Every NFL team’s biggest weakness heading into 2020

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos – Offensive inexperience

The Broncos have done a good job getting Drew Lock some young talent to work with this offseason. It’s still possible that 2020 is too soon to expect to see consistent success out of the offense.

Lock only has half a season under his belt as a starter. Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler will be expected to play big roles as rookies. The long-term outlook is good for the Broncos, but they may experience serious growing pains this year.

Kansas City Chiefs – Lack of motivation

The threat of a Super Bowl hangover should be a concern for the Chiefs. Some of their veteran players might not approach 2020 with the same amount of hunger they demonstrated in 2019.

The continuity the franchise will enjoy this season is a plus overall, but it does add to the risk of a hangover. The Chiefs don’t have much to be worried about, but gearing up to win another Lombardi Trophy is a mental challenge they must address.

Las Vegas Raiders – Uncertainty at quarterback

The Raiders will almost certainly experience some kind of quarterback controversy in 2020. Derek Carr is a reasonable bet to begin the season as the team’s starter, but the team didn’t bring Marcus Mariota in to hold a clipboard.

Fans will clamor for Mariota the first time Carr falters. Jon Gruden isn’t the sort of coach to quelch that kind of controversy. Competition is a good thing, but uncertainty at the game’s most important position could prove fatal to the Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers – Friction between defense and offense

The Chargers defense could easily finish the season as a top-5 unit in the NFL. The offense could conceivably finish the league as one of the worst units in football.

It’s easy to envision a scenario where the leaders on the defense get tired of propping up the offense on a weekly basis. That kind of internal conflict could rob the Chargers of any chance they have of making the playoffs.