20. Chicago Bears
Are the Bears back? They could quickly rise up these rankings if their roster lives up to its potential. With receivers Allen Robinson, rookie Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel added, as well as tight end Trey Burton, second-year passer Mitch Trubisky has a strong supporting cast. They’ve made some strong moves on defense, too. New head coach Matt Nagy could guide his team into the wild-card round if all goes well.
19. Seattle Seahawks
The Bears’ are moving in the right direction. The Seahawks? Not so much. Seattle has lost Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Sheldon Richardson, Paul Richardson and Cliff Avril this offseason. In what should be a strong NFC West this year, the Seahawks will struggle to make the playoffs.
18. Tennessee Titans
A playoff team last year, the Titans need to improve if they are to make it back to the postseason. They only had four draft picks this spring, but first and second-round selections Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry should help the defense improve.
17. Washington Redskins
And so the Alex Smith era begins in Washington. Will he be more successful than Kirk Cousins was? I’m not convinced. Second-round running back Derrius Guice will give Smith some help. Washington will win games, but I’m not sure this team is ready for the postseason.