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

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers
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4. New England Patriots

Can a 41-year-old Tom Brady continue to lead a dominant New England team? He has shown no signs of slowing down, so until proven otherwise, we can assume Brady will be at his MVP-best. September to December is preseason for the Patriots. An AFC Championship Game appearance this year would be their eighth in a row. Incredible.

3. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams’ roster looks like a Pro Bowl team. Their objective is clear, and that is to win now. Los Angeles has spent big to bring in the likes of Brandin Cooks, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh. If they don’t reach the Super Bowl, the season will be considered a failure.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia will be right in the mix for another Super Bowl victory this year. It’s tough to pick which roster is better between the Eagles and Rams. The edge goes to the defending champions. The biggest question now is whether Carson Wentz will be healthy for the start of the season. It could be a huge factor in the defense of their Super Bowl title.

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1. Minnesota Vikings

Packers fans won’t like reading this too much, but the Vikings deserve to be at number one in these rankings. It’s close between the top three, but I’m giving the edge to Minnesota. If Wentz was cleared for Week 1, I’d have probably kept the Eagles in this spot. The Vikings’ roster is strong across the board, and the addition of Kirk Cousins and return of Dalvin Cook will only make them stronger. In the NFC, the Vikings are the top challengers to the Eagles’ championship.