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The 30 biggest NFL storylines of the 2020 season

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 20: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to throw the ball during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center on August 20, 2020, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

What are the most influential storylines heading into the 2020 NFL season?

One year ago around this time, we asked ourselves if the Kansas City Chiefs were on the cusp of the surpassing the New England Patriots as emperors of the AFC? They were.

We mused about whether Lamar Jackson was the real deal or if he would encounter a sophomore slump. That question is now laughable.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was whispered to be a dark-horse MVP candidate last summer. He’s now battling former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles for a job in the Windy City.

The landscape of the NFL is ever-evolving, and that parity is what makes the sport so irresistible. For example, no team has repeated as champions since the Patriots did it back in 2004.

Also, the MVP award has largely been a quarterback prize as of late — is a non-QB allowed to win the darn thing?

These are all storylines that arise prior to the commencement of an NFL season. Some are intensely salivating, some are ho-hum. It’s the nature of the beast.

The upcoming 30 plotlines for the NFL season are all-encompassing. Nearly every NFL is accounted for and a mix of team-oriented and player-centric scenarios are detailed. They are ranked in no particular order of importance or zeal.

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