5 Teams That Could Jump into Super Bowl Contention With Big Trade Deadline Moves

Max Staley
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While the Trade Deadline had historically not been the most action-packed NFL event, that perception has begun to shift in recent seasons. Last year, plenty of household names, like Amari Cooper, Golden Tate and Damon Harrison were surprisingly moved at the deadline.

This season, marquee players like Jalen Ramsey and Emmanuel Sanders have already found new homes. With the potential for plenty more moves ahead of Tuesday's NFL Trade Deadline, here are five teams that could become legitimate Super Bowl contenders with a few key tweaks at the deadline.

1. Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys recently beefed up their defensive line with the acquisition of Michael Bennett, but they still have a ways to go if they hope to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. While the team looked like an offensive juggernaut to open the year, averaging 32.3 points per game (PPG) across its first three, that number dropped to 23.3 over the subsequent four games. To make up for that, Dallas might want to continue adding talent on the defensive end, and safety is the Cowboys' most obvious need. Dallas was linked to Earl Thomas III all offseason, and while he may prove too expensive to acquire, someone like Miami Dolphins' Reshad Jones could make sense for both sides.

2. Baltimore Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens have impressed through seven games, but this team is not without flaws. While Lamar Jackson has looked incredible, on pace to rush for 1,317 yards and throw for 3,771, Baltimore's receiving corps could use an upgrade. Tight end Mark Andrews has been the team's de facto top target, and adding another veteran presence could help solidify this WR group. After the New York Jets traded Leonard Williams, it looks like they want to be sellers, and shipping Robby Anderson to Baltimore is certainly a possibility.

3. Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks were dealt a potentially crushing blow in the team's 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Center Justin Britt could be out for the season with an ACL injury. Britt was a crucial cog in Seattle's run blocking, and considering the Seahawks have already racked up 251 carries (No. 4 in the NFL), this team might need to find a suitable replacement if they want to continue pounding the rock at that rate. Seattle could opt to target center Alex Mack, who plays for the reeling Falcons. With Russell Wilson playing at an MVP level, replacing Britt could help ensure Seattle remains an NFC contender.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles entered the season with one of the most loaded rosters in the league. Unfortunately, at 4-4, Philadelphia has yet to deliver on those preseason expectations, and a lot of that can be attributed to issues in the secondary. The Eagles have allowed the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL this season. With CB Ronald Darby set to return in the coming weeks, adding another corner, like Patrick Peterson or Darius Slay, could quickly improve Philadelphia's secondary and make the Eagles one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC.

5. Green Bay Packers

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At 7-1, the Green Bay Packers might actually be too good to qualify for this list, though they do have one glaring flaw - wide receiver. All three of Green Bay's top WRs have missed time due to injury, forcing undrafted wideouts like Jake Kumerow and Allen Lazard into big-time roles at times. Trading for someone like the Jets' Anderson could give Aaron Rodgers another downfield weapon, and add depth to a position group that sorely needs it. With the best defense Green Bay has had in years, adding another offensive playmaker could take this Packers team over the top.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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