12. Pittsburgh Steelers
The current Steelers defensive depth chart gives me a headache. With young and unreliable player playing on the D-Line, at linebacker and cornerback. This is not the Steel Curtain you have seen in past years. So why are they ranked 12th?
Their offense is just too damn good.
All Pro veteran Ben Roethlisberger throwing to Antonio Brown, who lead the NFL in receptions and receiving yards last year, and Martavis Bryant, who shows massive breakout potential this year after scoring 8 touchdowns in 2014, 14th in the NFL. If you’re still not convinced, lets throw in Le’veon Bell who rushed for 1,361 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. However defense wins championships, and that’s just not something Mike Tomlin’s Steelers have at the moment.
11. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings brought in Mike Wallace this offseason to replace Greg Jennings. Wallace, whose speed and elusiveness leaves opposing cornerbacks looking silly, caught 10 touchdowns in Miami last season and has potential to score even more this year. Young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found his go-to guy last season in Charles Johnson, who was referred to be coordinator Norv Turner as “far and away our best receiver”.
The Vikings used the 1-to overall pick in the draft to snag cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State. He will pair with Xavier Rhodes to give the NFC North it’s best defensive back tandem. I’m not counting the Vikings out this year.