It’s officially football season baby! With training camp starting up this week, there is more than enough evidence showing that the NFC is stacked this year. With over 10+ teams in the NFC who have enough talent to make the playoffs, the wildcard race will certainly be entertaining this year. With the season right around the corner, I’ve power ranked the top five teams in the NFC heading into this season.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Being a die-hard Redskins fan, I hate having to put the Eagles at number one. However, all biases aside, they are the defending champions and completely deserve this ranking.
Their roster is absolutely stacked from top to bottom, and they somehow added even more talent to their team. They made their defense deeper than it already was with the offseason additions of Michael Bennett, Daryl Worley, and Corey Nelson just to name a few.
The offense is looking amazing with a young standout in Carson Wentz and a solid stable of backs running behind the best offensive line in the league.
To put it simply, the Eagles roster is extremely talented and versatile.
With all this being said, they do face an extremely tough schedule and have their star quarterback (because they have two solid quarterbacks) coming off a torn ACL. The Eagles are favorites to win it all this year, but a Super Bowl hangover isn’t entirely out of the question.
2. Minnesota Vikings
Just one win away from a Super Bowl appearance last year the Vikings proved to be a very dangerous team. They then went out and got the prized possession of free agency in Kirk Cousins. Kirk has enough weapons around him now to arm a small militia; at WR they have Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Dalvin Cook will make his return at RB; and to top it off, they have Kyle Rudolph at TE.
Pair this stellar offense with what might be the best defense in the NFL, and I believe it might just give the Vikings the greatest chance to dethrone the Eagles this year. The Vikings defense boasts the talent of Xavier Rhodes, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, and many more who are bound to make it extremely tough for opposing offenses next season.
If Kirk Cousins can shine on the biggest stage, expect the Vikings to give the Eagles a serious run for their money.
3. New Orleans Saints
Very rarely does one see a draft class work out quite as well as the Saints’ class did last year. In fact, their rookies won both the offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year awards.
With a young and improving defense — headlined by Marcus Lattimore and Cameron Jordan, the Saints are going to have one of their best defensive fronts in recent memory. On the offensive end, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas are surrounding an ageless quarterback in Drew Brees.
The Saints are not the deepest team, but with young and improving studs on both sides of the ball, they are primed for the regular season and playoff success.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Superteams are all anyone talks about in the NBA now, and it looks like the LA Rams caught wind of the trend. While superteams in football never really happen, the Rams surely tried their hardest this offseason to create one. They brought in loads of talent, acquiring stars such as Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Ndamukong Suh, and Brandin Cooks. This team not only has stars on both sides of the ball, but they have a prophet coach in Sean McVay. On paper, LA looks like a real Super Bowl contender.
However, before you cash in your bets for the Rams, you have to consider the potential locker room issues that all of these egos will create. When adversity hits this team, things could go downhill fast.
An NFL superteam is an experiment for us all to watch. In the chance that McVay can hold them together, watch out for the Rams. If not, it’s going to be fun to watch anyway.
5. Green Bay Packers
Two words: Aaron Rodgers. That man is why I have the Packers in my top five NFC teams. Aaron Rodgers is a bad man who always seems to show out when the doubters rise up.
Remember back in 2016 when the Packers were 4-6, and Rodgers said they were gonna run the table and make the playoffs? He ran the table all the way to the NFC Championship game.
I see another season like that for Rodgers. Coming off of last years injury-plagued season, he and the cheese-heads are hungry for a deep playoff run. With new red zone target Jimmy Graham and a revamped secondary, look out for the Packers to return to the NFL’s elite.
There are still some extremely talented teams outside of this top five that are going to be strong competitors for playoff spots. The Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Lions, 49ers, Seahawks, and yes, even the Bears could find themselves playing into January this year. While no one knows how the NFC is going to play out, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a very entertaining season.