NFL rosters are principally set forward of the 2021 season with free company and the draft over. Now it’s time for everybody’s favourite significant train: NFL Energy Rankings! Let’s check out how all 32 groups stack up. Try the most recent episode of The ODDcast on The SB Nation NFL Present for much more energy rankings evaluation.
BLG’S NFL OFFSEASON POWER RANKINGS
1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Video games favored to win primarily based on early level spreads: 15) — Solely proper to begin with the reigning Tremendous Bowl champs on high. The Bucs retained all 22 starters from their championship staff. With that stated, they’re hardly some untouchable juggernaut. They had been fairly lucky final yr by way of damage luck (healthiest staff) and an unusually favorable path to a Vince Lombardi Trophy. To their credit score, they took absolutely benefit of it. However issues most likely received’t be as straightforward for them once more.
2 – Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (16) – The final time I checked, the Chiefs nonetheless have that Patrick Mahomes dude so that they’re most likely going to be actually good once more. Brett Veach has spent KC’s offseason making an attempt to restore the offensive line that undid their alternative to repeat. One factor I do surprise in regards to the Chiefs is that if making deep runs three years in a row will meet up with them a bit bit. Simply not a simple factor to do yr in and yr out. The AFC West can also be extra aggressive than it was earlier than.
3 – Los Angeles Chargers (11) – Some will declare I’m too excessive on the Bolts. That I’m falling into the lure we all the time do with the Chargers being the attractive breakout decide. However there’s simply a lot to love about this staff. Justin Herbert thrived final yr behind one of many league’s worst go defending offensive line. The Chargers have solely improved upfront by including the likes of Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler, and Rashawn Slater. Brandon Staley is an improve over Anthony Lynn and if anybody can work out the right way to preserve Mahomes in examine, it is likely to be him. The Tremendous Chargers are my AFC staff this yr. They’re stealing the division from the Chiefs. [Additional BLG note: we had Michael Peterson, an excellent Chargers guest, on The ODDcast to go more in-depth on them.]
4 – Los Angeles Rams (13) – Dropping Staley hurts however the Rams upgraded the extra vital aspect of the ball by going from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford. There’s a whole lot of strain on each the previous Detroit quarterback and Sean McVay to provide an elite offense that places this staff in championship rivalry.
5 – Buffalo Payments (15) – The Payments nonetheless have one of many league’s greatest rosters. I do surprise about what sort of drop-off we would see from Josh Allen, although, contemplating how his completion share jumped up 12.9% and his passer score jumped up by 24.0 final yr. There might be some regression the place he nonetheless performs properly however simply not AS good as final yr.
6 – Baltimore Ravens (15) – We are able to all count on the Ravens to be a top quality common season staff. Lamar Jackson is 30-7 as a starter with a 102.6 profession passer score. Everyone knows he has to return up larger within the playoffs, although. Only one-3 in 4 postseason video games with a passer score of simply 68.3.
7 – Cleveland Browns (13) – The Browns haven’t received a division title since 1989. That’s insane. Cleveland has an actual likelihood to make historical past this season after a pleasant offseason that noticed them add John Johnson, Malik Jackson, and Jadeveon Clowney. Additionally they did properly within the 2021 NFL Draft, including Greg Newsome II and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Andrew Berry has assembled a proficient roster.
8 – Seattle Seahawks (9) – The Seahawks didn’t do a lot this offseason to make anybody really feel like they considerably upgraded their staff. No actual large splash in free company and solely three (!) picks made on this yr’s draft. Nevertheless it most likely doesn’t matter as a result of they nonetheless have Russell Wilson. For now, a minimum of.
9 – Inexperienced Bay Packers (9) – It’s onerous to know what to make of the Packers with Aaron Rodgers’ future up within the air. The sensation right here is that it’s extra seemingly he’s gone than he’s again. How large is the drop-off from him to Jordan Love? Undoubtedly important, in fact, however may the Pack nonetheless be a playoff staff? Perhaps not?
10 – Washington Soccer Staff (3) – Attention-grabbing to see the Soccer Staff solely favored in three video games this yr. Washington is being slept on with everybody assuming Dallas is solely going to run away with the NFC East. Washington’s protection remains to be robust and Ryan Fitzpatrick, for all his faults, goes to have some scorching video games. Ron Rivera can also be the very best coach in his division. Don’t depend out WFT.
11 – Miami Dolphins (8) – The Dolphins have a proficient roster and an excellent head coach. Have they got a quarterback? It’s too early to be definitively out on Tua Tagovailoa however it’s truthful to surprise if he’s actually the reply. It’s not unthinkable the Dolphins might need to show to Jacoby Brissett to keep up a sure degree of competency if Tua is simply flat out unhealthy.
12 – Minnesota Vikings (9) – The Vikings’ protection was uncharacteristically unhealthy final season. It’s a secure guess that Mike Zimmer will discover a approach to get that mounted. The uncertainty in Inexperienced Bay may open up a path for the Vikings to win the NFC North. From there, Kirk Cousins will unsurprisingly come up small within the playoffs. However perhaps they win one postseason sport because of a giant efficiency from Justin Jefferson.
13 – Arizona Cardinals (9) – Are the Cardinals as able to make a leap as they appear to assume they’re following the J.J. Watt and A.J. Inexperienced (who may simply be washed) additions? I don’t know. It actually comes all the way down to Kyler Murray’s evolution as a passer. We all know he’s a cellular menace however he should be higher along with his arm.
14 – San Francisco 49ers (14) – Many have the 49ers bouncing again in a giant method this season. It’s not an unreasonable thought when you think about final yr’s poor damage luck and a comparatively favorable schedule. Then once more, there’s a fairly good likelihood the 49ers are set to have the worst beginning quarterback of their division. Jimmy G isn’t scaring anyone and might’t keep wholesome. Trey Lance is wildly inexperienced. They is likely to be extra mediocre than individuals appear to be anticipating.
15 – Tennessee Titans (8) – The query right here is: how lengthy can Derrick Henry proceed to prop up the Titans’ offense? He’s as much as 1,407 profession touches (together with playoffs), with 827 of these coming over the past two seasons. He’s a freak so he may nonetheless have an enormous 2021 in retailer however the wear-and-tear will catch up finally. And there are questions on how good the Titans’ passing assault is that if the run sport isn’t working. Tennessee was backside three in go makes an attempt final yr and useless final in 2019.
16 – Pittsburgh Steelers (8) – There’s thought that the Stillers might be actually unhealthy this yr as a result of Ben Roethlisberger simply is likely to be donezo. Given how the 39-year-old appeared the final time we noticed him, it’s clearly a good concern. Nevertheless it’s onerous to guess towards Pittsburgh with supreme confidence. I imply, it’s a corporation that hasn’t had a dropping season since 2003. The considering right here is that Roethlisberger may nonetheless have one thing left and the protection shall be adequate to maintain them within the dialog for a wild card spot.
17 – Dallas Cowboys (10) – Plenty of hype surrounding a staff that has extra query marks than individuals appear to comprehend. Is Dak Prescott undoubtedly going to be the identical participant coming off a significant damage? Is an getting older offensive line going to have the ability to keep away from cratering once more? Is the protection dramatically higher? Are we actually offered on Mike McCarthy being an excellent head coach? The Cowboys actually may make a playoff push given all their offensive firepower however nobody ought to be setting a playoff look in stone.
18 – Indianapolis Colts (12) – I’m sorry however Carson Wentz is a downgrade from Philip Rivers. Wentz most likely received’t be as unhealthy as he was final yr. However this concept that he’s all of a sudden going to recapture MVP kind simply because he’s working with Frank Reich once more feels fairly naive. Reich couldn’t get him to cease fumbling in Philly and that’s a giant situation. It is a man with 59 profession fumbles in 69 video games performed. The Colts may nonetheless win the AFC South as a result of the competitors isn’t nice. However I’m fairly assured this staff maxes out at one playoff win on the very most.
19 – Atlanta Falcons (7) – The Falcons are a main candidate to bounce again in 2021. There’s ample purpose to imagine Matt Ryan can nonetheless operate at a comparatively excessive degree. And particularly now that he has Kyle Pitts to pair with Julio Jones (barring a commerce) and Calvin Ridley. Arthur Smith is an improve from Dan Quinn and Raheem Morris.
20 – Denver Broncos (9) – The Broncos will clearly bounce up a lot greater in these rankings if Aaron Rodgers results in Denver. For now, the Broncos have a strong roster with an uninspiring quarterback scenario. Drew Lock has proven some flashes however he’s ideally extra of a top quality backup.
