Too soon for power rankings?
Now that the Super Bowl is officially in the books and Philadelphia is the new king of the NFL hill, it’s time to adjust the pecking order of my Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings as we head into the 2018 offseason. In case you missed the final set of rankings following the 2017 regular season, here they are with the Eagles sitting at No. 9.
Yup, that’s before the Nick Foles Show got started. Who saw that coming, by the way? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
While I’m talking about the Eagles, let’s admit this much: that Super Bowl could have gone either way. And because of that, the Patriots are the clear No. 2 team here. But after New England, things get a little interesting. I based them on how teams played in the postseason, overall team health heading into next year (see Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson), coaching changes and a certain blockbuster trade (see Alex Smith).
So, here’s my way-too-early post-Super Bowl power rankings. The next time you’ll see them will be following the NFL scouting combine, free agency and the NFL Draft – so count on some major changes come August.
|1||Eagles (13-3)||If you weren't saying the Eagles were done when Carson Wentz went down you were probably thinking it. What an unlikely run led by Nick Foles. They're the champs. They're No. 1. Now they're the hunted.||9|
|2||Patriots (13-3)||If you watched the Super Bowl you know that it was a very winnable game for the Patriots. Aside from two coordinators to replace, it's going to be a very interesting offseason in Foxborough.||1|
|3||Jaguars (10-6)||They played the Patriots tough and, for a time, it looked as though they might beat them. They've got the league's best defense and Blake Bortles played much better in 2017.||7|