May 26, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

2020 NFL Power Rankings

The 2020 NFL regular season can’t come soon enough. 

In what’s been a disastrous year for sports, one of the bright spots has been the NFL. They’ve saved the football-watching public from complete and utter boredom with free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. And now, the masses cannot wait until the kickoff of the 2020 campaign — and hopefully a return to normalcy. 

While we don’t know if the season will start on time, we can take a look at where things stand in the league as we move closer to the start of the season. 

Are Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs at the top of the rankings? What about Baltimore Ravens and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson? And which team is expected to be the best in the NFC? 

We’ve got your answers right here in our 2020 NFL Power Rankings. 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

The leader in the clubhouse for Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars need a lot of help. 

What was once a dominating defense is now one of the worst in the league, and the offense isn’t that much better, either. We’ll see if Gardner Minshew can lead the Jags to enough wins to stop Jacksonville from taking his replacement in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

31. Washington Redskins

The Redskins might have one of the best defensive lines in the league, but they don’t have much else. With Ron Rivera taking over in Washington, the Redskins are clearly rebuilding for the future. 

The 2020 campaign is all about evaluating players on the current roster. Deciding whether Dwayne Haskins is the team’s quarterback of the future is the franchise’s biggest decision in 2020. 

30. New York Jets

This is a pivotal season in New York. The Jets need Sam Darnold to realize his massive potential and become the franchise quarterback they drafted him to be.

It’s also a big year for coach Adam Gase as he enters Year 2 in New York after a disastrous inaugural season. He’ll have to make the Jets a lot more competitive if he wants to make it to Year 3. 

29. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins continue to “Trust the Process” and it seems to be paying off. The ‘Fins were able to stay at the fifth pick overall and grab their QB of the future in Tua Tagovailoa. They also upgraded all over the offensive line, even though it still needs a ton of help. 

Miami also has one of the most underrated secondaries in the league. Byron Jones and Xavien Howard are quite the DB duo. 

28. New York Giants

The Giants had a strong offseason, with a focus on upgrading the defensive side of the ball. But it probably won’t matter much in 2020. The Giants should be one of the worst teams in the league, despite having an offense that'll score points. 

If Danny Dimes can make a big leap, then the Giants will have a chance to achieve mediocrity in 2020. 

27. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers might have a fun offense, especially with former LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady taking over the play-calling duties. But the Panthers could have the worst defense in the league. 

That’s good for fantasy football players but bad for fans of the Panthers. However, they could be in the Tank for Trevor sweepstakes if things go poorly. 

26. Cincinnati Bengals

Don’t look now but the Bengals have some serious talent on their roster. While the squad is very young, the offense looks like it could be highly underrated. 

An offense group that includes Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Tee Higgins could be extremely explosive. The defense still needs a lot of work, though. 

25. Chicago Bears

Now that the Mitchell Trubisky experience is all but over, the Bears will now turn over the reins to Nick Foles. If he can stay healthy, he’s an upgrade over Trubisky. But that’s probably not enough to lift the Bears out of the cellar of the NFC. 

24. Detroit Lions

Coming off a three-win season, the Lions can really only go up from here. While the defense leaves a lot to be desired, the Lions still employ an extremely dangerous offense. 

Before Matthew Stafford suffered a season-ending back injury, the Lions had one of the better scoring attacks in the league. But another bad year could mean the end for Lions coach Matt Patricia. 

23. Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota? It might not matter for the Raiders in their first season in Las Vegas. The Raiders still have a ton of holes on the roster — especially on defense. 

The Raiders offense could have some growing pains, too. Las Vegas might start multiple rookies in Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden and Bryan Edwards. 

22. Houston Texans

Bill O’Brien, the team’s head coach and general manager, pretty much set fire to the team’s roster over the past couple of years. His latest bone-headed move was to trade DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson and a second-round pick. 

Deshaun Watson and the Texans should be able to put up points without Nuk, but their hopes of contending are dwindling fast. 

21. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons should continue to have a high-octane offense, thanks to two of the best receivers in the league in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. But the team doesn’t have much else to work with. The defense will have to make a big leap in 2020 for the team to vy for a playoff spot in the hotly contested NFC South. 

After going on a hot streak at the end of 2019, will the Falcons be able to carry that momentum into 2020? We’ll see. 

20. New England Patriots

Here’s another team that’s hard to gauge. The question really comes down to, how much faith do you have in Bill Belichick? (If your answer isn't a lot, then you might've been stung by one of those Murder Hornets). 

After losing Tom Brady to the Buccaneers, the Patriots will trot out former fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham as their starter next season. With an offense bereft of talent, it’ll be tough sledding for Stidham unless players like N’Keal Harry emerge. 

The defense should still be pretty darn good in 2020. We’re expecting Belichick to pull a rabbit out of his hat and surprise the league in 2020. 

19. Denver Broncos

The Broncos already have a stifling defense, so they focused on upgrading the offense around quarterback Drew Luck in the offseason. The Broncos added Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in the 2020 NFL Draft to a team that already had emerging superstar Courtland Sutton as its top receiver. 

If Lock develops into a quality starter, the Broncos could be fighting for a playoff spot in 2020.

18. Cleveland Browns

Coming off another disappointing campaign, the Browns decided to clean house and start over once again. But this time, Cleveland isn’t starting with a roster devoid of talent. The Browns' roster is actually one of the most impressive in the league. 

That’s why they could surprise a lot of people in 2020. That’ll depend on if Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham can get on the same page and flourish. If not, expect major changes in Cleveland in 2021. 

17. Arizona Cardinals

One of the most improved teams in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals could make a massive leap in 2020. Kyler Murray looks like an absolute star if he can make quicker decisions and stop holding onto the ball too long. And the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins could make that offense a legitimate threat. 

But the Cardinals defense still has too many holes for the team to realistically contend with the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West. 

16. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are one of the hardest teams to place in our power rankings. They’re clearly one of the most talented teams in the league on paper, with what could be the top-rated defense in the NFL. But the offense has a lot of questions. 

Will Justin Herbert or Tyrod Taylor be able to score enough points to lead the Chargers to the playoffs, or will they waste a year on a team that looks ready to contend in 2020? 

15. Los Angeles Rams

There was a lot of negative talk surrounding the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, but the franchise still finished with a winning record. Despite salvaging a nine-win season out of what could’ve been a lost year, the Rams were still a disappointment following a Super Bowl loss. 

Los Angeles lost some big-time contributors — including Cory Littleton and Dante Fowler. The team also failed to address their offensive line problems. We’ll see how much of a genius Sean McVay is this season. 

14. Minnesota Vikings

After losing some key contributors — such as Stefon Diggs — the Vikings had some big holes to fill in the offseason. Following the re-signing Kirk Cousins, the Vikes didn’t make any massive moves to improve their roster. 

They did, however, load up with young players in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’ll be interesting to see how Minnesota’s team performs in what could be a transition year. 

13. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts quietly had one of the best offseasons in the NFL. Indianapolis addressed major needs on both sides of the ball. After finishing 7-9 a year ago, the Colts decided to make some big upgrades by trading the No. 13 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for DeForest Buckner. That’s not all, though. The Colts also upgraded at passer by inking Philip Rivers to a one-year deal. 

With the AFC South wide open, the Colts could emerge as the leading contender to win the division. 

12. Pittsburgh Steelers

After a pretty ho-hum offseason, why do the Steelers rank so high? That’s because Pittsburgh has arguably the best defense in the NFL, and Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be fully healthy by the start of the season. 

If Big Ben can regain his form — and the defense continues their dominance — then the Steelers will bounce back from a frustrating 2019 campaign. 

11. Philadelphia Eagles

While the Eagles made a head scratching move, to some, by drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round, Philadelphia still has a pretty talented roster. 

The Eagles took a page out of the Ravens, Chiefs and 49ers’ playbook by loading up on speed in the offseason. We’ll see if it pays off Carson Wentz and Co. 

