By MIKE DEAL | ESPN.com The NFL is back.
The NFL will return, and the league’s best teams are returning to a league that’s been struggling with injuries and declining attendance.
And as the NFL’s popularity continues to soar, so too has the pressure to keep the sport entertaining and competitive.
The NFL’s best football teams are back.
In fact, in terms of the number of teams with a Super Bowl-winning record, the best teams in the league are returning.
Here’s a look at how those teams have done in their first season of football in the NFL.
New York JetsA new era is underway with the Jets, who won the AFC East with a 12-4 record last season and now boast a 1-1 record in 2017.
The Jets are in the top two in the AFC with a 3-2 record, while they’re just a game back of the defending champion Patriots for the division title.
New England PatriotsA new team will join the New England Patriots for 2017, and this one isn’t expected to be as dominant as last year.
The Patriots are coming off of a 10-6 season in which they won their second division title in franchise history.
They’re back in the hunt for the AFC Championship after finishing 8-8 in 2017, with the Patriots finishing 8th in the NFC East with an 11-5 record.
They also have a chance to win the NFC South, with Atlanta and Green Bay the top seeds in the division.
Atlanta FalconsA new season will see the Falcons move up in the standings to No. 2 in the 2017 NFL standings, with two games remaining in the season.
Atlanta is expected to make the playoffs, and with a win over the Patriots on the road, it would put Atlanta ahead of Atlanta.
New Orleans SaintsA new year brings a fresh start for the New Orleans Pelicans, who had a busy offseason and are now in the midst of a new coaching staff.
The Pelicans were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
They are back in a new coach, and they’re expected to improve on last season’s 27-43 record.
The Miami HeatThe Miami Marlins, who lost in the 2018 NLDS to the San Francisco Giants, are looking to bounce back after finishing 10-61 last season.
The Marlins are expected to finish a little higher than 10-62 with a victory over the San Diego Padres in the NLDS.
New York MetsThe New York Yankees have the most dominant team in the major leagues and the biggest fan base in all of sports, and that’s not changing.
New Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is coming to New York after guiding the team to the World Series championship in 2017 and 2018.
They were also the last team to make it past the first half of the season and the first team to beat the Cleveland Indians in a best-of-seven series.
The Washington NationalsThe Washington Capitals will be one of the few teams to have a winning season in 2017 under new coach Barry Trotz.
The Capitals finished a disappointing 10-65 in 2017 but have won two of their past three.
The team has a chance at a playoff berth after finishing in the bottom two of the Eastern Conference and earning the fourth seed in the National League.
Atlanta BravesThe Braves are one of two teams to win at least 75 games and make the postseason in each of the past three seasons.
Atlanta finished a mediocre 34-78 in 2017 with the loss of closer Jason Grilli.
They finished 10-63 in 2017 after losing starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to free agency.
The Braves were also one of just four teams to reach the playoffs in 2017 despite finishing 29th in baseball.
The New York GiantsThe Giants have won the NL East three times in the last four years, including three straight seasons in the middle of the pack.
They’ve also been in contention in the postseason for the past two seasons, and a win Sunday over the Dodgers would put them in the wild-card race.
New Orleans SaintsThe Saints are back, with an expected winning record of 17-5 in 2017 to move back into the wild card race after finishing a disappointing 11-61 in 2017 as the Saints were swept in the second round of this year’s playoffs.
The Saints are looking for a win on Sunday in a game that will likely determine the wildcard race, as the teams will square off in a three-game series.
Miami MarlinsThe Marlins were a surprise last season, finishing 30-59, but a win Saturday against the Dodgers puts them into the playoffs with a chance of winning the Atlantic Division.
They have a shot at a spot in the AL East playoffs with victories in four of their next five games.
New YorkerThe New Yorker, who finished with the worst record in the NHL last season after spending three years in Boston, is expected back at Yankee Stadium in 2018.
It was a rough year for New York, as they were swept out of the postseason by the