US Sports Veteran
Publish Date: 06/05/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
For the first time since the 2013 NFL season, a NFC team won the Super Bowl in 2017. Of the two conferences, the NFC has more teams ready to become Super Bowl contenders. In 2018 the conference should be stronger and more competitive than any other point in recent years.
I can’t see one reason why the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn’t repeat as division champions, this is an easy pick. The second spot is harder to choose. I think the Dallas Cowboys, with Ezekiel Elliott for a full season, will take second and may even be in the discussion for a Wild Card spot, but they aren’t Super Bowl contenders. I think the New York Giants bounce back a little and claim the third spot in the division, leaving last for the Washington Redskins. Alex Smith isn’t saving that team.
Aaron Rodgers will be back and healthy in 2018, but it won’t change who wins the division. Right now the Minnesota Vikings are built like champions. They have a terrific defense lead by Harrison Smith and an offense that will now have a healthy Dalvin Cook. I think they repeat as division champions, but the Green Bay Packers are an easy choice for second and as long as they have Rodgers they’ll be in the conversation for a Wild Card spot. The Detroit Lions are the living embodiment of mediocrity, they’ll finish third. That leaves the Chicago Bears in last, again. Despite the hype, I have to see Mitchell Trubisky look like an NFL quarterback before I believe he is one. Last year was bad, hopefully 2018 will be better for the young quarterback.
The South is always so turbulent. Teams can have over ten wins one year and then five or six the next. That being said, I think the New Orleans Saints are for real. They’ve built magnificently through the draft and are ready for another Super Bowl run with their all-world quarterback, Drew Brees. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will bounce back from a letdown 2017 campaign in which they still won ten games. I think they’ll take a Wild Card spot. Next the Carolina Panthers will drop off a little and not his ten wins again. I just don’t see Cam Newton returning to MVP form in 2018. Finally, that leaves the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They just can’t seem to find a way to consistently win.
The Los Angeles Rams are another legitimate Super Bowl contender, and they’ve stacked the deck this offseason adding players like Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters. With the Seattle Seahawks undergoing major renovations, the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo will slip past them and finish second in the division, but just short of a Wild Card spot. The Seahawks will hang on to third place because of the heroic efforts of Russell Wilson, but not much else. And the Arizona Cardinals will stay in the basement of the division for another year. Larry Fitzgerald is a top five wide receiver of all-time and David Johnson is one of the best running backs in the league, but they don’t have a stable quarterback situation. Sam Bradford is good until he’s horrible or out for the season with an injury, Josh Rosen is still a rookie, and Mike Glennon lost his starting job last year to Trubisky. Poor Fitzgerald, someone get that man some help.