Better, worse or the same? That’s the question that many fans are wondering about their respective teams for the 2020 NFL season after an offseason of free agency, the NFL draft, retirements of star players and virtual meetings because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rather than offering an overarching answer about each roster as it stands, it’s more telling to examine it piece by piece, position by position.
Here’s a look at NFL Nation teams, listed in alphabetical order, in which reporters have tried to answer the better, worse or the same question for offense and defense:
Offense: The Falcons and coach Dan Quinn enter a pivotal, must-win season coming off back-to-back, 7-9 campaigns. If the Falcons hope to be contenders, a potentially high-powered offense led by QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and RB Todd Gurley has to do its part. Read more
Defense: Coming on Monday.
Defense: After a 2-14 season, Cincinnati made an extensive effort in overhauling the defensive roster by shelling out top dollar for players in hopes of improving a unit that ranked 25th in points allowed per game in 2019. Read more
Offense: Despite entering last season with plenty of hype, the Browns faltered to a 6-10 finish, extending the NFL’s longest playoff drought to 18 years. Are the Browns better, at least on paper? Read more
Defense: Cleveland’s new regime in the front office and coaching staff was busy this offseason, making upgrades on the margins to buttress a young core while using all three of its Day 2 draft picks on defense. Read more
Offense: The Broncos were one of the most active teams in a stay-at-home offseason, but it will take a little more than on-paper sunshine and rainbows to shake off four consecutive playoff misses and three consecutive losing seasons. Read more
Defense: If things go as the Broncos hope on defense in whatever becomes of the 2020 season, the two starters they traded draft picks for will have to have a big impact. Better injury luck would help, too. Read more
Offense: For a team that was one game away from the Super Bowl last season, how did the Packers address the offense this offseason? Hint, they didn’t draft a receiver. Read more
Defense: When last anyone saw the Packers’ defense, it was run over by the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game to the tune of 285 yards rushing. Has the unit improved any since that dreadful performance? Read more
Offense: While trading DeAndre Hopkins was the most shocking change the Texans made on offense this offseason, another switch could end up making just as big an impact — coach Bill O’Brien giving up playcalling duties. Read more
Defense: The last time the Texans’ defense was on the field, they blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs against the Chiefs. Has Houston done enough this offseason to improve the unit? Read more
Offense: In terms of how general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden have addressed their personnel this offseason following a 7-9 finish in 2019, things look on the upswing. Read more
Defense: After finishing No. 19 in total defense, and just 24th in points allowed, adjustments had to be made on the Raiders’ defensive side of the ball this offseason. And they were. Read more
Doug Kezirian, Joe Fortenbaugh and Preston Johnson are betting under the Raiders’ win total of seven because of their new circumstances in Las Vegas.
Offense: Few, if any, are buying the Patriots as a clear-cut Super Bowl LV contender, nor even the favorite in the AFC East division they have dominated for most of the past two decades. But, is it an accurate assessment? Read more
Defense: The Patriots took some big free-agent hits, with three of their best defenders — Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins Sr. and Danny Shelton — landing with new teams. How will this unit rebound? Read more
Offense: The 2019 Jets were historically bad on offense. They finished last in total yards for only the third time in the past 49 years, and general manager Joe Douglas used this offseason to rebuild that side of the ball. Read more
Offense: The Seahawks hope that a reshuffling of the offensive line and tweaks to the skill positions allow their offense to excel in 2020. Read more
Defense: Seattle’s defense underachieved across the board in 2019, with the exception of forcing turnovers. It’s why general manager John Schneider made notable — even if not marquee — additions at every level. Read more
Offense and defense: The Titans lost some key leaders from 2019, especially on defense with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and cornerback Logan Ryan. The Titans also lost leaders in tight end Delanie Walker and quarterback Marcus Mariota. Were the Titans able to upgrade in the offseason? Read more