2019 NFL Power Rankings: Heading into the offseason
2019 NFL Power Rankings
The NFL season has officially come to an end, and all the dust has settled on the 2018-19 season.
With a champion now determined, let’s see where the power in the NFL currently resides as we head into what is sure to be an exciting offseason. Where do the Rams finish after a disappointing Super Bowl? How far back are the Redskins?
32. Arizona Cardinals
Head coach Steve Wilks was fired just one year into his contract, which tells you everything you need to know about how this season went for Arizona.
All the blame can’t be put on Josh Rosen, as he dealt with a bleak offensive line and a lack of weapons at times, but the young quarterback’s first campaign was one to be forgotten.
New head coach Kliff Kingsbury will have his hands full during his inaugural season in the desert.
31. Oakland Raiders
Year two of the Gruden experiment should be better than what happened in 2018. Carr was efficient throughout the season and should be able to improve his chemistry and relationship with his frenemy head coach. New GM Mike Mayock should be able to help point in the franchise in an actual direction.
Even with this, a defense with numerous holes and an offense that lacks weapons will not be magically fixed by a few high draft picks (if Gruden doesn’t trade them away). Improvements will come, but the Raiders still have a way to go.
30. Miami Dolphins
Following the “Miami Miracle,” it looked as if the Dolphins were going to make a miraculous playoff run. They did just the opposite, losing the final three games of the season (one of them to the Jaguars).
Now, with a new head coach, Miami must navigate an important offseason that involves finding a new quarterback, as it looks like Ryan Tannehill is on his way out.
While Miami’s record may better than some teams ahead of them in the rankings, their unclear future at arguably the most important position on the field puts them near the bottom of the totem pole
29. New York Jets
New York may have found its quarterback in Sam Darnold, but that is not going to cut it.
Darnold will need more weapons around him to see a stride in year two, and the defense could use some upgrades as well. Considering the lack of success Adam Gase had in Miami, his progression with Darnold will be an interesting storyline to follow as well. Darnold looked good at times, but will still need guidance as he enters his sophomore season.
27. Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen is a lot like Bills Mafia. He’s wild, exciting and sometimes out of control.
Allen impressed with his arm and surprised with his legs in 2018, but is still raw in some areas. Now, the Bills need to put some pieces around the face of the franchise on the offensive side of the ball.
Defensively, Buffalo ranked second in total yards allowed, even though Vontae Davis retired at halftime
26. Washington Redskins
You couldn’t script a worse second half than what the Redskins experienced in 2018. After going 6-3 with Alex Smith, Washington ended the season with Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez.
The question mark at quarterback is just one of the problems Washington is currently dealing with. An injury-prone receiving corps and offensive line and a secondary that constantly got gashed in the second half helped lead to the team’s undoing. Additionally, the Redskins have big decisions to make about Preston Smith, Zach Brown and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix among others.
With a young and talented defensive line that includes Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen and the return of Derrius Guice to what could be a talented backfield (if Peterson is re-signed), Washington does have some upside. But, they’ll need everyone to remains healthy, and that is a lot to ask for considering the misfortunes of years pas
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As long as Jameis Winston is on the roster, he’ll be the biggest question mark for Tampa Bay.
Bringing in Bruce Arians could be just what the QB needs, but his play will dictate the fate of the season. The good No. 3 means the Buccaneers could be a surprise contender, the bad No. 3 means it’ll be another year of mediocrity.
With how inconsistent Winston has been, it’s too early to give him the benefit of the doubt.
24. Detroit Lions
For a team that has a consistent, and sometimes exceptional talent at quarterback, the Lions just never seem to be able to put it together.
Unless some changes are made on both side of the ball, such as finally get a three-down running back or building up the defense, Detriot could continue to hover at or below .500.
23. Denver Broncos
Vic Fangio has to be licking his chops to work on a defense that holds the like of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.
As a whole, the defense should improve. Even before Chicago acquired Khalil Mack, Fangio had the defense consistently in the top-15.
On the offensive side of the ball, it looks like Joe Flacco will be at the helm next season. Has John Elway once again found a way to use a veteran QB to his advantage? Only time will tell.
22. San Francisco 49ers
The 4-12 record is a little misleading because the absence of Jimmy Garoppolo most likely played a large part in that.
Defensively, improvements will need to be made, but we’ve seen how big of a difference a quarterback can make. Especially when Kyle Shanahan is the one calling plays.
Take the 49ers hype from 2018 and just bring it to 2019
21. New York Giants
A team that has Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley always has the potential to be explosive on offense.
Even if Eli Manning remains the starter in 2019, not all hope is lost. For as bad as he looked at times, he threw for 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He’ll also get Beckham back for what New York hopes is a full season