NFL Playoffs 2019: Pretenders vs. contenders entering Week 6

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NFC No. 4 Seed: Philadelphia Eagles – Contender

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster start to 2019 for the Philadelphia Eagles. Their defensive line has both been riddled with injuries and underperforming while the secondary behind them has proven to be a problem area. Moreover, their offense has also been hit with the injury bug, though Carson Wentz has still been able to keep them moving well enough.

The simple fact of the matter with the Eagles, though, is that this roster remains too talented to not believe in. While the offense may not have a true alpha outside of Wentz and maybe Zach Ertz, they consistently have players that step up to make plays. And with the upside of the defense, you can certainly imagine the Eagles going on a bit of a run in the middle of the year.

NFC No. 3 Seed: Green Bay Packers – Contender

What more do the Green Bay Packers need to show to prove that they are viable contenders to win Super Bowl LIV? The organization completely rebuilt the defense this offseason and the results have been highly impressive, at least against the pass. Adding Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith and Adrian Amos has proven to be the right call by general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Furthermore, the Packers have proven that their offense can succeed in multiple ways. Aaron Rodgers has only had one truly monster game this season and Green Bay is still averaging 23.8 points per contest as Aaron Jones is coming off of his breakout showing in Week 5 with four touchdowns.

The Packers are as balanced as they come both on offense and with success on each side of the ball. This is a team no one wants to see come the NFL Playoffs.