This year’s NFL year is total different.  The global pandemic has literally reshape the entire presentation of sports.  Major League Baseball games have no fans as team compete on a daily basis.  The National Basketball Association restarted its season in a “bubble” located in Orlando.  The NBA fans were showcased virtually during the regular season and now playoffs.  So, with the NFL looking to open its 2020 campaign under COVID-19, we are giving our take at the Superb Bowl contenders.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Coming off playoff appearance, the league’s reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson is looking to take his team to the next level in the post season. After the lost to the Tennessee Titans, Lamar Jackson vowed that he will improve on his game in all aspects.  The last time he made such a statement was after lost to the Chargers in the prior year’s playoff.  That following year (last season) he made league MVP.  If Action Jackson makes more improvement with a offense that caters to his strength, he should easily be able to help the team to the Super Bowl.

The last we seen of the Ravens defense was Derrick Henry running through it and breaking tackles while going over a 100 yards rushing.  The team has since retool its defense by adding veterans Calais Campbell, Derrick Wolfe and drafting LSU stud Patrick Queen.  This three pieces should be enough to keep the Ravens defense rankings in the top ten.  We predict that the Ravens will have a top five defense.  If our prediction holds up, this unit will be the reason why the team will compete for the Lombardi trophy in the Super Bowl.

NEW ORLEAN SAINTS

The Saints has the best offense in the NFL.  Lead by future Hall of Fame inductee Dre Brees, the Saints team is loaded.  They have arguably the best wide receiver in Michael Thomas, a top five offensive line and has a good back field tandem with Alvin Kamara and TBD. The team also has Taysom Hill who’s a Swiss army knife. Jared Cook is a solid tight-end.  The unsung heroes of the offense will be Emmanuel Sanders and the addition of Jamison Winston. Sanders will take off pressure from WR Thomas who many teams will game plan against.  We anticipate Sanders putting up 60-70 catches with 700-900 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Winston will be a security option if something happens to Brees during the regular season.  The former first round has the capability to put up larges numbers (last year, he put up over 5,000 passing yards in the Bucs offense).  If he has to sub for any games and Sean Payton can get him to keep his turnovers down, he will be a hidden gem.

The real key to the Saints making it back to the Super Bowl is its underrated defense.  Led by All-pro defensive-end Cameron Jordan, the Saints welcome back veteran Malcolm Jenkins at safety. His presence and leadership should make this one of the best defensive backfields in the league.  If the team’s linebacker corps lead by Demario Davis and Kiko Alonso plays at a consistent level, it will be the defense that carries this team to the Super Bowl.