32. Indianapolis Colts
Until Andrew Luck can prove he is ready to play football again, the Colts must be ranked as the worst team in the league. When Luck has been able to play, he has been at risk due to a consistently poor offensive line. Finally, the Colts appear to be trying to fix the issue to protect their franchise player.
Head Coach Frank Reich brought in guard Matt Slauson and tackle Austin Howard during free agency, and then proceeded to select two offensive linemen within their first three picks in the draft. The sixth pick was used on guard Quenton Nelson, while the Colts took guard Braden Smith with No. 37. Trying to protect Luck adequately for the first time in years is a good start.
Not doing anything to improve an abysmal defense? That’s another step back. The only thing that matters in 2018 is getting Luck back in a uniform and keeping him healthy. If Luck isn’t ready, the Colts should start scouting for the 2019 No. 1 pick immediately.
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31. Cleveland Browns
1-31. Somehow, a professional team has only won one game over two full seasons. But congratulations, Browns, you aren’t the worst team in football this year! The Browns finally seem to be heading in the right direction after a busy offseason. Cleveland fully revamped the offense by acquiring QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, and RB Carlos Hyde.
With two of the first four picks in the draft, the Browns drafted their quarterback of the future, Baker Mayfield, and CB Denzel Ward. The Mayfield pick came as a shock to many, but the Browns claim to have honed in on him from Day 1. Ward should strengthen a pass defense that ranked 27th last year, which in turn should only help the Browns run defense that finished fourth in the NFL.
The acquisition of Taylor should allow Mayfield time to adjust to the pro game. If the veteran struggles early, Mayfield might see the field sooner rather than later. Regardless, the Browns should win at least two games.
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30. Miami Dolphins
Miami, a team facing a complete rebuild, has essentially punted on the next season or two. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill returns after missing 2017 with a torn ACL, and while he is an immediate improvement over Jay Cutler, he returns to a team worse than the one he last played for.
Miami traded receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland, and released former Pro Bowlers Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey. After trading star running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles last season, the Dolphins signed Frank Gore to pair with Kenyan Drake. Gore is still a solid player, but the signing doesn’t fit with a rebuilding club.
One positive for Miami has to be their first two picks in April’s draft. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and tight end Mike Gesicki are promising players that can be potential play-makers for both units. Dolphin fans may just want to skip over this year and hope the Miami Hurricanes can replicate their success from last year.
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29. Cincinnati Bengals
For years, the Bengals have been a solid team, but never good enough to make noise in the playoffs. The Steelers and Ravens look much better on paper, relegating Cincinnati to the third team in the AFC North.
The Bengals are a hard team to figure out. They possess one of the top receivers in A.J. Green, a plus tight end in Tyler Eifert, and a quality quarterback in Andy Dalton. There is also talent on the defensive side, buoyed by the addition of LB Preston Brown.
But there is something about the Bengals that is just stale. If John Ross can rebound from a very disappointing rookie season, he could provide a needed spark for the offense. In the interim, however, the Bengals seem like a team in need of a major reboot.
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28. New York Jets
If the Jets’ offseason additions don’t pay off, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying. Aside from re-signing QB Josh McCown, the Jets took a flyer on Teddy Bridgewater, giving the team a very interesting quarterback room entering 2018.
Other offseason additions include receivers Terrelle Pryor and Andre Roberts, talented running back Isaiah Crowell, and on the defensive side, CB Trumaine Johnson and LB Avery Williamson. Joining McCown and Bridgewater in the QB battle will be the No. 3 overall pick, Sam Darnold.
The Jets never could have imagined Darnold would still be on the board at No. 3, but they will gladly take the player many considered to be the top QB prospect. If the Jets get solid production from one of their three quarterbacks, this team could surprise and push for a playoff spot come late December.
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27. New York Giants
The Giants started 2017 with Super Bowl hopes. They ended 2017 with an abysmal 3-13 record, and the second overall pick in the draft. With a multitude of options available with the No. 2 pick, New York decided to wait on finding Eli Manning’s replacement at quarterback, and instead opted for Penn State All-World back Saquon Barkley.
