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During the preseason it’s tough to get a feel on how good a team is gonna be. For example, the 2008 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the preseason, but then proceeded to lose every game of the regular season. Before meaningful games are played, the NFL hierarchy must be determined.
1.New England Patriots.The Return of Josh Gordon is huge for this Patriots team, and Will put the offense over the top. the Bill Belichick defense will always come through when it’s needed.
2. New Orleans Saints.The saints have put together a super bowl caliber team, and will not miss a step after losing Ingram.
3. Los Angeles Rams.Rodger Saffold could end up being a bigger loss than anticipated, and if Gurley is really injured this team will suffer. Until then they are still a top 3 team in the NFL.
4. Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes put on a historic performance last season. While it’ll be nearly impossible to repeat,expect him to be just as effective. the loss of Center Mitch Morse and running back Kareem Hunt are worth monitoring to see how bad it hurts their offense.
5. Dallas Cowboys.The Ezekiel Eilliot holdout will make or break this team, but I do not expect it to last very long. Once he’s back the cowboys will have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL and should be considered a Super Bowl favorite.
6. Cleveland Browns. It does not matter that they haven’t taken a regular season snap yet. This teams is bursting at the seams with talent, and has a Quarterback poised to silence all the doubters. The Browns hype train is going to roll right along all season.
7. Philadelphia Eagles.The eagles have lost the magic they once had during their super bowl run two years ago. They still have a good roster but have struggled to put it all together since then. I Will be interesting to see how they do in a stacked NFC This season.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers.The Steelers offense will hope to not miss any step after losing its two best players in back to back seasons. James Conner is still lowkey a top 5 running back, and the emergence of wide receiver James Washington will help ease the losses, but Ben is facing more pressure than ever this season.
9. Chicago Bears .The bears are coming off a magical season that ended in meme fashion. The things they did last year on both sides of the ball will be hard to repeat, and that could reflect on their overall record. Although they still have certain game wrecking all pro linebacker looking to reclaim his status as the league’s top defensive player.
10. Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings fell short of expectations last season. The roster is still intact and they made an effort to get better up front. The league forgets this is still a Super Bowl roster, but the offensive line play will ultimately dictate what direction this season takes them.
11. Los Angeles Chargers.The Melvin Gordon holdout will hurt this team. He alone was able to hide the fact that the chargers still have a terrible offensive line. Along with a defense that doesn’t show up in big games, this team is staring down the barrel of a disappointing season if they don’t get Gordon back in the building.
12. Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are ready to fight for the title of division champions, if they can learn how to pass block. All last season and this preseason Matt Ryan has been under pressure. This doesn’t bode well for a team that plays in a division with two other playoff contenders.
13. Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps the most underrated team heading into the season is the Seahawks. They have question marks on the defensive, but Russell has proven every year that he can carry this team.
14.Houston Texans. The Texans lost Lamar Miller for the rest of the season, and now have to rely on Duke Johnson. Expect them to sign someone like Jay Ajyai to help shoulder the load. The recent talk of a Jadeveon Clowney trade doesn’t help their season either, Although they did make an effort to get better on the offensive line.
15. Carolina Panthers.Carolina hasn’t got much hype this offseason and that’s a good thing for most under the radar teams. The Panthers made several key additions including the return of tackle Darly Willams.
16. Green Bay Packers .The Packers have a lot of shiny new pieces on the defense, and Rodgers is back to prove he is still the top Quarterback in the NFL. The Talent on this roster doesn’t jump out at you, but with Rodgers still around the sky’s the limit for this team.
17. Baltimore Ravens. This may be the most intriguing team in the NFL. The Ravens look ready to abandon the passing game and rush 40 times every week. Lamar Jackson has had a solid preseason, but until the down field passing game materializes this team is not returning to the playoffs.
18. New York Jets. If the jets didn’t play in the same division as New England they would be much higher on this list. They have made huge additions to both sides of the ball and Sam Darnold has been having an excellent preseason.
19. Detroit Lions .The lions low key had a top ten defense last season and built upon that with the addition of Mike Daniels. The offense is a big question mark tho? Who else is going to shoulder the load with Riddick and Tate gone? T.J. Hockenson?
20. Indianapolis Colts .Andrew Luck blind sided the NFL with his retirement and left Colts fans stunned, but it’s not the end of the world. Brissett is serviceable and can carry this team to a good amount of wins. It’s going to be on the defense to make sure he doesn’t have to try to be Andrew Luck.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars. Nick foles journey from overrated Quarterback to Super Bowl champ, back to overrated quarterback has landed him in Jacksonville. The roster isn’t far from playoff contention, but can Nick Foles recapture his Super Bowl MVP magic.
22. Buffalo Bills.The biggest sleeper team in the league resides in Buffalo. They’ve put together an interesting team and could contend for a wildcard spot come December. Josh Allen has turned into the quarterback nobody thought he could be.
23. San Francisco 49ers.Jimmy Garroppalo had a tough time in his first action back from injury, but quickly shook off the rust in the next outing. There’s isn’t much to be excited for with this team especially if Jimmy can’t become the Quarterback the league once thought he was. It’s worth mentioning his Coach preferred Kirk Cousins over him.
24. New York Giants.#dannydimes or Daniel Jones is the future of this team and has looked great in the preseason. I’m excited for the future of this team, but not this season. 6-10 seems fitting for this team which is still rebuilding.
25. Tennessee Titans.The kings of disappointment, The titans always seem like they’re ready to have a great year, but always fall short. The addition of Roger Saffold is overshadowed by the four game suspension of Tackle Taylor Lewan.
26. Arizona Cardinals.Kyler Murray Is going to surprise a lot of people. He was able to move the ball pretty well against a top five defense in the league last week, and will have no problem lighting up the division. But this team is incomplete and that unfortunately will lead to them having a poor record.
27. Denver Broncos.Chubb and Miller make a formidable pass rushing duo. They combined for 26.5 sacks last year, but the defense still seemed to be lacking even though they were a two man wrecking crew. The pressure is on the shoulders of former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to right the ship.
28. Oakland Raiders . Antonio Brown can be the biggest drama queen on the planet, it doesn’t change the fact that he is going to elevate this offense to new heights. They’re gonna steal some games from the Chargers and Chiefs.
29. Washington Redskins.Dwayne Haskins got off to a shaky start in the preseason, but played well enough to let fans know he will have a bright future. Case keenum is starting for some odd reason, but that shouldn’t last long and Haskins should have the keys to the franchise, and the Redskins will be in full rebuild mode.
30. Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals continue their bad luck with injuries. This time it’s star wide receiver AJ green again, and highly scouted offensive lineman Jonah Williams. They can’t seem to go a season without a massive amount of injuries, and this year seems to be the same old song and dance.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers .This franchise is going in the wrong direction. Winston hasn’t been able to do much of anything in his time with the Bucs, but that’s not all his fault. Bruce Arians will be his last chance in Tampa. He surely has his work cut out for him.
32. Miami Dolphins. Brian Flores has a long rebuilding road ahead of him. The first year includes getting rid of players who don’t fit your scheme or buy in to what your preaching. The first year or so is also often the worst year of a new coaches career. It’s going to be a long season down there in Miami.