By Wesley Roesch
The 2017 is barely over but media outlets are already ranking teams for next season.
The New England Patriots may have lost the Super Bowl, but they’re still ranked No. 1 heading into the 2018 season by ESPN. The Philadelphia Ealges, a.k.a. the winners of Super Bowl LII, came in second.
The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t in the top 10, likely thanks to them trading quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, but they’re still ranked relatively high at No. 12:
“A career year from Alex Smith still didn’t change the Chiefs’ playoff luck. And with Smith being dealt to the Redskins, it looks as if it’ll be Patrick Mahomes’ time in 2018. He won his Week 17 start, becoming the first quarterback drafted by Kansas City to win a game for the Chiefs since Todd Blackledge.”
The Chiefs will probably stay ranked around that same spot heading into the 2018 season since Patrick Mahomes is still an unknown. As expected, the team’s success will hinge on how quick Mahomes’ progress comes along.
Of course, the Chiefs could boost up their rankings a bit if they add some key pieces to the defense in the offseason via free agency or the NFL Draft. Trading for former Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller was the first step. K.C. still has plenty of team needs though, so this will be an important...