Some around the league considered Barkley an even better prospect than Dallas superstar back, Ezekiel Elliott, calling him the best prospect since Adrian Peterson. Through free agency the Giants addressed the offensive line by signing veteran left tackle Nate Solder. Solder provides the line with a proven player who will protect Manning’s blindside, and buy the Giants some time in finding their next quarterback.
Those hoping to pry the mercurial star away from New York, and those waiting to see his newest touchdown celebration will monitor Odell Beckham Jr.’s return closely. This is a team that can finish anywhere between 4 to 10 wins.
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26. Washington Redskins
The Kirk Cousins saga is finally over. After a few years of wondering whether Cousins was the right fit for Washington, the Redskins ended the Cousins era by trading for Alex Smith.
Smith isn’t as flashy of a quarterback, but that may be what Washington needs at this point. Smith is likely to cause little to no distraction when compared to the tumultuous Cousins years. Joining Smith on offense will be WR Paul Richardson. The former Seattle receiver will add more speed to the position and give the Redskins a deep threat they have been lacking since the departure of DeSean Jackson.
The Redskins offense took a hit when rookie RB Derrius Guice tore his ACL in the teams first preseason game. Guice will miss the entire 2018 season.
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25. Denver Broncos
Following Peyton Manning’s retirement, the Broncos have had trouble finding a quarterback to steady the offense. Instead of using their high draft pick on a potential franchise quarterback, John Elway’s Broncos signed Case Keenum to a deal that should help the franchise in the immediate future.
Two big moves on the defensive side of the ball could have a big impact on the upcoming season for Denver. In a money-saving trade, cornerback Aqib Talib was shipped to Los Angeles. Moving Talib weakens their secondary and could change the attitude of the defense.
One player Denver is hoping can help offset the loss of Talib is DE Bradley Chubb. Arguably the best player in the draft, Chubb dropped to Denver at No. 5 and immediately provides a threat playing alongside Von Miller. Teams will have to make a choice to double one of the two elite pass rushers, opening up favorable one-on-one match-ups for the other.
The Broncos may be ranked lower than their usual lofty standards, but they now have the foundation in place for another strong defensive unit.
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24. Arizona Cardinals
Welcome back, David Johnson. After losing their star running back after only 11 carries in 2017, the Cardinals will be overjoyed to see Johnson return to their backfield to start the season. Pairing Johnson with a seemingly age-defying Larry Fitzgerald gives the Cardinals two of the biggest weapons in football.
The biggest question facing the Cardinals coming out of the offseason will be deciding who will quarterback the team. Veterans Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon were added through free agency, while controversial rookie Josh Rosen was chosen as their quarterback of the future when they selected him 10th overall in April’s draft.
Although Tyrann Mathieu is no longer in Arizona, the Cardinals still have one of the top defenses in the league coming into 2018. Playing in a very tough NFC West, all eyes will be on the health of Johnson and the development of Rosen as the season plays out.
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23. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have had one of the franchise’s better offseasons in recent memory. Unfortunately, the NFC North is also home to the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Aaron Rodgers.
The Bears added weapons to an offense that was exclusively led by a rushing attack featuring Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen in 2017, signing wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton.
On the defensive side, Chicago drafted linebacker Roquan Smith out of Georgia with the No. 8 overall pick. Smith is a fast and instinctive backer who dominated at the collegiate level the past two years, and should immediately make an impact for Vic Fangio’s defense.
Give this team a year or two and they could make some noise.
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22. Buffalo Bills
After making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the Bills lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars and promptly traded their starting quarterback to Cleveland. This season will be all about the quarterbacks in town, as new starter A.J. McCarron and the seventh overall pick, Josh Allen, look to solidify their presence in Buffalo.
While Allen is looked at as a work in progress, McCarron will be tasked with stabilizing the Bills offense to prove himself as a reliable QB. LeSean McCoy returns as the star running back and will be leaned on heavily this season.
