The regular season is history, but there is absolutely virtually almost no opportunity to catch your breath from the NFL. Teams are busy either gearing up for a playoff run or planning at a better future. How can they improve 2019? Our NFL Nation reporters enter in the spirit of this break with a New Year’s resolution for every team.

The way we rank: Our power — a set of more than 80 authors, editors and TV personalities — assessed how teams pile up through the complete season.


Week 17 ranking: Inch

New Year’s resolution: Do penance for Sunday’s horrible performance. The Saints’ regular-season finale could have been”meaningless,” since they had the NFC’s No. 1 seed wrapped up. But they played poorly (notably with their starting defense in the field) that coach Sean Payton vowed this is going to be a Back To Basics practice week to wash up some fundamental problems. “With the way we played and a few of the things that we’ve done offensively recently, our focus is gonnabe strictly about Saints,” Payton said.

Week 17 ranking: 3

New Year’s resolution: Finish a postseason losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium that today is at 25 decades and six games. The Chiefs have lost some of those games by one point, one by 2 points, one by three points and one by four points. They dropped 13.5 points from those four declines. They’ll perform better at quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ first postseason match, but are they ready to outscore their weak defense? — Adam Teicher

Week 17 ranking: 2

New Year’s resolution: Produce a Superbowl appearance in Sean McVay’s next season as coach. Sure, the Rams would actually love to secure the whole thing, but an appearance alone would have been a enormous improvement after last season’s first-round departure as a result of a disappointing effort from the Atlanta Falcons. And bear in mind, few had Super Bowl expectations this quickly if the Rams left McVay the youngest head coach in modern NFL history in January 2017. The Rams made the No. 2 seed from the NFC with a 13-3 record, so they’ll get a week to break and ought to be brand new for a playoff match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before a likely visit to New Orleans. — Lindsey Thiry

Week 17 ranking: 5

New Year’s resolution: Grow in the Play Offs. The have only one postseason success (2010) simply because they played in Super Bowl XLI. However, the month of January looks promising. The undertake at the wild card around at Soldier Field, where they won seven of eight games in 2018, before a possible visit to Los Angeles to face the Rams at the divisional round. Chicago be at l a 15-6 just a few weeks ago. — Jeff Dickerson

Week 17 ranking: 4

New Year’s resolution: have more wins traveling: The Chargers are 8-0 when they board a plane this season, and so they have to continue that trend to advance from the playoffs, starting Sunday traveling against the Baltimore Ravens at the AFC wild card match. “We love coming into your home — whatever team you may be — and doing our thing,” Chargers free safety Derwin James said. “We enter into your place prepared to play” — Eric D. Williams

Week 17 ranking: 6

New Year’s resolution: Surround Tombrady with much more volatile playmakers. The Patriots left 26 trades at wide receiver since 2017 training camp began, which reflected their struggles to address the career. That place of the load on the 41-year-old Brady, that invested heavily in bringing along Josh Gordon before the receiver had been lost to an indefinite NFL suspension at mid-December. — Mike Reiss

Week 17 ranking: 7

New Year’s resolution: Make the offensive line the priority in free agency and the NFL draft which means that you may ensure Deshaun Watson can stay on the area. The Texans quit an NFL-high 62 sacks at the regular season. Watson has been sacked 81 times in 23 career games; he can not carry on to accept that sort of beating. The Texans need to attract in an offensive lineman in free service and target one of the greatest offensive tackles in the draft.

Week 17 ranking: 8

There isn’t any question Jackson is an electric runner and a poised pioneer. The alternative up Jackson’s development is at the passing game. In seven starts, Jackson completed 58.2 percentage of this passes, throwing five touchdowns and 3 interceptions (82.6 passer rating). With the full off season, teams are going to pick apart Baltimore’s dominant rushing attack. To counter that, Jackson has become more consistent with his cries. — Jamison Hensley

Week 17 ranking: 9

Certainly one of the hallmarks of Pete Carroll’s Seahawks teams is they rarely give up big profits, but which hasn’t been true this year. The Seahawks have let 5.92 yards per play, easily the maximum in some one of Carroll’s nine seasons in Seattle and nearly the full yard more than they allowed in 2017. Adding a playmaker at safety or linebacker that this off season would help, but the Seahawks will need the improvement to emerge from within throughout the play offs, particularly when they run into a big-play offense such as that of their Rams or Saints. — Brady Henderson

Week 17 ranking: 10

The Colts’ second-best receiver has been tight-end Eric Ebron, who had a team-high 13 touchdown receptions throughout the regular season. Dontrelle Inman, that was signed 6 due to accidents in the career, moved entirely up into the No. 2 receiver by late in this season. However then he turns 30 by the end of January. Finding a young No. 2 receiver — one only as superior as Hilton — can make an already impressive offense that finished sixth overall better. — Mike Wells

Week 17 ranking: 12

Even the Cowboys wanted Lawrence to establish he had been not really a one-hit wonder when he captured 14.5 sacks at 2017, so they set the franchise tag . He answered in 2018 with another Pro Bowl season and 10.5 more sacks. The Cowboys have a history of keeping their own players off the current market, and they’ve searched a”war dad” since DeMarcus Ware’s passing. Lawrence shows he could be one of the best pass-rushers at the group, and the Cowboys will have the cap room necessary to keep him.

