It’s been a wild season for the NFL.
Here’s a look at the top teams heading into 2017.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-5)The Eagles are in a precarious position heading into the bye week, having lost three of their past four games and looking like a team on the verge of losing another.
Their offense was atrocious during the season, with Carson Wentz (7-17, 224 yards, three touchdowns) leading the way, but they’ve finally turned things around.
Quarterback Carson Wentson (7.5-10, 228 yards, two touchdowns) has looked like the future in Philadelphia.
Quarterbacks Matt Barkley (6.6-10.5, 208 yards, one touchdown) and Sam Bradford (5.3-10) have also stepped up, and the defense has been better than expected.
This is a team that’s going to be in the playoffs for a couple of years.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7 of 9)The Steelers, the NFC East champion, are finally on the right path after their 3-7 start.
Quarterbacker Le’Veon Bell has returned to form and has been a key piece of Pittsburgh’s defense.
Outside linebacker Bud Dupree and cornerback Antonio Cromartie have both made strides.
They also have a pair of players in DeAngelo Williams and DeAngelo Hall who could develop into key contributors down the road.
The Steelers’ defense should be solid again in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys (7)The Cowboys have been one of the league’s hottest teams since they made a run to the NFC Championship Game last season, and they’ll be in a position to be a legitimate contender this year.
Dallas has two talented pass-rushers in Jared Allen and Sean Lee, and outside linebacker Sean Lee (6-3, 235) has proven to be an impact player.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott has been an elite runner and pass-catcher.
He could make a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Green Bay Packers (8)The Packers are back to their top form with the help of a healthy Aaron Rodgers.
Quarterbacked by Eddie Lacy (8.6) and with the addition of rookie running back James Starks (6 feet 1 and 200 pounds), Green Bay is primed to be dangerous in the passing game.
They have three big-play receivers in Jordy Nelson (6’3″, 207), Davante Adams (6′, 230) and Randall Cobb (6′-1″, 228).
The defense has improved dramatically this offseason, especially after losing cornerback Micah Hyde to the NFL, but it’s still a big question mark heading into this season.
Detroit Lions (9)The Lions are on a roll with Calvin Johnson, the team’s top wideout, back and the team has one of its most explosive offenses.
The Lions will be a big favorite in the NFC North, and with a solid defense, the offense should be just fine.
Buffalo Bills (9-2)The Bills have a very young defense, but the offense has been more than capable of winning a division title this year and is now a force in the AFC North.
Rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor (7’0″, 220) has a chance to be one of NFL’s best quarterbacks.
The Bills also have veteran receiver Sammy Watkins (6”1″, 213) and receiver Sammy Morris (6′.3”, 206) on the roster.
The defense is the best it’s been all year, and it could be a dominant unit going forward.
Chicago Bears (10)The Bears have a young core that includes first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky (6,195), who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (6-, 215).
The Bears are also stocked at quarterback, and rookie Jay Cutler has a big shot at making the NFL’s all-time passing record.
The Bears defense has some potential, and that could translate into success in 2018 and beyond.
Denver Broncos (11)The Broncos are one of a handful of teams that could win the Super Bowl this year, but that’s not to say they have to do it alone.
The Broncos have one of their top pass rushers, Von Miller (6 – 4, 311 yards, seven touchdowns), back.
That will be enough to make a big impact on the ground.
Running backs Demaryius Thomas (6 5/8”, 218) and Emmanuel Sanders (6 6/8, 225) have both flashed good speed and can carry the Broncos in the running game.
Running the ball is the No. 1 priority, and this is a unit that will be capable of taking over a division and giving Peyton Manning nightmares in his next few years.
New York Giants (12)The Giants’ success this season has been due in large part to the fact that quarterback