The NFL season is in full swing and there are plenty of teams vying for the top spot. Who is the number 1 team in the NFL right now?
Who is the number 1 team in the NFL? The answer may surprise you. The answer may also change from year to year, depending on who is having the better season.
The Case for the New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have been the most successful team in the NFL over the past two decades. With six Super Bowl titles and nine AFC Championships, the Patriots have proven time and time again that they are the best team in the league. In this article, we will take a look at the case for the New England Patriots being the number one team in the NFL.
Bill Belichick is an American football coach who is the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He has led the Patriots to nine Super Bowl appearances, winning five of them, making him one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Belichick began his coaching career in 1975, and by 1985 he had become defensive coordinator for New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells. He later served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991 to 1995. After being fired by former Browns owner Art Modell, Belichick returned to the Patriots as an assistant coach under head coach Pete Carroll. When Carroll was hired as head coach of the Jets in 1997, Belichick resigned and became assistant head coach and defensive backs coach under Parcells with the Jets.
Tom Brady is the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. He has led the team to six Super Bowl victories, including five wins in a row from 2001 to 2005. Brady has been named the Super Bowl MVP four times, more than any other player in NFL history. He is also the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.
The Case for the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. They have won six Super Bowls, more than any other team in the league, and have been to the playoffs an NFL-record 33 times. They have more Hall of Famers than any other team, and their fans are among the most passionate in the league.
Tomlin was born in Hampton, Virginia and attended Denbigh High School. He played college football at William & Mary, where he was a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection. He began his coaching career in 1995 as the wide receivers coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he helped lead the Keydets to their first winning season in more than a decade.
In 2000, Tomlin was hired as the defensive coordinator at Memphis, where he helped turn around a Tigers program that had gone 1-10 the year before he arrived. In just two seasons, Tomlin guided Memphis to the Conference USA championship game and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
In 2002, Tomlin was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive backs coach. He helped lead the Buccaneers to Super Bowl XXXVII that season.
In 2004, Tomlin became the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. In his one season with the Vikings, Tomlin helped them improve from 22nd in points allowed to sixth.
Tomlin was hired as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 22, 2007. In his first season as head coach, Tomlin led the Steelers to a 10-6 record and a berth in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers would go on to win Super Bowl XLIII that season, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
Tomlin has continued to have success with the Steelers, winning at least 10 games in six of his nine seasons as head coach and leading them to two more Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XLV and Super Bowl XLVI). He is one of only four coaches in NFL history to win a Super Bowl within his first two seasons as head coach (the others are Barry Switzer, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy).
Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed “Big Ben”, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami University, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
The Case for the Philadelphia Eagles
Doug Pederson is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was previously the offensive coordinator of the Eagles and also played quarterback in the NFL for nine seasons. Under Pederson, the Eagles won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, becoming the first team in NFL history to defeat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in a Super Bowl.
Prior to his career in coaching, Pederson played football as a quarterback. He began his collegiate career at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to Louisiana-Monroe. In 1993, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. He also played for the Green Bay Packers from 1996 to 1998, where he backed up Brett Favre. He finished his playing career with stints with the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Wentz was coming off of a season where he had thrown for over 3,700 yards and 28 touchdowns for North Dakota State. The Eagles were coming off of a 7-9 season and were in dire need of a franchise quarterback.
Wentz did not disappoint. In his rookie season, he threw for over 3,800 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for another 6 touchdowns. He led the Eagles to an NFC East title and a playoff berth.
In his second season, Wentz took his game to another level. He threw for over 33 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. He was on pace to throw for over 4,000 yards when he suffered a season-ending injury in week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Despite the injury, Wentz was able to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history. He did this by mentoring backup quarterback Nick Foles and helping him prepare for the playoffs.
Foles went on to have an incredible run in the playoffs, culminating in a Super Bowl MVP performance. But make no mistake about it, without Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles would not be Super Bowl champions.
After careful research and analysis, it is our opinion that the New England Patriots are the number 1 team in the NFL.