NFL trust rankings amid foggy playoff picture

8Everything seemed so clear – it isn’t anymore

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The NFL world thought it had the 2018 season figured out. Midway through the campaign, everything about the future seemed so clear. It sure isn’t anymore.

In early November, the New Orleans Saints raced past the Los Angeles Rams. Two weeks later, the Rams enjoyed a thrilling win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Super Bowl would surely include the Chiefs and either the Saints or Rams, right?

Then reality happened. Apparent contenders dropped off, losing to suddenly surging teams. Recency bias has thrown this season into a tizzy.

We’ve organized all 32 teams into a general category of perception.