Carolina Panthers = Airbnb
The hype machine is real. Wildly successful in the past year, it seems the sky is the limit for them. That doesn’t mean there won’t be roadblocks — read: the WR position for the Panthers and NYC legal battles for Airbnb.
New Orleans Saints = Amazon
An offensive juggernaut, their arsenal of weapons makes them very tough for any opponent to to stop. They’re aggressive and can back it up. If their defense shows up on Sundays, they’ll continue to be a perennial monster.
Atlanta Falcons = Groupon
These guys came storming out of the gates. Groupon was a hit right after launch and the Falcons won 56 games in the first 5 years of the Matt Ryan/Mike Smith regime. But both hit rock bottom last year: Atlanta went 4–12 and Groupon is trading at $6 after ousting their CEO.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers = Dell
Recent history hasn’t been kind to this pair. Struggling against stronger competition, both are hoping a return to roots can help right the ship. Lovie Smith was hired as the head coach in Tampa, the place he began his NFL coaching career. And Michael Dell took back his company with a $25B leveraged buyout.
Denver Broncos = Netflix
The hot and trendy pick, these guys have loaded up again for 2014. There is a lot to like about their leadership and the model they’ve put in place. The Netflix stock is at an all-time high and the Broncos look even better than last year’s record-breaking team. Orange is the new Black.
San Diego Chargers = Snapchat
They’re cool, flashy, and a bit cocky. Despite a very competitive space (AFC West & social networking), these guys have found a spot. San Diego snuck in and won a playoff game last year. Snapchat turned down huge buyout offersto create their own destiny. Now they’re trying to show they can hang with the big boys.
Kansas City Chiefs = Uber
Talk about rising from nothing to something. Uber was an overnight success, while the Chiefs went from being the league’s worst team to starting 9–0 under Andy Reid, who looks like he might be an Uber driver. The question for both groups is — are they overvalued or can they sustain their early success?
Oakland Raiders = Pandora
What to make of these guys? The concept is intriguing — no doubt. It’s based on all these old things we are familiar with. And each individual piece has merit… But, with nothing excitingly new, it seems I continue to hit “Next”.
New England Patriots = Apple
Love them or hate them, they’re a classy organization that always puts forth a great product. People like to question “if they still have it”, but year-in and year-out they prove they do. 2014 should be no different.
New York Jets = Beats
Although they’re not the best on the market, they’re certainly talked about the most. With a lot of name recognition and a solid product, it’s easy to see why people can get excited. But when it really comes down to it… they’re still owned by (Big) Apple.
Miami Dolphins = Shazam
Where do they go from here? I’m not sure anyone has that answer. Both recently made a change in leadership, but questions remain as to how they can grow. The Fins are most like Shazam though, because I hear a lot of noise — I just can’t make sense of it.
Buffalo Bills = Samsung
All of the individual pieces look really shiny and nice, but they can never seem to beat Apple. iPhone still owns over 41% of the smartphone market [as of March], with Samsung trailing at 27%. And the Bills are 2–25 against the Pats in the last 10 years. “The Next Big Thing” just isn’t that big yet.