8. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the league’s most exciting and dangerous teams down the stretch last season. After taking a tough loss in London against the Denver Broncos, the Jaguars caught fire and not only did they have a good second half of the season, but Doug Pederson actually got this team into the playoffs with an AFC South division title in his first year on the job.
He deserved more love as the NFL’s coach of the year considering the Jaguars had the top pick two years in a row before that.
Now, the Jags are going to be almost unanimously considered a top-10 team going into the season. Why? Pederson is a big reason, but the emergence of Trevor Lawrence has more to do with it. Lawrence looked like a star in the making and could soon join the ranks of Burrow, Allen, Hurts, and others.
7. Dallas Cowboys
People want to think or believe the Dallas Cowboys are overrated. I don’t think so. The Cowboys are legit, but only one team can be left standing at the end of the season. Obviously, this team has to do better in the playoffs. Obviously, Dak Prescott needs to throw fewer interceptions.
But the Dallas Cowboys are good, and I think they’re going to continue to remain one of the NFL’s better teams under Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn.
The Cowboys’ defense is the primary reason why this team might make a deep run in the playoffs. With Micah Parsons coming off the edge, the Cowboys can turn any game around and they can certainly close out any game. Their pass rush is outstanding, and the secondary got a big upgrade with the arrival of veteran Stephon Gilmore, the former Defensive MVP of the league.