NFL power rankings 2018: Packers in top 10 as training camp begins

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers /
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LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 29: Running back Ezekiel Elliott
LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 29: Running back Ezekiel Elliott /

16. Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott is easily one of the top running backs in the league. He finished with 983 yards and seven touchdowns last season, despite missing six games due to suspension. He was on pace for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns. But outside of Elliott, Dak Prescott and a strong offensive line, is the Cowboys’ roster strong enough to contend for a championship?

15. Detroit Lions

It hasn’t been a flashy offseason for the Lions, but it could prove to be an effective one. Once again the focus was on strengthening the offensive line. If Detroit can finally get some production on the ground, Matthew Stafford is talented enough to lead this team back into the playoffs.

14. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are expected to make a big jump this year with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. But can they reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013? Garoppolo has won all seven games he’s started, both for New England and San Francisco, so it’s easy to see why 49ers fans are excited. Finishing ahead of the Los Angeles Rams won’t be easy, but the 49ers will be in contention for a wild-card berth.

13. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are loaded with talent on offense, but much like the Chicago Bears, it now comes down to the quarterback. If Patrick Mahomes plays well, the Chiefs will be tough to beat in the AFC.