NFL power rankings, Week 1: Chiefs, Saints are favorites

With the 2020 season kicking off this week, it’s time for the first NFL power rankings of the year.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville is in the midst of a full-scale rebuild, and unless Gardner Minshew is fantastic, the Jaguars are the favorites to land the No. 1 pick.


Washington Football Team

It’s Terry McLaurin, maybe Dwayne Haskins and nobody else for Washington. It’s going to be a long year offensively.


New York Jets

Adam Gase is involved. Not good.


New York Giants

Can Joe Judge turn the tide? It starts with Daniel Jones cutting down on fumbles and the defense getting off the field on third down.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals might lose a bunch of games, but the offense is going to score. Joe Burrow will be fun to watch.


Carolina Panthers

The weapons are real in Carolina, but so is a very young defense in the league’s best division. A tough combination to survive.


Miami Dolphins

Miami could climb quickly from here. The Dolphins finished 5-4 in their last nine games of 2019 and looked to be building something intriguing.


Detroit Lions

If Matthew Stafford is healthy, the Lions are a darkhorse to compete for a wild card spot. If not, it’s house-cleaning time.


Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr is facing a critical year. He has ample weapons, but does he finally throw the ball downfield or continue to play it safe?


Denver Broncos

If Drew Lock is for real, the Broncos are a playoff team. If he’s not, and Garret Bolles remains at his prior talent level, Denver could be profoundly disappointing.


Chicago Bears

Nick Foles needs to be an upgrade over Mitchell Trubisky. If he’s not, the Bears could finish in last place.


Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson is great, but J.J. Watt is aging and the rest of the roster is below-average across the board.


Cleveland Browns

Outside of Kansas City, Cleveland might have the best skill-position players in football. The question is whether new head coach Kevin Stefanski can fix Baker Mayfield.


Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles went 9-7 last year, but the Rams felt like a group on the wrong side of contention. Jared Goff needs to step up, and the offense needs young playmakers to make an impact.


Los Angeles Chargers

If the Chargers are going to win with Tyrod Taylor, it’ll be behind a knockout defense and Austin Ekeler having a Pro Bowl campaign.


New England Patriots

Can the Patriots keep the streak of AFC East crowns alive with Cam Newton? The talent around him is suspect, but Newton and Bill Belichick are a formidable duo.


Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury are a dangerous pairing in the desert. Factor in the heist of DeAndre Hopkins and a solid draft, and the Cardinals could be a playoff team in 2020.


Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta has talent. Last year, the Falcons finished 6-2 over their final eight games once now-defensive coordinator Raheem Morris took over the defense. Keep an eye on this team.


Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis is intriguing. The Colts are banking on an improved Philip Rivers, a solid front seven and a young secondary. Also, can Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor produce right away?


Tennessee Titans

Can Ryan Tannehill be a Pro Bowl quarterback again? Will the defense absorb the losses of Logan Ryan and Jurrell Casey? Huge questions in Nashville for a talented squad.


Buffalo Bills

It’s all about Josh Allen. If Allen plays well, the Bills are Super Bowl contenders. If he doesn’t, the heat under his seat will be searing.


Dallas Cowboys

The offense is going to be terrific with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper leading the way. However, the defense is a major concern, specifically the secondary.


Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia has all the components of a title contender. The Eagles’ biggest problem is staying healthy, something which is already a concern.


Pittsburgh Steelers

If Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, the Steelers have a case as the biggest threat to Kansas City in the AFC. Pittsburgh’s defense is nasty and could be the top unit in football.


Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have two All-Pro level defenders on each level, and an offense featuring Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, rookie receiver Justin Jefferson and Kirk Cousins. Minnesota is going to be there in January.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The biggest problem for Tampa Bay is simply gelling early on. Tom Brady is motivated, Rob Gronkowski is healthy and the combination of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin is filthy.


Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers may not have enough weapons, but he’s got fuel for days after the team traded up for Jordan Love. Additionally, Green Bay has an underrated defense.


Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is phenomenal, the weapons around him are fantastic and the defense, while undermanned, at least landed Jamal Adams to anchor the unit.


San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco looks to repeat as NFC champions with a great defensive line and an offense built to pound the ball. The main concern: Jimmy Garoppolo in obvious passing downs.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is loaded. Lamar Jackson is due to regress but he’s still a top MVP candidate. All that said, the Ravens must throw the ball better to win in January.


New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is stacked across the roster. The Saints have Drew Brees in what’s likely his final year, Alvin Kamara in the backfield and Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas on the outside. If the defense is solid, New Orleans has the best team in the NFC.


Kansas City Chiefs

No team has repeated since 2004, but the Chiefs are well-positioned to buck that trend. Kansas City has Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, the best weapons in football and an underrated defense. They also locked up the entire core this offseason, and didn’t lose an assistant coach.

In short, the Chiefs are the clear favorite to win it all again.

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