NFL Power Rankings and Super Bowl Odds
The NFL is a week-to-week league. As the season grows closer, things are rapidly changing for the 32 franchises. On this page, you’ll find the latest NFL Power Rankings put together by SharpSide’s team of betting experts. These NFL Power Rankings are designed to help you gauge who the best teams are in the league and become a better sports bettor.
We’ll also take a look at each team’s betting odds to win the Super Bowl, which play a big role in how sportsbooks and handicappers rank the teams from top to bottom.
As the landscape is ever-evolving in the NFL, SharpSide’s NFL Power Rankings will be regularly updated, so be sure to check back often for the latest.
Why are NFL Power Rankings important?
Power rankings (or power ratings) are used by winning sports bettors around the world across a wide variety of sports. Power rankings can be applied to any sport. One of the most popular sports that bettors use power rankings for is football.
Power rankings set a solid handicapping foundation for oddsmakers and sports bettors. For oddsmakers, power rankings help set betting lines, both in the short term with things such as weekly point spreads between teams and in the longterm with things such as futures odds to win the Super Bowl.
The majority of people reading this will be bettors. For bettors, power rankings can help provide an objective rating, largely taking out any biases one may have towards a team, its players, or recent news. It is this objectivity that makes power rankings so strong and why they are an important foundational element of any sports bettor’s arsenal.
2020 NFL Power Rankings
Super Bowl odds used for our NFL Power Rankings are from FanDuel Sportsbook on August 30, 2020, and subject to change.
|Rank||Team||Super Bowl Odds|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||+650|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||+900|
|5||New Orleans Saints||+1200|
|8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1500|
|15||Green Bay Packers||+2500|
|16||New England Patriots||+1700|
|18||Los Angeles Rams||+2800|
|19||Los Angeles Chargers||+3200|
|26||Las Vegas Raiders||+6000|
|27||New York Jets||+7000|
|29||New York Giants||+8000|
1. Kansas City Chiefs
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the roster very much intact, and the best quarterback in the league in Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs are the frontrunner as the best team in football entering next season. The Chiefs had the No. 32 pick in the NFL Draft and added LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in a surprising selection. Although the arguments can be made that the Chiefs should’ve addressed other areas with this pick, Edwards-Helaire should fit in nicely with the offense and be a threat in both the rushing and passing attack. With Damien Williams opting out for the season, the Edwards-Helaire pick is much more important.
The bottom line is that it’s hard to argue against the Chiefs being the clear favorite to win the Super Bowl and best team in the league given that they’ll look very much like the team that took the field a season ago and went on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
2. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens had a great last season but the team ultimately fell short when it suffered a surprise upset in its first playoff game at the hands of the Tennessee Titans. Lamar Jackson took a big leap last season and the Ravens catered the offense around him in a way that worked very well. With Greg Roman returning as offensive coordinator instead of going out and getting a head coaching gig, Baltimore’s offense should be much of the same, if not better, than what it was last season. Add in running back J.K. Dobbins to fit the same mold as Mark Ingram and a couple of young wide receivers, the Ravens offense could be very good for quite some time.
On the other side of the ball, the team could see some improvement to an already stout defense. The Ravens re-signed Matt Judon, picked up Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers, and added linebacker Patrick Queen in the draft.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have been busy in the offseason, shuffling a lot of players around in free agency and then picking up a bunch in the NFL Draft. The re-signed Amari Cooper to a big five-year deal and slapped the franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott.
In the draft, the Cowboys swung big in the first round by drafting Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. They also picked up a pair of cornerbacks and added center Tyler Biadasz to fill the void left by Travis Frederick, who retired.
The biggest change for the Cowboys is at head coach. Jason Garrett is out and Mike McCarthy is in. If he’s able to work some magic with the Dallas offense and if the defense is able to continue to progress, the Cowboys could finally return to the Super Bowl. We have the Cowboys as the team to beat in the NFC.
4. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers were a bruising team last season and plan looks to be to continue just that. Although they did lose wide receiver Manny Sanders in free agency, the 49ers drafted Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings to help fill the void. We know how much San Francisco wants to focus its offense around its running game and they added a top-tier offensive lineman in Trent Williams via a trade with the Washington Redskins.
On the defensive side, San Francisco picked up defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 pick and he should only beef up what was one of the best defenses in the league last season.
5. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is coming back to quarterback the New Orleans Saints, who added Manny Sanders in free agency and picked up tight end Adam Trautman in the draft. Although Teddy Bridgewater won’t be behind Brees to back him up next season, the Saints locked up Taysom Hill for a couple more years and added Jameis Winston.
Our best guess is that we see much of the same from the Saints next season. They’ll be a very good team all season long but will likely fall a little short of winning it all, largely because Brees is declining and isn’t the quarterback he once was.
