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 yr is now simply two days away, and until this nation comes underneath assault by fire-breathing hornets between now and Thursday — which does appear at the least considerably believable primarily based on how the yr has gone to this point — I am pondering we will get soccer. 

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

I will be trustworthy, I’ve excessive expectations for my predictions this yr 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 performed are: 1. Change diapers and a couple of. Attempt to determine who’s going to win this yr’s Tremendous Bowl. Though I might prefer to assume I will hit the nail on the top with all of my predictions this yr, 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 finest to close down the circulation of knowledge popping out of their coaching camps, which implies I do not know which rookies have appeared good or if any growing older veterans appear to be they need to be excited about retirement. 

I imply, one workforce has a 41-year-old participant on its apply squad in case you are questioning how weird issues have gotten this yr. 

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 workforce’s ultimate 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 choose has ended up profitable 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 workforce. 

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 recognize, Broncos followers, I am already mentally getting ready in your hate tweets. 

Lastly, in the event you’re questioning how I did final season, I predicted the precise win whole of 5 totally 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. However, 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 best way to the Tremendous Bowl. Niners followers additionally laughed in my face.

Alright, that is sufficient jibber-jabber about final yr, 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 whole touchdowns

Nobody is aware of if the Patriots are going to be any good this yr 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 find a way keep wholesome in New England. That being mentioned, I truly assume Newton goes to have a monstrous yr. For one, the Patriots are going to have the factor of shock on their aspect in 2020. For the previous 20 years, each opponent knew what the Patriots offense was going to do (even when they could not cease it). This yr, nobody has any concept what the Patriots are going to do on offense, and due to that, it might be powerful to cease. Additionally, Newton provides the Patriots one thing they by no means had with Tom Brady: A quarterback who’s a menace to run the ball. If Newton can throw 30 landing passes this yr and rush for 10 extra, that may possible be sufficient to guide the NFL in whole 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 implies it’ll in all probability really feel particularly gratifying for Burrow if he is in a position to knock the Browns quarterback out of the report e-book. 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 implies he’ll positively 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 operating backs Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Additionally, there is a good probability we’ll see Burrow put up massive numbers this yr irrespective of how the Bengals play. On one hand, if the Bengals are good, it’ll possible be as a result of Burrow is having an outstanding rookie season. However, if the Bengals are unhealthy, we may see Burrow put up some enormous numbers in rubbish time, which may assist his landing whole.

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 throughout the 2020 season

Generally, when a workforce makes it to the AFC Championship sport, they attempt to construct on that success, however for some cause the Jaguars determined to do the other. Since making it to the AFC title sport in 2017, all of the Jaguars have performed is totally dismantle their complete roster. The ultimate two nails within the coffin got here final week when the workforce dumped each Yannick Ngakoue (in a commerce) and Leonard Fournette. After two straight last-place finishes over the previous two seasons, Marrone is unquestionably on the recent seat this yr and if the Jaguars get off to a gradual begin, he won’t final lengthy in Jacksonville. The Jags have a bye in Week 7 this season and if the workforce 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 stylish choose this yr as a darkish horse playoff workforce and a giant cause for that’s due to the best way 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 largest 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 will have a second-year quarterback underneath middle. The Broncos may need fairly just a few 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 taking part in with a chip on his shoulder all the season, and I am additionally beginning to assume that this plan may work. Final yr, Dak completed with the second-most passing yards within the NFL and the fourth-most landing passes, regardless of taking part in in a run-friendly offense. With a extra pass-happy coach and much more offensive weapons, we’ll possible see some even greater numbers from Prescott. Oh, and let’s not neglect that he performs for America’s workforce, which mainly 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 workforce within the division will hit double-digit wins

If there’s one division the place it seems like each workforce took at the least a small step again this yr, 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 does not have any confidence in  and the Lions are the Lions. Principally, it is a recipe for catastrophe and catastrophe on this case shall 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. For the reason that division’s first yr in 2002, the one time not one of the groups hit the double-digit mark got here in 2013 when the Packers received 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 appear to be a daring prediction, however in line with our associates at William Hill Sportsbook, it positively qualifies as daring, and that is as a result of the Saints are the overwhelming favourite to win the division this yr. With simply days to go till the beginning of the season, the Saints’ odds of profitable the division are sitting at -120 (guess $100 to win $83.30) whereas the Bucs have a lot worse odds at +160 (guess $100, win $160). Not solely will I be driving the Brady prepare this yr, however I will be driving all of it the best way to the NFC title sport. Sadly for the Buccaneers although, I haven’t got Tampa Bay profitable that sport. To seek 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 yr that the NFC West is essentially the most stacked division within the NFL, so that you is likely to 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 workforce within the division completed at .500 or above. If it is ever going to occur, this feels just like the yr the 4 groups may get it performed. 

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 recognize any Cowboys followers, then you definately’re in all probability nicely conscious that in the beginning of each NFL season, there’s nothing they like to speak about greater than why it will lastly be the yr the Cowboys win the Tremendous Bowl. It is just about occurred yearly for the previous 25 seasons. Though I often giggle of their face after they make the prediction, this yr 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. 

Principally, not solely am I predicting that Dak Prescott will win the MVP this yr (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 examine e-book prepared as a result of Dak’s asking value goes to triple if all of this occurs. 

The most important cause I just like the Cowboys this yr 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 definitely 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 received a Lombardi Trophy throughout his time in Inexperienced Bay. 

Additionally, I am unsure if followers shall be allowed to attend, but when they’re, this Tremendous Bowl would in all probability give us some superb tailgating and that is as a result of the parking zone at Raymond James can be full of each Kansas Metropolis and Texas barbecue, which is vital 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 certain they may — 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 yr. 

Order of first 5 picks for 2021 NFL Draft

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

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