Pro Football Weekly’s wild-card round power rankings

January 1, 2019

Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date. Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out. These are PFW’s Power Rankings entering the first round of the 2018 season.

Rank / Team / 2018 Record / The Skinny

1. Saints (13-3) — Road to Atlanta goes through the Superdome

2. Rams (13-3) — Tuneups vs. Cardinals, 49ers got them back on track

3. Chiefs (12-4) — Can they regain mojo at Arrowhead? Tough to beat there (in regular season)

4. Bears (12-4) — Trubisky completing 75 percent final three games

5. Chargers (12-4) — Congrats on 12 wins! Now travel cross-country in short week

6. Patriots (11-5) — They’ve never won a Super Bowl without a bye

7. Texans (11-5) — Can Deshaun Watson continue heroics in first playoffs?

8. Colts (10-6) — Dangerous team that makes big plays, limits them on ‘D’

9. Ravens (10-6) — Defensive takeaways must continue for a playoff run

10. Seahawks (10-6) — Stumbled down stretch but already beat Dallas before

11. Cowboys (10-6) — Should be pretty healthy on offense again

12. Eagles (9-7) — Will Nick Foles’ strange magic work at Soldier Field?

13. Steelers (9-6-1) — More drama? You can’t make this stuff up

14. Vikings (8-7-1) — It appears band will be back together for another try in ’19

15. Titans (9-7) — Going to need a downfield threat to help offense evolve

16. Browns (7-8-1) — Could they end up favorites to win the North next year?

17. Panthers (7-9) — This offensive line might need three new starters

18. Falcons (7-9) — Pressure on DQ now with coordinators out, him taking over ‘D’

19. Dolphins (7-9) — Another reboot? One of the more poorly run franchises

20. Packers (6-9-1) — Massive offseason: new coaches, free agency, two first-rounders

21. Washington (7-9) — Might have to find QBs through draft and other means

22. Bills (6-10) — Defense was stout again, but finding Josh Allen help is paramount

23. Broncos (6-10) — Expect Elway to target experienced head coach, rookie QB

24. Buccaneers (5-11) — Jameis Winston back for all-important fifth season

25. Jaguars (5-11) — How they attack QB position in offseason will be fascinating

26. Lions (6-10) — New Year’s resolution: no more carries for LeGarrett Blount, please

27. Giants (5-11) — Would they entertain idea of trading OBJ? Contract makes it possible

28. 49ers (4-12) — Imagine what George Kittle could do with full season of Jimmy G

29. Bengals (5-11) — End of Dalton’s time too? Change might be in the air there

30. Jets (4-12) — Will be big spenders in free agency, especially on offense

31. Raiders (4-12) — Mike Mayock hire is fascinating with massive draft upcoming

32. Cardinals (3-13) — Could Adam Gase be what this offense needs?

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