The 5 Teams Best Set Up to Win Super Bowl LV

Tim Kelly
February 03, 2020 - 8:00 am

If Super Bowl week felt strange without Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, you may want to begin to get used to the idea of Bill Belichick's squad not playing in three out of every four Super Bowls.

On March 17, Brady's contract for 2020 will automatically void, leaving the Patriots with $13.5 million in dead cap money and without the ability to franchise tag the three-time league MVP. Brady, widely considered to be the most accomplished player in the history of the sport, can become a free agent for the first time in his career.

Even if Brady does return to New England for a 21st season, there are legitimate questions about the team around him. While the Patriots managed to still go 12-4 and win the AFC East in 2019, they did so with possibly the weakest group of skill-position players that Brady has ever had. That made it relatively unsurprising when the Tennessee Titans upset them in the Wild Card Round, and leaves you with reservations about the team's ability to potentially re-tool this offseason in an effective enough manner to build a Super Bowl team for Brady's age-43 season.

One way or another, as week look forward to the 2020 NFL season, the Patriots don't jump out as a potential Super Bowl contender, the first time you could say that in at least a decade. With a changing of the guard having potentially taken place this past season, here's a look at the top five potential Super Bowl contenders for next season, in no particular order: