Updated: Aug 21, 2021
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom Brady continues to amaze at 43, leading the Bucs to their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
2) Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs were manhandled in Super Bowl LV, but they remain the favorite for another title in 2021.
3) Green Bay Packers – MVP Aaron Rodgers had another strong showing, but the Packers are only 1-4 in their last five conference championship games.
4) Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen and the Bills look primed to be contenders in the AFC for years to come.
5) New Orleans Saints – The Saints suffered another crushing home playoff loss in what was likely Drew Brees’ final game.
6) Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ offense was shut down in Buffalo, but a strong second half should propel them into 2021.
7) Cleveland Browns – The Browns took a major step forward in 2020, and will look to build on that success in 2021.
8) Los Angeles Rams – After trading Jared Goff and two first round draft picks, the Rams need Matthew Stafford to pay dividends in 2021.
9) Tennessee Titans – The Titans will need to improve defensively to make a deeper playoff run next year.
10) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have an impressive arsenal of weapons on offense, but will Ben Roethlisberger be one of them in 2021?
11) Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks need to figure out why the offense struggled in the second half of 2020.
12) Indianapolis Colts – Jonathan Taylor will be a star for years to come, but the Colts need to find a replacement for the retired Philip Rivers.
13) Chicago Bears – Mitch Trubisky had a resurgence in the second half of the season, but was it enough to secure the starting job in 2021?
14) Washington Football Team – Washington overcame injuries and adversity all season long, and they nearly had one more win left in them.
15) Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins exceeded expectations in 2020, but it will be postseason or bust in 2021.
16) Arizona Cardinals – After a promising 6-3 start, Kyler Murray and the Cards fizzled in the second half.
17) Las Vegas Raiders – The 8-8 Raiders will need to improve the league’s 30th ranked defense to make the playoffs in 2021.
18) Los Angeles Chargers – A 4-game winning streak to end the season couldn’t save Coach Anthony Lynn’s job.
19) Minnesota Vikings – The once proud Vikings defense finished the year ranked 29th in the NFL.
20) San Francisco 49ers – The Niners battled all season long, but injuries ultimately derailed the 2019 NFC champs.
21) New York Giants – The return of Saquon Barkley in 2021 should help the NFL’s 31st ranked offense.
22) Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys made a run in the last month, but a sloppy loss to the Giants was indicative of their season.
23) New England Patriots – The Patriots’ offense simply could not score enough points to stay competitive this year.
24) Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons may have finished 4-12, but their point differential was a respectable -18.
25) Carolina Panthers – The Panthers were a disappointment in 2020, but a healthy Christian McCaffrey should make 2021 a better year.
26) Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson was outstanding this season, but he will need a defense to see the playoffs in 2021.
27) Denver Broncos – The Broncos were 1-5 against their AFC West rivals this season, a stat that will need to improve in 2021.
28) Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Hurts provided some excitement late in the year, but the Eagles have a lot of decisions to make in 2021.
29) Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow is on track to return for the start of the 2021 season, which is good news for the Bengals.
30) Detroit Lions – The NFL’s worst defense gave up a whopping 519 points in 2020, the second highest total in NFL history.
31) New York Jets – The Jets had the NFL’s worst offense and point differential, and they don’t even have the #1 overall pick to show for it.
32) Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars may have lost 15 straight games, but they won the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes.