Guys, I do not need to jinx something, however I feel the 2020 NFL season is definitely going to occur. 

The primary sport of the 12 months is now simply days away, and except this nation comes below assault by fire-breathing hornets between now and Thursday — which does appear a minimum of considerably believable primarily based on how the 12 months has gone to this point — I am considering we will get soccer. 

With the beginning of the NFL season now right here, which means it is time for everybody’s favourite factor: PREDICTIONS. 

I will be sincere, I’ve excessive expectations for my predictions this 12 months and that is primarily as a result of I have been locked in my home for the previous 5 months quarantined with a child. Throughout that interval, the one two issues I’ve carried out are: 1. Change diapers and a pair of. Strive to determine who’s going to win this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl. Though I would prefer to assume I will hit the nail on the pinnacle with all of my predictions this 12 months, the very fact of the matter is that this might find yourself being one of the crucial unpredictable years in NFL historical past. Not solely was the preseason eradicated, however NFL groups did their greatest to close down the circulate of data popping out of their coaching camps, which suggests I don’t know which rookies have appeared good or if any growing old veterans appear to be they need to be desirous about retirement. 

I imply, one staff has a 41-year-old participant on its follow squad in case you are questioning how weird issues have gotten this 12 months. 

Earlier than we get to my predictions, let me clarify how issues are going to work right here: I will undergo every division and predict every staff’s last report. After that, I will be making a daring prediction for every division. When you roll by the divisional portion of those predictions, you may see my playoff picks and ultimately, my Tremendous Bowl champion. In two of the previous 5 years, my preseason Tremendous Bowl decide has ended up successful all of it, so that you may need to scroll down and take a look at that prediction first to see if I am selecting your favourite staff. 

Additionally, since everyone knows that making enjoyable of somebody’s predictions is half the enjoyable of studying predictions, you’ll be able to ship all of your hate tweets to me on Twitter by clicking here, and simply so you already know, Broncos followers, I am already mentally making ready to your hate tweets. 

Lastly, when you’re questioning how I did final season, I predicted the precise win complete of 5 completely different groups. I additionally accurately predicted that the Packers would make it to the NFC title sport and that the Chiefs would win the Tremendous Bowl. Alternatively, I utterly whiffed on San Francisco. I had the 49ers going 6-10 final season, they usually responded to that prediction by laughing in my face all the way in which to the Tremendous Bowl. Niners followers additionally laughed in my face.

Alright, that is sufficient jibber-jabber about final 12 months, let’s get to the 2020 predictions.

AFC East

1. *Patriots: 10-6
2. *Payments: 9-7
3. Dolphins: 6-10
4. Jets: 4-12

AFC East daring prediction: Cam Newton leads the NFL in complete touchdowns

Nobody is aware of if the Patriots are going to be any good this 12 months and that is primarily as a result of nobody is aware of if Cam Newton goes to be any good. The previous Panthers quarterback hasn’t been in a position to keep wholesome over the previous few seasons, so there isn’t any assure he’ll have the option keep wholesome in New England. That being stated, I truly assume Newton goes to have a monstrous 12 months. For one, the Patriots are going to have the aspect of shock on their aspect in 2020. For the previous twenty years, each opponent knew what the Patriots offense was going to do (even when they could not cease it). This 12 months, nobody has any concept what the Patriots are going to do on offense, and due to that, it may very well be powerful to cease. Additionally, Newton offers the Patriots one thing they by no means had with Tom Brady: A quarterback who’s a risk to run the ball. If Newton can throw 30 landing passes this 12 months and rush for 10 extra, that may doubtless be sufficient to steer the NFL in complete touchdowns, and that is precisely what I am predicting. 

AFC North

1. *Steelers: 11-5
2. *Ravens: 11-5
3. Browns: 8-8
4. Bengals: 7-9

AFC North daring prediction: Joe Burrow units NFL report for many TD passes by a rookie

This report is at the moment held by an AFC North rival (Baker Mayfield), which suggests it can most likely really feel particularly gratifying for Burrow if he is in a position to knock the Browns quarterback out of the report guide. Again in 2018, Mayfield threw 27 landing passes, which broke Peyton Manning’s report of 26 that had stood since 1997. Burrow goes to have an enormous benefit over Mayfield, and that is as a result of the Bengals quarterback goes to be the starter from Day 1, which suggests he’ll undoubtedly be beginning 16 video games this season (Mayfield solely began 13 video games for the Browns in 2018). 