10. Green Bay Packers

Despite being lambasted for their 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers still have a playoff-contending team. The Pack might not have upgraded on the offensive side too much — Devin Funchess doesn’t count — but they’ll surely get a motivated Aaron Rodgers in the upcoming campaign. 

With the Packers trading up for Jordan Love, Rodgers will undoubtedly try to make Green Bay regret that decision. That can only mean bad news for the rest of the league. 

9. Buffalo Bills

The time is now for Josh Allen to realize his massive potential. The athletic quarterback might not be the most proficient passer, so the Bills have committed to upgrading the talent around Allen. 

After acquiring Stefon Diggs, the Bills have some serious talent around the former Wyoming passer. With Tom Brady out of the division, the Bills might not get better shot at winning the AFC East than in 2020. 

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No team has improved more than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. That’s what happens when you add the greatest quarterback and tight end of all time in one offseason. But the underrated aspect of this Bucs squad is their tenacious defense. 

The Bucs are in a high-scoring division, but if they can play strong defense and limit turnovers, they’ll be in the hunt for Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl. 

7. Tennessee Titans

The Titans were the biggest surprise of the 2020 campaign. Who would’ve thought that Ryan Tannehill could become the most efficient quarterback in the league? And behind Derrick Henry’s battering-ram style of running, the Titans made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game. 

It’ll be tough for the Titans to repeat that success, but if A.J. Brown can continue his ascension then Tennessee could contend with the Ravens and Chiefs. 

6. Seattle Seahawks

As long as Russell Wilson is under center for the Seahawks, then Seattle will most likely have a top-ten in the league. That’s how good Wilson is. 

The Seahawks’ roster has some glaring holes — especially at pass rusher with Jadeveon Clowney unsigned. But the offense is dynamic and the defense still has Bobby Wagner roaming the middle of the field. There’s little doubt that they’ll be in the race for the NFC West in 2020. 

5. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL last season. With an extremely talented roster, the Cowboys should’ve been fighting for a Super Bowl rather than missing the playoffs altogether. 

With Mike McCarthy taking over for Jason Garrett, the Cowboys will have a chance to right the wrongs of a year ago. The ‘Boys will miss Travis Frederick and Byron Jones, but some quality offseason signings and arguably the best draft class could put the Cowboys atop the NFC East. 

4. New Orleans Saints

There aren’t a lot of holes on this Saints roster. After a disappointing finish to their season, the Saints loaded up by adding Malcolm Jenkins, Emmanuel Sanders and Jameis Winston to an already stacked team. 

The Saints’ success will hinge on the health of Drew Brees. As he’s gotten older, the New Orleans quarterback has struggled in the second half of the regular season and in the playoffs. If he can remain efficient and not lose any more arm strength, the Saints could be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

3. San Francisco 49ers

There’s no denying that the 49ers got worse this offseason. But even though the franchise lost DeForest Buckner, Joe Staley and Emmanuel Sanders, the Niners’ roster is still one of the strongest in the league. 

It helps that the Niners added a replacement for those three key players in first-rounders Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk and future Hall of Famer Trent Williams. 

On paper, Kyle Shanahan’s Niners are worse than they were a year ago — but they’re still the best team in the NFC. 

2. Baltimore Ravens

Coming off an MVP season, Lamar Jackson should continue his ascent up the quarterback rankings. On top of an already impressive offense, the Ravens had arguably one of the better classes in the 2020 NFL Draft — and they acquired Calais Campbell for nearly nothing. 

Expect the Ravens and Chiefs to battle it out for AFC supremacy in 2020. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Speaking of the Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions aren’t going anywhere. With another year under his belt, Patrick Mahomes still has room to improve — which is a terrifying thought for the rest of the league. 

The Chiefs didn’t rest on their Lombardi Trophy, either. Kansas City added even more weapons for one of the most high-flying attacks in the league. They were nearly unstoppable before, but it's just unfair that the Chiefs have found their modern-day Brian Westbrook in Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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