Final 2018 power rankings

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1. Patriots (14-5; final regular-season ranking No. 4): They’ll still be here, for maybe another year. Or two.

2. Saints (14-4; No. 1): They would have scored more than three points in the Super Bowl.

3. Rams (15-4; No. 2): Jared Goff holding the ball for too long when Brandin Cooks was wide-ass open could eventually prompt the Rams to find a new quarterback.

4. Chiefs (13-5; No. 5): They would have scored more than 13 points in the Super Bowl.

5. Eagles (10-8; No. 14): A healthy and maturing Carson Wentz could be the difference.

6. Chargers (13-5; No. 6): Anthony Lynn is the most underrated coach in football.

7. Cowboys (11-7; No. 12): Jerry Jones thinks five teams would have offered Jason Garrett their head-coaching jobs in January. It’s unclear whether the Cowboys would have been one of them.

8. Colts (11-7; No. 10): Many will peg them as a potential banner-raising AFC finalist for 2019.

9. Bears (12-5; No. 3): They’ll catch no one by surprise next season.

10. Ravens (10-7; No. 8): Can Lamar Jackson be healthy and effective for a full season?

11. Seahawks (10-7; No. 9): If 2018 was a return to 2012, will 2019 be a return to 2013?

12. Texans (11-6; No. 7): Forget about not being able to get past the Patriots; the Texans suddenly have a Colts problem.

13. Titans (9-7; No. 11): Is Marcus Mariota the long-term answer in Nashville?

14. Vikings (8-7-1; No. 13): Maybe they could send Kirk Cousins to Nashville.

15. Steelers (9-6-1; No. 15): Maybe they could send Antonio Brown to Nashville. Or anywhere.

16. Browns (7-8-1; No. 16): If the new coach can’t continue the trend that got him the job, he won’t have it for long.

17. Panthers (7-9; No. 21): A disastrous stretch turned a playoff team into an also-ran. Next year, much more will be expected.

18. Falcons (7-9; No. 22): The window is still open, but they’re getting farther away from hitting it.

19. Dolphins (7-9; No. 20): If they can get a quarterback who can play well and stay healthy, they could make things interesting in the AFC East.

20. Washington (7-9; No. 19): But for an unexpected run of success early in the year, they’d be a lot lower.

21. Packers (6-9-1; No. 17): How bad would they be if they didn’t have Aaron Rodgers?

22. Lions (6-10; No. 27): Sometimes you need to take more than one step back to move two steps forward.

23. Bills (6-10; No. 26): Josh Allen was a pleasant surprise; what can they get out of him in year two?

24. Broncos (6-10; No. 18): Another losing season, and the greatest player in franchise history (turned G.M.) could be losing his job.

25. Giants (5-11; No. 23): With or without Eli, the Giants have a long way to go to contend in the division.

26. Raiders (4-12; No. 24): If they draft a quarterback in round one, Derek Carr will have one more year, at most.

27. Jaguars (5-11; No. 25): With a little discipline and a lot of quarterback, the Jaguars can move back toward the top of the conference.

28. Bengals (6-10; No. 28): This team makes Super Bowl LIII look like a funhouse wrapped in a rollercoaster.

29. 49ers (4-12; No. 29): The heat will begin to intensify in Santa Clara.

30. Buccaneers (5-11; No. 30): The Bucs will go boom or bust in 2019.

31. Jets (4-12; No. 31): Sam Darnold and Adam Gase working together will push this team in the right direction.

32. Cardinals (3-13; No. 32): If the Cardinals were an actual laboratory experiment, they’d clear the building and have a fire truck on standby.

118 responses to “Final 2018 power rankings

  1. “Jared Goff holding the ball for too long when Brandin Cooks was wide-ass open could eventually prompt the Rams to find a new quarterback.”

    As soon as they dump Todd Gurley (35 rushing yards) Aaron Donald (0 sacks) and fire Sean McVay.

    “They would have scored more than three points in the Super Bowl.”

    Yeah, but they didn’t score more points than the Rams in the NFC Championship.

  2. I appreciate the high ranking of Dallas. But having the Eagles above them is unacceptable. The Cowboys swept the Eagles, 27-20 in Week 9, and again 29-23 in Week 13. They’re simply a better team.

  3. 2. Saints (14-4; No. 1): They would have scored more than three points in the Super Bowl.