6. Seattle Seahawks
No matter how beat up the Seattle Seahawks are and no matter how many holes the team appears to have, every season they’re in the mix. Pete Carroll has a way of getting the team to play hard every week and Russell Wilson does wonders at quarterback. We’d very much expect the Seahawks to be right around 9 or 10 wins and vying for a playoff spot in the NFC.
Seattle added tight end Greg Olsen, but he’s a little on the older side. Still, he could provide a nice option for Wilson if he’s left scrambling behind a poor offensive line.
In a big-move trade, the Seahawks dealt for safety Jamal Adams. He should fit in nicely with Carroll’s system and could be quite the player with Seattle.
7. Indianapolis Colts
Philip Rivers is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Rivers is certainly on the back nine of his career, but he should be an upgrade over Jacoby Brissett. The Colts have a solid offensive line that can provide Rivers with a lot of time to get the ball out. The question will be if he can be smart with the football.
The Colts added Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft. The wide receiver was the team’s first pick and should complement T.Y. Hilton well. The team’s next pick, running back Jonathan Taylor, is a little questionable. He’s a powerful runner and the Colts have a solid offensive line for him to run behind, but the one-two punch of Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines seemed plenty good enough for the Colts last season.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were as busy as anyone this offseason. They landed Tom Brady in free agency and brought back Shaquil Barrett. The addition of Brady helped lure tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and he was able to work out a trade to the Bucs, so it looks like Brady is going to have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, and Gronkowski as weapons.
In the draft, tackle Tristan Wirfs slipped to Tampa Bay at No. 13, which is a great get for them. The team also picked up Antoine Winfield Jr. to help on defense. Although it’s hard to tell how effective Gronkowski will be after a year off a football and being on the older side, it’s hard to look past what the Buccaneers will bring to the table next season.
9. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns received a lot of hype coming into last season, but the team went 6-10 and missed the postseason. It was Cleveland’s 12th consecutive losing season. Now with a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski, a very talented roster, at least on paper, will look to get things on track.
The Browns have Baker Mayfield at QB, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt at RB, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at WR, Austin Hooper and David Njoku at TE, and then players such as Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, and Sheldon Richardson on defense. This roster has the talent to compete.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a lot of issues at the most important position in all of sports last season, with starting QB Ben Roethlisberger missing just about all of the season. The defense played well, but it ultimately couldn’t fill the void that the offense lacked and the Steelers missed the playoffs.
Roethlisberger will be back for this upcoming season. The question now is, how much does the oft-injured 38-year-old quarterback have left in the tank? He’s always been a high-risk, high-reward style of player, but that might be even more so for this upcoming season. If Roethlisberger can be above average as a floor with his normal upside and the defense plays as good as it did last season, then the Steelers have a chance to make some noise in the AFC.
11. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are getting a lot of love entering next season. They went back to the playoffs last season and gave the Houston Texans a run for their money. Josh Allen looked like he improved a little, Devin Singletary was very good at running back, and the Bills defense was the Bills defense. Now, the team has added Stefon Diggs, Allen has another year under his belt, and there’s no reason to believe the defense shouldn’t be as good as it’s always been. The defense also added defensive end A.J. Epenesa in the second round of the draft.
With Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, plus a ton of others leaving the AFC powerhouse, everyone is looking at the Bills to really take the leap this upcoming season. They pushed New England to the end of the regular season when it came to winning the division last time out and now many expect them to be the ones hoisting the AFC East crown.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a ton of injuries last season and health will play a big part for them in the upcoming season. The team grabbed TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with its first pick in the NFL Draft at No. 21 and then surprised a lot of people when they selected quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round. Who knows how Doug Peterson will end up using Hurts, but he could provide quite the versatile piece to the offense. Reagor should help fill out a rather lacking WR group.
Running back Jordan Howard left, but that online opens up the door for Miles Sanders to be the guy. Cornerback Darius Slay was a big-time signing by the Eagles and should really help on the defensive side of the ball, where the Eagles struggled against the pass.
13. Detroit Lions
We’ll fully admit that we might have the Detroit Lions higher in the NFL Power Rankings than most, but we believe this is the year for the Lions to make a big push. Within the division, we have them winning the NFC North and that would put them in the playoffs with a chance to make a run at the Super Bowl.
Everything the Lions do this season starts with quarterback Matthew Stafford. As long as Stafford can stay healthy, this team has a chance to compete. Detroit has an offense that can be lethal and a defense that is improved on paper.
14. Minnesota Vikings
Although they lost Stefon Diggs in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the Minnesota Vikings picked up wide receiver Justin Jefferson from LSU with their first-round pick. The Vikings also drafted players to plug holes at cornerback and elsewhere and had a very good draft overall.
It seems as though the Vikings are a sexy team to bet on entering every season. They have good talent and a solid head coach, but for whatever reason, the team always fizzles out at some point in the playoffs.