Week 17 ranking: 1-5

New Year’s resolution: Make the most of these next chance. The Eagles rallied late and got a small support break in to the play offs. The defending champs have a chance to defend their name, and so they want to really make the most of it. — Tim McManus



Adam Schefter breaks down why Antonio Brown isn’t returning calls from the Steelers and if the team will turn to trade him.

Week 17 ranking: 1-1

New Year’s resolution: Become closers. The Steelers are the most talented team perhaps maybe not from the play because they turn the ball over too far and can not win close games. After stripping out a six-game winning streak, the Steelers lost four of their last six games, all by seven points or fewer. The defense hemorrhaged touchdown drives in the last minutes. All of this created a questionable distinction: The Steelers are the third NFL team since 1990 to proceed 7-2-1 or better through 10 games and fail to get the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Week 17 ranking: 1-3

New Year’s resolution: String it all together. The Vikings played almost no complementary football throughout an embarrassing finish into the summer season. One week might have featured a critical match for its offense, as the next belonged to the defense, but the Vikings were unable to put all three phases together when it mattered most down the stretch. That’s been a theme from the time Mike Zimmer arrived in 2014. Minnesota has struggled to find consistency. Even though it seems to be Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman are staying put, they are going to more than need to be on the exact same page to compensate for a disappointing season. — Courtney Cronin

Week 17 ranking: 14

The Titans’ defense is definately not a weak spot, but adding a pass-rusher for after quarterbacks are a bigtime addition. Outside linebacker Harold Landry demonstrated promise, ending with 4.5 sacks like a beginner. Quarterbacks had a lot of time to sit down at the pocket or go around, which helps make it tough for defenders to pay for opposing pass-catchers. If they can add a dynamic rusher on the other hand, Dean Pees will not really need to get overly creative with regards to finding ways to create pressure.

Week 17 ranking: 16

New Year’s resolution: Make the Play Offs. The Browns proved at the next half of the season that they have a quarterback and can play with anyone. The next step is to fill in missing gaps in talent and compete from the beginning. The fans are ready, and the team is still ready. It’s time for a movie run.

Week 17 ranking: 1-9

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner admitted there exists a”sense of urgency” heading into the off season to resolve the shoulder issue that forced the Panthers to shut down the 2015 NFL MVP to its final two games this season and limit him casting in practice the past two seasons. There is a sense of urgency to discover a dependable copy who are able to fill out if Newton’s shoulder remains a concern. The sore shoulder caused a scarcity of profound passes that limited Turner’s plot. — David Newton

Week 17 ranking: 17

New Year’s resolution: Hire a second coach who are able to survive 12-plus seasons: That’s what they did last time that they hired a coach. They made it right with at 2006, and it turned into a long, powerful run that included a superbowl triumph and nine playoff appearances, but it came to an end this season. Their coaching search begins in earnest this past week.



Chris Mortensen explains that fired Dolphins coach Adam Gase can be an applicant for additional head-coaching projects.

Week 17 ranking: 18

New Year’s resolution: Construct a clear policy for future success. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross seems such as a guy willing to rebuild after shooting head coach Adam Gase and giving general manager Chris Grier control over football operations. The first step is hiring a powerful coach to lead the rebuild and being able to let him see it through.

Week 17 ranking: 21

New Year’s resolution: Return to the Play Offs. The Falcons suffered their first losing season under by finishing 7 9. Changes were made instantly, together with Quinn parting ways with all 3 coordinators. The onus is really on Quinn, the newest defensive coordinator and the remainder of Quinn’s team to find back the players to playing at a brilliant Bowl-contending grade. Postseason or float. — Vaughn McClure

Week 17 ranking: 20

New Year’s resolution: Creating more timely plays. D e Derek Wolfe may have said it best when asked what exactly the Broncos wanted, also he offered the resolution which fits:”To score a few points and get some ceases when it really counts… and return where we are a team” Yes, the Broncos need most of that and a new head coach while they work toward returning into the postseason after three consecutive playoff misses. — Jeff Legwold

Week 17 ranking: 22

The Redskins certainly need a few things to contend at a high point, but it starts with finally staying healthy. In the past two decades, the Redskins have set a combined 4-7 players on injured reserve, including 2-4 this season. They moved from 6-3 into 7 9 this season largely due to the heavy trauma toll, starting with quarterback Alex Smith. The Redskins must seem hard at all factors of their performance to determine what else might be causing the wellness issues. It’s possible Smith doesn’t play again, which would leave a major void. — John Keim

