First the list.
The Patriots despite their loss on Sunday and numerous questions surrounding the future of the entire legacy do deserve to be locked in as the odds on favorites to win it all next season. Until we actually see with our own eyes soon to be 41 year old Tom Brady totally regress I can’t think otherwise. They play in the AFC East and will likely win that division again for the 10th straight season. The AFC as a whole really consists of the bi-polar Pittsburgh Steelers as the lone legitimate challenger on paper. Maybe Jacksonville builds on this past season and gets better? Andrew Luck returning to the Colts? There isnt any definitive pushback in the AFC.
The Philadelphia Eagles are rightfully placed. Understandably all of this rides on the health of Carson Wentz even though he was not available for their playoff run. The Eagles are not even in a position to make the postseason without the contributions of Wentz. Nick Foles was great down the stretch. This is still Wentz’s team.
In spite of Aaron Rodgers greatness I think the Green Bay Packers are placed way too high. This is a team in some transition. The NFC as a whole is much tougher heading into next season. Rodgers championship window is closing. Packers have much to do this offseason before I could even consider them Super Bowl favorites.
Vikings and Steelers are rightfully placed although I do have questions on Minnesota’s quarterback carousel. The Steelers in my opinion are the most talented team in the league. Yet leave many disappointed.
I do do not understand why the Dallas Cowboys are this high. Jason Garrett is still their coach. Dez Bryant is no longer a elite receiver. QB Dak Prescott regressed in year two. Sure they have Ezekiel Elliot but the team wasn’t much better with him last summer.