Are the Eagles still Super Bowl Contenders? NFC Contender Rankings
Nick Foles starting for the Eagles again? Aaron Rodgers coming back from injury to resurrect the Packers? Vikings, and Saints stumble? How could the NFC not get anymore complicated then it is right now? See how all the NFC Contenders rank up to one another.
9. Detroit Lions
The only reason Detroit is on this list is because they have a little chance at making the playoffs. However, the Lions are not even thinking that they are going to make it. They would be happy if they one a playoff game, much less the super bowl. The Lions are super inconsistent, and their running game is mediocre.
8. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons was everyone’s top contender for the super bowl before the season started. Now, the Falcons are the third best team…In their division. Matt Ryan is not playing at the level he did last year, and the defense is just not as solid as they were last year.
7. Green Bay Packers
Everything would have to fall perfectly for the Packers to make the playoffs. However, if they did make it, the Packers still would not be my favorite by any means. In the past decade, the Packers have looked like a top 5 team. Then why do the Packers only have 1 super bowl victory with Rodgers at the helm? Simply put, the Packers never have done well in January, and this year should not be any different.
6. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have been up, and done this entire season. First, everyone loves them, the next week, the media thinks they are horrible. The one main problem with the Seahawks is that they are SUPER inconsistent. Wilson goes up, and down. The defense lost some important pieces, and are not as strong as they have been counting on in the past. However, their is a small glimmer of hope for the Seahawks if they are on their peak game, and their experience in the postseason can follow through.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles would have been number 1 on everyone’s list. However, with Carson Wentz out for the year, the perception of the Eagles has taken a 180 degree turn. Replacing Contending-MVP-QB with backup Nick Foles is not what most would consider to be a winning formula. However, the rest of the Eagles team is still talented enough to still give the Eagles a shot for the super bowl.
4. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have had some good games, and other games where we were like “Really?”. Sean McVay has transformed the Rams into an explosive offense with a good defense. However, the team, and coach is still young compared to a lot of the other super bowl contenders. However, being young, and new could be the Rams greatest weakness, or greatest strength.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers were expected to be decent, but the Panthers have silently outperformed a lot of people’s expectations. Cam Newton is playing at a level in-between his MVP-year, and Last-year. McCaffery looks like the piece that they needed, and with Devin/Olsen at WR, and TE respectively, the offense looks decent. And that is not even mentioning the ever consistent, and strong defense that they also have.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have been playing very well throughout the season. With an unlikely prospect at quarterback, a stable rushing game, a top 5 defense and one of the strongest receiving cores in the NFC, the Vikings are prepped for a deep run in the playoffs. The Vikings have so many talented parts, that usually at least one group will outperform at any given week. However, with such an inexperienced QB, and having such lost to the Panthers, the Vikings are at number 2 at the moment.
1. New Orleans Saints
Whoa! Shocker, right? Three weeks ago, the Saints at number 1 would not be outrageous. I know that you are probably thinking, “What? The Saints have lost 2 out of their last 3!” Well, the loss against the Falcons should not count, because it was Thursday Night Football, and TNF never interprets a team’s strengths, and weaknesses. The Saints have a great defense, with a top 5 quarterback, with a top ten wideout, with the best rushing game in the NFL. The rushing attack will be important, because success in the playoffs usually depends on how good a team can run the ball, which the Saints are the best at doing. However, they will never be worried to throw the ball, with Brees at the helm. Maybe it is risky, but my top pick (at the moment) are the Saints.
But hey, that is just my opinion, SR Nation. Comment below your predictions for the NFC, and remember, be the best sports fan you can possibly be, and do WLYF.