The 2018 NFL season is here. This is the time of the year when fans can look at their team as a legitimate contender for the most prestigious sporting event in modern history. That is the Super Bowl. For this issue, the staff at Industry Rules give you their top two teams that has a great chance of reaching the big dance. Both teams chosen

Philadelphia Eagles
Many critics believe that the Eagles winning the last Super Bowl was total luck. It’s really hard to outwit Bill Bellachick for 60 minutes, but Doug Pettersson was able to do that with a back up quarterback in Nick Foles.

The 2018 team returns with many of the key pieces intact. Although Carson Wentz will not start the season as the starting quarterback, he’s poise to play by mid season.  As mentioned, Foles is more than capable of stacking wins while Wentz continues to nurse his leg injury.

How: The Offensive Line
The Eagles boast the best offensive line in all of football. I still remember last year’s Super Bowl where they were blowing Patriot defenders off the ball for a time of 4-5 yards every run play. Take in consideration that pro bowler left tackle Jason Peters will be in the starting lineup (he was on IR last season) and the Eagles should continue to open running lanes for Jay Ajayi while providing superior pass protection for Foles to get the ball to playmakers Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz.

If the offensive line continues to dominate like they did last year, it doesn’t matter who’s at quarterback, the Eagles will be holding up the NFC Championship trophy with a legitimate chance of winning Super Bowl back to back.

Honorable Mention: Fletcher Cox
The signing of Michael Bennett in the offseason was key. His presence on the roster will allow take snaps from Fletcher Cox which will allow him to pace through the regular season while having less but meaningful snaps. This will keep him fresh as he’s one of the top defensive tackles at the 3 Technique. With the offensive playing “maul ball”, this will also keep him fresh for the playoff run. The thought of him and Michael Bennett playing side by side on obvious passing situations spells doom for other teams. This will allow premiere pass rusher Brandon Graham to feast on tackles in one-on-one matchups.

The Eagles are built the right way which means they are superior in the trenches. This is where the game is won or lost. Advantage Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars
Champions are won by defense. The Jaguars tout the best defensive unit in the league with pro bowlers at every level.

How: The Defensive Line
Jacksonville has four pro bowlers on its defensive. All Pro Calais Campbell leads the bunch and he’s coming a defensive player of the year type season. Marcel Darrius, Yannick Ngakoue and Malik Jackson all have a knack to be disruptive and able to sack the quarterback. Yannick is now in his third season and he lead the league last year with strip sack fumbles. Arguably one of the tops in his position, but he does not get the recognition as a premier pass rusher as Joey Bosa or Khalil Mack. He uses that for motivation. His ability to beat tackles off the edge with his technique and superb hand skills will have opposing offenses in danger. Malik Jackson is one of the top defensive tackles when it comes to the three technique. His speed, size and strength is too much for opposing guards. With both Campbell and Ngakoue terrorizing the edge, this will allow Jackson to showcase his skills and not allow quarterbacks to step up in the pocket. This will make it difficult for passing the ball down the field where the Jaguars also have a top tier secondary. Former first round Marcell Dareus is the key. At 6’3 and 336lbs, he is the unmovable anchor of the defensive. His versatility is his biggest strength. He has the power to play the traditional nose tackle with speed and quickness to play the 3 technique. His run stuffing ability will force opponents to third and long which plays right in the hands of Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye.

Honorable Mention: Jalen Ramsey
He’s the best corner in the league. His length, speed and awareness allows him to cover the opposing team’s best receiver. His ability to hit like a safety gives the Jags another sure tackler against the run. Again, he’s the best corner in the league.

Similar to the Eagles, the Jaguars are built in the trenches where football games are won and lost.