The NFL is one of the biggest leagues in the world, and the pinnacle of that is the Super Bowl, which is watched by millions of people around the world. That’s what every player hopes to achieve one day, but unfortunately, not everyone can compete on sports grandest stage. It’s not always the best team that makes the Super Bowl, but it’s the one who can get hot at the right time of year, and to do that, you need a great overall team, as well as good coaching.
Unfortunately, some of the league’s top teams just don’t have the ability to go all the way. Defense is a big part of this, so a lot of teams will struggle to make it to the big game due to their lack of talent on that side of the ball, and even though it’s hard to predict what the future will hold, we will give it our best shot.
So sit back and real along as we look into the future and predict 10 teams that will be competing in the Super Bowl over the next decade, and 10 contenders that we think will just fall short of the big game.
20 Will – San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers fell from grace very quickly after their Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but by acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo, they now have a very bright future, and it will result in a Super Bowl. Their offense still has a long way to go, but they have plenty of talented young players on the defensive side of the ball, but if they can build around Jimmy G, they’ll succeed. Sure, he’s never going to be an elite level player, but he can be the leader of the franchise, and that will result in him leading his team to a Super Bowl.
19 Won’t – Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks had a fantastic run on the back of the Legion of Boom and Russell Wilson, but with most of the Legion gone and no O-Line to protect #3, their future is bleak. The 49ers and Rams are taking over the NFC West, and unless the team can somehow make some big signings in the near future, they may not even make it back to the playoffs for a few years. If Wilson was smart, he’d get out of the organization as soon as he can, because they just don’t have much potential left, and that includes no Super Bowl run in the future.
18 Will – New York Jets
The New York Jets have been a terribly mediocre team ever since the departure of Rex Ryan, but they are building a great team, and with the drafting of Sam Darnold, they’ve solidified a very promising future. The offense still needs work, as they need time to develop the former USC star, but their defense is solidified already, and with the duo of Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams leading the way, the sky is the limit. It won’t happen in the next few years, but when Darnold hits his prime, this team will be a force to be reckoned with (especially after Tom Brady retires).
17 Won’t – New York Giants
The New York Giants have secured two of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in NFL history, and it’s on the back of two fantastic playoff runs, but unfortunately, there’s too much competition for a repeat of that. The NFC East may even be too much for the Giants to conquer, but with the talented up and coming teams in the rest of the NFC, they just don’t have a chance. Eli is ageing and nearing the end of his career, and their defense is quite inconsistent, and all these factors combined, we just can’t see another appearance in the big game.
16 Will – Denver Broncos
The old saying goes: ‘defense wins championships’, and if that’s the case, the 2018 Denver Broncos are in with a very good chance of making the Super Bowl, especially after drafting the immensely talented Bradley Chubb. The team doesn’t have the fantastic offense that they once did, but with Case Keenum running the show, they’ll avoid mistakes, and they’ll be in the running to win most of their games. The offense can develop, and with the combination of Miller and Chubb on the defensive side of the ball, they have a chance each and every year to make the Super Bowl.
15 Won’t – Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers appeared in the Super Bowl not too long ago, but they fell short against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, and they’ve struggled to find an identity since that point. Cam Newton has struggled to stay consistent, and the D just hasn’t been at the level they were that year, and with a lack of offensive talent, it will be hard for them to even return to the playoffs. The NFC South is a very tough division, as we can see two of the four teams making the Super Bowl in the next few years, but unfortunately, Carolina just isn’t that team.
14 Will – Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have always had the potential to be a top team in the NFL, but year after year, they always have to deal with unfortunate injuries, and this year, they are primed to succeed. DeShaun Watson looked like the real deal a year ago, and if he can pick up his partnership with DeAndre Hopkins, this offense will be elite, and with the addition of Tyrann Mathieu, they’ll be almost unstoppable. The AFC South is quite a tough division these days, but the Texans have the depth and coaching to overcome it, and they’ll likely be in the Super Bowl in the next few years.
13 Won’t – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best offenses in the NFL, but with age and contract issues surrounding two of their biggest stars, that’s coming to an end, and they won’t reach a Super Bowl before that end. The AFC is stacked with top end talent like the Patriots, Texans and the entire AFC West, and unfortunately, the Steelers just don’t have the D to carry them back to the big game. They have the potential to go on a big run in the playoffs this year, but with all the issues surrounding this great team, it may be the last chance with this core group of players to do it, and we just can’t see it happening.
12 Will – Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams came out of nowhere to take the NFC West a year ago, and with all the improvements they’ve made on both sides of the ball, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they went to the Super Bowl this season. Jarred Goff was considered by many a bust after his rookie year, but he turned it around in a big way in 2017, and if that continues, they’ll be a Super Bowl favorite for years to come. If there was any team on this list who we could almost 100% guarantee a Super Bowl appearance, it would be the LA Rams, as they are explosive at every position, and they are my pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 53.
11 Won’t – Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are always in the conversation as a Super Bowl favorite at the start of the year, and with Aaron Rodgers healthy, this year could be the year, but unfortunately we just can’t see it happening. They added two big pieces in the off-season with Muhammad Wilkerson and Jimmy Graham, but there are just too many good teams in the NFC for them to compete with all year long. When A-Rod gets hot in the post-season, we’ve seen just how unstoppable he’s been, but teams like Minnesota, LA and others are just too good offensively, and the struggling Packers D won’t hold up.
10 Will – Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings had a fantastic season in 2017, and they fell just one game short of the Super Bowl, but with the addition of Sheldon Richardson and Kirk Cousins, they are poised to take the next step in 2018. No team in the entire NFL has less holes than the Minnesota Vikings, as they have star players ready to step up at every position, and if Cousins can quickly get acquainted with the team, they will be hard to stop. The Packers are looking like a major threat in the North too, but they aren’t as deep as Minnesota, and with this team looking to avenge their big loss to the Eagles, even the great Aaron Rodgers can’t stop them.
9 Won’t – Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are widely regarded as ‘America’s Team’, but they have had little success since the 90’s, and despite this good young core they’ve developed on offense, that won’t change anytime soon. That’s not to say that they won’t have any success in the playoffs, but plenty of teams in the NFC are much more well-rounded, and the Cowboys just don’t match up. As we’ve said, 10 years is a long time to predict, but the Cowboys just have too many holes on the defensive side of the ball, and unless we see them bring in big time Free Agents in the near future, they just aren’t going to make it back to the big game.
8 Will – New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is one of the greatest QBs of all time, but he only has one Super Bowl appearance and victory; with Alvin Kamara in the backfield, this team has the ability to get back there once again. They lost in heart-breaking fashion a year ago to the Minnesota Vikings, but they now have another year together, and before Brees retires, we can see them getting back to the big game once more. Sure, it’s going to take an incredibly hot run through the playoffs to get there, with some amazing QBs to dethrone, but we believe the Saints have the talent to do it once more.
7 Won’t – Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are seemingly a Super Bowl favorite every year, but they’ve never lived up to the expectations, and even with talented young Josh Rosen representing the future, they won’t make it to the big game. They’ve got a pretty good D, but the rest of the team is ageing, and if it doesn’t happen soon, it will never happen, and with so much fire power in the NFC, we can’t see it happening. With the NFC West becoming so tough over the last few years, they’d be better off moving into a rebuilding phase, because at this point, it looks like they’ll be mediocre for years to come.
6 Will – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars fell just one quarter short of the Super Bowl a year ago at the hands of the New England Patriots, but with their incredible D and talented offense, they’ll no doubt make that next step. Sure, they could have done better in the offseason at QB instead of Blake Bortles, but he has the talent to take them all the way, and with Jalen Ramsey leading the way, they’ll be hard to score on. It needs to happen over the next few years with this talented D, because if it doesn’t the Texans and the next generation are going to take over the AFC.
5 Won’t – Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans came out of nowhere a year ago to have a decent playoff run, but with the resurgence of the Texans, they’ll no doubt regress in 2018, and they just don’t have the elite level talent to go all the way. Marcus Mariota has talent, but he is way too inconsistent to take them to the next level, and with a lack of true talent around him, they just don’t have the team to get ahead of the Jaguars or the Texans in the South. Sure, they’ll probably make a few playoff appearances in this time frame, but there’s just too much talent ahead of them for them to make it to the Super Bowl.
4 Will – Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off the back of their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and with Carson Wentz returning from injury, it’s likely that he will take them back to the Super Bowl at some point. The team is quite deep and they are looking to dominate the NFC East for a number of years, and although it’s unlikely they return in 2018, it will happen in the near future. Plenty of teams in the NFC are on the rise, and the Eagles are at the forefront of that, and if Wentz can stick around for his entire career, they could have similar dominance in the NFC to the Patriots in the AFC.
3 Won’t – Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs for the first time in almost 2 decades in 2017, and they definitely have the potential to become a mainstay in that arena, but the Super Bowl will just be out of reach. With Josh Allen looking like their future starting QB, this team has the potential to be quite fun to watch and competitive, but in a division with the Patriots, it’s going to be hard to make it all the way. Their D is also quite hard to handle, especially with the addition of Tremaine Edmunds, but it seems like they just don’t have the killer instinct to be a Super Bowl caliber team.
2 Will – New England Patriots
This seems like quite an obvious statement, as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still have a few years left in them, but it’s worth noting that we believe it will be the legendary Patriots last Super Bowl appearance. They have made 8 appearances during the phenomenal career of Tom Brady, with 5 victories among them, and despite the fact that their run is coming to an end, they have plenty of gas left in the tank. There are plenty of up-and-coming teams in the AFC, and the Patriots will eventually be knocked off their throne, but not before they make it to the big game one more time.
1 Won’t – Cleveland Browns
Usually, it would be obvious that the Browns are on this side of the list, to the point where we’d keep them out, but with all their improvements as of late, they are going to be a good team going forward, just not this good. With Baker Mayfield leading the future of this team, we could see them winning a few playoff games, but the Browns just haven’t shown the ability to be consistent on the field or in the front office, and that hurts them. This is going to be a long process for Cleveland, but unfortunately, the Browns aren’t going to follow in LeBron’s footsteps in bringing a title to The Land.