2. San Francisco 49ers
Draft position: Playoffs
The top team in the NFC goes to the #1 seed in the NFL, which is fitting and a sign that sometimes the NFL does get it right.
The 49ers are a team with a lot of different things to brag about, but everything has to start with the stellar play of the front seven on defense. That group is what you dream of your front seven to be when you are trying to figure out the perfect lineup throughout the year.
Reading like a list of Pro Bowlers rather than an actual team, that defense has speed, power, finesse, discipline, and everything else you could want across the board.
To win against the 49ers you are going to have to play incredibly disciplined football and you are going to have to force them to try to beat you in ways they aren’t comfortable with.
1. Baltimore Ravens
Could there be anyone else?
I feel like I say it week in and week out, but the incredible athleticism of Lamar Jackson combined with the outstanding play calls from Greg Roman blend together to make for a terrifying team to stop offensively.
Their multiple tight ends force you to bring your heavy players on the field to stop then run and then you have to ask those guys to cover and stick with Lamar Jackson in space.
Defensively the Ravens are actually built from the backend forward, with their DBs being able to handle whatever is asked of them. That gives the front seven full permission to get creative and to try to attack in any way that they can.
If you can stop Lamar Jackson, you have a great chance of winning the game. The only problem is that the list of teams that can do that is very small.