To be clear, the Ravens will not be undoubtedly going to complete final. However of final yr’s first-place groups, they appear to be the one most at risk of doing so.
Additionally attainable: Texans.
The Texans had an enormous turnaround final season, and that always doesn’t bode nicely within the N.F.L. or some other league. Usually, sports activities’s inherent gravity is extra more likely to pull such a workforce again down than to let it rise farther.
The Texans have their share of massive names like Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, however their depth isn’t as spectacular. In addition they have a difficult schedule. The Indianapolis Colts (10-6) and Tennessee Titans (9-7) had been proper behind the Texans (11-5) final season. Whereas the Jaguars had been a bust, they may very well be higher this yr behind newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles. It’s not unattainable to see the Texans ending final.
Possibly: Chargers, Bears, Cowboys.
Most likely not: Chiefs, Saints, Rams.
Are you kidding?: Patriots.
New England has gained 10 division titles in a row. Is dropping Rob Gronkowski to retirement going to ship the Pats all the best way to the basement? No method.
Worst to First?
First-to-worst to worst-to-first? The Jaguars have been a roller-coaster workforce, successful three video games in 2016, then 10 in 2017, then 5 final season. The pendulum could swing again this yr with the addition of Tremendous Bowl-M.V.P. quarterback Foles, an apparent improve over Blake Bortles. The receiving corps, not a energy, was bolstered by the addition of Chris Conley from the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The protection — led by cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who’s angling for a brand new contract subsequent low season — was already good, second within the league towards the cross final season.
To high the division, the Jaguars should beat out each the Titans (hardly unlikely) and the Texans (as we’ve seen, probably due for a fall). The Colts are the principle impediment, however an off season or an damage for quarterback Andrew Luck may open the door.
Additionally attainable: Jets.
Eight years and not using a playoff look and consecutive five-, five- and four-win seasons don’t appear to bode nicely for a turnaround. However the New York Jets have had a fairly good low season and will shock.