Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press
1. Packers de Green Bay (13-3)
2. Chiefs de Kansas City (14-2)
3. Buffalo Bills (13-3)
4. Saints of New Orleans (12-4)
5. Buccaneers de Tampa Bay (11-5)
6. Ravens de Baltimore (11-5)
7. Browns de Cleveland (11-5)
8. Los Angeles Rams (10-6)
* Rankings based on author’s opinion
The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers haven’t played Wild Card Weekend, so we have less data to analyze them than the rest of the teams on this list.
But it stands to reason that while the Cleveland Browns lose more than 40 years to either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Los Angeles Rams beating the Seattle Seahawks, division rivals, with no healthy quarterbacks to speak of, the job of a full season speaks of more than one game. … Although it’s a really important game.
Until we see anything that causes us to believe differently, the Packers and Chiefs will remain atop the NFL standings ahead of the eight-team clash.
Aaron Rodgers has been here several times, and he has one of the best weapon arsenals he’s ever had in the playoffs; wide Davante Adams led all receivers with 18 touchdowns, while running back Aaron Jones was tied for fourth in his position group at 11. Tight end Robert Tonyan, who came out of nowhere this year, has also added 11 trips to his own end zone for the Packers.
Patrick Mahomes, meanwhile, hasn’t been here that often, but he’s made the most of his travels and is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Chiefs winger Tyreek Hill was second in his group of positions in touchdowns with 17 and tight end Travis Kelce tied Tonyan’s tally of 11.
The Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Ravens didn’t outplay their opponents during Wild Card Weekend, but they got the job done.
Do the Cleveland Browns deserve to be higher on this list after embarrassing the Steelers on Sunday night? Maybe, but Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland offense got a lot of help with some incredible, unexpected defensive play. The Browns may surprise us all in the playoffs, but they draw a decisive game against the Chiefs in the divisional round.
The Rams certainly had nothing to sneeze at when they dismantled the Seahawks 30-20, but key players in almost every position of importance suffered injuries, including Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp, and their predicament. quarterback remains evolving as Jared Goff and John Wolford remain hand to mouth. Someone must come last on the list; That doesn’t mean the team that boasts of the league’s No.1 defense can’t do more damage in these playoffs.