21 – New England Patriots (7) – They acted out of character and spent a ton of cash in free company. Was it price it? I’ve my doubts. This appears like a staff that made a determined try and get again to the highest however truly simply raced out to the center of the league. Cam Newton is coming off a nasty yr and Mac Jones may provide some competency however his ceiling is just so excessive. We’ll proceed to see that Tom Brady was extra accountable for the Pats’ success than Invoice Belichick was.
22 – Chicago Bears (4) – There’s rightfully pleasure about Justin Fields in Chicago. Will he begin instantly? He ought to. Taking part in Andy Dalton is only a waste. That being stated, there might be some rookie rising pains for Fields to undergo.
23 – New Orleans Saints (11) – Why are the Saints favored to win 11 video games this yr? Certain, Sean Payton is an effective head coach. However Jameis Winston is a turnover machine and Taysom Hill isn’t a viable long-term choice below heart. I don’t get it.
24 – New York Giants (5) – There’s strain on Daniel Jones to erase any doubt about him being the Giants’ franchise quarterback. Dave Gettleman made an effort to enhance his receiving corps. However Gettleman’s first-ever commerce down additionally added future flexibility for the Giants to pivot away from Jones if he’s simply not the man.
25 – Carolina Panthers (5) – The Panthers gave the impression to be all in on the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes earlier than his off-field points emerged. Then it felt like they made a panic commerce for Sam Darnold as an alternative of simply being affected person. I believe Matt Rhule is an effective head coach however between Teddy Bridgewater and Darnold … I don’t love his QB selections.
26 – Las Vegas Raiders (6) – Arguably essentially the most juiceless staff within the league. Their market is essentially the most fascinating factor about them. Derek Carr is the least fascinating beginning quarterback within the league by way of being caught with a man who’s too good to eliminate however not adequate to win something with. Jon Gruden remains to be owed over $66 million after going 19-29 over the past three years.
27 – Philadelphia Eagles (2) – I thought of placing the Eagles at No. 1 since they’ve DeVonta Smith now. All jokes apart, there’s an opportunity Philly might be higher than anticipated. They give the impression of being good within the trenches (on paper, a minimum of) and a brand new teaching employees may make a distinction. Then once more, that employees could be very inexperienced. And whereas I imagine Jalen Hurts has some worthwhile potential, he’s at present within the dialog for being one of many worst starters within the league. Once more, this staff has the potential to show individuals unsuitable. They simply hardly deserve the advantage of the doubt after Howie Roseman has repeatedly overseen unhealthy offseasons since 2018.
28 – Cincinnati Bengals (2) – Including Ja’Marr Chase is enjoyable and all however, uh, who’s defending Joe Burrow? The Bengals allowed him to get hit method too typically final yr. Burrow is coming off severe damage and it stays to be seen if he’ll be 100% from the bounce. Zac Taylor hasn’t achieved a lot to encourage confidence.
29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (2) – City Meyer has received wherever he’s been however, as many faculty coaches have come to search out out, the NFL is a special beast. The onus is on him to show he can cling. There’s actually purpose to imagine one of many NFL’s youngest rosters has upside, particularly now with Trevor Lawrence within the fold. We’ll see simply how a lot promise they’ll present in 12 months 1.
30 – New York Jets (4) – Joe Douglas has slowly however certainly been working to enhance the Jets’ roster. The sensation right here is he has them pointed in the suitable route. There’s nonetheless work to do, although, and Zach Wilson should show himself. Wilson appears like a increase or bust candidate at quarterback.
31 – Detroit Lions (0) – I really feel just like the Lions have an opportunity to be a bit extra respectable than this low rating signifies. I truly assume Detroit is on the suitable long-term monitor with Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes main the best way. Nevertheless it’s onerous to have a lot religion in Jared Goff. The Lions’ offensive line gives stability however they lack ample weapons to prop up their beginning quarterback.
32 – Houston Texans (0) – I’m guessing not even Texans followers would deny they’re the worst staff within the league. There’s simply not a lot to be enthusiastic about in Houston. They need to be taking part in Davis Mills to see what he has in a misplaced season however watch them waste time with Tyrod Taylor.