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The NFL Draft is officially over and there is some serious buzz forming around the impending NFL season. Sure, it is still primarily speculation, but some indicators of which teams will rise to the top during the 2019 NFL season are starting to appear. Let's take a "way too early" look at which teams could be leading the way out of the gates in 2019.
5. Chicago Bears
Despite a brutal end to the 2018 season for the Chicago Bears, the franchise took an undeniable step in the right direction under Matt Nagy. The Bears made some key additions this offseason, adding safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Riley Ridley. Look for Chicago to exorcise its "double-doink" demons in 2019 behind its young talented core.
4. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams remain a serious Super Bowl contender until proven otherwise. There are some concerns surrounding the Rams offensive line. Rodger Saffold has been an integral part of the protection for Jared Goff and Los Angeles still needs to lock in a replacement, but Sean McVay's explosive offense has earned the benefit of the doubt.
3. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a heartbreaking and heavily scrutinized 2018 NFC Championship loss. That was the second straight year ending in disappointment and they're still looking to capitalize on the twilight of Drew Brees' career. The team brought in some new weapons for Brees in tight end Jared Cook and running back Latavius Murray, who was signed to replace Mark Ingram.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kanas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are entering 2019 with massive expectations. Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense lit up the scoreboard last season, leading the NFL in points and yards. There are serious questions around the status of troubled star wide out Tyreek Hill, but the Chiefs should have enough fire power to dominate with or without Hill.
1. New England Patriots
This is the time of year that everyone predicts that the New England Patriots can't possibly match their success from the previous season and I refuse to fall into it. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a system and it works. The Patriots do have key departures in defensive end Trey Flowers and tight end Rob Gronkowski, but their "next man up" reputation precedes them and it will be exciting to see who steps up in Foxborough.
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