5 most underrated NFL teams going into 2020

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Looking toward the 2020 NFL season, with the brunt of free agency in the books, these five teams will be underrated.

With the prominent part of free agency in the books, the next thing on the NFL calendar is the draft from April 23-25. It will, of course, be uniquely staged this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with teams operating their “war rooms” remotely. Exactly where the league will tally and record the picks is unclear right now.

Immediate difference-makers can and will be found in the draft as teams fill remaining needs. But the veteran portion of all 32 rosters is basically shaped right now, with cuts, signings and contract restructures all but done. So evaluating rosters and tabbing teams that could rise, fall or be underrated or overrated is possible, with prominent narratives able to be shaped for better or worse.

Looking all the way to the start of the 2020 NFL season, assuming it remains relatively on schedule to begin when it usually does, these five teams look to be underrated.

5. Washington Redskins

It’s an overdue new era in Washington, with Ron Rivera coming in as head coach to set a new culture. There have been no huge additions this offseason, but roster depth seems to be improved and holding the No. 2 overall pick in the draft offers a wide range of possibilities. The situation around left tackle Trent Williams still lingers, and a parting of ways is imminent. But that’s the only significant negative around the franchise right now, which is refreshing.

The NFC East is the weakest division in the NFL, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys both looking very shaky as the projected favorites and the New York Giants coming off a 4-12 season with their own new head coach. So if the Redskins can somehow win even four or five more games, spurred by splitting their division games after going 0-6 last year, they could win the NFC East.

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