An offseason edition of our NFL power rankings starting this summer:
1. Baltimore: The league’s most complete team, led by MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson and three defense news (DL Derek Wolfe, DL Calais Campbell and LB Patrick Queen).
2. Kansas City: Let’s see if the status quo (can be 21 of the same 22 Super Bowl starters) equals the status quo on top of the AFC West.
3. San Francisco: Trading DeForest Buckner at Indianapolis helped them draft DL Javon Kinlaw and they chose WR Brandon Aiyuk to replace Emmanuel Sanders.
Seattle: Get ready for two more Seahawks-49ers steel cage matches in the regular season. QB Russell Wilson must remain concerned about his offensive line.
Tampa Bay: Yes, we buy Buccaneers Stock because Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard will be difficult to understand.
6. New Orleans: In possibly his final season, QB Drew Brees will cut and dice his opponents in search of a second Super Bowl title.
7. Dallas: WR’s Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup as targets for QB Dak Prescott will propel the Cowboys past Philadelphia into the NFC East.
8. Minnesota: To replace WR Stefon Diggs, the Vikings lined up Justin Jefferson. Good move for QB Kirk Cousins - just like Gary Kubiak to become the new play-caller.
9. Green Bay: The Packers played five games last year against teams that made the playoffs; they play seven games this year against 19 playoff teams (plus Tampa Bay). Hello, small step back.
10. Tennessee: If RB Derrick Henry can get close to his 1,540 rushing yards and QB Ryan Tannehill gets close to his 117.5 passer rating, the Titans will repeat in the AFC South.
11. Philadelphia: If you get two games each against the Redskins and Giants, the Eagles can compete in the playoff game.
12. Indianapolis: QB Philip Rivers arrives from the Chargers and bounces back from his underpowered 2019 to put the Colts back into the playoffs.
13. Buffalo: A fashionable choice to improve on after a ’19 wildcard team. Diggs is a huge addition and yes, the Bills will win the AFC East.
Pittsburgh: The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger will end Steelers’ two-year playoff drought; they have not missed three consecutive years since 1998-2000.
15. New England: QB Jarrett Stidham will not be the patriots’ problem; the lack of reliable pass catchers will keep them out of the postseason.
16. Houston: Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb at the receiver? Good. But rely on the offensive line to improve and RB David Johnson to return to form? Dicey.
17. Broncos: We predicted a 7-9 record last week, putting them in the middle of the league.
18. L.A. Rams: A year of disappointment will be followed by a transition year as the Rams implement a new defense system and hope QB Jared Goff is more consistent.
19. LA chargers: The Bolts added CB Chris Harris, DL Linval Joseph and LB Kenneth Murray to their defenses. But QB Tyrod Taylor is not as good as Drew Lock, so we rank them among the Broncos.
20. Arizona: The takeover of WR DeAndre Hopkins to assist QB Kyler Murray allows the cardinals to score points, but not enough help was added to last year’s 32nd defense.
21. Cleveland: The bottom step of the competition starts with the Browns. If improved, RB Kareem Hunt will be a big reason for being available and productive.
22. Las Vegas: Nine expected defensive startups were acquired since the 2019 low season, including four additions of free agents for 2020. Too many moving parts to gel quickly.
23. Miami: The dolphins have done a good job of combining free resources with high round tour picking. But they haven’t been making things interesting for a year.
24. N.Y. jets: A non-descript franchise that has been chasing Brady-led patriots for nearly 20 years. He’s out of the division, but the Jets remain a pursuer.
25. Cincinnati: The Bengals had an off-season character … they spent money on free service. The hope that an improved defense is a quick adaptation to the professional game accelerates the adaptation of QB Joe Burrow.
26. Carolina: Seeing how new offensive coordinator Joe Brady RB uses Christian McCaffrey is the Panthers’ only interesting subplot.
27. Atlanta: Owner Arthur Blank kept coach Dan Quinn after the Falcons ended 19 on a 6-2 run. Fool is good.
28. Chicago: WR Allen Robinson should be playing the last year of his contract, hoping a third NFL team equals playing with a good quarterback.
29. Jacksonville: A team with QB Gardner Minshew, RB Leonard Fournette, WR D.J. Chark and DE Josh Allen will do just enough to play the Jaguars from the Trevor Lawrence Sweepstakes.
30. Detroit: The question should not be whether QB Matthew Stafford ends his career elsewhere, but how fast he progresses.
31. Washington: The Redskins scored a league-low 16.6 points per game last season and did not add any significant additions to their attack. A big bet on QB Dwayne Haskins from the second year.
32. N.Y. giants: They cannot blame Pat Shurmur.