16. Chicago Bears
Even as I type this I can feel the laughing and scornful remarks this ranking will draw. Regardless, the Bears fielded the fourth-best scoring defense in the NFL last year. On offense, newly acquired QB Nick Foles should win the starting job and improve upon the Bears 29th ranked scoring offense.
17. Los Angeles Rams
Losing pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. (11.5 sacks) will definitely hurt the Rams defense. Running backs Darrell Henderson and rookie Cam Akers probably struggle to fill the void left by the departure of Todd Gurley. Other than that, the Rams’ 11th ranked offense remains mostly intact.
18. Arizona Cardinals
For the Cardinals to deserve/keep this ranking, QB Kyler Murray needs to show continued improvement over his rookie year (WR DeAndre Hopkins should help) and his offensive line needs to ‘gel’ really quickly.
On defense, free-agent acquisitions Jordan Phillips, Devon Kennard, and De’vondre Campbell all need to live up to their free-agent contracts to improve the 28th ranked scoring defense from last year.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Every season since their Super Bowl run, the Falcons seem to get off to a dreadful start but finish the season strong; providing hope for the following season. If he can stay healthy, newly acquired RB Todd Gurley should improve the running game but 2/5 of the starting offensive line could mean trouble for Matt Ryan and company.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Ben Rothlisberger is returning from injury which should help an offense that finished 27th in the league last year. On the other side, the loss of DT Javon Hargrave may be tough to replace.