- New England Patriots
- Atlanta Falcons
- Green Bay Packers
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Oakland Raiders
- Seattle Seahawks
- Houston Texans
- New York Giants
- Detroit Lions
- Miami Dolphins
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots bossed the Steelers on Sunday, and rolled on to Super Bowl LI. If Tom Brady plays up to his level, and the Patriots defense can hold up, the New England Patriots will be Super Bowl champions, again.
The Atlanta Falcons have really impressed me with their high-powered offense and young, fast defense. I haven’t given them much respect on these power rankings, but now that they’ve clinched their ticket to the Super Bowl, I must give credit where credit is due. I truly expect Matt Ryan to fold against Green Bay on Sunday, but instead he enjoyed his best career performance in any game. The Falcons have a bright future, and they very well could come back from Houston as Super Bowl champions!
The Green Bay Packers almost ran the table, but instead they choked against Atlanta. It was a tough way to end their season, but Green Bay has a bright future, and I believe that they’re dynasty in the making. They need to draft young cornerbacks this season, and luckily, Green bay will ahem plenty to choose from.
The Steelers had it rough on Sunday, when they were bulldozed by the Patriots. Once Le’Veon Bell went down for the Steelers, the team deflated from top to bottom, and they were pitiful. The Steelers have playmaker son offense, but they need more secondary help, and a younger, faster defense.
The Cowboys lost against Green Bay in the Divisional Round, but the Cowboys had a fantastic campaign in 2016. Led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, America’s Team lit up the scoreboards and excited their fans with amazing plays. Watch out for Dallas next year, NFC!
The Chiefs struggled badly against the Steelers in the Divisional Round, but Kansas City’s defense continued their excellence, and Alex Smith really created a good rapport with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs could make some real noise next season in the AFC.
The Oakland Raiders suffered a tough break when Derek Carr broke his fibula, but I’d be optimistic if I was a Raiders fan. The Raids have a young, electric offense, and a veteran defense that has a great bend but don’t break mentality. The AFC better watch out for the Raiders.
The Seattle Seahawks had it rough this season. Their offensive line was putrid, and the injury report just piled up too high. The Seahawks need to address the offensive line in the NFL Draft this seasons dot why need to get healthy if they want to make a playoff run next season.
The Houston Texans were lucky to make the playoffs with their terrible offense, but their defense bailed them out, and they were able to win the AFC South. The Texans beat the Derek Carr-less Raiders, but once they faced as real challenge in New England, they faltered. The Texans offense needs some serious attention this offseason, but Texans fans should expect to win the AFC South in 2017.
The Giants were primed to make a playoff run this season, but Aaron Rodgers squashed on those dreams like a cockroach! The Giants defense seemed lost and the Giants offense was in a funk. The Giants have some fine-tuning to do, but next season could be a big one for them.
The Detroit Lions started off hot, but they fizzled at the end, losing each of their last four games. The lions need to address their secondary and their defensive line this offseason, and the Lions offense needs to be able to get going earlier than the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins surprised me this season, winning ten games, and clinching the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs. They got roasted by the Steelers in the Wild Card round, but the Dolphins definitely played above their expectations in 2016.