The opposite upside for Burrow is that he’ll have plenty of receiving expertise to work with in Cincinnati with guys like A.J. Inexperienced, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Alex Erickson and John Ross, plus working backs Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Additionally, there is a good likelihood we’ll see Burrow put up massive numbers this 12 months irrespective of how the Bengals play. On one hand, if the Bengals are good, it can doubtless be as a result of Burrow is having an exceptional rookie season. Alternatively, if the Bengals are unhealthy, we may see Burrow put up some enormous numbers in rubbish time, which may assist his landing complete.

AFC South

1. *Colts: 10-6
2. *Titans: 9-7
3. Texans: 7-9
4. Jaguars: 3-13

AFC South daring prediction: Doug Marrone is the primary coach fired through the 2020 season

Generally, when a staff makes it to the AFC Championship sport, they attempt to construct on that success, however for some purpose the Jaguars determined to do the alternative. Since making it to the AFC title sport in 2017, all of the Jaguars have carried out is totally dismantle their whole roster. The ultimate two nails within the coffin got here final week when the staff dumped each Yannick Ngakoue (in a commerce) and Leonard Fournette. After two straight last-place finishes over the previous two seasons, Marrone is certainly on the new seat this 12 months and if the Jaguars get off to a sluggish begin, he won’t final lengthy in Jacksonville. The Jags have a bye in Week 7 this season and if the staff shoots off to a 1-6 or 0-7 begin, it will not be shocking if proprietor Shad Khan lastly pulls the plug on the Marrone period in Jacksonville.  

AFC West

1. *Chiefs: 13-3
2. Chargers: 7-9
3. Raiders: 6-10
4. Broncos: 5-11

AFC West daring prediction: The Broncos are worse than they have been in 2019

The Broncos have been a classy decide this 12 months as a darkish horse playoff staff and an enormous purpose for that’s due to the way in which they completed the season. Over the ultimate 5 weeks of 2019, Drew Lock led them to a 4-1 report, which allowed Denver to complete the season 7-9. One of many greatest query marks in Denver is the offensive line, which is an issue, as a result of that is not a difficulty you need to be worrying about when you might have a second-year quarterback below heart. The Broncos may need fairly a number of weapons, however these weapons do not actually imply something if Lock by no means has time to get them the ball. 

NFC East

1. *Cowboys: 11-5
2. Eagles: 9-7
3. Washington: 4-12
4. Giants: 3-13

NFC East daring prediction: Dak Prescott wins MVP

I am beginning to assume that Jerry Jones truly had a diabolical plan going into 2020 that concerned not giving Dak a long-term deal in order that he’ll be enjoying with a chip on his shoulder the complete season, and I am additionally beginning to assume that this plan may work. Final 12 months, Dak completed with the second-most passing yards within the NFL and the fourth-most landing passes, regardless of enjoying in a run-friendly offense. With a extra pass-happy coach and much more offensive weapons, we’ll doubtless see some even greater numbers from Prescott. Oh, and let’s not neglect that he performs for America’s staff, which principally signifies that you are mechanically within the MVP dialog so long as you end above .500 and I completely assume the Cowboys are going to complete above .500. 

NFC North

1. *Packers: 9-7
2. Vikings: 9-7
3. Lions: 8-8
4. Bears: 6-10

NFC North daring prediction: No staff within the division will hit double-digit wins

If there’s one division the place it seems like each staff took a minimum of a small step again this 12 months, it is the NFC North. The Packers added zero receiving weapons for Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings misplaced half their starters on protection, Bears coach Matt Nagy is being compelled to begin a quarterback he would not have any confidence in  and the Lions are the Lions. Mainly, it is a recipe for catastrophe and catastrophe on this case will probably be a season the place not one of the groups within the division hit the 10-win mark. This qualifies as daring, as a result of it is solely occurred one time within the 18-year historical past of the NFC North. Because the division’s first 12 months in 2002, the one time not one of the groups hit the double-digit mark got here in 2013 when the Packers gained the NFC North with simply eight wins. 

