The NFL power rankings for the 2019 playoffs have arrived. It is hard to believe that the 2018 season has already concluded, but for NFL fans, the 17 weeks of the regular season are the quickest of the year! One minute we are celebrating Labor Day and getting back to football, and in the blink of an eye the New Year is upon us and the season has concluded - well the first season that is!

The second season is here

If the team you root for has made the 2019 NFL postseason, congratulations! If not, the good news is your favorite squad is probably heading into the 2019 NFL Draft with a high selection.

Either way, the playoffs, or what many fans call the "second season” is finally upon us.

According to a CBS Sports report, the NFL playoffs will begin on January 5th and 6th with the Wild Card rounds, followed by the Divisional Rounds on the January 12-13. Championship Sunday is scheduled for January 20th and the big game, Super Bowl 53 will take place on February 3 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Now that the dates and times are set, the big question is who is going to win?

Most Las Vegas oddsmakers are favoring the No. 1 seed in each conference, which would be the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. However, don’t discount some of the lower seeds - especially the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, and Dallas Cowboys.

The Colts have won four in a row and nine of their last ten to make this incredible journey to the postseason. The Ravens, on the other hand, have an inexperienced rookie quarterback calling the plays - and that may work for them in many ways. Lamar Jackson has brought a totally new dimension to Baltimore's offense, and the Ravens are surging at the right time.

Jackson is the wildest wild card this postseason. He makes opposing defenses miss with his strength and quickness as this former Louisville star can run like the wind or calmly throw a 60-yard pass for a touchdown.

As for the Cowboys, they have a lot of weapons but make no mistake, Zeke and Dak will have to play a great game to take down Seattle.

They are at home, and that is a plus for Dallas - as they finished 7-1 in 2018 in AT&T Stadium.

Power Rankings

The Kansas City Chiefs are the top seed in the AFC. However, they are No. 6 in the first edition of the postseason power rankings. Despite a blowout loss to Carolina in Week 17, the Saints are still No. 1.

1. New Orleans Saints

2. New England Patriots

3. Los Angeles Rams

4. Chicago Bears

5. Los Angeles Chargers

6. Kansas City Chiefs

7. Houston Texans

8. Indianapolis Colts

9. Dallas Cowboys

10. Seattle Seahawks

11. Baltimore Ravens

12. Philadelphia Eagles