Aside from the addition of Allen via the draft, the Bills did well in landing LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th pick. Edmunds should see the field early on and could have a big impact on the Buffalo defense. As long as Tom Brady has been starting for New England, Buffalo has had to battle for a wild card spot if they hoped to make the playoffs, and this year will be no different.
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21. Dallas Cowboys
Are the Cowboys still ‘America’s Team’? After 20 years of mediocrity, Dallas looks like a team destined for another middling finish in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott hope to have bounce-back seasons after their relatively average 2017 seasons.
Dallas saw two former stars depart this offseason as Jason Witten retired, and embattled receiver Dez Bryant was released. Replacing Bryant is receiver Allen Hurns, while tackle free agent acquisition Cameron Fleming adds insurance to an already fantastic offensive line.
The biggest loss has to be that of Anthony Hitchens, a versatile linebacker who had the ability to play all three linebacker spots. The Cowboys drafted a potential replacement with their first-round pick, selecting LB Leighton Vander Esch at #19.
Watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl had to be very painful for Dallas fans, and unfortunately for them, they will most likely witness another Philadelphia triumph in the NFC East this season.
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20. Oakland Raiders
The Return of Chucky: Gruden’s Revenge. The most exciting thing to happen for the Raiders since his departure, Jon Gruden makes his return to the sidelines after nine seasons away.
Gruden wasted no time trying to revamp the Raiders by cutting ties with cornerbacks T.J. Carrie and David Amerson. Following them out the door were Michael Crabtree, Sebastian Janikowski and punter Marquette King. In their place, Gruden signed former All-Pro Jordy Nelson, washed-up running back Doug Martin, and four secondary players trying to crack the rotation. Draft Day didn’t disappoint when Gruden swung a trade for WR Martavis Bryant and drafted OT Kolton Miller with the 15th pick.
The hope for Miller is that he’ll one day become Derek Carr’s blindside blocker, but that has yet to be seen. An offense featuring Carr, Bryant, Amari Cooper and Marshawn Lynch should be must-watch TV, but the real reason to tune in is to see Gruden reincarnated.
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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs will look to rebound following a very underwhelming 2017 in which they went 5-11. Jameis Winston was the lone bright spot, as the offense failed to meet expectations thanks to a putrid rushing attack.
Aside from Gerald McCoy and Kwon Alexander’s solid play, the defense sputtered to the tune of allowing the ninth-most points per game and most yards per game. Tampa has tried to fix their defense both through the draft and free agency. The 12th pick was used on DT Vita Vea, while Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry were brought in as free agents.
To help on offense, the Bucs signed Ryan Jensen to the richest contract for a center in the NFL, and drafted RB Ronald Jones II out of USC. Jones has above-average speed and good vision, so don’t be surprised to see the rookie become a main option early for Tampa. However, with Jameis facing a three-game suspension to start the season, the Bucs may have a tough time ending their 10-year playoff drought.
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18. Detroit Lions
Is it physically impossible for the Lions to run the ball? Amazingly, the Lions haven’t had a 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards on Thanksgiving Day in 2013. In trying to address the issue, the Lions selected Kerryon Johnson in Round 2, and brought in the bruising runner LeGarrette Blount.
With Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. causing defenses fits, it is paramount that the Lions can pose another threat through the running game. While Matthew Stafford continues to put up great numbers, the lack of a rushing attack will further exasperate an already annoyed fan base.
New head coach Matt Patricia has already started to put his stamp on the team by retaining key defensive players in Ziggy Ansah, Nevin Lawson, and Tavon Wilson. 2018 will be an interesting year for the Lions as they try to keep pace with Minnesota and Green Bay.
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17. Seattle Seahawks
While their rivals in the NFC West are all improving, the Seahawks seem to be a team on the decline. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Seattle parted ways with stalwart corner Richard Sherman, edge rusher Michael Bennett, and pass catcher Jimmy Graham.
While the once-vaunted defense still features Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner, it is clear they are not the same unit that once dominated football. Chancellor has major injury concerns, while Thomas remains the focus of trade rumors.
