Super Bowl LV is less than three months away, and now entering week 10 of the 2020 NFL season, there are only a few teams that you think have a legitimate chance of winning the Lombardi Trophy on the 7th. February in Tampa.
There are a few teams that have outperformed and surpassed everyone else, and today we take a look at six of those legitimate teams where likely one of them will be standing on the platform in Tampa with the trophy saying they are the best of all the NFLs.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
You have to start with the only undefeated NFL team to enter Week 10, as the Steelers appear to be the real deal going 8-0 after nine weeks of action.
Black and Gold overcame the odds and just completed a three game road swing in which they beat the Titans, Ravens and Cowboys.
The road to the undefeated still has roadblocks, and that still probably won't happen, but don't be shocked to see "Big" Ben and some of those No.1 defense players standing on the platform in Tampa. with Lombardi.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
There is an old saying that until you hit the champion they are always the team to beat.
This describes the Kansas City Chiefs, who along with Pat Mahomes look like the best team in the NFL again. Yes, they slipped once in 2020 against the Raiders, but overall they still seem to be the best in the game.
Their defense has questions, and some think the Steelers' speed of defense will give Mahomes some fits, but until that happens you have to give the Super Bowl LIV champions a huge nod.
3. Saints of New Orleans
The NFC's current No.1 seed, the Saints look like the real deal, despite an aging QB at Drew Brees and a team that still have some adversity when it comes to expanding Michael Thomas.
Despite that, when this team is on the same page, they're a tough team to beat. They need that number one seed, and they took a big step in that direction with a dominant win over the Bucs in Tampa on Sunday night.
If Brees can stay healthy, there is no reason not to think the Saints can win it all.
4. Green Bay Packers
A rare home division loss to the Vikings suggests the Pack will struggle in the playoffs if a team can face them like San Fran did in last season's NFC title game.
While they need to consolidate that D race, the Pack still looks like a legitimate contender, and they showed that by bouncing back against the Niners at home last Thursday.
Any team with Aaron Rodgers will always give you a chance, and if that defense can hold together, it should be at the heart of the NFC playoff mix.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Another team with all kinds of defense issues, but again a team that has Russell Wilson always seeming to find a way to do it.
At 6-2, they need to hold off the Cardinals, who beat them in OT earlier this season, but the others should do enough on offense and just enough on defense to be a top contender for the playoffs.
Look for them to keep trying to find wrinkles on the defense to try and become an NFC contender.
6. Buffalo Bills
The NFL is starting to see Josh Allen as one of the best QBs to come into the game today, and could be one of the next big QBs in the league.
Allen has an MVP-like season, and could be the reason the Bills are making life difficult for some of the AFC's top teams in the postseason.
They lost to the Chiefs earlier this year and will see Pittsburgh on a Sunday night at home in December, again showing whether they can hang on with one of the best clubs in the AFC.
Either way, the Bills look like a dangerous team that can make noise in the playoffs.
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with 70 yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to strict rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the second and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is active, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow notes the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field place.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If correct, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This principal play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a second kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the deuxième half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so course 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled 7 yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to force them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.