The Top 10 NFL Teams of 2020

Out of the 32 NFL teams, which are the best of the best?

Out of the 32 NFL teams, which are the best of the best?

Logan Henley, Editor

After a 2020 season full of injuries, game cancelations, Coronavirus, and more, only the best survived this season through the hard conditions. But out of all the 32 NFL teams, what teams were the best?

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers were easily the hottest team in the league during the first half of the season, after they started 11-0. Despite late-season struggles by the Steelers, they clinched the division and the 3rd seed in the AFC playoff bracket. Ben Rothlisberger had an amazing year coming off missing the 2019 season to an injury, helped by rookie receiver Chase Claypool and running back James Conner. One of the most impressive parts of the Steelers is their defense. While their defense wasn’t the best, it certainly was a huge reason why they won 11 straight games. The Steelers could be much higher on the list if it wasn’t for losing four of their last five games and losing to the Browns in their home playoff game.

  1. Cleveland Browns 

The Browns surprised a lot of people this season. There were a lot of questions going into the season about Baker Mayfield’s issues from the previous season, and if newly hired coach Kevin Stefanski was capable of leading the Browns to the playoffs. The Browns made the right decision to hire Kevin Stefanski, as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Baker Mayfield had a huge bounceback season, throwing 26 touchdowns, and cut his interceptions down a lot. The Browns had huge success with running back duo Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, combining for 1,800+ rushing yards, and was a huge reason why the Browns had success this season despite losing the Chiefs in the playoffs.

  1. Baltimore Ravens

After a tough loss in the AFC Divisional round to the Titans in the 2020 playoffs, questions surrounded the Ravens and Lamar Jackson’s ability to provide in the playoffs. Lamar Jackson went on to have another great season, with over 1000 rushing yards and 2,700 passing yards. Ravens’ tight end Mark Andrews and rookie running back JK Dobbins have made huge impacts on the Ravens offense this season and are a huge reason why they made the playoffs. The Ravens also have one of the most intimidating defensive lines in the league with Pro Bowler Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, Yannick Ngakoue, and Brandon Williams keeping quarterbacks on their heels. 

7.Tennessee Titans

After a tough loss in the AFC Championship game against the Chiefs, the Titans were left with a bad taste in their mouth. There was a lot of concern around Ryan Tannehill, and if last season was just a fluke, but he proved his doubters wrong quickly. The Titans would begin their season 5-0, as Derrick Henry demolished opposing teams’ defenses. The Titans struggled down the stretch, but ultimately ended the season 11-5 and clinched the AFC South for the first time since 2008. Titans running back Derrick Henry rushed for over 2,000 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Derrick Henry is only the 8th player in NFL history to rush over 2,000 rushing yards. Despite the momentum going into the playoffs, the Titans were knocked out by the Ravens in a close game.

  1. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks began the first half of the season looking like the best team in the NFC, with Russel Wilson playing much more than just MVP caliber. Russel Wilson threw for 14 touchdowns in just three games. After starting 5-0, the Seahawks continued to play well but lost a few games down the road. Russel Wilson also stopped playing like the MVP form he had been early in the season, but still played good enough to win games. Receiver DK Metcalf was Wilson’s go-to target this whole year and was a huge reason the Seahawks had success early on. Despite having a strong start to the season, the Seahawks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Rams.

  1. New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara led the Saints to another successful season, as they clinched the 2nd overall seed in the NFC. Despite Drew Brees missing some time this year with an injury, the Saints carried on their success. They ended the season 12-4, one of the best teams in the NFC. The Saints took a tough loss to the Buccaneers as Drew Brees possibly played his last NFL game.

  1. Buffalo Bills

The Bills were easily the most surprising NFL team this season. Josh Allen had a huge year, improving in almost every aspect possible as a QB. The Bills traded for former Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs during the offseason, and it paid off big time as Stefon Diggs led the NFL in receiving yards with over 1,500 yards. The Bills could be placed one or two on the list if it wasn’t for their AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.

  1. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 13-3 season, the number one seed, and a first-round bye, along with an impressive stat line. Aaron Rodgers and the Packer’s offense was unstoppable this season, and Aaron Rodgers is in many fan’s opinions the MVP. The Packers were easily the best team in the NFC headed into the playoffs. Despite making it to the NFC Championship game back to back years, Aaron Rodgers couldn’t get it done against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes had yet another impressive year, leading the Chiefs to a 14-2 recording, and a first-round bye. The Chiefs’ offense looked unstoppable with weapons like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce constantly causing problems for NFL defenses. The Chiefs were surprisingly held to 9 points in the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Once the Buccaneers acquired Tom Brady in free agency, and with Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement to join Brady, it was known that the Buccaneers offense was going to be a problem. There were a lot of concerns surrounding the Buccaneers defense, but they stepped up big time this year for Brady. Early on in the season, the Bucs struggled against good teams and Brady was inconsistent the first few weeks. Running back Ronald Jones was a tremendous help to the offense and has been all year, with over 1,000 total yards this season. Tom Brady did it again, winning his 7th Super Bowl.