An offense that was largely a mess in 2017 will look to rebound in 2018. Led by stars Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks must hope for an improved rushing attack if they want to succeed. Seattle reached by taking the talented Rashaad Penny at 27, but the prolific collegiate back will look to make an immediate impact. At the rate the rest of the division is improving, this may be Seattle’s last chance to battle for the NFC West crown for the near future.
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16. Kansas City Chiefs
A year that started so promising ended with yet another early playoff exit for Andy Reid and the Chiefs. With Alex Smith now in Washington, Patrick Mahomes gets his chance to lead the offense. Luckily for the inexperienced Mahomes, he is blessed with some of the most potent offensive players in football.
Free agent acquisition Sammy Watkins will join stand-out RB Kareem Hunt, a burner at receiver in Tyreek Hill, and the ever-dependable TE Travis Kelce to form a dynamic Kansas City attack. After trading away CB Marcus Peters, it will be interesting to see how much they will miss his knack for creating turnovers.
The Chiefs believe Mahomes is the future at quarterback, and if he lives up to the hype, Kansas City may very well be a better team this season.
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15. Baltimore Ravens
How soon will Lamar Jackson take over for Joe Flacco? Coming off a poor season, Flacco will be looking over his shoulder at his heir apparent hoping to prolong his tenure for at least another season.
A revamped receivers group including offseason additions Michael Crabtree and John Brown should provide Flacco with the tools he needs to survive. The Ravens also added talented TE Hayden Hurst through the draft. If Alex Collins proves to be legit at running back, Baltimore can find itself back in the playoffs.
One position that the Ravens must address is center, as Tampa Bay made Ryan Jensen the highest-paid center at $10 million per season. If Flacco improves on his dismal showing from last year, the Ravens can win 9-10 games and be a factor in the AFC.
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14. San Francisco 49ers
What a difference an above-average quarterback can make. After starting the season 0-9, San Francisco shockingly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots. Garoppolo subsequently led the 49ers to five straight wins to end the season. His performance has fans excited for the 49ers’ future, and has led to some pundits picking them to make the playoffs next year.
Explosive RB Jerick McKinnon will provide a dangerous outlet for Garoppolo, while the defense hopes CB Richard Sherman can bounce back from a torn Achilles and be the shutdown corner he was for so many years in Seattle.
The biggest storyline of the offseason revolved around the legal troubles of LB Reuben Foster. San Francisco decided to let the legal process play out before making a decision to keep or cut Foster. The chargers have since been dropped, and Foster has returned to the team. San Francisco will most likely be looking up at the Rams in the division, but could be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot.
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13. Tennessee Titans
The Titans promised fans an exciting set of new uniforms for the first time since their arrival from Houston, and they were largely a failure. But while the uniform reveal may have disappointed, the Titans should provide some fireworks in 2018.
QB Marcus Mariota and featured back Derrick Henry provide a solid foundation for first year coach Mike Vrabel. Following Vrabel to Tennessee are former Patriots in running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler.
After a bizarre end to his New England tenure, Butler gives Tennessee a No. 1 corner to cover quality receivers like divisional adversaries T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins. The Titans should challenge the Jaguars for AFC South supremacy this season.
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12. Carolina Panthers
Playing in one of the most formidable divisions in the league makes it a little harder to get a read on the Carolina Panthers.
Cam Newton once again led the team in rushing last season, which can’t continue if the Panthers want to make noise in the playoffs. Christian McCaffrey will need to become a more reliable threat running the ball in order to open up more facets of the offense.
On the defensive side, Carolina will rely on DT Dontari Poe to be a force beside Pro Bowler Kawann Short. Poe, who replaces the spot formerly occupied by Star Lotulelei, will be vital in opening up pass rushing opportunities for Panther legend Julius Peppers. The Panthers are a very solid club that when clicking, is one of the NFC’s best.
