After a decade of success that resulted in 5 division titles, 3 trips to the Super Bowl and 2 championships, the Snapdragons bottomed out in 2018, finishing 3-9-1 and last place in the NFC East.
Since then, they have traded QB Aaron Rodgers and WR DeAndre Hopkins, seen the retirement or departure of mainstay RBs Matt Forte and Frank Gore, and tried to rebuild through a stockpile of draft picks.
The Dragons improved to 4 wins in 2019, finished at 6-7 last season and after a 72-38 victory over the Mallards in Week 3, they now find themselves in 1st place in the NFC East. The early season success has come in a large part from a crop of young players that are trying to establish a new tradition of excellence for the 4-time YFFL champions.
Leading the way this season has been WR rookie sensation Ja'Marr Chase, who was plagued in the preseason by a rash of dropped passes but has hit the ground running with 4 touchdowns in his first 3 games. Along with Chris Carson and D'Andre Swift in the backfield and a refreshed Mike Williams (the only player left from that 2018 team), the Dragons are looking like real contenders in a very competitive division. The biggest question mark is #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, who has struggled since his opening 3-TD performance. If Lawrence can figure things out, the Dragons may be looking at another impressive run this season and for years to come.
Elsewhere around the league, the Huskers are now the only remaining undefeated team as the Buddies, Boys, Beans and Poop all lost, the Thugs and Brothers are still searching for their first victory, and owner Anthony Aceto avoided an 0-6 start as the Refugees and defending champion White Guys both secured important wins.