The NFL’s regular season came to a close Sunday, and a clear picture for the playoffs came into focus.
While the NFC is certainly top heavy, some unexpected surprises linger in the AFC.
Here are Omnisport’s 2019 NFL playoffs power rankings:
1. New Orleans Saints (13-3): After locking up home-field advantage and a first-round bye, the well-balanced Saints have arguably the easiest path to the Super Bowl.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Patrick Mahomes is eager to put the cherry on top of his historic campaign by leading his high-octane offense to the championship game for the first time since 1970.
3. Los Angeles Rams (13-3): Jared Goff is another young signal-caller looking to prove that he and his weapons can take the pressure when put to the test.
4. Chicago Bears (12-4): Among the offensive forces of the league, the Bears stand alone and ready to prove that defense does in fact win games.
5. New England Patriots (11-5): Even after a somewhat uneventful season, it’s always hard to bet against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the postseason, especially when the team gets to stay at Gillette Stadium.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4): Despite inconsistencies within the organization, veteran Philip Rivers is more than capable of guiding Los Angeles to its first Super Bowl appearance in 25 years.
7. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): The Ravens are especially motivated after capturing their first AFC North title since 2012, and rookie savior Lamar Jackson is ready to run away with more bragging rights.
8. Houston Texans (11-5): The AFC South champs began their season with three straight losses and many questions, but finished in triumphant fashion as Deshaun Watson bounced back after an injury-riddled rookie year.
9. Seattle Seahawks (10-6): There are few NFC quarterbacks more trustworthy than Russell Wilson, and coach Pete Carroll has proved to be just as dependable.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): Nick Foles is ready to navigate his team against the odds through the postseason once again, and he has experience after successfully doing so last season.
11. Dallas Cowboys (10-6): The Cowboys have a strong presence at AT&T Stadium, and well-rested starters make them even more dangerous.
12. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): With the help of Andrew Luck’s rehabilitated arm, the Colts could keep their unexpected comeback alive.