Most Overrated NFL Teams Heading Into the 2019 Season

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams looks up in the second half during Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Most NFL offseasons are dominated by two things: free-agency moves and the NFL Draft. However, even for the franchises that come up short in the free-agency market, it seems like people still find a reason to rave about that team's potential for each upcoming season.

While this rotating wheel of hype seemingly tosses a few teams off and picks up others every year, here are the five most overrated NFL teams heading into 2019 regular season.

5. Los Angeles Rams

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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2019 Projected Win Total: 10.5

Odds to Make 2019 NFL Playoffs: -280

With the help of some questionable officiating against the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 NFC Championship, the Los Angeles Rams head into the 2019 NFL regular season as the defending NFC Champions. However, there's already concern brewing around LA's most integral piece in running back Todd Gurley, as his late-season knee-injury woes look to be an arthritic aliment that may never go away. It'd also be wise not to forget the Sean McVay's revolutionary No. 2 scoring offense in the NFL last season was held to just three points in its final game against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

4. Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs points to the sidelines in celebration after throwing a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Jamie Squire

2019 Projected Win Total: 10.5

Odds to Make 2019 NFL Playoffs: -270

While the Kansas City Chiefs' most important talent, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is practically the definition of promising youth, his supporting cast of weapons could look drastically different next season. With Kareem Hunt already gone and Tyreek Hill's future in the NFL still up in the air, the Chiefs' signature offense that carried them past a host of glaring defensive vulnerabilities could struggle to keep up at a winning capacity in the 2019 season.

3. Green Bay Packers

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 13:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Maddie Meyer

2019 Projected Win Total: 9

Odds to Make 2019 NFL Playoffs: -104

It's no secret that the Green Bay Packers' success has and will continue to be tied to the health and performance of their All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay won just six games last year in a campaign marred by concern for Rodgers' health following continued complications from a Week 1 leg injury. Green Bay is also under a new head coach for the first time since 2006 in Matt LaFleur.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on in the first quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Joe Sargent

2019 Projected Win Total: 9

Odds to Make 2019 NFL Playoffs: +104

The Pittsburgh Steelers are seemingly one of the NFL's most consistently-competitive franchises year in and year out. So, when the Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons last year, posting their worst record since 2013 at 9-6-1, it felt like it was brushed under the rug. Following the departures of Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh will be without two of the three offensive weapons that brought it so much success over the past five seasons. With glaring issues on defense too, it remains to be seen how this new-look squad will fare this season.

1. Cleveland Browns

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after the Browns scored a two-point conversion against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 30, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Ezra Shaw

2019 Projected Win Total: 9.5

Odds to Make 2019 NFL Playoffs: -122

It feels odd even mentioning the Cleveland Browns on a list of overrated NFL teams for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2002 and won a grand total of zero games in 2017. However, with the kind of free-agency moves Cleveland has made this year and the clear talent on the roster there, the Browns epitomize the word overrated as a team with the looks but no proof. Cleveland won seven games in 2018, but until they show us all what this talented paper roster can actually achieve, it's hard to confidently refer to the Browns as anything more than hype.

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