clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Power Rankings: Who’s chasing the Chiefs?

New, comments

The Arrowhead Pride team have combined to rank the league from top to bottom

Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium Nhat V. Meyer/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

This was an offseason unlike any other we’ve ever seen — players meeting with clubs virtually, scouts watching pro days on their phones, and commissioner Roger Goodell presenting the draft from his home! It’s safe to say we won’t be forgetting the 2020 offseason in a hurry.

Now that the dust has settled and we enter the quiet part of the NFL calendar, it’s time to evaluate the state of the league. Which teams are in much better shape than they were in January, and which teams are worse off?

This week’s voters were Ethan Douglas, Matt Stagner, Ron Kopp and myself:

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Until a team has a better record than the Chiefs, KC should remain the top dog.

2. Baltimore Ravens

King Henry ran all over the Ravens, so Baltimore went out and beefed up their defense. Calais Campbell, Patrick Queen and Derek Wolfe should be excellent additions.

3. San Francisco 49ers

This team is young, hungry and coming off an improbable playoff loss. Sound familiar?

4. New Orleans Saints

Now that KC have won the Super Bowl, have the Saints replaced the Chiefs as the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” team?

5. Dallas Cowboys

They paid Amari Cooper a lot of money, and they paid Ezekiel Elliot a lot of money. Will they pay Dak a lot of money too?

6. Buffalo Bills

I really hope Josh Allen at least targets Stefon Diggs because it could get ugly in Buffalo if he doesn’t.

7. Tennessee Titans

They paid the guys that got them to the AFC title game last season. It’s almost like the Titans are attempting their own version of #RunItBack. Maybe it should be called #RunitBackLite?

8. Seattle Seahawks

While Russel Wilson is still under center, this team will always be in the running. They could have done with adding more fire power around him though.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He won’t admit it, but we all know that Tom Brady ran off to the NFC because he’s scared of Patrick Mahomes. Tampa won the uniform battle between them and Atlanta.

10. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings extended Kirk Cousins contract after an impressive 2019. Trading Stefon Diggs may be a blessing in disguise. Great draft.

11. Philadelphia Eagles

I love the signing of Darius Slay. This team is in a great position for a bounce back year.

12. Green Bay Packers

Let’s just pretend like last weekend didn’t happen.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is back, which can only be a good thing for Pittsburgh. Good quarterback play was the only obstacle that stood in their way last year. Sneaky contenders.

14. Indianapolis Colts

Did Chris Ballard watch Phillip Rivers’ tape from last season? Classy new changes to their uniforms or just a way to make money?

15. New England Patriots

Brady has moved to ‘Tompa’ — surely that is the end of the dynasty? At least their new uniforms are straight fire.

16. Cleveland Browns

I’ve got a feeling they’re going to make way less noise this preseason.

17. Arizona Cardinals

Me: “Siri, can you give me an example of daylight robbery please?”

Siri: “Here is a trade I found between the Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans for DeAndre Hopkins.”

18. Houston Texans

See #17.

19. Los Angeles Chargers

The annual tradition of picking the Chargers to win the West will never die! That is a fact.

20. Denver Broncos

Signing Melvin Gordon is a bit of head scratcher, but in general, John Elway had himself a good offseason.

21. Atlanta Falcons

Gradient uniforms? C’mon!!

22. Las Vegas Raiders

I personally cannot wait to see what Gruden does with Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. The addition of Cory Littleton was one of the moves of the offseason.

23. Los Angeles Rams

At least they’ve got Aaron Donald and a nice new stadium to move into.

24. Miami Dolphins

Everybody’s second-favorite team had itself an offseason. This team isn’t a million miles away from being contenders, you know.

25. Chicago Bears

The soon to be story of training camp: Nick Foles vs. Mitch Trubisky.

26. Cincinnati Bengals

If Joe Burrow hits the ground running, the Bengals may just be the traditional worst-to-first team. They’ve got a bunch of offensive talent.

27. Detroit Lions

The Lions lost Darius Slay but then added a lot of veterans on defense. For Matt Stafford’s sake, I hope it all pays off.

28. New York Giants

Can Daniel Jones take a step forward? That’s the only question that matters.

29. New York Jets

Losing Robby Anderson will hurt Sam Darnold, who probably needs to have a big year.

30. Carolina Panthers

I thought the running back contract value debate was over. Thanks for bringing that back, Matt Rhule.

31. Washington Redskins

If Alex Smith had stayed healthy, I think we might have to declare the Redskins the winners of the Fuller-Smith trade. Chase Young is going to be a monster.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

The highlight of Nick Foles‘ career in Jacksonville will forever be that YOLO touchdown pass against the Chiefs in Week 1 of last year.