NFC Power Rankings: 5-1
5. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is still one weapon for Russell Wilson — and one Jadeveon Clowney — away from making any major jump in these rankings. The Hawks were about a yard away from winning the NFC West last season, and they can certainly do the same in 2020.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The addition of Tom Brady does so much for Tampa, which already had the offensive system in place to contend week-over-week. Brady’s weaponry is as good as any entering 2020, with Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowksi, OJ Howard and more. Add in a rapidly-improving defense and Tampa has a lot going for them.
3. Green Bay Packers
Yes, the Packers didn’t add much talent around Aaron Rodgers by way of the NFL Draft, but they’re still the most talented roster in the NFC North. Green Bay’s defense took major steps forward last season and despite their dissection in the NFC Championship against San Francisco, it remains a strength of this team. Rodgers remains in his prime, and it’s Super Bowl or bust at Lambeau.
2. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees’ tumultuous offseason had little to do with on-field performance, and assuming the Saints can get over those pesky locker room concerns, they’re good enough to contend with anyone, and perhaps the best threat to San Francisco in the NFC.
1.San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers kept most of their roster minus DeForest Buckner, in tact for a run in 2020. Kyle Shanahan’s system adds new wrinkles every season, and with renewed faith in Jimmy Garoppolo and hopefully with Mostert on the roster, the Niners continue to be the team to beat.