15. Green Bay Packers
In what was arguably the surprise maneuver of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers traded up to draft quarterback Jordan Love. They then drafted running back AJ Dillon with their next pick and many were left wondering why they didn’t get Aaron Rodgers some more immediate impact weapons.
The Packers reached the NFC Championship game last season but got blown out by the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers looked less like Rodgers last season and some would make the case that Green Bay over-performed. What happens with the team in the upcoming season largely rests on the shoulders of Rodgers, which isn’t new. But are these recent moves the straws to break the camel’s back? We’ll see.
16. New England Patriots
It’s all about Bill Belichick in New England now. Tom Brady is gone, Rob Gronkowski retired and then came out of retirement so he could get traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the team has lost a lot of key players on defense.
After Brady’s departure, all signs at first pointed to Belichick rolling out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham as the starter next season, but the team signed former MVP Cam Newton to lead the offense, and the move has gotten a lot of people excited.
The Patriots have made a killing feasting on the AFC East for the past two decades, but they’ve had Brady and the other teams haven’t been that good. The Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets have some promising young talent that could really push New England this season.
17. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans made an impressive playoff run last season, upsetting both the Patriots and Ravens on the road before ultimately falling short in a third tough test against the Chiefs. Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry will be back with the squad after signing longterm deals, and the emergence of wide receiver A.J. Brown has many people high on Tennessee’s chances for another playoff run.
The Titans will have to contend with the Colts, who added Rivers at QB and sit higher on SharpSide’s NFL Power Rankings. If Mike Vrabel’s defense can continue to be as solid as it has been, and if the offense can look like it did at the end of last season, the Titans could be one of the teams we’re seeing making a run deep into the postseason once again.
18. Los Angeles Rams
After reaching the Super Bowl the year before, the Los Angeles Rams missed out on the playoffs last season in what was a down year for them given how successful they have been as of late and the talent on the roster. Jared Goff still brings his questions to the table as the team’s starting quarterback, Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley are no longer on the roster, but the team still has a lot of talent.
Sean McVay really turned the team around when he took over, but now additional pressure is on for him to find some magic again after missing the playoffs last season.
19. Los Angeles Chargers
Many thought Tom Brady or Cam Newton would end up on the Los Angeles Chargers, but those two players ended up with the Buccaneers and Patriots, respectively, and both teams come in higher on SharpSide’s NFL Power Rankings. The Chargers plan to go with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, although they did draft Justin Herbert sixth overall.
Although the Chargers have a couple of players to get excited about, such as Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, they might lack the quarterback play to be able to make any big moves towards a Super Bowl this upcoming season.
20. Arizona Cardinals
One of the sexier picks heading into the season is the Arizona Cardinals. Kyler Murray did all right in his first season and there is a lot of chatter about him having a breakout second year. The team got good production from Kenyan Drake at running back last season and was able to trade for DeAndre Hopkins.
In the NFL Draft, stud linebacker Isaiah Simmons fells to Arizona at No. 7 and the team snagged him. He should plug right into this defense and only help it get better.
21. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley give the Atlanta Falcons a puncher’s chance in every game because of their ability to score points. The team has added Todd Gurley for this season, and that sounds great, but we’ll really need to wait and see what Gurley the Falcons get. If Gurley can return to form, the Falcons could be awesome on offense. If he’s still a bit hampered by all of the injuries he’s had to deal with, then we’re less high on the Falcons.
We have a good idea what Atlanta brings to the table on offense, but we’ll need to see improvement from the team’s defense should it really want to challenge in the NFC and within the division, especially with the addition of Brady and the improved Buccaneers this season.
22. Chicago Bears
The big question for the Chicago Bears is who is going to be the team’s starting quarterback? Mitchell Trubiskey may have already worn out his welcome in Chicago, despite it only being his fourth year in the league. The team decided to bring in Nick Foles and there is a fair amount of people who think Foles is going to take the job from Trubiskey, either before the season starts or later in the year.
The Bears always seem to have a solid defense, which the team should field once again this season. Khalil Mack should once again be a huge problem for opposing offenses, but if the Bears offense can’t get anything going for itself, it’ll be hard for the Bears to reach a title.
23. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos could be decent this season and improve upon last season’s 7-9 record, but that’s largely going to rely on Drew Lock. Is Lock good or not? This season will really tell us.
Lock will have some weapons around him. Courtland Sutton did very well last season and is poised to make a big leap in his second season in the league. The team added Jerry Jeudy in the NFL Draft, Noah Fant has potential at tight end, and Melvin Gordon joined the squad. The Broncos still have Phillip Lindsay as well, so there should be little excuses for Lock to be able to perform.
On defense, we tend to see the same thing from Denver every year and we expect them to be good on this side of the ball once again.
24. Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins is out and David Johnson is in. Brandin Cooks is also in. The Houston Texans are an interesting team for this season, led by Deshaun Watson, but we’re not as confident as we might be due to the coaching staff and the defense.