With the 2019-2020 season finally completed, it is time to start looking to next season. Which teams will have the most work to do this offseason? Which teams will drop off from their current success and which teams will make the biggest strides? Here are the power rankings for the 2020 offseason.
Rank #1 – Kansas City Chiefs
They have the best player in the NFL on their team in Patrick Mahomes. They have one of, if not the best wide receivers in Tyreek Hill. Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the league and is coming off his fourth consecutive 1000-yard season (most of any tight end ever). Head coach Andy Reid is an offensive genius and the defense has completely turned things around from last season. And oh yeah, they just won the Superbowl.
Rank #2 – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens should have probably got past the Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs. They just had a bad game that could have been caused by the three weeks in between playing since they rested their starters in week 17 and had a first-round bye in the playoffs. All of the power rankings up until that game had the Ravens ranked number one. With the explosiveness of quarterback Lamar Jackson, they’ll be right in the thick of things next year too.
Rank #3 – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers remind me a lot of the Kansas City Chiefs B.P. (Before Pat). They have an offensive-minded coach like the Chiefs do in Reid; they have a defense full of playmakers like the Chiefs did with D.J., Houston, and Berry; and they have a good but not great quarterback like the Chiefs did with Alex Smith. Sure, Jimmy Garoppolo played decent in the Superbowl, but when the game was on the line, he couldn’t deliver and Pat did. The Niners will probably in the hunt for the NFC next year; it’ll remain to be seen if Jimmy G can get them over the hump.
Rank #4 – Green Bay Packers
Going 13-3 last year, the Packers are already ahead of schedule of where they had planned to be. Matt LaFleur will be in his second season as the Packers head coach and he has Aaron Rodgers to build around. Plus, the defense is improving. They will have a tougher schedule in 2020, with trips to San Francisco and New Orleans. However, depending on their offseason, they should be able to compete for an NFC championship.
Rank #5 – Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry was probably the toughest running back to take down this season. Combine that with arguably the best offensive line in the league and a quarterback that doesn’t put the team in harm’s way, the Titans should be the favorite in the AFC South. If they can add a couple more pieces to the defense and possibly another offensive weapon for Ryan Tannehill, they could make another long playoff run in 2020.
Rank #6 – New Orleans Saints
This ranking will be entirely based on whether or not Drew Brees comes back. I personally think he does, and he and Michael Thomas will make another run at it in 2020. After three heartbreaking playoff exits, the Saints still have what it takes to get to the Superbowl. Their offense can beat you in many ways, but they will have to add a couple of pieces to the defense if they want to get away from their playoff woes.
Rank #7 – Seattle Seahawks
With Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson making a ton of noise for the past two seasons, Russell Wilson seems to get forgotten at times. However, Wilson ranks second in touchdowns (66) and third in passer rating (108.4) over the past two seasons. He is the heart and soul of the Seahawks offense. Seattle does need help on the defensive side, primarily in the secondary and with pass rushers. Their offensive line has struggled as well. It will also be difficult to face the past two NFC champions, 49ers and Rams, twice. Though, as the Chiefs proved this year, big things can happen with the right guy under center.
Rank #8 – Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are tight up against the cap this offseason which means they may have to make some unpopular moves before next season. One of those moves may be trading Stephon Diggs. However, the Vikings have made it to the playoffs two of the last three seasons and they have a stellar running game paired with a capable quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Mike Zimmer is a smart coach who should keep them in the hunt next season.
Rank #9 – New England Patriots
The uncertainty of Tom Brady is the big story with the Patriots this offseason. Will he go play for another team after 20 seasons in New England? If so, whoever steps in under center will have some huge shoes to fill. They do still have Belichick and a stout defense, so claiming a weak AFC East is still likely. But there is certainly some concern whether or not the dynasty is over.
Rank #10 – Buffalo Bills
If things do implode in New England, that would open the door for the Bills to take the AFC East for the first time since 1995. The Bills have a young up and coming quarterback in Josh Allen, a stacked defense, and a promising running game. Could this be the changing of the guard in the division?