NFL Power Rankings 2020: Kansas City Comes In At Number One

2019 Record: 12-4

Kansas City will head to Miami with hopes of bringing back a Super Bowl. They have the best quarterback in the league right now, and plenty of weapons to go around him. Over the offseason they will need to address a few needs like the likely departing Chris Jones, and improve the run defense which struggled at times in 2019.

2019 Record: 13-3

The 49ers had one of the quicker turnarounds and cruised NFC North in the playoffs, beating the Packers and Vikings with ease. The defense is one of the best in the league, and they have Kyle Shanahan leading this offense. They will only continue to get better and a weapon or two on the offensive side will be needed.

Baltimore Ravens3. Baltimore Ravens

2019 Record: 14-2

It was a disappointing early exit for Baltimore, who were one of two playoff teams that struggled to slow down Derrick Henry. The offseason has already been sneaky good adding Campbell and Wolfe to the front four of the line, which should give them plenty of help.

2019 Record: 13-3

Another postseason loss is going to haunt this group, as they continue to bow out of the playoffs early with a talented roster. While Drew Brees is a free agent and showing his age a bit, this is still a very good team. They have one of the top backs in the league, and of course Michael Thomas. The Saints added Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, which helps at the WR2 spot.

Seattle Seahawks

2019 Record: 11-5

Seattle went 11-5 with an average defense and an ancient coaching philosophy. Russell Wilson is a stud, and the Seahawks will continue be a top tier team because of that reason alone. Offensively they are sound, but need to once again address offensive line needs and add to the defensive side. They are a reason why the NFC West is one of the tougher divisions in football.

Green Bay Packers

2019 Record: 13-3

After getting bounced by San Francisco in the playoffs, the Packers are really just a few pieces from getting back to where they were. They desperately need to add weapons on the offensive side. If they want to ride out Aaron Rodgers career on a high note, getting him help will be key. Their run defense was also one of the worst in the league and will need fixing this offseason.

Minnesota Vikings

2019 Record: 10-6

It was another disappointing exit for Minnesota in the playoffs. They upset New Orleans on the road, but the problem all year was consistency, and they failed to show up in San Francisco. Losing Stefon Diggs creates a need for another WR, but overall the Vikings are still a few plug and play guys away from being back where they were.

Buffalo Bills

2019 Record: 10-6

Buffalo continues to trend in the right direction, and I like what they are building. After desperately needing a secondary weapon for Josh Allen, the Bills went out and traded for Stefon Diggs. While they gave up a lot of draft capital, I like that they are going for it now.

Los Angeles Rams

2019 Record: 9-7

The Rams are an odd team to rank right now because this is largely the same core that has had so much success the last few years prior to their disappointing 9-7 season. They have some salary tied up to only a few guys, and that is a concern for their long term success, but this team still has too much talent to not compete.

Tennessee Titans

2019 Record: 9-7

Tennessee is in a bit of a limbo with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry sitting in free agency. Under Tannehill, the Titans made a shocking run to the AFC Championship beating New England and Baltimore. A.J. Brown is an emerging superstar, and with Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis this is a good receiving core. Tennessee have some decisions to make, but also should be looking to bolster their front four.

Philadelphia Eagles

2019 Record: 9-7

The NFC East was a poor division at times, and looking back Dallas should have taken it with ease. Carson Wentz carried this team at times, and shouldn’t get the flack he does. Philadelphia desperately needs to add to their receiving core, which took a major hit in health over the final half of the season. They also need to bolster their secondary, which was a weakness. Overall the Eagles are in good shape moving forward.

Dallas Cowboys

2019 Record: 8-8

With Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper set to hit free agency, we will see what Jerry Jones decides to do. Their draft picks are going to be crucial as they need help in the secondary, but also need to get a premier pass rusher to help out that defense. Dallas moving to Mike McCarthy is also not a popular choice for many reasons.

Atlanta Falcons

2019 Record: 7-9

The Falcons didn’t manage to keep Austin Hooper, but brought in Hayden Hurst. Not paying Hooper that contract was the right move, and Hurst is a solid tight end with upside. They also added Todd Gurley on a one-year deal as he heads back to where he played college ball.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2019 Record: 8-8

Defensively the Steelers are in very good shape, although they won’t have a first round pick in the upcoming draft to help address some needs. A quarterback for the future does not look to be on this team, and Ben Roethlisberger will be 38 years old this March. The plus side is that their receiving core is young and both Johnson and Washington look to be strong picks.

Houston Texans

2019 Record: 10-6

The Houston Texans fall down a few spots this week as they traded DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson in a bonehead move by Bill O’Brien. The receiving core is lacking and the defense is still a big problem. We are also not sure Johnson can return to his usual ways.

New England Patriots

16. New England Patriots

2019 Record: 12-4

The loss of Tom Brady is really setting the full reset button on New England. Overall they lack solid skill position players, and the only thing going for them is their defense. I am not sure if that will be enough to keep them at the top of the division.

Chicago Bears

2019 Record: 8-8

After a 12-4 season that ended on a missed field goal, Chicago struggled to find any form in 2019. They finished 8-8 and we saw a glaring need at quarterback after watching Mitch Trubisky. The offensive line struggled as well, and this is going to be the first need if they want to get anything going on that side of the ball. Chicago is in this group of middling teams that are not too far away from taking another step.

Arizona Cardinals

2019 Record: 5-10-1

Arizona trading away David Johnson for DeAndre Hopkins is going to really kick this offense into overdrive. They are franchise tagging Kenyan Drake, and this offense could be extremely potent. The draft will be key to fill offensive line and defensive needs now.

