2020 Regular Season Predictions

During this crazy time in professional sports the debate has shifted from who has the best chance to be crowned the asterisk marked 2020 COVID-19 champion, to, should every professional sport be played inside of a bubble.  In today’s article I will tackle both issues but mainly focus on who I think the division winners, MVP, and Super Bowl champion will be.  

This week’s article of Corey’s Corner focuses its attention on the discussion of how the NFL can most effectively handle the issue of player safety during these uncertain times of the corona virus pandemic so I will keep my thoughts on this subject very brief and refer you to Corey’s Corner for a more in-depth take. First of all, I think player safety is paramount and any player who does not feel safe, or is at a higher risk of contracting the virus should sit the season out.  Secondly, early indications have been showing that the NBA and WNBA have had the most success with limiting positive COVID tests among their players so at this point, figuring out some sort of hybrid type bubble may work best for the fluidity of the league year.

Now for the 2020 NFL predictions:

The first prediction should be whether or not the NFL actually starts/plays through the entire season.  I definitely think the NFL will play because there is too much money at stake and they do not really value the safety of their players.

With this in mind here are my 2020 NFL predictions:

NFC East: I’m riding with the Cowboys again; I just think this division has too many question marks attached to it and the talent pool hasn’t improved much.  For me, the Eagles will not be a real contender until Carson Wentz can make it through an entire season.

NFC South: I’m still going with the Saints.  I think the Saints are one of the most complete teams in football despite the Buccaneers bold acquisitions of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

NFC North: By default, I still think the Packers are the best team in the division.  Although the Packers didn’t light the world on fire in free agency or the draft (arguably), the rest of the division kind of stayed pat as well.  I think the Vikings probably present the best challenge to the Packers but I believe you still have to give the Packers the slight edge over Minnesota.  

NFC West: This division is always like the wild west.  This year I think the Super Bowl hangover catches up to the 49ers as it always does and this division becomes a showdown between the Seahawks and Rams.  Ultimately, I think the Seahawks come out on top winning somewhere around 13 games and fighting for the NFC’s top spot.

Wild Cards:

  1.  Tampa Bay
  2. Rams
  3. Minnesota

AFC East: I am really tempted to pick the Bills, hell, I think they actually may have the best team on paper.  However, you absolutely cannot bet against Bill Belichick and a reenergized Cam Newton.  I think like always the rich get richer and Cam will help the Pats offense evolve into an effective run/pass attack that will throw defenses for a loop.  With that being said, give me the Pats.

AFC South: Believe it or not, I am actually going away from the trendy Titans and picking the Colts because of the tremendous infrastructure they have in place.  With an already all world offensive line and solid rushing attack the Colts upgraded at the quarterback position by bringing in Phil Rivers for one more shot at a title and upgraded their defensive line in a big way by adding DeForest Buckner to further stabilize the middle of the field.

AFC North:  To me, this one is an easy pick, the Ravens are easily the best team in that division in all three phases of the game.  I expect the Ravens to win 12-13 games and compete with the Chiefs for the AFC’s best record.

AFC West: Again, this is a simple pick so I will cut right to the chase and pick the Chiefs.  Honestly, the Chiefs find themselves in the same position as the Packers did heading into the 2011-2012 season as they are coming off of a Super Bowl and expecting to be an even stronger team than they were the previous season.  They should certainly be in the hunt to win a Super Bowl in each of the next 5-7 years.  I expect the Chiefs to win 13-14 games and capture the top spot in the AFC.

Wild Cards:

  1. Buffalo
  2. Pittsburgh 
  3. Tennessee 

NFL MVP:  Again, a very simple pick here, I’m going with Pat Mahomes he was the best player in the league last year despite Lamar Jackson taking the league by storm and taking advantage of his absence due to injury.  Lamar is definitely flashier but Mahomes is the more reliable player and a better pure pocket passer.  Mahomes is the best talent I’ve seen in the league since Aaron Rodgers.

Super Bowl Matchup:

Seattle vs. Kansas City

Super Bowl Champion: The Kansas City Chiefs (from Missouri) (They are the best team in the league and it is theirs to lose).

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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Bure9620's picture

August 02, 2020 at 07:00 am

What the NBA is doing is smart.....but there are significantly less players, playing in a bubble in one city......and the NBA is much more forward thinking league than the NFL with a much more international following....I do not see how a season finishes if it starts........

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August 02, 2020 at 07:28 am

I see the packers starting and finishing. On Top. That slight edge will disappear next year. But for now the "division" is ours!

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Guam's picture

August 02, 2020 at 07:46 am

Watching the MLB situation and seeing game after game canceled, I just don't see how the NFL finishes the season. Of all the major sports, baseball has the least physical contact between players and yet is struggling mightily with off field COVID19 infection rates. How does a sport with the most physical contact between players not have a worse problem? It will be a sad Fall without much football, but I suspect it will be the reality.

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August 02, 2020 at 09:06 am

The teams who are relying the LEAST on draft picks and to a lessor extent FA additions will be the teams in the best shape. The Packers fall into that category. Last season they were 8-1 in one score games and didn't look good winning games against teams like Carolina or the Redskins. BUT they were also playing in a new scheme with all new coaches on the offensive side of the ball, and some on the defensive side. Many think they'll backslide this year and in those one score games I'd imagine that's quite possible, but I look for this offense to be much more consistent this season.

Dillon will be the #2 RB by week 6 after the bye week at Tampa and be a BEAST. Lazard IS the #2 and just going to get better. This team may not win 13 games, BUT I think they'll be better this year. The defense is going to be improved too. Gary and Savage will both take jumps. Savage is going to be special.

This of course only happens if there's a season which at this time I just don't think is possible. BUT I can hope there is.

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August 02, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Dillion will definitely be a beast NickPerry. One of my favorite picks in the draft. He will be a battering ram.
...and with speed. Derrick Henry Lite

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August 03, 2020 at 02:38 am

LOL...I guess some don't like our Dillon predictions Bure9620. IF they're Packers fans you'd think they'd like the idea of another offensive weapon...Something this offense needs IMO.

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August 02, 2020 at 10:55 am

NFC West being a battle between Seattle and the Rams? Nope. IF the Niners have a SB hangover, then the Cardinals and Seahawks will be fighting for the top spot, while the cap foolish Rams will be hoping for a winning season.

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August 02, 2020 at 02:17 pm

chiefs won't even make the playoffs......so it is written......so it shall be done......BOOK IT!!!!!!

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August 02, 2020 at 03:59 pm

In that weak azz division? C'mon man.

You have the Chargers with no QB.
The Raiders with the most over rated Coach in NFL history.
And the Broncos, who are at least a couple years away.

Detroit could probably win that division if KC wasn't in it..

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