The Bucs have to be the most interesting team of the NFL off-season. But will that translate to wins on the field? Check out our first 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The NFL is expected to release its 2020 regular-season schedule next week, and that’s the last major upcoming date on the off-season schedule. Here at Sports Interaction, we will release a semi-regular NFL Power Rankings (including win totals this time) following a bevy of moves, etc. Things might get a bit quiet for a while as we wait to see if the season will start on time. As always check out our NFL odds for regular updates.
1. Baltimore Ravens (11.5): Yes, the Chiefs are the Super Bowl favourites at Sports Interaction, but the Ravens were the AFC’s top seed last season, have nearly as electric as a quarterback as Kansas City in reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson and a better defence than K.C. Baltimore also has been widely praised for its 2020 draft class, led by LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in Round 1.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (11.5): The Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes. Enough said. Oh, and first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the top choice in many rookie fantasy football drafts later this summer. He could put up monster numbers in that offence.
4. New Orleans Saints (10.0): Love the move of signing former Bucs quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston to back up Drew Brees at quarterback. Winston automatically becomes the best No. 2 in the NFL.
5. Buffalo Bills (8.5): This win total seems a bit low, but I’m clearly higher on this team than most. The Bills had a fantastic off-season in trading for Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs and landing two draft steals in Iowa defensive end AJ Epenesa and Utah running back Zack Moss.
6. Dallas Cowboys (9.5): The Cowboys appeared to get a steal in each of the first three rounds of the draft in Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb in Round 1, defensive tackle teammate Neville Gallimore (from Ottawa) in Round 3 and Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in Round 2.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9.5): Are the Bucs perhaps a tad overrated? Maybe, only because Tom Brady is going to be 43 and Rob Gronkowski could barely walk last time he was in the NFL. But the Bucs also had a stellar draft in landing the likes of Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs and Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield Jr.
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8. Tennessee Titans (8.5): Excellent roster, but still not sure that Ryan Tannehill is the answer at quarterback. Will the Titans regret not chasing Tom Brady?
9. Indianapolis Colts (8.5): The Colts have upgraded at quarterback with Philip Rivers and got him two weapons in the draft in USC receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.
10. Minnesota Vikings (9.0): Got worse by trading wideout Stefon Diggs to Buffalo but then replaced him in the first round of the draft with LSU’s Justin Jefferson. Minnesota selected 15 players in the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s a league record since the seven-round format was adopted in 1994.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (9.5): Very puzzling that the Eagles took Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in Round 2 of the draft when they have a young franchise QB in Carson Wentz. Then again, he hasn’t been able to stay all that healthy.
12. Seattle Seahawks (9.0): Might move the Seahawks up a spot or two if they re-sign former Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He remains the top free agent on the market.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (9.0): Why don’t the Steelers sign QB Cam Newton? They need a quality backup to injury-prone starter Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers haven’t had a losing season in any of the 13 years that Mike Tomlin has been in charge but have missed the playoffs in the past two.
14. Green Bay Packers (9.5): Is it possible to get worse after a draft? The Packers’ biggest need was receiver and they didn’t take a SINGLE ONE. Yet they took Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in Round 1. That helps zero per cent in 2020.
15. Denver Broncos (7.5): The Broncos’ season all depends on second-year QB Drew Lock, and the jury is out on him. But, wow, did John Elway get him some weapons in free agency (Melvin Gordon) and the draft (Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler).
16. Chicago Bears (8.5): The Bears will have one of the NFL’s best defences, but the offense remains a giant question mark whether it’s Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky under centre in Week 1.
17. LA Chargers (7.5): This is a Top-5 overall roster in the NFL perhaps, except for at one pretty important position – quarterback. Will rookie Justin Herbert beat out Tyrod Taylor for the Week 1 start?
18. Cleveland Browns (8.5): The Browns were the “chic” team entering 2019, but Baker Mayfield regressed. Cleveland has everything else it needs around him to end the NFL’s longest playoff drought.
19. New England Patriots (9.5): Yes, Bill Belichick might be the best coach in NFL history. But no team has lost more this off-season. Why haven’t the Patriots signed Cam Newton!?
21. Las Vegas Raiders (7.5): The Raiders will go as far as Derek Carr takes them in their first season in Sin City. Jon Gruden got him a trio of interesting weapons in the draft, led by Alabama speedster wideout Henry Ruggs III.
22. LA Rams (8.5): Lost Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks and Clay Matthews, among others, in cost-cutting moves. Do like second-round running back Cam Akers, though, in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race.
23. Arizona Cardinals (7.5): Cardinals are definitely on the rise behind QB and reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. He’ll only get better now that DeAndre Hopkins will be catching his passes.
24. Detroit Lions (6.5): The Lions won just three games last year but were competitive in all the ones QB Matthew Stafford played before going down injured. They have had a sneaky-good off-season.
26. NY Jets (6.5): New York closed last season winning six of its final eight, although the offensive line may have five new starters in 2020.
27. Carolina Panthers (5.5): Few teams had a bigger overhaul this off-season starting with the quarterback (Cam Newton out and Teddy Bridgewater in) and head coach (Baylor’s Matt Rhule in). The Cats used every single draft pick this year on defence.
28. Miami Dolphins (6.0): This writer doesn’t expect Tua Tagovailoa to open the season as the Fins’ starter under centre but to sit and learn for at least a few weeks behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.
29. NY Giants (6.5): New coach Joe Judge has one of the NFL’s best running backs in Saquon Barkley, but QB Daniel Jones may or may not be the answer after a turnover-filled rookie season.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (5.5): No team has picked first overall in the draft and made the Super Bowl that season. The Bengals won’t, either, and QB Joe Burrow will have a bit of a learning curve.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (5.0): Most believe the Jaguars will be the team in position to pick Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Maybe, but Gardner Minshew II could actually be good.
32. Washington (5.0): The defence could be very solid with the addition of No. 2 overall pick Chase Young, the favourite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. But the offence? Not much to be excited about.