NFL Power Rankings: Top 3
The Buccaneers looked to become the first team since the 2003 and ‘04 New England Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl champions. And when it was all said done, Bruce Arians’ club wound up time for the best record in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
And also like the NFC North champions, the team was eliminated in the divisional playoffs at home. Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards and TD passes in what appears to be his final NFL season.
From 2011-15, the Bengals were in the playoffs each of those years but failed to win a postseason game. The next five seasons, the club furnished a combined 25-53-2 mark. This year, the club captured the AFC North and after winning road playoff game(s) for the first time in their history, quarterback Joe Burrow helped guide the team to the Super Bowl.
Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for this improving club.
Sean McVay had his team back in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years and this time around, the Rams got the job done via a 23-20 come-from-behind win over scrappy Cincinnati.
Not surprisingly, wideout Cooper Kupp won game MVP honors off a year in which he led the NFL in catches, receiving yards and TD grabs. The trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford paid off. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald had another big year and postseason.