Based upon hours and hours of research, including watching game film (All 22), listening to podcasts, looking up statistics, and most importantly my gut, I present my 2018 Official Positional Rankings.
Following years of cellar-dwelling play in the AFC South, the division emerged in 2017 with two playoff teams, both of which won playoff games. Was that the start of an upward trend or just a blip on the radar? Andrew Luck is back. Deshaun Watson is back. If it is a trend, we could see two AFC South teams winning playoff games again in 2018–this time in different uniforms.
The Patriots look ready to dominate the East for the 10th year in a row, while the Bills and Jets are in stuck in tank mode as they wait for their rookie QBs to mature. Can the Dolphins compete now that Tannehill is back in the fold?
The Steelers are set to dominate the North once again. The Browns have nowhere to go but up. The Ravens and Bengals weren’t very good last year but benefitted from playing the Browns twice. Can Flacco return to Super Bowl form from their run 6 years ago? Will Marvin Lewis finally break through with a playoff victory in the black and orange?
The Rams are stacked, the Seahawks are floundering, and the Cardinals are treading water until Josh Rosen is ready to go. The 49ers finished 2017 strong with a 5-game win streak — can Jimmy GQ extend that momentum into 2018?
The NFC South was the best division in football last year, and New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta should crowd the top of the NFC again with their elite offensive firepower. Can Tampa Bay take a leap and join them this year? Find out below in our NFC South preview.