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11. Houston Texans
The Texans’ 2018 hopes will most likely come down to the health of their two marquee players, Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt. Watson and Watt are the difference between another four win season, and being threats to Jacksonville and Tennessee for the AFC South crown. Their draft reflected the desire to protect and help Watson, as two of their third round picks were used on C Martinas Rankin and TE Jordan Akins.
One of the bigger surprises of the offseason came when the Arizona Cardinals released S Tyrann Mathieu, to which the Texans say, ‘thank you’. Adding Mathieu to a defense that features Watt and Jadeveon Clowney could result in a playoff run.
If Lamar Miller and second-year RB D’Onta Foreman can provide a punch in the running game, it should only enhance the Texans’ odds at a productive season.
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10. Green Bay Packers
Shout out to Stephen A. Smith, as the Green Bay Packers will welcome back that ‘baaaaaaad man’ with open arms. Aaron Rodgers will be fully rested, and seemingly angry, coming into the season. After letting Jordy Nelson leave for Oakland, Rodgers will rely more on Davante Adams and the newly acquired Jimmy Graham to lead the Packers back to the playoffs.
For a good portion of Rodgers’ tenure in Green Bay, the defense has been average to below-average. The addition of DT Muhammad Wilkerson gives the Packers a top caliber defensive lineman for the first time in years, while bringing back CB Tramon Williams and CB Davon House will help add depth and comfort in the defensive backfield.
At the end of the day, the Packers’ hopes come down to the play of Rodgers. If he can stay healthy and perform like an MVP, Green Bay can challenge for a playoff spot. Without good health, the Packers are destined for another sub-par season.
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9. Atlanta Falcons
Nobody would have been surprised if the Falcons crumbled last year following their all-time choke against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Instead, the Falcons won a road playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, and only lost by five to the eventual champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The Falcons offense took a step back last year without Kyle Shanahan calling the shots, but Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the dynamic backfield combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman equate to one of the better offenses in the league.
Atlanta’s defense plays an aggressive style, and if they are able to force a few more turnovers this year, they will challenge the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South.
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8. Los Angeles Chargers
A team on the rise, the Chargers have high hopes for 2018. After a 0-4 start including three losses by a combined seven points, Los Angeles rallied to go 9-3 the rest of the way. During that stretch, they were elevated by a defense that allowed an average of 14.9 points per game, headlined by Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Hayward.
The Chargers added to their defense by drafting Derwin James, who at one point was viewed as a potential top-5 pick. The biggest move of their relatively quiet summer was the addition of OL Mike Pouncey. Pouncey will be crucial in helping protect Philip Rivers and leading the way for star RB Melvin Gordon.
Losing TE Hunter Henry for the season due to a torn ACL is undoubtedly a blow, but Keenan Allen is one of the best receivers in the game, and Rivers will be comfortable relying on his favorite target. If the Chargers can finally win a close game, they may find themselves as one of the top seeds in the AFC.
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7. Pittsburgh Steelers
A team led by a future Hall of Fame quarterback and arguably the best running back and receiver in football — how could there be six teams ahead of them? The answer is defense.
Pittsburgh is still looking to fill the hole left by the devastating injury to Ryan Shazier last season, and will also have to account for the losses of CB William Gay and S Robert Golden. Adding veteran safety Morgan Burnett should help a secondary that was a weak point last year, but it will take a collective effort to improve across the board.
After slapping the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, the main talking point this year will revolve around his future with the team. With his departure following this season a possibility, Pittsburgh will feel the pressure of not wasting the golden trio of Bell, Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger.
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6. New Orleans Saints
If there is any team dying to get back on the field in 2018, it’s the Saints. After being on the wrong side of an instant all-time classic play, New Orleans enters 2018 as one of the best teams in a strong NFC.
The Saints’ calling card throughout the Drew Brees era has been a high-powered offense. Unfortunately, they have not had a good defense for most of the time. However, their current defensive crew is exactly the reason why this team is so promising.
After a great display in 2017, the Saints will rely on more stellar defensive play as they strive to make the most out of Brees’ twilight years. A good defense to support an offense featuring rookie sensation Alvin Kamara and standout receiver Michael Thomas will make the Saints a tough out come playoff time.
