2020 NFL Predictions

“Sports are like the reward of a functioning society.”

Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals

I’ve always enjoyed making predictions, even if I’m wrong way more times than I’m right. I take pride that I correctly picked the 2016 World Series in my 2016 MLB Preseason Predictions, even if I wish the result had been flipped. But this Fall, I’ve really struggled putting together predictions.

I’m honestly not sure whether we should be playing football this Fall. The United States is in the midst of a global pandemic that’s left almost 200,000 dead and has brought a number of lingering issues, from systemic racism to police brutality, to the forefront of our society. To top it all off, we’re facing one of the most divisive elections in our history, with a bigoted, corrupt and narcissistic President looking to rig the election in his favor.

As Sean Doolittle said, “Sports are the reward of a functioning society,” and we certainly aren’t a function society at the moment. Not only that, but should we really be playing football, a sport where players crash into each other play after play, in the midst of a global pandemic? I’m not sure we should, and yet here we are.

I struggled with whether or not to publish these predictions. Yes, sports do give us an much-needed escape at times, but its times like these where we shouldn’t be looking away. It sounds like an exaggeration, but there’s a possibility that we may be looking at the end of the United States of America as we know it. The 2020 NFL Season pales in comparison to that.

But with hope for the future, hope that Joe Biden will be our next President, hope that these protests will finally inspire some change, I decided to publish my 2020 NFL Predictions. Because while we all need an escape sometimes, we mustn’t let sports distract us from the bigger issues our society faces at this moment. So take 5-10 minutes and check out my 2020 NFL Predictions, I’ll keep them short, so afterwards we can go back to fighting for real change, and making this country and this world a better place for everyone.

AFC

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West 
Bills10-6Ravens11-5Colts9-7Chiefs12-4
Patriots9-7Steelers10-6Texans8-8Raiders8-8
Dolphins5-11Browns9 – 7Titans7-9Chargers7-9
Jets4-12Bengals4-12Jaguars3-13Broncos7-9

Wild Cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

NFC

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West 
Cowboys11-5Vikings10-6Saints12-4Seahawks11-5
Eagles9-7Packers9-7Buccaneers9 – 749ers10-6
Washington6-10Lions7-9Falcons6-10Rams8-8
Giants6-10Bears7-9Panthers4-12Cardinals7-9

Wild Cards: San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles

PLAYOFFS:

Seeding:

  • AFC: Chiefs, Ravens, Bills, Colts, Steelers, Patriots, Browns
  • NFC: Saints, Seahawks, Cowboys, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Eagles

Wild Card Round:

  • AFC: 
    • #2 Ravens over #7 Browns
    • #6 Patriots over #3 Bills
    • #5 Steelers over #4 Colts
  • NFC:
    • #2 Seahawks over #7 Eagles
    • #3 Cowboys over #6 Buccaneers
    • #5 49ers over #4 Vikings

Divisional Round:

  • AFC:
    • #1 Chiefs over #6 Patriots
    • #2 Ravens over #5 Steelers
  • NFC: 
    • #1 Saints over #5 49ers
    • #2 Seahawks over #3 Cowboys

Conference Championships:

  • AFC: Chiefs over Ravens
  • NFC: Seahawks over Saints

Super Bowl LV

  • Seahawks over Chiefs

Awards:

  • Super Bowl MVP: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Queen, ILB, Baltimore Ravens
  • Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

Statistical Credits: Pro Football Reference, Football Outsiders, ESPN.

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