Thirty-two teams began the journey for a Lombardi trophy. Now, only 14 remain, with seven in each conference. The best of the best are left standing, so let’s rank the NFC’s offensive and defensive units headed into Super Wild Card Weekend. We’ll start with the offenses today.
The league leader in QB rating and yards per attempt is under center. The Offensive Player of the Year is in the backfield. The best tight end in the game is blocking and running routes. The best fullback in football is blocking and creating mismatches. The best offensive weapon at wide receiver is back to his 2021 form. The best left tackle in football is ready for another deep playoff run. Oh, Brandon Aiyuk is pretty good also, amirite? All these toys for Kyle Shanahan to torture defenses with. The 49ers have the best offense in football.
I know what you’re thinking. I could have ranked another team second, but hear me out. This comes down to the Lions’ stellar offensive line, Amon Ra St. Brown, and their one-two punch at running back. Sam LaPorta has been brilliant in his rookie season. Ben Johnson does an incredible job creating mismatches with route combinations and making life easy for Jared Goff. The Lions can create explosive plays, running and throwing the football.
Yes, the Rams. The combination of Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua is a nightmare for secondaries. The biggest development of the season for the Rams has been the emergence of Kyren Williams and the running game. Matthew Stafford has played some of his best football and can still throw footballs into keyholes down the field. The Lions get the nod over the Rams because of offensive line play.
Dak Prescott has had an impressive season. CeeDee Lamb has had an even more impressive season. The offensive line is solid, as usual, but you’ll find Dallas lower on this list because of the supporting cast around those two. Jake Ferguson has developed nicely as a target at tight end, but Michael Gallup has lost his juice, and Brandin Cooks isn’t the deep threat the team envisioned. Tony Pollard hasn’t exactly sparkled in an expanded role following Ezekiel Elliott’s departure.
Yes, the names are bright. The offensive line is one of the best. A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith are an impressive duo. Dallas Goedert is one of the better young tight ends in the game. Deandre Swift has impressed in spurts. Jalen Hurts has scored 15 rushing touchdowns.
Yet, here are the Eagles on this list below other teams. Point blank, this offense has been a mess. There isn’t anything they do particularly well aside from the brotherly shove. All of those names look great on paper, but the games aren’t played on paper. Something is really wrong in Philadelphia.
Baker Mayfield may have played his way into an extension in Tampa. Raachad White has developed into a workhorse back with a versatile skillset. Mike Evans continues to be one of the most underrated receivers in the history of the game, even though he is doing things never seen in this game. Chris Godwin is as good as it gets for a number two receiver. Tristan Wirfs is a bright young star, but the interior offensive line has issues.
Jordan Love has played some of the best football at the position to close the season. The offensive line has had its share of problems this season. Christian Watson and other receivers have had issues staying healthy. Jayden Reed has been a revelation. Aaron Jones is as steady as it comes at running back. Unfortunately, the sum of the weapons for this team is why they come in last on the offensive list in the NFC.