The NFL season is almost upon us, as we’ve wrapped up the draft, and pre-season is right around the corner, so you’ll be seeing plenty of prediction type articles everywhere in the near future. We’ve decided to take this one in a different direction, as we look to rank every NFL team’s Quarterback/Wide Receiver/Running Back trios, from worst to first.
A lot of different factors go into judging this, whether it be production, health and overall talent, and while you may no doubt have a different opinion to us, this is how we see it, as we look forward to what will no doubt be another fantastic NFL season. This season is going to be yet another great one, as we predict many different twists and turns before we crown the next Super Bowl Champion. While we aren’t predicting the Browns are going to make a Super Bowl run, it’s going to be quite an unpredictable year.
Keep in mind that overall team talent has no impact on this list whatsoever, it’s just the three men we’ve named in the title, and while it may change between now and the beginning of the season, or even between now and next season, this is what we’ve come up with, so sit back and read along as we look to the future to predict the rankings of every NFL teams QB/WR/RB trio.
32 Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill/DeVante Parker/Kenyan Drake
The Miami Dolphins are going to struggle mightily in 2018, and after moving their top offensive players in the past 2 years, they just don’t really have much potential,
Bringing in an over the hill Frank Gore to help carry the load out of the backfield was a desperation move, but hopefully Kenyan Drake can take the starting job and run with it. Tannehill just isn’t the franchise QB that the team thought they picked 6 years ago, and they’ll likely move on from him this season; until they do, this team just won’t be able to succeed.
31 Washington Redskins – Alex Smith/Josh Doctson/Derrius Guice
The Washington Redskins, for some reason, weren’t willing to keep Kirk Cousins and build around him, and he’s going to head to Minnesota as a superstar ready to contend for a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the team is going to struggle mightily without him.
Sure, they’ve got Alex Smith to lead the team with consistency who won’t turn the ball over, but they just don’t have the talent around him that KC did. This trio struggling is going to be the epitome of the ‘Skins season.
30 New York Jets – Josh McCown/Robby Anderson/Isaiah Crowell
The New York Jets have struggled ever since they made back-to-back AFC title games under Mark Sanchez, but now, they are building quite a nice core.
However, until they prove they can succeed on a consistent basis, they’ll always be at the bottom of the pile.
They drafted Sam Darnold, and he is no doubt the QB of the future, so they’ll continue to move up this list, but for now, we just don’t believe in the Jets on this side of the ball.
29 Cleveland Browns – Tyrod Taylor/Josh Gordon/Carlos Hyde
The Cleveland Browns have been the talk of the NFL over the past 2 off-seasons, and they are building quite a nice team, but, like the Jets, until they prove that they can play together, we just can’t move them up the list.
Cleveland had 0 wins a season ago, and that means any amount of wins will be an improvement. But with so many young players ready to succeed, they are finally going to become a genuine threat in the NFL, and this trio could make it happen.
28 Buffalo Bills – AJ McCarron/Kelvin Benjamin/LeSean McCoy
The Buffalo Bills made a major step in franchise history last season, as they ended their playoff drought, but they let go of their most talented QB in years.
Starting the season, they’ll likely turn to career backup AJ McCarron, who just isn’t anything special.
They have Josh Allen, former Wyoming stud waiting in the wings, and when he starts, they’ll likely become a dominant offense. At this time, though, we just can’t see the Bills doing much on the offensive side of the ball.
27 Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota/Corey Davis/Derrick Henry
Spoiler Alert: we have Jameis Winston, the #1 overall pick from 2014, much higher on this list, but the #2 overall pick Marcus Mariota just isn’t adapting to the top level as well as his former FSU rival, and it’s hurting the Titans.
They haven’t had a good QB for a number of years, so Mariota is their franchise QB at this point, and that’s not changing.
They just don’t have the receiver talent to be a top level team, despite all the promise they still show. Can Derrick Henry actually take the reigns of the RB position? With Dion Lewis in the mix, we're not sure.
