The 2019 NFL Kickoff is less 50 days away, and the off-season has brought many changes to the landscape of the league. After loads of blockbuster trades, free agency and the draft, training camp is about to start. With that said, these are the Top 10 NFL Teams Heading into the Season.
10: Atlanta Falcons
Although many might point to the Falcons missing the playoffs last year and going 7-9, it’s fair to say they could’ve been far better had they not lost so many players to injuries. The defense was missing key players like Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, and more.
Moreover, Matt Ryan and the offense were still the 6th best offense in football, scoring nearly 26 points a game. If they can stay healthy, we may see the 2017 Atlanta Falcons once again, the team that should’ve won a Super Bowl.
9: Pittsburgh Steelers
Losing Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown may sound like a catastrophe for any team, but the Steelers can compensate with loads of talent on both sides of the ball. The offensive line is still one of the strongest in the league, and they still have Juju Smith Schuster and James Conner to torment defenses.
With all that talent, it would be ridiculous to say that Big Ben wouldn’t keep this offense on par with the best. With regards to defense, Pittsburgh addressed their biggest need by drafting LB Devin Bush from Michigan, who they can plug right in to help fill Ryan Shazier’s shoes. Forget the big names, this team is still dangerous enough to beat anybody.
8: Chicago Bears
People still love to joke about the double doink, but the Bears are here to stay. The defense features more stars than anybody else, including Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and much more. It’s gonna be extremely difficult for anybody to move the ball on this team. On offense, Matt Nagy is heading into his second year with Mitch Trubisky, and he’s added RB David Montgomery to help his young QB. If Mitch can continue getting better, Chicago could become a real contender for the Super Bowl.
7: Philadelphia Eagles
With Carson Wentz officially being handed the reins to this team, Philly looks ready to contend for years to come. The offense has everything a QB can want: a top OLine, Zach Ertz, and more than enough talented receivers and RBs. In addition, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham will continue to dominate opposing offenses, and Ronald Darby looks to come back from a torn ACL to earn the top CB spot once again. The Eagles seem to be the runaway favorite to win the NFC East, but they may gain the top seed again if Wentz can stay healthy.
6: Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill just received the news that he won’t be suspended at all this season, and that means the Chiefs offense won’t skip a beat. Damien Williams has been more than Andy Reid could ask for after losing Kareem Hunt, so Pat Mahomes can be expected to at least come close to his historic form last season.
In addition, Steve Spanuolo’s first year as defensive coordinator comes with some help. As long as he can get his defense to be middle of the pack, he’ll be considered a success and the Chiefs will win loads of games.
5: LA Chargers
Coach Anthony Lynn has what many call the best roster in football, no team had more Pro Bowlers in 2018. Philip Rivers might have the best offense of his career, and that’s saying a lot for someone who’s played with Ladanian Tomlinson.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams may be the best WR duo in the league, and if they keep Melvin Gordon they’ll be ready to compete with any offense. Next, the DLine features Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, with Desmond King and Derwin James helping out in the secondary. LAC needs to make a Super Bowl push soon before Philip Rivers starts getting too old.
4: LA Rams
Despite Jared Goff’s awful performance in the Super Bowl last year, he’s still a good young QB with a lot of room for improvement. Sean Mcvay has a new chip on his shoulder after last year too, and he’ll be getting Cooper Kupp back and Todd Gurley at full strength. With regards to Wade Philips’ defense, they still have the best defender in football with Aaron Donald, and people forget they actually played a fantastic game against Tom Brady, only allowing 13 points. With studs on both sides of the ball, LA looks to go on a revenge tour and prevent a Super Bowl hangover.
3: Indianapolis Colts
GM Chris Ballard continues to show the league that he is, in fact, the best executive out there. After completely revamping the roster last year, the Colts overachieved, going 10-6 and making the divisional round, with Andrew Luck looking like the MVP caliber QB we used to see before his injury.
In addition, Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard were the first two rookie teammates to ever make a first-team all-pro, and they’ll only get better. This offseason was all about putting the finishing touches on the roster, adding WR weapons for Luck, snagging Justin Houston in free agency, and drafting new depth for the defense which already looked great last year. There’s no excuse now, Andrew Luck and the Colts are a Super Bowl or bust squad.
2: New Orleans Saints
After two heartbreaking playoff losses, the Saints look to capitalize on the final years of Drew Brees’ career. The offense still has the best offensive triplets in the NFL with Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Mike Thomas, and their OLine is one of the best as well. Furthermore, the New Orleans defense is still gonna be one of the strongest in the league, with Cameron Jordan and Marshon Lattimore leading the way. Sean Payton knows he’s gonna have to keep his team motivated and forget the infamous no-call because this team at their best is without question the best in the NFC.
1: New England Patriots
It seems boring to keep putting the Patriots as Super Bowl favorites, but it’s just the truth. After making the Super Bowl three years in a row, Tom Brady doesn’t seem to be slowing down so much, and Bill Belichick always seems to back him up with amazing defensive performances when he ever needs it.
If the 2018-19 season taught us anything, it’s that the Pats can lose some regular-season games that will scare everyone, but they can never be counted out even if they’re a couple of games below .500. It’s been made clear that New England saves their energy for the playoffs, and until they’re eliminated they’ll remain one of the top contenders.