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Just because you had success one season in the NFL doesn't mean you're destined to make it the following year. Just ask the Titans, Bills, Jaguars, Falcons, Panthers, Steelers, and Vikings, who all made the postseason in 2017 and were on the couch watching in 2018. The NFL is a cutthroat league and there's more talent overflowing on each team now more than ever. With plenty of teams making big moves in free agency, here are the five 2018 playoff teams who won't get a 17th game this season.
5. Chicago Bears
Anytime a team is carried by a defense, you have to be skeptical about their chances the next year in a league that is defined by offense. It's even more concerning with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio heading to Denver for his first head coaching job. The loss of Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan for that defense is going to be huge and they can't rely on Mitchell Trubisky just yet. The Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers are bound to bounce back this season and it could be the Bears who fall in the North.
4. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans lost Tyrann Mathieu in free agency after a season where their secondary was shaky and got exposed by the Colts in the playoffs. While their offense has a ton of firepower and should lead them to a fair amount of points, it will be up to their defense to hold that lead, and right now, it doesn't look like they can.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
This is going to sound unbelievable since they were a play or two away from going to the Super Bowl last year, but there's a lot going against this team. They won't have Kareem Hunt for half the year like they did in 2018, won't have Justin Houston or Dee Ford on defense, and may now be without Tyreek Hill because of his potential battery charge. Within their division, the Denver Broncos may have finally found their quarterback in Joe Flacco, the Oakland Raiders got much better on both sides of the ball, and the Los Angeles Chargers are returning with the same team that had the same record as Kansas City. It'll be a long way from the top, but the writing could be on the wall for KC.
2. Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson produced a ton of wins, including a season-deciding victory over the Browns, but he also took down the Raiders, the Buccaneers, the Bengals, the Falcons, and a defensive win over the Chargers, where his offense scored one touchdown. Jackson finished his seven starts with five touchdowns and three interceptions. This team lost Terrelle Suggs and C.J. Mosley and has a quarterback who really hasn't proven he can beat the best of the best. The AFC North is ruthless and the Ravens appear to be on a downward trajectory.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Hey Eagles fans, Nick Foles isn't walking through that door anymore. Carson Wentz is good, you have to give him that, but he hasn't been consistent (or healthy). He missed eight games over the past two seasons, six of which they won thanks to Nick Foles. The former Super Bowl MVP carried this team when Wentz was out through the playoffs last season and all the way to the ship the year before. The Eagles don't have a running game to lean on, lost Golden Tate in free agency, and still have secondary issues. That's a lot to overcome.
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