    That’s easy to say when they didn’t play in the game. You would have thought the Rams would score more than 3 points too.

    3. Rams (15-4; No. 2): Jared Goff holding the ball for too long when Brandin Cooks was wide-ass open could eventually prompt the Rams to find a new quarterback.

    It may be a bit early to be moving on from the first overall pick who took his team to the Super Bowl in his third year.

    4. Chiefs (13-5; No. 5): They would have scored more than 13 points in the Super Bowl.

    Probably, but the Patriots would have scored more than the Chiefs scored.

  4. Pats with 12 picks in the draft. BB traded into this draft. Problem is, it’s not a good QB class.

    But, with those 5 picks in the top 100, Expect an A draft from BB and he’ll combine it with likely what is a B+ draft from this past year, if not also an A with unknowns of Wynn, Dawson and Bentley added into the Michel and JC Jackson picks.

    If you hate the Pats now, prepare for more. lol

  5. Jerry Jones thinks five teams would have offered Jason Garrett their head-coaching jobs in January.
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    Probably the same 5 teams that offered Gregg Williams a HC job?

  6. This seems like a good place to post this:
    –Dak Prescott sucks, should be fired
    –Jerry picked a LB in 1st round, they need receivers, what an IDIOT!!
    –Nobody takes a RB with their top pick!!! (3 years back) Jerrah is going senile
    –Cowboys at 3-5 (fire Garrett!)
    –Cowboys trade 1st round pick for Amari Cooper (idiot move, worst franchise in sports!!)
    Travis Frederick will be back next year, and these “bum” corners we had all played at a very high level. So, there.

  7. The Patriots would have beat the Saints too… Stop fooling yourself with the more than 13 points argument…. As the Pats would have put up 35 on the Saints D.

  8. Wrong. There’s no “heat” in Santa Clara because Shanahan and Lynch couldn’t help that McKinnon and Garoppolo went down, and that Reuben Foster can’t stay away from trouble (whether he actually does it or not, he keeps putting himself in these situations).

    They CAN, however, help the fact that the defense has not much of anyone scary, and Garoppolo has not many weapons and that’s something they’d better take care of in the draft and free agency. We’re talking George Kittle, and not a lot else.

  9. The year in review

    Crybabies said “the Eagles ruined the Patriots “
    Offseason “Tom and bill hate each other, it’s over”
    During the season from you guessed it, the crybaby “Brady’s done”
    More during the season from yet again, the crybabies “it’s over , 1 and done”
    More from the crybabies, well they were playing at home and they pay the refs , the chiefs will beat them”

    Super Bowl winner the Patriots x 6

    To summarize, the crybabies are always WRONG

    #GOAT x 6

  10. Not sure how the Cowboys can Sweep the Eagles, win the NFC East and the Birds land above them? These list are stupid but we read them because we already miss Football! Come on 2019 season!!!!

  11. The Patriots are the measuring stick for the NFL until Belichick & Brady retire – since they don’t have a young stud QB on the roster I’d say within 2 maybe 3 more seasons because at some point Brady’s body won’t be able to take it regardless of whether BB is coaching or not.

  12. Now Goff has to worry about his starting job? Talk about prisoner of the moment. They make the mistake of over paying him before he loses his job.

  13. Who would have thunk it? Throughout the year we annointed the Rams, Saints, and Chiefs. And who could forget the defending champion Eagles who rose to prominence thanks to an injury to Edelman and a benching of Malcolm Butler (the heroes of Super Bowls 49 and 51).

    Who would have seen the Patriots so far under the radar?

  14. PLEASE bring back the arrest meter, it was always good off season fun to bet the over/under on how many days it would take to reset to 0 days.

  15. The Chiefs made a major upgrade by hiring Steve Spagnuolo to fix that swiss cheese defense. Now they just need to give Andy Reid a clock to manage and they will be all set.

  16. Bears 9th down from 3rd. Why? Because their kicker missed a kick? They had the Eagles beat and crushed the Rams a few weeks before that. Haven’t lost to anyone since October with Mitch starting. But Florio never misses a chance to downgrade the Bears. Sigh.

  17. For this season, 21 for the Pack is generous. BUT… as much as it pains you people here, the Pack DO have Aaron Rodgers. See you next season…and please rate them low again… Please and thank you.

  18. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm
    My team finished 19th?
    Wowwww this is the 2nd Miami Miracle this season!

