – Boston Celtics
Two of the most storied franchises in both sports, they have struggled since their recent championships. Their GMs have questionable draft records, and are both a bit overrated. Eli Manning and Rajon Rondo are two of the most polarizing players in both sports, as their place among the hierarchy of their position is constantly debated.