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.
2. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
While Baltimore has looked just as good, if not better, than Seattle in their first two games, they beat up on rather weak-looking teams in the Browns and the Texans. Now, it's possible that these two teams appear so bad just because of how good the Ravens really are, but the supposed quality of the two puts the Ravens about a half-step below the Seahawks on my list. Lamar Jackson hasn't missed a beat from last season, and Baltimore's defense has stifled two opponents with potentially above average offenses. Justin Tucker and the rest of the special teams are perhaps the best in the league, which will also help the Ravens continue to win games going forward.
3. Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Two words: Aaron Rodgers. We thought Green Bay's offense needed to get another weapon for Rodgers in the draft? Nah. It doesn't matter who lines up at receiver or running back; they'll be efficient in this offense under Matt Lafleur. Although it doesn't hurt that they have two superstars in Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. Similar to the Ravens, the Packers haven't really played a good team yet, but they have annihilated the two teams they have played. It'll be interesting to see how the defense holds up against tougher opponents, but they'll likely have some room for error as long as Rodgers is on the offensive side of the ball.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone knows the Chiefs are still the best team in the NFL. But they haven't really played all that well yet, not that they have needed to. Even without any super impressive wins in the first two weeks, it's impossible to not include the Chiefs in my top five. I would guess that Andy Reid is waiting to fully open up his offense until later in the season and into the postseason. Kansas City is so good that they'll still be able to win most games with a limited playbook, and Patrick Mahomes still has a plethora of weapons to utilize. I fully expect the Chiefs to jump to the top of this list sooner rather than later.
5. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
There were a few teams I was considering here, namely the Bills, Steelers, and Rams. But I think the Cardinals have looked really good, and they have the best win of the four teams with a week 1 victory over the 49ers. Kyler Murray has been Russell Wilson-esque and has taken a huge step forward in his second season. The additions of Kenyan Drake and DeAndre Hopkins have further ignited the offense to place them among the best in the league. The defense, led by superstars Budda Baker, Patrick Peterson, and Chandler Jones, have been strong against two solid run offenses and have been able to create turnovers and make stops in crucial situations. The future is certainly bright for Cardinals fans.
Now let's get into the five worst teams so far this season. Whether it has been due to the shortened training camp, lack of preseason games, or just because they are bad overall teams, these five teams have not had any success in the first two weeks. While there is certainly still time to turn things around, here are the five worst teams based strictly on on-field performance thus far.
28. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
It has been a mess in Philly for the extent of the young season, beginning when they were outscored 27-0 through the final three quarters in Washington. Injuries definitely play a big part to the team's lack of success, but it also appears that there is a lack of chemistry with players and higher-ups in the organization. Personally, I'm disappointed by the Eagles because I picked them to make it to the playoffs this season. Unless Carson Wentz can start winning games on his own, I wouldn't bet on Philadelphia to win too many games in the upcoming weeks.
29. Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
While the Eagles have certainly been disappointing, the Vikings have been the biggest letdown for me so far. The three-headed offense led by Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen has been almost nonexistent through two games, which suggests Stefon Diggs was more crucial to the Vikings than anyone suspected. The defense has had its woes as well, as it has been torched by veteran quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. Week 3 likely won't be much easier of a test when they take on the undefeated Titans.
30. Detroit Lions (0-2)
Matt Patricia is potentially on the hottest seat among head coaches through week 2. Unfortunately for him, his team squandered a win in week 1, and had to face the red-hot Packers in week 2. They've been without their top receiver, Kenny Golladay, for the first two games, which is reason for optimism on the offensive side of the ball. But the defense doesn't look like it can stop anyone. Matthew Stafford is a solid quarterback, but he's not a guy who's going to be able to put up 40 points per game consistently, which is what he would need to do to win games right now in Detroit.
31. New York Giants (0-2)
Daniel Jones hasn't looked bad through two games, but New York's offensive line is just abysmal. Saquon Barkley, who is now out for the season after suffering an ACL tear in week 2, was only able to muster six rushing yards in his first game against the Steelers. Six... Ben Roethlisberger had more rushing yards than Saquon that game. The Giants' defense isn't really that bad, but they are going to struggle mightily to put points on the board on a consistent basis. I feel bad for fans of the Giants as it already seems as if their season is over after the loss of Saquon.
32. New York Jets (0-2)
The Jets are the worst team in football up to this point. I don't know how Adam Gase keeps getting head coaching gigs in the NFL. He seems like a total jerk, and he doesn't appear like he'll ever be successful no matter where he goes. Poor Sam Darnold, who has potential to be a stellar quarterback, but is probably hoping to just be traded at this point. There's just no hope for Jets fans this year, and they're probably so bad that even Trevor Lawrence wouldn't be able to save them.
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