    3 0 Rate This

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    Kinda funny how the “Miami Miracle” means absolutely nothing and no one will ever even remember it, because NE won the SB again, huh?

    Even when you losers appear to win, you lose.

  19. The Cowboys ahead of the Colts?

    Last time I remember the Colts beat the hell out of them 23-0.

  20. charliecharger says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    I agree, Anthony Lynn is the most underrated coach in football.
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    Except he never bothered to change out of his zone defense against the Pats…

  21. 2. Saints (14-4; No. 1): They would have scored more than three points in the Super Bowl.
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    Possibly. Dallas shut N.O. down pretty good. Plus, if Gilmore was able to get away with holding Thomas the same way he held Cooks, I could see the Saints struggling. Besides, the Saints defense would have given up WAY more than 13.

  22. 4. Chiefs (13-5; No. 5): They would have scored more than 13 points in the Super Bowl.
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    True. They might have allowed 54 though…

  23. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:

    Florio will pick Packers and Ravens in the Super Bowl next year. And be wrong again.
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    Well he certainly won`t pick the Minnesota team to be in it-and he will be right.

  24. Goff is like a brainless robot. McVay left him to break the huddle at the 15 second mark on the play clock and no voice in his ear to tell him what to do. 3 points is what you get with that tactic.

  25. 5. Eagles (10-8; No. 14): A healthy and maturing Carson Wentz could be the difference.
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    Wentz needs to fix major accuracy issues and stay healthy if he is going to lead this team back to the playoffs.

  26. The Bills gave the Dolphins a good old fashioned butt kicking in the last game and you rank the fish ahead of the Bills?????

  27. allsyntax says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    I appreciate the high ranking of Dallas. But having the Eagles above them is unacceptable. The Cowboys swept the Eagles…
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    I get your point, and it is a subjective topic, but both those games were pre-Foles. Once Foles took over they were a different team.

  28. “Goff is like a brainless robot. McVay left him to break the huddle at the 15 second mark on the play clock and no voice in his ear to tell him what to do”

    You’re wrong. Goff is a good young player who has not learned to read defenses yet. Against many teams breaking the huddle at the comm cut off will work. Pats had Hightower on the field, who is like having a DC on the field after the comms cut out. He constantly made adjustments, sometimes multiple adjustments after the comms were done and Goff doesn’t have the experience to counter that.

    What Goff needs to do is spend several hours a day through the entire off season watching film of every defense he will face next season. He needs to work on his craft very hard and has the opportunity to make himself into a very good QB if he does that for the next several years to come.

  29. I like when people confidently express what would have happened if XYZ team had been in the SB instead of NE, or LA.

    All of your predictions and analyses have been wrong virtually every single week, with people saying things like the Colts would “start dominating now”, the “Steelers were “on the ascent” and the Patriots’ defense was “old and slow”, etc.

  30. 4. Chiefs (13-5; No. 5): They would have scored more than 13 points in the Super Bowl.
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    And would have let up A LOT more than 13

  31. marvin1958 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    For this season, 21 for the Pack is generous. BUT… as much as it pains you people here, the Pack DO have Aaron Rodgers. See you next season…and please rate them low again… Please and thank you.
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    While I agree that the odds are in Green Bay’s favor to improve, its been two straight years that King Aaron has gotten hurt.

  32. bkinacti0n says:

    February 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    5. Eagles (10-8; No. 14): A healthy and maturing Carson Wentz could be the difference.
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    Wentz needs to fix major accuracy issues and stay healthy if he is going to lead this team back to the playoffs.
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    Wentz completed 69.6% of his passes which was 3rd in the league so please let’s hear some more of your insightful thoughts.

  33. allsyntax says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    I appreciate the high ranking of Dallas. But having the Eagles above them is unacceptable. The Cowboys swept the Eagles…

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    Yes, after one of the worst calls in the NFL this year, maybe worse than the missed PI in the NFCG. Cowboys fumble the opening kickoff, recovered by 5 Eagles players with no Cowboys within 10 yards. Somehow gifted back to the Cowboys O. Game ends in OT.

    Eagles are a better organization, have a better QB, are not run by a crazy person….I would definitely rank them over the Cowboys.

  34. Once Foles took over they were a different team.
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    Foles completed barely 60% of his passes in the playoffs, and had 4 INTs against just 3 TDs. They were double-doink lucky to get by Chicago.

