NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where each playoff team stands heading into the Wild Card round

  • The NFL playoffs are here, and the bracket is set!
  • The Saints, Rams, and Chiefs have dominated all season, but it's hard to doubt the trusty Patriots, the Chargers, or the surging Colts and Eagles.
  • The Wild Card round begins this weekend, and of course, the four teams with bye weeks top our power rankings.

And just like that — the regular season is over, and the NFL playoffs are here!

After 17 weeks, the 12 best teams are moving onto the win-or-go-home postseason, which always delivers excitement and a few surprises.

All year long, three times stood out among the rest — the Saints, Rams, and Chiefs. Sure enough, they're the Super Bowl favorites, but could we count out the Patriots? Or the Chargers? Or the surging Colts? What about the Nick Foles-led Eagles?

With the NFL playoffs starting this weekend, take a look at where each team stands going into the Wild Card round.

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12. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 9-7

Week 17 result: Beat the Washington Redskins, 24-0

Wild-card opponent: at Chicago Bears

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 30-1

One thing to know: Nick Foles worked his magic once again in Week 17 to help the Eagles make it back to the postseason with a shot at defending their Super Bowl title. Somewhat ironically, they'll be facing the Bears — the team whose win over the Minnesota Vikings secured Philadelphia's return to the playoffs — in the wild-card round.

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11. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Cleveland Browns, 26-24

Wild-card opponent: versus Los Angeles Chargers

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 20-1

One thing to know: The Ravens won six of their final seven games to steal the AFC North from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lamar Jackson didn't throw a pick in December, and he'll face a Chargers team that he threw for a career-high 204 yards against in Week 16.

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10. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the New York Giants, 36-35

Wild-card opponent: versus Seattle Seahawks

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Cowboys have just one playoff win since 2009 but head into the 2018 postseason with a wealth of weapons, including Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and a defense that has gotten progressively stronger as the season wore on. Do they have enough to make a surprise run through the NFC?

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9. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-24

Wild-card opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Seahawks are the only playoff team to have more rushing attempts than passing attempts in 2018. The method seems to have worked, as Russell Wilson completed 65% of his passes (second-best of his career), threw 35 touchdowns (a career high), threw seven interceptions (tied for a career low), and posted a career-high 110.9 passer rating. The Cowboys surely aren't thrilled with the prospect of facing him in the first round.

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8. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Tennessee Titans, 33-17

Wild-card opponent: at Houston Texans

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Colts enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won nine of their final 10 games to sneak into the postseason after a dismal 1-5 start to the year. With Andrew Luck back to being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, Indianapolis seems to have all the makings of a Super Bowl run.

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7. Houston Texans

Record: 11-5

Week 17 result: Beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-3

Wild-card opponent: versus Indianapolis Colts

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Texans did not beat a playoff team after topping the Colts and the Cowboys, both of whom were below .500, in Weeks 4 and 5. Credit to the Texans for beating the teams they should have beaten, but the wild card (against a Colts team that beat them in Week 14) will be a test.

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6. Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Denver Broncos, 23-9

Wild-card opponent: at Baltimore Ravens

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 16-1

One thing to know: At 37, Philip Rivers had the best season of his career as an NFL quarterback, leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record that would have been good enough for one of the top seeds in the AFC if only they didn't share a division with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, instead of a first-round bye, they'll have to travel to Baltimore and beat a surging Ravens team to carry their playoff dreams into the divisional round.

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5. Chicago Bears
 

Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Minnesota Vikings, 24-10

Wild-card opponent: versus Philadelphia Eagles

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 9-1

One thing to know: The Bears defense repeatedly proved in 2018 that they can win games for the team. They were 3-1 in games when Mitchell Trubisky threw more than one interception. They may need to do the heavy lifting again in the postseason when they face a hot Eagles team.

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4. New England Patriots

Record: 11-5

Week 17 result: Beat the New York Jets, 38-3

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 6-1

One thing to know: The Patriots have not looked like their regular, dominant selves through much of the 2018 season, but with a first-round bye for the ninth straight season, they still have a great shot at making another Super Bowl. Can Bill Belichick and Tom Brady do it again? Or is this the year that the torch in the AFC finally passes to another up-and-coming AFC powerhouse?

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3. Los Angeles Rams
 

Record: 13-3

Week 17 result: Beat the San Francisco 49ers, 48-32

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 5-1

One thing to know: Jared Goff struggled after losing wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL in Week 11. Since then, Goff threw 10 touchdowns and six interceptions and completed just 60.5% of his passes. The Rams will need Goff to kick it up a notch and get the offense back to its high-octane form.

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2. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Oakland Raiders, 35-3

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 4-1

One thing to know: Patrick Mahomes finished the season as the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards, joining Peyton Manning in the exclusive club. Behind his arm, the Chiefs have one of the most explosive offensive attacks in recent memory and are the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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1. New Orleans Saints

Record: 13-3

Week 17 result: Lost to the Carolina Panthers, 33-14

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 9-4

One thing to know: The Saints had a sluggish end to 2018, but it's hard not to view them as the favorites this postseason. They have a top-10 offense and defense (the Chargers are the only other such team), an MVP candidate and the most efficient quarterback in Drew Brees, perhaps the top two offensive playmakers in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, and the Superdome throughout the postseason. Can the Saints finish off what has been a pretty magical year?

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