Ranking NFL’s 2021 Super Bowl contenders: Packers, Buccaneers headline list of 14 playoff teams

The 2021 NFL playoff picture is still rounding into form: a new team just took over the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the battle for wild card spots remains wide open, and we’ve still got four weeks of regular-season action to shake things up. But which current postseason candidates are best positioned to win it all? Which of the 14 teams presently set to advance to the playoffs should be favored to not only reach the Super Bowl but claim the Lombardi Trophy?

Here’s our ranking of title contenders entering Week 15:

14. Washington (6-7)

Taylor Heinicke brings the requisite spunk and even has playoff experience (remember his battle with Tom Brady in 2020), but they’re lacking depth due to COVID-19 and injuries, and they’re already too prone to costly offensive slip-ups.

Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo have what it takes to enter the dance, especially if Deebo Samuel and the run game stay busy. When push comes to shove, though, they still feel like they’re biding time for an offensive expansion in 2022.

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