26 Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles/Marquise Lee/Leonard Fournette
The Jacksonville Jaguars came within a quarter of the Super Bowl a season ago, but they made the odd decision to let their two best receivers go in the offseason.
Despite having Fournette in the backfield, that will definitely come back to haunt them.
Bortles also got a massive extension, and given how inconsistent he’s been over his NFL career, that also may be a mistake. While they will challenge for a playoff spot again in 2018, it’s not going to be because of their offense.
25 Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco/Michael Crabtree/Alex Collins
The Baltimore Ravens have been the foe to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North for decades now, but that run is coming to an end as the Cleveland Browns continue to surge forward, and the offense is a big part of that.
A year ago, their D was one of the best in the league, but their offense just struggled to make an impact, and with Flacco ageing, he may be forced out by Lamar Jackson by season’s end, and that will unfortunately be the biggest story about this offense all year.
24 San Francisco 49ers – Jimmy Garoppolo/Pierre Garcon/Jerrick McKinnon
Plenty of people have been willing to consider the 49ers a Super Bowl threat already due to the fact that they snatched up the talented Jimmy G, but they still have plenty of work to do, and that’s getting The Handsome One some talent on the outside.
McKinnon is a fine starter, and could help this team develop going forward, but the lack of true threats on the outside will always hold this team back, and until they fix it, there will be no Super Bowl in San Fran’s future.
23 Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott/Allen Hurns/Ezekiel Elliott
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most divisive teams in the NFL, but you can’t deny that they have potential, especially with Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield.
However, with the 2017 struggles of Dak Prescott and the lack of a big-time threat on the outside, they fall quite far down our list.
If they can bounce back in 2018, we could see this being a top 10-15 trio in the NFL, but for now, they just haven’t impressed us too much, and Prescott needs to prove himself as a leader and a QB in the NFL.
22 Cincinnati Bengals – Andy Dalton/AJ Green/Joe Mixon
The Cincinnati Bengals are an odd situation, as they have always had the talent on both sides of the ball to succeed, but under Andy Dalton, the team has just not been able to do anything in the playoffs, and that results in their very low placing on this list. On pure talent alone, Dalton and Green have been one of the most productive duos in recent NFL memory, but they can’t get it done when it matters most, and that definitely hurts this trio.
21 Chicago Bears – Mitch Trubisky/Allen Robinson/Jordan Howard
Many NFL analysts have picked the Chicago Bears to be a dark horse team in 2018, and with the talented young Mitchell Trubisky leading the way, their future is very bright, but if they can stay healthy, the team may be able to live up to that potential. Howard and White are both incredibly talented, and this offense is going to be very fun in 2018, and while the team will no doubt be overshadowed by Minnesota and Green Bay, they will declare their intentions of becoming a force in the NFC for years to come.
20 Denver Broncos – Case Keenum/Demaryius Thomas/Devontae Booker
As a whole, the Denver Broncos are one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL, and pairing Bradley Chubb with Von Miller makes their D almost unstoppable, but the offense just doesn’t match up. Despite that, if Keenum can lead the team like he did the Vikings a year ago, they may just represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, but in a vacuum, this trio just isn’t as talented as plenty of others in the NFL, but still, Broncos fans should be incredibly excited going forward.
19 Arizona Cardinals - Sam Bradford/Larry Fitzgerald/David Johnson
With uncertainty at QB, it's hard to put these guys any higher. The Bradford experiment in Arizona might be over a lot quicker than fans think, and although Larry Fitzgerald has defied Father Time and put up crazy numbers the past few seasons, at some point his age is going to catch up to him.
David Johnson, coming off a serious injury, looks to hit that 1000/1000 mark in terms of receiving and rushing yards. With fresh legs, we can see him doing just that.
