We're now three weeks into the season, and while most teams remain near the middle of the pack, others have begun to either pull ahead or fall behind. Bucket Squad's NFL expert, Nick Swatson, will present his full rankings right here every 3 weeks during the 2020 NFL season. The following rankings are based solely on each team's on-field performance thus far, not what is expected of them for the remainder of the season. Also, teams' records are not the sole decision factor, as there are some teams at 2-1 or 1-2 that are better than other teams with superior records; they just may have played a tougher schedule so far. Therefore, you will get a good idea of how your team's play compares with every other team in the league.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Kansas City at number one? I know - what a hot take. The Chiefs got off to somewhat of a slow start this season, but they asserted their dominance this past Monday night on a Baltimore team that looked unstoppable in their first two games. We knew the Chiefs' high-powered offense would be able to score with the Ravens, but it was surprising to see their defense hold Baltimore to under 300 total yards and only 20 points. We will likely see Kansas City consistently at the top of most NFL rankings for the next decade or so, as long as Patrick Mahomes stays relatively healthy.
The 2020 NFL season is still very young, but it's never too early to notice which teams are vastly superior to others and which teams will be competing for the first overall 2021 draft pick. The following rankings will be based solely on the on-field performances we've seen so far, not including potential improvement or regressions that could take place over the course of the season. We'll start with the five squads that look to be the most complete and could make a deep run in the postseason barring something unforeseen.
1. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
The Seahawks had a dominant win over an unfortunate Falcons team in week 1, and knocked off the Patriots this Sunday night in what is arguably the best win for any team so far this season. Russell Wilson has been absolutely electric, and the downfield threats of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf have allowed Pete Carroll to open up his offense in a way we have not seen from Seattle with Wilson under center. Jamal Adams has made an immediate impact in Seattle's secondary, and while the defense had trouble stopping the Cam Newton-led Patriots for most of the night, they stuffed Newton on the goal line on the final play of the game to seal the win. The offensive firepower alone has propelled Russell Wilson to the forefront of MVP discussion, and the Seahawks to the top of my list of NFL teams thus far.
Week 1 Takeaways for Every Matchup
It was a pretty crazy opening week in the NFL. There were plenty of upsets, blowouts, surprises, and letdowns. I'll be going over every game and discussing some of the standout moments as well as the future outlook for each team.
Houston Texans - 20, Kansas City Chiefs - 34
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense hasn't missed a beat since last season's Super Bowl run, and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the real deal. There are still so many weapons on that Chiefs offense, and Andy Reid didn't really need to open the playbook up too much to be able to handle the Texans in week 1. As long as Kansas City's defense can play decent this year, there aren't going to be many teams that will be able to compete with them. On the other hand, Houston looked like they were missing DeAndre Hopkins badly. Will Fuller wasn't able to produce without Hopkins on the other side attracting two defenders, and while David Johnson provided some support out of the backfield, the offense was relatively stagnant for most of the game. While the defense should play better the rest of the way against lesser offensive opponents, it might be a long season of mediocrity for the Texans.
The NFL season typically feels long for everybody. Whether your team is straggling near the back of the pack, vying for a playoff spot, or sitting comfortably atop their division, there is always a reason to pay close attention to the division standings. For those who want to find out how the season will play out and where your team will finish after it is all said and done, keep reading below.
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