Posted 02/14/2018 at 06:53 PM
This week we’ll take a look at my next eight teams in order in the NFL for their 2018 rankings.
9. Packers: Let’s first have a look at what the Pack has to contend with in their division. The Lions, Vikings and Bears. The only one of that group, in my opinion, that is a legitimate challenge, would be the Vikings. Not to belittle the Lions but they have not shown in many years the ability to step up their game. The Bears are a work in progress. In addition, the Bears and Lions bring in two new head coaches. As is the case with any new head coach, they need to find their way, so to speak. As long as the Pack has Aaron Rodgers, they will return as the favorite to not only win the NFC North but as a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl. However, let’s not forget that Mike Pettine could be the real boon in the staff shake-up for the defense.
10. Raiders: The soon to be Las Vegas Raiders, were not nearly as good as advertised last season. They will begin 2018 with a new head coach in Jon Gruden and a solid QB in Derek Carr which makes their future look bright. The Silver & Black aren't waiting for their Vegas move to put on a show. Gruden's return raises both the team's profile and expectations. Though many will focus on how he handles Carr after last year's struggles, the defense also needs to become more than the Khalil Mack solo act. The AFC West is a perplexing division. The Broncos have the defense but otherwise John Elway totally mismanaged them. The Chiefs have an untried quarterback in Pat Mahomes. There has to be growing pains on those teams which opens up even more for the Raiders.