NFL: Seven Bold Predictions for the 2020 Season
The 2020 NFL Season is upon us. Amid a pandemic and social unrest, the NFL season will kick off on Thursday with the Houston Texans taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs begin defense of their Super Bowl Championship against one of the top teams in the conference. This one should be a good game to open the season.
Given that the season is about to make its debut, it is time to make some predictions. Not just your normal predictions. It is time to get aggressive and put out some strong predictions. It is time to go bold for the 2020 NFL Season. Therefore, without further ado, here are seven bold predictions for 2020.
7. Patrick Mahomes does not finish the season
While he is very elusive, Mahomes’ freelancing style will come back to haunt him in 2020. Teams will figure out how to keep him in the pocket and that will curse the Chiefs. Staying in the pocket through 16 games will simply not happen. Nevertheless, there will be a point in 2020 in which Chiefs fans hold their breath and pray that Mahomes can lead them once again.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers win the AFC North
I believe that the Steelers would have won the AFC North last season had it not been for the injury suffered by Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is back and his arm looks stronger and healthier than it has in many years. If this team can stay away from the drama, they are as good as anyone in the AFC is. Look for them to make a splash during the 2020 NFL Season.
5. Stadiums return to full capacity for playoff runs
The COVID pandemic is playing havoc on early attendance. 23 of the 32 NFL teams have announced that they will not allow fans in for the beginning of the year. Some have even said for all year. That will change on all fronts. There is time for the county entities to change their minds and allow fans later this season. Look for stadiums to be back in full swing by the time Christmas rolls around.
4. 3 major trades at the deadline
Deadlines often breed deals. That is what will happen when the NFL Trade Deadline rolls around in October. I get a gut feeling that there will be three big trade. Contenders that feel they are one or two pieces will push to get their piece and make that move just before the push to the playoffs. What players? I have no inkling on names. Just an inkling that we could see movement.
3. San Francisco 49ers miss the playoffs
The Super Bowl hangover is the real deal. Especially for the team that lost. That team seems to try harder the next season, thus making more mistakes and costing themselves more victories. This, along with up and coming teams in the NFC West will keep the 49ers at home following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Season.
2. New England Patriots win less than 10 games
With the players that the team lost to COVID and, of course, the loss of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company will struggle to find the win column. Yes, I understand that they signed Cam Newton. However, it takes time in the NFL for players to become accustomed to one another. This will cause the Patriots to win less than 10 games in an NFL season for the first time since 2002 when the team went 9-7.
1. Two Head Coaches receive their walking papers during the season
It is quite uncommon for an NFL head coach to be fire during the season. Nonetheless, that will happen in 2020. I predict that Jacksonville Jaguars’ headman, Doug Marrone will go down first. This is possibly the worst team in the league.
The second prediction is Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons. Some say the Falcons will contend for the division this season. I do not see that happening. Their defense is still missing some pieces to be a contender. This will lead to the demise of Quinn during the 2020 NFL Season.
Bold predictions are just that, BOLD. They are predictions that more than likely will not come to fruition on the year. However, if they do I can say that I told you so.
What are some of your bold predictions for the 2020 NFL Season? Leave a comment below.
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