Indianapolis Colts

2019 Record: 7-9

The Colts battled injuries in 2019 and of course the shocking news of Andrew Luck’s retirement. They were a few bad losses away from making the playoffs, but offensively they did not look great. They need an edge rusher and some playmakers in the passing game. I would expect Indy to make some changes this offseason. They have traded their first round pick for De’Forest Buckner, to give that defensive line a major edge.

Denver Broncos

2019 Record: 7-9

Denver showed off the future with Drew Lock in the last few games of the season. Getting him another wide receiver should be a priority. While Denver is still likely a year or two away from being a real threat, they are headed in the right direction. Replacing some key members in the secondary will also be needed.

Cleveland Browns

2019 Record: 6-10

Cleveland certainly has the upside again with all the talent they have on the offensive side, but we are looking at another coaching change. Defensively they will need to add in a few pieces and invest in the offensive line. Baker Mayfield will have another season, and if it doesn’t go well the rumors will begin to swirl whether they stick by him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2019 Record: 7-9

Adding Tom Brady gives them all the storylines for the offseason, and Brady has plenty of weapons unlike 2019.  Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are one of the better duos in the league, and Ronald Jones started to flash his potential. Improving the secondary and offensive line will be key this offseason.

Oakland Raiders

2019 Record: 7-9

Oakland was competitive, and their young players showed plenty of upside. Josh Jacobs looked great. They will head to Las Vegas for their first season, and getting some weapons will be key. They desperately need another wide receiver, but still need to address one of the poorer defenses in the league. Oakland will have plenty of draft picks again to do it.

Detroit Lions

2019 Record: 3-12-1

We will keep an eye on Matthew Stafford’s injury, as he was one of the many Detroit Lions that hit the injured list this season. This will be a blessing in disguise as they landed a third overall pick and can draft one of the top defensive players in this class. Offensively the Lions are pretty much set, and before the Stafford injury were hanging in there against top tier teams.

Los Angeles Chargers

2019 Record: 5-11

At this rate we have no idea who will be on the Chargers next year. Most of the offense are free agents, and rumors are Philip Rivers will be moving on elsewhere. The injury bug hit the defensive side, which features quite a few top picks from recent years. It will be about getting right on the offensive side this offseason.

New York Jets

2019 Record: 7-9

New York had a strong second half against an easy schedule to make their record look better than their actual play. Adam Gase at the helm of this coaching staff is not doing anyone any good. Offensively they lack real threats, and the offensive line being this bad is a big concern if they can’t turn that around quickly.

New York Giants

2019 Record: 4-12

New York should be looking to address their defense, which was one of the worst in the league in 2019. Offensively they have a lot of young weapons, but Daniel Jones would have to take a major step for the Giants to up their game. Luckily the Giants will have a chance to land a top tier player with a top five pick.

Carolina Panthers

28. Carolina Panthers

2019 Record: 5-11

Carolina’s quarterback situation is what keeps them down so low, and Luke Keuchly’s retirement leaves a major hole in the linebacking core. I like their receiving options with Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore, plus they have one of the best backs in the league. A few offseason moves and a clear picture at quarterback will dictate where they move from here.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 Record: 6-10

The quarterback play was hit and miss this season, and there is a good chance they have below average play there again this season. Luckily they have a pretty good receiving core, but need to replace key names defensively. Leonard Fournette was excellent and looked truly healthy after an offseason of improving his shape.

Miami Dolphins

2019 Record: 5-11

Miami has three first round picks to start getting this organization in the right direction. They have a lot of needs, and while they ended the season on a strong note, this team was not good. Defensively they are going to need a lot of help, and are a few years from that happening. Offensively they are linked to Tua and some of the top backs in the draft.

Washington Redskins

2019 Record: 3-13

Washington will likely add Chase Young, and this is quickly becoming a team filled with Ohio State players. Dwayne Haskins could only do so much with a struggling offensive line and limited weapons. Terry McLaurin looks like the real deal and if they can keep Derrius Guice healthy, the offense is heading in the right direction.

Cincinnati Bengals

2019 Record: 2-14

The Joe Burrow sweepstakes go to Cincinnati, which works well given they are ready to make a change from Andy Dalton. Burrow will walk into a pretty good situation with John Ross, Joe Mixon, and Tyler Boyd to use. Jonah Williams will be back from injury and continuing to fix the offensive line will be key.

How Are Power Rankings Calculated?

Being in the offseason, we take 2019 success into consideration a bit, but also the moves that are being made over the offseason. Teams will be looking to bolster their team through the draft and free agency. This can have a negative or positive effect if teams are losing key pieces to what has made them so successful over the last few years. During the season, power rankings are calculated by success and also their efficiency on the field. Strength of schedule plays a key factor as well. If you’re cramming for you fantasy football draft, don’t miss the Lineups 2020 fantasy football rankings pages.

How Much Do Teams Move Weekly?

The weekly movement is going to vary from site to site in terms of their power ranking. They will also factor in different things. Now if a team loses and their starting quarterback goes down with an injury, the slide might be further. Losing and winning streaks will have a big advantage in the movement, but also the strength of team’s wins and weakness off their losses. A loss to the Dolphins is a lot different from a loss to the Chiefs, and the same can be said for wins. Close and blowout wins/losses also play a part in the weekly movement. A higher tier team dropping a close one isn’t going to move them too far down. A middle tier team getting a big win could bump them up a few spots.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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