It’s been 13 seasons since the NFL had a repeat champion.
According to the last Talk of Fame Network poll, that drought will extend to 14 seasons in 2018. We asked our listeners and readers who will win the NFL championship this coming season and the New England Patriots edged out the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots received 27.2 percent out of the vote, followed by the Eagles at 26.6 percent and the Pittsburgh Steelers a very distant third at 6.3 percent. Atlanta, Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota, New Orleans and the Rams rounded out the voting, all in single digits.
Talk of Fame Network hosts Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge split their vote with Gosselin tabbing the Rams and Judge the Steelers.
“At some point,” Judge said, “Tom Brady has to run out of magic, and it may not be next year … but I’ll take Pittsburgh just because I don’t see how New England makes it four Super Bowls in five years and because I see Pittsburgh as the next best team in the AFC.”
The Patriots, by the way, are the last team to repeat as Super Bowl champion in 2003-04. The Patriots were attempting to win back-to-back in 2016-17 but the Eagles denied them this month with a 41-33 Super Bowl victory.
The Eagles will be better on paper in 2018 with the return of quarterback Carson Wentz, who was building an NVP campaign before a knee injury ended his season in December. Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl with backup QB Nick Foles.
But Gosselin likes the Rams, who captured the NFC West this season with the youngest coach in the NFL in 31-year-old Sean McVay. Los Angeles has a potential franchise quarterback in Jared Goff, a franchise running back in Todd Gurley plus coordinator Wade Phillips generating a pass rush on defense.
“The 2017 Rams remind me of the 1991 Cowboys,” Gosselin said. “Both were talented young teams who learned how good they could be during the course of that season. The Cowboys then went out and won a Super Bowl in 1992.”