18 Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck/T.Y. Hilton/Marlon Mack
If Andrew Luck was healthy, this trio would be much higher up the list, but after sitting on the sidelines for so long due to his shoulder injury, we will have to wait and see how he recovers, but if Marlon Mack can be the player the Colts are expecting, this could lead the Colts into a new boom period. The O-Line is still something that needs to be developed, and until that happens, the team will always fall behind the Texans in the South, but in terms of pure talent, this is a potential top 10 trio.
17 Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes/Tyreek Hill/Kareem Hunt
The Kansas City Chiefs have been a dominant regular season team over the past few years, but they lack success in the playoffs, and they’ve now turned to sophomore Patrick Mahomes, and if he can succeed, this trio will no doubt jump to the top 10 soon. Hill and Hunt are two of the most explosive players in the NFL, and on pure talent alone, this trio is incredible, and they could finally be the core group that leads the Chiefs to at least 1 playoff victory.
16 Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson/Doug Baldwin/Rashaad Penny
If this were a list based solely on QB’s, Russell Wilson would find himself in the top 10, arguably the top 5, but due to the inexperience of Penny and the age of Doug Baldwin, they slide down the list, and it’s something that may happen to the Seahawks this year. The Rams and 49ers are looking to take over the NFC West, and the Seahawks will likely miss the playoffs for the second straight season, and if they don’t get offensive talent around Wilson soon, because he may be on the move if they don’t.
15 Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford/Marvin Jones/LeGarrette Blount
The Detroit Lions are one of the most confusing teams in the league, as they have the talent to be a top team, but always fall short when it matters, but on the back of Matthew Stafford, they again could be a playoff contender this season. Now that they’ve got consistent threats in the backfield in the form of LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick, their offense can remain consistent and dual threat, but we still see them falling short of the playoffs.
14 Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton/Devin Funchess/Christian McCaffrey
Ever since coming into the NFL, Cam Newton has been considered an elite player, and if the team had better threats on the outside, we’d consider them a Super Bowl favorite, but with the dynamic Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, this team can still be very dangerous on the offensive side. The D is led by Luke Keuchly, and as such, they’ll be very tough to put points on, and if Cam can utilized both his legs and his arm, this could be a top NFL trio a year from now.
13 Los Angeles Chargers – Philip Rivers/Keenan Allen/Melvin Gordon
Philip Rivers may not have the accomplishments of Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger, the two QBs taken ahead of him in 2004, but he’s just as good as them, and with Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon finally coming into their prime, this could be the year that the Chargers finally succeed.
Don’t hold your breath, as the Chargers have been considered Super Bowl contenders before, but their D is also coming into it’s own, and this is likely the final chance for this core group of players to make an impact on the NFL with the Chargers.
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston/Mike Evans/Ronald Jones
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a very under achieving team, as they have the offense required to be a playoff team, but their defense will always hold them back, despite having one of the best trios in the league. Jameis Winston has lived up to all the expectations placed on a #1 overall pick, and his pairing with Mike Evans has made them one of the most dangerous combinations in the game today, and while Jones is unproven as a starter, he has the potential to be great.
11 Los Angeles Rams – Jarred Goff/Brandin Cooks/Todd Gurley
The Los Angeles Rams came out of nowhere in 2017 to become one of the elite teams in the NFL, and their additions on D this past offseason makes them even better, but if their offense, led by #1 overall pick Jarred Goff can live up to last years hype, they’ll be a Super Bowl favorite. The team is now taking charge of what was once the toughest division in the NFL, and the addition of Brandin Cooks makes them that much better, and it wouldn’t surprise us to see this team finish with the best record in the NFL in 2018.
10 New England Patriots – Tom Brady/Chris Hogan/Sony Michel
The New England Patriots as a franchise will no doubt make the most of their current offensive situation, but on pure talent alone, they just don’t deserve to be any higher than the top 10, despite having arguably the greatest QB of all time.
Come the end of the season, the Patriots will no doubt be contending for another Super Bowl trophy, and while #10 may be a little generous, they definitely deserve their spot on this list on the back of Brady alone.