    Eagles need to be 5-6 spots lower. And Colts need to be ahead of Dallas.

  35. Would love to see the Pats put Brady, Gronk and Edelman on ice until every December. Could realistically get another 4 to 6 productive years out of the trio when it counts most, LOL.

  36. billsfn15 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm
    The Bills gave the Dolphins a good old fashioned butt kicking in the last game and you rank the fish ahead of the Bills?

    And we’re all grateful for the Bills winning that game since it sealed the deal for the Gase firing!

  37. The Patriots would have scored more than 13 points, if they had to in order to win. However, Tom Brady passing for over 500 yards, like in Super Bowl LII, was not part of Belichick’s game-plan. It was all about ball control and running the ball. Look at those runs by Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead. They owned the time of possession in all three of their playoff games. The Patriots also had no outside receiving threat, and losing Josh Gordon hurt them a bit. It makes Edelman’s performance that much more special in this game. If the Patriots had to play the Saints or Chiefs in the super bowl, he obviously would have adjusted the game-plan.

  38. “Would love to see the Pats put Brady, Gronk and Edelman on ice until every December.”

    They effectively did with Gronk the last 6-8 games of the regular season. After he got the back injury early in the season and it healed they used him primarily for blocking. That meant he was hitting people mostly head on and while taking punishment it was to his front upper body.

    They did not throw to him much in those games so he would not take the hits to his back and knees and saved him for the post season. They still used him carefully in the division round and AFCC so he would be at full strength for the SB. This strategy obviously paid off both with a successful running game and having Gronk healthy as a receiver in the 3 biggest games of the year.

  39. The fact that you have the sorry ass Eagles as high as you do shows that there is some kind of bias going on. Did they falter because Wentz was hurt? nope because Foles came in and did his thing. They were not good this year and are not getting any better. Their cap situation will push them even further down into the hole which they crawled out of for one year.

  40. L.O.L. at the viking fans that are getting worked into a tizzy over where the Packers are ranked on some meaningless end-of-the-season list.

  41. Saints (14-4; No. 1): They would have scored more than three points in the Super Bowl.

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    Yeah against the team that shut down 50td mahomes and 33 ppg rams…they coudn’t even score in ot vs the rams….

  42. Even as an Eagles Phan I think #5 is too high, Dallas is also ranked too high. The reason the Eagles are rightfully ranked higher is the Eagles are just a better team. What would the Cowboys record be if they lost their QB, FOUR starters in the defensive secondary, TWO LBs, THREE D lineman, their top THREE RB’s, Their ProBowl RG, and TWO of their top 4 WR’s??

    The Eagles didn’t fold like most teams would have, they with all of the injuries came out and beat the Rams, the Texans, and then the Skins all three must win games to get in the Playoffs..then go into Chicago and win a playoff game..

    Most teams

  43. If this were ESPN they’d have ranked the Super Bowl champ Pats at #5.
    Chiefs should be ranked higher than the Saints, just because their fans haven’t been as pathetic as the Saints fans.
    Not by much though.

  44. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    “Goff is like a brainless robot. McVay left him to break the huddle at the 15 second mark on the play clock and no voice in his ear to tell him what to do”

    You’re wrong. Goff is a good young player who has not learned to read defenses yet. Against many teams breaking the huddle at the comm cut off will work. Pats had Hightower on the field, who is like having a DC on the field after the comms cut out. He constantly made adjustments, sometimes multiple adjustments after the comms were done and Goff doesn’t have the experience to counter that.

    What Goff needs to do is spend several hours a day through the entire off season watching film of every defense he will face next season. He needs to work on his craft very hard and has the opportunity to make himself into a very good QB if he does that for the next several years to come.
    ……………………………..
    No, I’m not wrong. McVay did this because he felt the Patriots communication with Hightower would be more detrimental than any advantage that the usual McVay in Goff’s ear would gain. That was a horrible decision. Saying Goff is a great young player who can’t quite read defenses is like saying a 6 month old is showing great promise but can’t quite ride a unicycle yet.

  45. Pats fans are starting to rival Vikings fans in being annoying. Brag all you want now just know when its your turn in the barrel every other teams fans will let you have it.

