Welcome to the first week of the National Football League’s (NFL) 2020 season. Are you ready for some football?
This year – well, more this season – Noontime Sports will be producing a slew of content on the NFL, including our weekly power rankings, which will be posted every Tuesday.
Let’s get ready – and yes, excited! – for a brand new season with our Week One Power Rankings (below).
Noontime’s Week One Power Rankings (Sept. 8, 2020)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0): The defending Super Bowl champions will have a target on their back, but don’t expect that bullseye to derail their chances of reaching the title game for the second-straight year.
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-0): The 49ers return a majority of last year’s squad, including coaches, too, which should make them a favorite to win the NFC for the second-straight season.
3. Baltimore Ravens (0-0): Can Lamar Jackson take that so-called ‘next-step’ and lead the Ravens to not just a postseason victory, but also a championship?
4. New Orleans Saints (0-0): This Saints team should be a lock for the NFC Championship game as New Orleans is loaded with talent, especially on offense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0): Leonard Fournette joins a talented offense led by quarterback Tom Brady that will certainly be fun to watch, especially this weekend against the Saints. But excluding the offense, don’t overlook this defense, which should raise some eyebrows as the season progresses.
6. Tennessee Titans (0-0): The Titans won the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes, which will certainly make this defense a lot better. As for the offense, look for another big year from Derrick Henry.
7. Dallas Cowboys (0-0): Is this the year the Boys finally win a playoff game – maybe two? – and return to the Super Bowl? Maybe, but it will all depend on their defense, which struggled at various times last season. But the front seven has the potential to be very good, pending everyone stays healthy.
8. Buffalo Bills (0-0): The Bills are our pick to win the AFC East – yes, we think Buffalo will win their respective division! – but Josh Allen needs to be more accurate than he was one year ago.
9. Seattle Seahawks (0-0): For Seattle to be successful this fall, they will not just need their offense to make plays, but also their defense to come up with big stops, especially on third down. Expect another solid year from quarterback Russell Wilson.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0): As long as Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, then this team has the potential to be a tough out come January.
11. New England Patriots (0-0): Can Cam Newton lead the Patriots to not just a divisional crown, but also a postseason victory next January? We’ll have to wait and find out!
12. Minnesota Vikings (0-0): Adding Yannick Ngakoue to the Vikings defense will make this unit one to watch, not just this weekend, but all season.
13. Green Bay Packers (0-0): Yes, the Packers came within one game of reaching the Super Bowl last season, but don’t expect Green Bay to return to the title game this year.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (0-0): A slew of preseason injuries should make the Philly fans somewhat concerned for a successful 2020 season.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-0): The Colts have a new quarterback – that would be Phillip Rivers, to be exact – and should be in the mix for a spot in the postseason.
16. Houston Texans (0-0): Deshaun Watson may have a new contract, but here’s the real question: how will this offense do without DeAndre Hopkins?
17. Los Angeles Rams (0-0): Todd Gurley will not be lining up in the backfield, which means a lot of the attention will be shifted to Jared Goff.
18. Atlanta Falcons (0-0): The Falcons are our pick to make the postseason after ending their 2019 campaign with a great deal of momentum.
19. Cleveland Browns (0-0): Is this the year for the Browns? Let’s wait and see …
20. Las Vegas Raiders (0-0): The Silver and Black have the potential to surprise a lot of football fans this year.
On the Rise: Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, and Miami Dolphins.