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5. Jacksonville Jaguars
Loaded Defense? Check. Top-end running back? Check. Two-tone helmets eradicated? Check. Quarterback who can win you a Super Bowl? Inconclusive.
And such is life as a Jacksonville Jaguar.
The last time we saw the Jaguars, they were three minutes away from defeating Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxboro in the AFC Championship.
QB Blake Bortles has been a polarizing figure during his tenure in Jacksonville due to inconsistencies. While he was serviceable last year, many would argue the Jaguars were held back due to his play. The 2018 Jaguars will once again rely on their dominant defense that gained even more talent when they used their first-round pick on DT Taven Bryan.
However, the biggest addition of the offseason can be a huge boost to Bortles. In Andrew Norwell, the Jags added a first-team All-Pro lineman who will solidify the interior of the line – the offense’s biggest weakness a year ago. If Bortles can play up to his potential, we could be looking at the new kings of the AFC.
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4. Minnesota Vikings
One of the most interesting storylines of 2018 will be to see how the Vikings change with Kirk Cousins as their quarterback. Cousins joins a Vikings team coming off a a 13-3 regular season and NFC Championship Game appearance with Case Keenum leading the offense.
While Cousins was the flashy name on the market this offseason, it will be hard to predict just how big of a difference he will make on a team that was already very good. Minnesota boasts one of the best defenses in the league, and will likely go as far as the unit can carry them. Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, and Danielle Hunter is as formidable of a group in the NFL as any team can claim.
Aside from Cousins, star receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will lead the offense. The Vikings also are hopeful for RB Dalvin Cook to make an impact in his return from a torn ACL. Minnesota views Cousins as its missing piece, and it wouldn’t be too shocking if they end up being correct.
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3. Los Angeles Rams
The 2017 season was a great one for the Rams. LA shattered low expectations en route to an NFC West division title, before bowing out against the Atlanta Falcons in a game that appeared to be a little too big for the young team.
Not satisfied, the Rams swung for the fences this offseason. In addition to retaining Nickell Robey-Coleman, the Rams made trades for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, adding immense talent to their secondary. Brandin Cooks was also brought in to replace Sammy Watkins and give Coach Sean McVay a new toy to play with, but that wasn’t enough for the Rams.
If a defensive line featuring Aaron Donald wasn’t intimidating enough, the Rams added Ndamukong Suh. Good luck, everybody. Add in the fact that we still hadn’t even mentioned Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, and it’s pretty obvious the Rams should be a very dangerous team.
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2. New England Patriots
The biggest news from an otherwise quiet offseason in New England was the decisions from Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to postpone their retirements and save the Patriots from disaster. Had Brady retired, the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo could have sent the Patriots reeling.
Despite losing OT Nate Solder, RB Dion Lewis, WR Danny Amendola, former hero CB Malcolm Butler and trading WR Brandin Cooks, the presence of Brady and Gronk helps keep the Patriots the favorites in the AFC.
CB Jason McCourty and DE Adrian Clayborn should see ample time on the field, and rookies Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel would hope to provide Brady with some protection and — in Michel’s case — another weapon. Until somebody knocks the Patriots from their perch, or Brady retires, they will remain favorites in an inferior AFC.
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1. Philadelphia Eagles
Heading into the 2018 NFL season, there is no question that the top team is the defending champion. Following an improbable run to the Super Bowl without their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, the Eagles have added even more talent to an already loaded roster.
DE Michael Bennett, acquired via trade, helps provide depth for the Eagles defense. Re-signing OLB Nigel Bradham strengthens the linebackers corps and gives Jim Schwartz a physical athlete to fortify his defense. On the other side of the ball, WR Mike Wallace replaces Torrey Smith, giving the Eagles a legitimate deep threat to complement Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz.
With Wentz expected back in the early part of the season, Philadelphia is sitting pretty. Simply put, the Eagles are loaded and appear primed for another run at a championship.
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