  46. Saints at 2nd is correct. Rams should not even be top 5. Saints could have given up 30 points and scored 20. Does not matter. Still a much better game. LA was the absolute worst team to make the SB out of any NFC playoff team this past season. Russell Wilson by himself puts up more than 3.

  47. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    3. Rams (15-4; No. 2): Jared Goff holding the ball for too long when Brandin Cooks was wide-ass open could eventually prompt the Rams to find a new quarterback.

    It may be a bit early to be moving on from the first overall pick who took his team to the Super Bowl in his third year.

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    Hallelujah. Not to mention the Patriots defense also smashed Rivers and shut out Mahomes for a half. It wasn’t only that Goff was bad.

    Cooks is also partially to blame. He has to make a play in a game like that. He had 2 chances.

  48. Jared Goff is a top 18 QB in the league, at best. When he has nine minutes to throw on play-action (because of the effectiveness of Todd Gurley, mind you), he can hit the deep crosser. And that’s when it’s Cooks, Woods or Kupp having forever to create separation across the field. Get ANY pressure on Goff, and you might as well have Paxton Lynch back there. The Rams had their one shot, and they couldn’t get it done. That’s because they bought a defense that couldn’t stop the run, and now they’re going to lose half their top-shelf players. Aaron Donald is the best football player in the universe, but he can’t throw a ball, and he can’t stop the run on his own. Really sad for the Rams. I was really pulling for them this year. It’s over, friends.

  49. Lifelong Rams fan here. I saw Goff play live in his rookie season and there were a lot of things that did not look fixable. His wind up. His wobbly spiral. His low decision making. His beta male physicality and countenance. The Rams fans around me wanted to fight me, I complained so much. Everything I complained about, Belichick exposes everything I complained about. The missed touchdown to Cooks. He had a clean pocket, bounced on his feet twice then threw a duck that floated so long mcxourtwy came from 25 yards away to knock down a pass at the back line that should have been completed begeeen the 5 and the endzone. Even wieh Goff’s slow wit, a professional pass at the moment he released it, still is an easy touchdown. A good high school qq completes that pass. The Rams better get another quarterback. Rhey’ll Never win a championship wieh Goff

  50. Saints #2. They played the Rams twice and outscored them 68-61. This is not taking in to consideration the God-awful non-call nor the Rams JV performance in the SB. It’s hard to base it on hypothetically what The Saints would have done in the SB. That is subjective and the points scored is objective. Sure, the Saints lost some games that they shouldn’t have but I’m comparing direct head to head scores.

  51. Eagles (10-8; No. 14): A healthy and maturing Carson Wentz could be the difference.
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    What difference? The Eagles did just fine with Foles. He stepped in late and won Super Bowl MVP last year. It was Wentz who wasn’t doing that great this year. The eagles were 6-7 under Wentz. Foles came in to save the day once again winning the last 3 regular season games. It wasn’t his fault his last pass was picked off.

  52. 8. Colts (11-7; No. 10): Many will peg them as a potential banner-raising AFC finalist for 2019.
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    As a Colts fan, I have to say that I don’t really care where you have Indy ranked since this list means nothing but I do applaud the self-awareness in knowing your audience.

  53. finfansince68 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm
    The Patriots are the measuring stick for the NFL until Belichick & Brady retire – since they don’t have a young stud QB on the roster I’d say within 2 maybe 3 more seasons because at some point Brady’s body won’t be able to take it regardless of whether BB is coaching or not.
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    Actually, they kind of do. They kept 7th rd 2018 pick Danny Etling on their practice squad and afforded him unparralled access to all QB meetings and took him to all games’ sidelines where he sort of audited as a rookie QB. Apparently it’s only the 2nd time it’s ever happened.

  54. Based on past history, 5 or 6 of the team in the playoffs won’t make it back next year. That leaves spots open for the ones that didn’t make it this year.

    Lions vs Browns in next years SB. You heard it from me first (and maybe no one else too)

  55. lol Steelers at #15? What a joke. Try #5. It’s not their fault they got screwed against the Saints and Chargers.

  56. 21. Packers (6-9-1; No. 17): How bad would they be if they didn’t have Aaron Rodgers?
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    I thought I was on PFT not Comedy Central.

  57. steelcurtainn says:
    February 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    This is how it should be………………
    1. Saints.
    2. N.E.
    3. Chiefs
    4. Rams

    but the Refs and the league had their own power rankings.