NFC South

1. *Buccaneers: 11-5
2. *Saints: 10-6
3. Falcons: 8-8
4. Panthers: 4-12

NFC South daring prediction: Buccaneers win the division for the primary time in 13 years

With Tom Brady now in Tampa, this won’t seem to be a daring prediction, however in line with our mates at William Hill Sportsbook, it undoubtedly qualifies as daring, and that is as a result of the Saints are the overwhelming favourite to win the division this 12 months. With simply days to go till the beginning of the season, the Saints’ odds of successful the division are sitting at -120 (wager $100 to win $83.30) whereas the Bucs have a lot worse odds at +160 (wager $100, win $160). Not solely will I be using the Brady prepare this 12 months, however I will be using all of it the way in which to the NFC title sport. Sadly for the Buccaneers although, I haven’t got Tampa Bay successful that sport. To search out out who I’ve beating them, you may must maintain studying. 

NFC West

1. *Seahawks: 11-5
2. *49ers: 10-6
3. *Rams: 9-7
4. Cardinals: 8-8

NFC West daring prediction: All 4 groups end at .500 or above

Most individuals appear to agree this 12 months that the NFC West is essentially the most stacked division within the NFL, so that you may be questioning why this prediction qualifies as a daring prediction and the rationale for that’s as a result of it is by no means occurred earlier than. The NFC West has existed since 1970, and within the 50 years since then, there’s by no means been a single season the place each staff within the division completed at .500 or above. If it is ever going to occur, this feels just like the 12 months the 4 groups may get it carried out. 

NFC Playoffs

Groups: 1. Cowboys 2. Seahawks 3. Buccaneers 4. Packers 5. 49ers 6. Saints 7. Rams

Wild Card

(2) Seahawks 20-16 over (7) Rams

(3) Buccaneers 30-27 over (6) Saints

(5) 49ers 34-20 over  (4) Packers

Divisional

(1) Cowboys 27-23 over (5) 49ers

(3) Buccaneers 31-24 over (2) Seahawks

NFC Championship

(1) Cowboys 34-30 over (3) Buccaneers

AFC Playoffs

Groups: 1. Chiefs 2. Steelers 3. Colts 4. Patriots 5. Ravens 6. Titans 7. Payments

Wild Card

(2) Steelers 23-20 over (7) Payments

(3) Colts 27-24 over (6) Titans

(5) Ravens 31-23 over (4) Patriots

Divisional 

(1) Chiefs 33-30 over (5) Ravens

(3) Colts 34-27 over (2) Steelers

AFC Championship

(1) Chiefs 31-24 over (3) Colts

Tremendous Bowl LV in Tampa (CBS)

Cowboys 34-31 over Chiefs

Playoffs daring prediction: Cowboys finish 25-year Tremendous Bowl drought

If you already know any Cowboys followers, then you definately’re most likely nicely conscious that firstly of each NFL season, there’s nothing they like to speak about greater than why this may lastly be the 12 months the Cowboys win the Tremendous Bowl. It is just about occurred yearly for the previous 25 seasons. Though I often snort of their face after they make the prediction, this 12 months I will not be doing that, and that is as a result of I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THEM. I feel Jerry Jones may need brainwashed me as a result of I feel THE DALLAS COWBOYS ARE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL, and they are going to do it by knocking off the defending champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. 

Mainly, not solely am I predicting that Dak Prescott will win the MVP this 12 months (as you examine earlier), however I am additionally predicting that he’ll lead the Cowboys to the Lombardi Trophy. I feel what I am attempting to say right here is that Jerry Jones higher get his test guide prepared as a result of Dak’s asking worth goes to triple if all of this occurs. 

The largest purpose I just like the Cowboys this 12 months is as a result of they will not be held again by teaching. Though Mike McCarthy is not a Corridor of Fame coach by any means, he actually seems like a step up from Jason Garrett, and let’s not neglect, he additionally has Tremendous Bowl teaching expertise as a result of he gained a Lombardi Trophy throughout his time in Inexperienced Bay. 

Additionally, I am undecided if followers will probably be allowed to attend, but when they’re, this Tremendous Bowl would most likely give us some superb tailgating and that is as a result of the parking zone at Raymond James can be stuffed with each Kansas Metropolis and Texas barbecue, which is necessary to notice, as a result of we may lastly resolve which one is definitely higher. 

Lastly, if my predictions all pan out — and I am positive they are going to — here is what the highest of the NFL Draft order will appear to be subsequent April, and primarily based on these first three picks, perhaps they need to transfer the occasion again to New York for the 12 months. 

Order of first 5 picks for 2021 NFL Draft

1. Jaguars
2. Giants
3. Jets 
4. Washington
5. Panthers

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