9 Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr/Amari Cooper/Marshawn Lynch
The Oakland Raiders have the potential to be a Super Bowl contender this season, especially if Derek Carr can begin to live up to the lofty expectations, and with him leading the way under new coach Jon Gruden, this is one of the best trios in the league. The AFC West is one of the toughest divisions in the entire NFL, and the Raiders are going to struggle against the might of the Broncos and perhaps the Chiefs, but if this trio can hit on all cylinders, they may just be a playoff team.
8 New York Giants – Eli Manning/Odell Beckham Jr./Saquon Barkley
The New York Giants a year ago struggled mightily, and that was due to a number of contributing factors, but now that they have new coaching and are healthy again, they’ll be hard to stop in the NFC East, and with Saquon Barkley added in, they could be very dangerous. A lot of the influence of putting them this high is the assumption that Barkley, the #2 overall pick will be a star from the get go, and if Beckham can stay on the field, this team could make a deep playoff run.
7 Houston Texans – DeShaun Watson/DeAndre Hopkins/Lamar Miller
The Houston Texans have had a fantastic team for quite some time now, but due to injuries at key positions, they haven’t managed to put it all together, but when DeShaun Watson returns and rekindles his connection with DeAndre Hopkins, it could be the season they put it all together. Add this trio to their incredibly dynamic defense, and this team could finally make the Super Bowl, as they are very talented all across the board, and they’ll be quite tough to stop all year long, assuming health.
6 Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers/Davante Adams/Jamaal Williams
At the start of every NFL season, the Green Bay Packers are considered one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and that’s to be expected with Aaron Rodgers, and while it’s not going to happen, he, along with his talented offense will light up plenty of defenses along the way. Unfortunately, their D just isn’t up to scratch, but there’s no argument to be made about Rodgers being any less than the best QB in the game, and that alone warrants their place on this list.
5 Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz/Alshon Jeffery/Jay Ajayi
The Philadelphia Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2017, and while they don’t possess the biggest names, they have incredible talent, and led by MVP candidate Carson Wentz, they could be poised to do it again.
The year after winning your franchises first Super Bowl will definitely make it hard for them to back it up (the Chicago Cubs can attest to that), but they have the talent on both sides of the ball, and if Wentz is fully healthy, this will be a tough team to beat again.
4 Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins/Adam Thielen/Dalvin Cook
A year ago, the Minnesota Vikings would have struggled to crack the top 15, but by adding Kirk Cousins and developing young stars Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, this team is now an elite offense. The team fell just one game short of the Super Bowl a year ago, but by adding Cousins and returning Cook from injury, this may be their year to go one game more, and in combination with their incredible D, the team could be unstoppable.
3 New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees/Michael Thomas/Alvin Kamara
Drew Brees may not be the best QB in NFL history, but as a pure passer, he may be the most explosive and prolific, and with Alvin Kamara in the backfield, he may lead this offense to yet another record-breaking season. With Brees leading the team in what may be the final year of the Saints Super Bowl window, their offense will again be incredible to watch, and if Kamara can continue to develop into the player we expect him too, they could be at #1 in a year.
2 Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan/Julio Jones/DeVonta Freeman
The Atlanta Falcons possess one of the best passing offenses in NFL history, and when this trio is on, they are all but unstoppable (unless they’re up 25 in the Super Bowl, sorry, couldn’t resist), and they’ll continue to prove that in 2018. The Falcons may play in the toughest division in the NFL, but their offense will always pull them through, and if the D can play up to expectations, they could be returning to the Super Bowl this season.
1 Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown/Le'Veon Bell
It is definitely arguable what order the top 3 trios on this list should be in, but due to the success they’ve had together as an offensive force over the past few years, the Killer Bs out in Pittsburgh get the #1 place on our list.
It may be the end of their run together, as Bell is looking for a contract that the Steelers aren’t looking to give, and Ben is nearing the end of their career, but at this point, they are the best trio in the league.