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    Oh hatertalk. The Patriots D stopped cold what had been up to that point a very high scoring offense. The Saints have a high scoring offense too but would only have done marginally better (because if the difference is as you claim only a single officiating call then they are only marginally better than the Rams, and a tight margin at that) against that Patriots D. Meanwhile, without the Rams D in their face, instead what would be the weakest defense they had faced in the postseason, the Pats would have put up huge points given they had already put up 37 and 41 against those other two tougher defenses.

  58. Sooo how many more seasons does Wentz have to suck and fail to lead the Eagles to a winning record before people realize he’s overrated? I guess 2 outta 3 seasons of it ain’t enough. The people still praising him for his performance in ’17 despite his sorry performance in ’16 and ’18 are the same ones sayin Dak sucked after a sorry ’17 performance despite his ’16 performance and ’18 performance. 1 winning season outta 3 = greatness and 3 winning seasons outta 3 and taking your team to the playoffs 2 outta 3 years = you suck? Philly fan logic isn’t logical at all

  59. Cardinals are still ranked way too high. Man that is one hurtin organization. The Baltimore Orioles of football.

  60. I personally want a Patriots vs. Cowboys super bowl before Brady retires. The NFL’s ratings would explode. It would probably rival that of the Patriots vs. Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX game.

  61. Goff took so long to throw the ball to Cooks because he was getting Devin McCourty to move towards Woods. Once he was confident Devin was out of the range to make a play he threw the ball probably having no worry that someone from the other side of the field would make a play on the ball, in which Goff didn’t put a lot on the throw to make sure it got there. It was a great effort play by Jason that you really don’t see alot of. Granted, Goff could have thrown the ball harder or he could have thrown while staring Woods down but I’m of the opinion that it was more of a great play by Jason than it was necessarily a deficiency in Goff. There were some plays where Goff could have seen the open guy sooner and made a play before pressure got there but the most forgivable thing for a young QB is his ability to read defenses. It is the one thing that is absolutely expected to be improved as the QB gets older and should not be expected to be perfected at an early stage of his career.

  62. I can’t wait for the Saints to be terrible again.
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    I guess by your logic the other 28 teams need to rebuild.

  63. the Pats would have put up huge points given they had already put up 37 and 41 against those other two tougher defenses.
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    not hating, KC was almost last in defense statistically and New England put up an NFL worse in superbowl, history 13 pointsvs rams. Saints would have won that superbowl if not robbed by the league, the same way the Steelers were robbed vs the saints. Just the facts.

  64. jackedupboonie says:
    February 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    harrisonhits2 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    “Goff is like a brainless robot. McVay left him to break the huddle at the 15 second mark on the play clock and no voice in his ear to tell him what to do”

    You’re wrong. Goff is a good young player who has not learned to read defenses yet. Against many teams breaking the huddle at the comm cut off will work. Pats had Hightower on the field, who is like having a DC on the field after the comms cut out. He constantly made adjustments, sometimes multiple adjustments after the comms were done and Goff doesn’t have the experience to counter that.

    What Goff needs to do is spend several hours a day through the entire off season watching film of every defense he will face next season. He needs to work on his craft very hard and has the opportunity to make himself into a very good QB if he does that for the next several years to come.
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    No, I’m not wrong. McVay did this because he felt the Patriots communication with Hightower would be more detrimental than any advantage that the usual McVay in Goff’s ear would gain. That was a horrible decision. Saying Goff is a great young player who can’t quite read defenses is like saying a 6 month old is showing great promise but can’t quite ride a unicycle yet.

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    Actually I think you are. First of all the cutoff is not McVays “decision”, it’s league rule. Secondly the Pats arent communicating to Hightower either, he is making those calls and he is good at them. Sometimes he would make one, the Rams would motion to give Goff a peek, and Hightower would switch it up again. The experience level between Hightower and Goff is huge too. If McVay had any choice other than leaving Goff to play chess with Hightower with no help he would have in an instant. And most QBs in the league would have struggled with that scenario, most have. Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and Manning are amoung the rare exceptions. And look out but Mahomes is too. (Although he still struggled some when the Pats were doing it to him) so Im not going to bag on Goff here, as he gets the study in it will come.

  65. steelcurtainn says:
    February 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Saints would have won that superbowl if not robbed by the league, the same way the Steelers were robbed vs the saints. Just the facts.
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    Maybe you guys should have a parade in Pittsburgh to celebrate New Orleans’ imaginary SB victory?