Week 17 ranking: 23

New Year’s resolution: allow new year bring a more rare winning season and a franchise quarterback. It has been six of seven years with no play to the Giants, and only the Browns have won fewer games within the past two seasons. This company needs a few wins and hope. What better way than to own a new franchise QB belong to its lap? — Jordan Raanan

Week 17 ranking: 26

The surprise of this 2018 season for the Lions — more compared to the record or the gaffes left and off the field with firstyear head coach Matt Patricia — had been Detroit’s lackluster offense that left Matthew Stafford with one of their worst seasons of his career. Considering how much money and draft capital the Lions have shrunk into Stafford (five decades, $135 million) and the offensive line (two first-round picks( two high profile free agents), Detroit needs more from its offense in both plot and production. — Michael Rothstein

Week 17 ranking: 2 4

New Year’s resolution: Get the right coaching team to choose Jameis Winston into the next level. Even though Dirk Koetter developed Winston and a powerful vertical passing attack in Tampa, a few interior One Buc Place believe Winston wanted more than what Koetter could provide and that the 2 weren’t always on the exact same page. Which is likely to be paramount that this moment.



Louis Riddick reacts to Cincinnati’s decision to part ways with head coach Marvin Lewis.

Week 17 ranking: 25

The Bengals took a big step on Monday if they parted ways with Marvin Lewis after 16 decades. However, the Bengals need to evolve within an organization, which could signify a fresh start and also an outside hire. The Bengals absolutely have hitting on this hire to support a group of fans that has become frustrated with the league’s longest active streak with no playoff triumph. Hiring an applicant from within is probably not going to cut it at this time. — Katherine Terrell

Week 17 ranking: 28

New Year’s resolution: Add young talent across Josh Allen. The Bills are invited with the progress Allen, the No. 7 overall draft selection, revealed after arriving in Week 12 in an elbow injury. Leading the Bills this season in passing and rushing, Allen’s legs and arms accounted for 1,718 of their team 2,092 total yards within its final six games. Ideally, Buffalo can get help this off season at running back, wide receiver and tight end to shoot some of their load off their quarterback. — Mike Rodak

Week 17 ranking: 27

New Year’s resolution: Publish a new quarterback with an offensive coordinator and be flexible about the offensive plot. As we’ve seen within the past two seasons, it’s possible to own success with young, inexperienced QBs. The Chiefs did it together with Pat Mahomes, the Texans with Deshaun Watson and also the Browns with Baker Mayfield. The secret, though, is those teams accommodated into the quarterback’s skills. Bill O’Brien worked with tombrady but has included elements of this read option and RPOs into the offense. Tom Coughlin and need to be prepared to give the new offensive coordinator freedom to be creative.

Week 17 ranking: 29

New Year’s resolution: Add game-changing defenders. Considering all of the moving pieces the 49ers dealt with on defense this season, their last numbers were decent in many categories. But they certainly were behind when it comes to takeaways, where they put an NFL record for futility. That the most obvious demand for real playmakers on defense. Edge rusher is the priority, however, ball hawks at the secondary and also another sideline-to-sideline linebacker can raise the Niners’ defense quickly. — Nick Wagoner

Week 17 ranking: 30

It’ll take an overhaul on offense, for example, running back position and also starting with the line to do so. With $100 million in cap room and also the 3rd pick in the draft, the Jets have the resources to make it happen. Finding a quality coach, either a head coach or coordinator, is going to be a major component of the equation, as well.

Week 17 ranking: 31

New Year’s resolution: For more people on the exact same page (Jon Gruden’s page) and at a home. This year’s 4-12 effort — just two years after a 12-4 season — was about putting together a foundation for its future, and, yes, to Gruden’s liking. Consider: Entering Sunday’s finale, 38 players on Oakland’s 53-man roster failed to play a single down to the Raiders at 2017, and seven of former general manager Reggie McKenzie’s 50 pre-Gruden draft picks were on the 53-man roster. Finding a front office executive to vibe with Gruden is one thing; finding a home for the 20-19 season is another altogether. — Paul Gutierrez

Week 17 ranking: 32

After only 3 wins from 2018, the Cardinals fired firstyear coach Steve Wilks as he couldn’t produce. That was not all his fault, but after 49 regular-season wins over the previous five seasons, an ordinary in Arizona had been set. However, Wilks was not put to reproduce that success. Even the Cardinals expect their next coach can return Arizona into its winning ways, but two things will need to alter: Arizona needs more depth at key positions, for example as offensive line and wide receiver. It ought to keep growing Josh Rosen. Also it needs to get either a defensive strategy that is suitable for the roster or a roster that fits the plot.


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