With the New England Patriots pulling off the win in Super Bowl LIII, Niner Noise dishes out an NFL power rankings finale for the 2018 season. Where do all 32 teams stand with the year coming to a close?
Well, there you have it. The 2018 season has officially come to a close, and the New England Patriots reign supreme after pulling off a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia.
New England has plenty of questions heading into this offseason. Players, such as defensive end Trey Flowers and defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, are hitting the free-agent market, which officially kicks off this March when the league new year begins.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, also has more than a handful of pressing free-agent questions to answer.
So do the remaining 30 teams across the league, who all fell short of reaching the Super Bowl. And as the days and weeks count down to the start of the 2019 NFL calendar, those teams will have to start putting priorities on how to reach what the Patriots and Rams did to finish last season.
There have been some changes, of course. Coaching carousels, some player movement and a few other factors lead into what Niner Noise’s NFL power rankings are to close out the season.
As for the San Francisco 49ers, who finished 2018 with a disappointing 4-12 record and earned the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, they won’t be quite as far towards the bottom. Injuries decimated the Niners’ chances, and key players will be returning to the fray in 2019.
Elements like that will play a factor in determining our rankings.
So, who kicks off our NFL power rankings at the very bottom? Let’s start there and work our way towards No. 1.