  66. The Bengals whopped up on the Raiders with their backup QB. The Raiders definitely should be lower.

  67. “4. Chiefs (13-5; No. 5): They would have scored more than 13 points in the Super Bowl.”

    How do you know that?

  68. bkinacti0n says:
    February 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    5. Eagles (10-8; No. 14): A healthy and maturing Carson Wentz could be the difference.
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    Wentz needs to fix major accuracy issues and stay healthy if he is going to lead this team back to the playoffs.

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    Major accuracy issues? He completed 69% of his passes which was good for 3rd in the league. All in a season where he was coming off a knee injury and had a back injury which clearly impacted his throws.

    He needs to stay healthy but you’re clueless if you think he has accuracy issues.

  69. allsyntax says:
    February 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    I appreciate the high ranking of Dallas. But having the Eagles above them is unacceptable. The Cowboys swept the Eagles, 27-20 in Week 9, and again 29-23 in Week 13. They’re simply a better team.
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    Maybe they’re factoring in the fact that philly was down 13 players the last time they played and finished the season with 10 starters out. And not just some chump starters. And still, Dallas only won by 7 pts in the first meeting and in OT in their 2nd game. Eagles are also behind the rams yet the eagles beat them. I’m sure there’s a handful of teams that are ranked lower than teams they beat. And the eagles have proven champions on their team. Dallas doesn’t have a single champion on their squad. Good luck with their 1st place schedule next year.

  70. As much as I hate the Saints,all I can say after watching the SB, is that Drew Brees would have shredded that Patriot defense like Mahomes did in the second half of AFC Title game.

    There’s not even a question in my mind New Orleans wins SB by 17 points if they weren’t robbed.

  71. “Dallas doesn’t have a single champion on their squad.”
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    But their HC does have 3 SB rings which by Eagle fan “Wentz-1 SB Dak-0” logic makes him great. In fact by y’alls logic makes him a better QB than Wentz since y’all seem to think getting a ring from the bench means something

  72. Mr J says:
    February 5, 2019 at 7:58 pm
    As much as I hate the Saints,all I can say after watching the SB, is that Drew Brees would have shredded that Patriot defense like Mahomes did in the second half of AFC Title game.

    There’s not even a question in my mind New Orleans wins SB by 17 points if they weren’t robbed.

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    If that was true your team would have closed the deal in OT like the Patriots did in KC. Both teams had the ball to start, but the results differed. Saints too an unfair hit to be sure, and it took away a possible chance to score (even short yardage there is never a guarantee) but it was still not their last chance to score. Their last chance to score they blew all by themselves. And if you want to say “like Mahomes did to the Patriots” you have to remember that the Patriots still won that game. Another comparison you can take from those two games is both went to overtime. Saints and Patriots are the two teams that started OT with the ball. The Patriots closed the deal, the Saints did not. And once the Saints gave up their chance so the Rams then got one, the Saints failed to stop them. SoI do feel bad for you guys on that one call, it was awful. But it was still one event out of a 60 minute game where everything had bearing on the outcome, not that one call. The game was still there for your taking, but you didn’t.

  73. The Patriots are NOT the best team in the NFL. They did, however, win the Super Bowl and become NFL champions. Which, if you think about it, makes them a little scarier.

  74. Remember the good old days before the season started and everyone was talking about how the Patriots best days were behind them and would the Browns ever win a game?

    I don’t care what anyone says, from a storyline perspective the 2018 season was downright entertaining. That Superbowl commercial with Brady telling Baker Mayfield to hold his rings summed it up perfectly.

  75. Chiefs put up 31 in the 2nd half. Had PM not taken a sack at the end of the 1st half that we all saw he didn’t have to take, game over….easy 3

  76. Sean Payton > Sean mcvay. Saints would have adapted to the Pat’s defensive plan faster than goff and mcvay did.
    And to all you “the saints had chances” nfl excuse makers. If you have a clue about football, you understand that had the correct call been made, theres a 90% or greater chance the saints win. The non call was inexcusable. And there was a missed pi and hands to the face on the int in OT.
    OTH, all the “Patriots Rule” jock sniffers, Dee ford was barely offside and I’ve seen refs let that go all season plus the phantom hands to the helmet call. Patriots were lucky to be in the SB.

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