We'll Give You Two Teams, You Tell Us Who Ranked Higher Last Year: NFL Edition
By: Gavin Thagard
About This Quiz
If you are an NFL fan, the 2017 season was just as fun and exciting to watch as any in years prior. The season helped build the reputation of rising stars like Carson Wentz of the Philidelphia Eagles and Carl Lawson of the Cincinnati Bengals. The season also added to the legacies of greats like Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Drew Brees of the New Orlean Saints. More importantly, the season gave us fierce competition between all 32 NFL teams.
Do you know how each of these teams finished in the rankings? Can you tell us which teams finished higher? Here's a quiz where you can find out!
Each season in the NFL is different, as some teams rise while other teams fall. One team might win the Super Bowl one season and finish near the bottom of the conference the next. That's what makes the NFL so much fun to watch. It's nearly impossible to predict who is going to be on top each year. That was certainly the case in 2017.
If you think you know which teams won the most games, along with which teams fell off last season, you can test that knowledge by giving this quiz a shot!
Who finished higher: Chiefs or Dolphins?
Since Andy Reid became the head coach, the Chiefs have had great success during the regular season. Their postseason success, however, has not been as great.
Who finished higher: Jets or Patriots?
The Patriots have been a dynasty in the NFL since Tom Brady united with Bill Belichick. However, that relationship seems to be on rocky ground.
Who finished higher: Rams or Dolphins?
In 2017, the Rams had one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. During the off-season, the team added to the defense, hoping to have a well-rounded team.
Who finished higher: Steelers or Giants?
Eli Manning started 210 consecutive regular season games for the Giants. That streak was broken in 2017.
Who finished higher: Cowboys or Patriots?
With Tom Brady now 40 years old, people question how much longer he can play. Brady has said he hopes to play another five years.
Who finished higher: Falcons or Patriots?
The Patriots reached the Super Bowl in 2017 after winning it the prior year. This was quarterback Tom Brady's eighth Super Bowl appearance.
Who finished higher: Rams or Broncos?
For a team that didn't make the playoffs in 2016, the Rams improved substantially in 2017, leading their division in the regular season. That success comes after hiring head coach Sean McVay.
Who finished higher: Seahawks or 49ers?
The Seahawks' defense has been the focal point of the team for nearly a decade. However, as the defense starts to turn over key players, the team hopes to build around quarterback Russell Wilson moving forward.
Who finished higher: Seahawks or Giants?
The Seahawks defense was hampered by injuries all season. After the injuries and the departure of players like Richard Sherman, it's most likely the end of the Legion of Boom in Seattle.
Who finished higher: Jets or Chargers?
The Jets have been in a rebuilding phase for years. Fans are looking for some of that to pay off in 2018.
Who finished higher: Panthers or Giants?
The Giants had one of the biggest fall-offs from 2016 to 2017. After making the playoffs in 2016, they finished the 2017 season with only three wins.
Who finished higher: 49ers or Vikings?
The Vikings had one of the most dominant defenses in the NFL in 2017. The team finished first in total defense and second in both passing and rushing defense.
Who finished higher: Panthers or Bills?
Over the past few years, the Panthers have built a team focused on running the ball and stopping the run. That paid off in 2017 when they finished in the top five in both categories.
Who finished higher: Panthers or Buccaneers?
The Panthers have been one of the biggest up and down teams in the NFL the past few seasons. Much of that has been attributed to Cam Newton's inconsistencies.
Who finished higher: Vikings or Cardinals?
The Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins in the off-season. This acquisition should help the team after suffering several injuries at the quarterback position last season.
Who finished higher: Falcons or Saints?
The Falcons and Saints rivalry has been quite intense the past few years. That's not surprising considering both teams have elite quarterbacks.
Who finished higher: Titans or Eagles?
To complete the 2017 season, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl since the NFL and AFL merged. This was a great accomplishment for an outstanding sports town like Philidelphia.
Who finished higher: Packers or Chiefs?
The Packers and the Chiefs played each other in the first ever Super Bowl in 1967. The Packers won the game 35-10.
Who finished higher: Colts or Bengals?
The Colts are still hampered by the mysterious injury of Andrew Luck. In 2018, the team hopes he will return to his MVP form.
Who finished higher: Bears or Saints?
The Saints were one play away from advancing to the NFC Championship. Sadly, in the NFL, it only takes one play to lose a game.
Who finished higher: Chargers or Cardinals?
The Chargers haven't made the playoffs since 2013. That's frustrating for a team whose franchise quarterback is on the last leg of his career.
Who finished higher: Steelers or Jaguars?
Some controversy has surrounded Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has contemplated retirement. Nonetheless, he'll be back for the 2018 season to lead the team.
Who finished higher: Ravens or Steelers?
The Steelers sit at the top of the league in Super Bowl victories. The team has won six throughout the history of the franchise.
Who finished higher: Lions or Buccaneers?
The Buccaneers' quarterback, Jameis Winston, was suspended for the first three game of the 2018 season for an off-the-field issue. This is certainly a blow as the Buccaneers hope to win more than five games this year.
Who finished higher: Raiders or Browns?
In 2017, the Browns fielded one of the worst teams in NFL history. The team finished 0-16, struggling in every statistical category.
Who finished higher: Texans or Cowboys?
The Cowboys were set back in 2017 by the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. For a team built on running the ball, that was a major blow for part of the season.
Who finished higher: Bears or Redskins?
The Bears finished last in the NFC North for yet another year. They'll look to develop young talent as they try to build a team for the future.
Who finished higher: Ravens or Colts?
Ray Lewis, a former linebacker for the Ravens, led an aggressive defense more than a decade, winning two Super Bowls. Since he retired in 2013, the defense hasn't quite been able to live up to its reputation.
Who finished higher: Eagles or Cowboys?
The Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL late in the season against the Los Angeles Rams. The injury forced Wentz to miss the playoffs, though his team progressed to the Super Bowl without him.
Who finished higher: Raiders or Bills?
The Bills made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. That was one of the longest droughts in NFL history.
Who finished higher: Bears or Lions?
The Lions are led by quarterback Matt Stafford. He's been with the team since he was drafted in 2009 out of the University of Georgia.
Who finished higher: Packers or Titans?
An injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers hampered the Packers' success in 2017. Rodgers will look to right the ship in 2018.
Who finished higher: Jaguars or Browns?
Prior to the 2017 season, Blake Bortles, quarterback of the Jaguars, was seen as a bust after being drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft. However, he was finally able to lead his team to the AFC Championship game, which was Jacksonville's first title game since 1999.
Who finished higher: Broncos or Bengals?
The Broncos aren't too far removed from their 2015 Super Bowl run. With inconsistencies on offense, however, the team has struggled to mirror that success.
Who finished higher: Redskins or Texans?
Neither of these teams made the playoffs in 2017. Both will be looking to correct that in 2018.
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