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Week-by-Week 2020 NFL Schedule Analysis & Predictions

by Isaiah Sirois | @is_sirois | Featured Writer
May 9, 2020

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The NFL released its 2020 schedule this past Thursday. While commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that things could change because of coronavirus, the league hopes it can stick to the plan.

So as long as things remain the same, how do I see the 2020 season playing out? Here are my predictions for all 256 regular-season games — and for their overall entertainment value (EV).

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Week 1

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
HOU at KC Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ KC 34, HOU 21
SEA at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ ATL 27, SEA 24
CLE at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ BAL 31, CLE 17
NYJ at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NYJ 20, BUF 17
LV at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ LV 21, CAR 14
CHI at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DET 28, CHI 24
IND at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 27, JAC 20
GB at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MIN 31, GB 28
MIA at NE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIA 17, NE 14
PHI at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET PHI 20, WAS 10
LAC at CIN Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐ LAC 21, CIN 13
TB at NO Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ NO 45, TB 42
ARI at SF Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 24, SF 21
DAL at LAR Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DAL 31, LAR 28
PIT at NYG Mon. 7:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ PIT 20, NYG 18
TEN at DEN Mon. 10:10 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DEN 21, TEN 17

 
The season opener is set to be a good one, as Deshaun Watson gets a chance at avenging his postseason loss to Patrick Mahomes — but don’t expect Kansas City to take this loss … Look for Philip Rivers to start things off on the right foot for the Colts by sealing a solid victory against Jacksonville … Tom Brady‘s debut for the Buccaneers should be another exciting affair, and look for him to get a rude awakening from Drew Brees … Sunday night’s game, featuring the Rams and the Cowboys, pits two high-profile offenses against one another, and look for Dallas to have the advantage here … While I’m not excited about either Monday night game, expect both Pittsburgh and Denver to set the tone early in the season with strong defensive wins.

Week 2

GAME  DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
CIN at CLE Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐ CLE 28, CIN 12
NYG at CHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET NYG 37, CHI 17
ATL at DAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DAL 34, ATL 24
DET at GB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ GB 27, DET 24
MIN at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIN 23, IND 15
BUF at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 20, MIA 17
SF at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ SF 27, NYJ 13
LAR at PHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 28, LAR 21
DEN at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DEN 20, PIT 17
CAR at TB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TB 24, CAR 17
JAC at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TEN 31, JAC 21
WAS at ARI Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐ ARI 20, WAS 10
BAL at HOU Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BAL 40, HOU 27
KC at LAC Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ KC 37, LAC 21
NE at SEA Sun. 8:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 21, SEA 20
NO at LV Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐ NO 35, LV 17

 
Look for the Browns and Giants to put 2019 behind them with signature blowout victories in Week 2 … For Sunday afternoon games, I’m most interested in the Rams/Eagles tilt — while both teams have recently represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, they need to get back to their winning ways … If you’re a fan of defensive football, then the Broncos’ visit to Pittsburgh should be a treat — just expect Drew Lock to come away with a team win … Baltimore’s visit to Houston will be important to determine seeding in the AFC playoff race, although Houston’s division rivals may hold them back … the Las Vegas Raiders make their home debut on Monday Night Football, but don’t expect them to make much noise against the Saints.

Week 3

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
MIA at JAC Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MIA 31, JAC 30
CHI at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ ATL 20, CHI 14
LAR at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAR 30, BUF 20
WAS at CLE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ WAS 17, CLE 14
TEN at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TEN 23, MIN 20
LV at NE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LV 17, NE 9
SF at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NYG 24, SF 21
CIN at PHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET PHI 27, CIN 14
HOU at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ HOU 20, PIT 16
NYJ at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ IND 28, NYJ 23
CAR at LAC Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ LAC 18, CAR 17
DET at ARI Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 35, DET 34
TB at DEN Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐ TB 24, DEN 16
DAL at SEA Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ DAL 28, SEA 24
GB at NO Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NO 42, GB 31
KC at BAL Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ KC 27, BAL 20

 
The battle for East Florida on kicks off the week on Thursday night, and it makes for a close matchup between two rebuilding teams … Watch out for an upset in the New York Giants/San Francisco 49ers game — splash plays from Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley could propel the Boys in Blue to a home victory … Sunday evening promises two significant games in the NFC (DAL vs. SEA and GB vs. NO) that will make for good television … the weekend’s most important game comes on Monday, however, as 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson takes on 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes — I give the edge to last year’s Super Bowl winner in this one.

Week 4

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
DEN at NYJ Thurs. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐ DEN 24, NYJ 13
ARI at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ARI 27, CAR 10
IND at CHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CHI 24, IND 20
CLE at DAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DAL 38, CLE 30
NO at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ NO 30, DET 21
MIN at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ HOU 24, MIN 21
SEA at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SEA 30, MIA 28
LAC at TB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TB 27, LAC 24
PIT at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ PIT 20, TEN 17
BAL at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET BAL 27, WAS 9
JAC at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CIN 28, JAC 21
NYG at LAR Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAR 27, NYG 17
NE at KC Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ KC 24, NE 20
BUF at LV Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ BUF 24, LV 10
PHI at SF Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SF 23, PHI 17
ATL at GB Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ GB 41, ATL 38

 
If you haven’t noticed, I’m expecting the Cardinals to start 4-0 behind Kyler Murray, and expect him to contend in this year’s MVP race … Look for Odell Beckham to have a big day against the once-rival Dallas Cowboys, but don’t expect the Browns to pull out the victory … After an 0-3 start to his career, Joe Burrow should lock down his first win against the Jaguars this week … Although Kansas City’s game against New England won’t feature Tom Brady, Andy Reid vs. Bill Belichick is always an interesting one to watch — look for the Patriots’ defense to keep things close … Monday night’s game between Green Bay and Atlanta should be a high-scoring affair, as both teams lack star defensive playmakers.

Week 5

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
TB at CHI Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TB 20, CHI 14
CAR at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ATL 24, CAR 17
CIN at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET BAL 35, CIN 20
JAC at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ HOU 23, JAC 20
LV at KC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ KC 28, LV 20
DEN at NE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 20, DEN 17
ARI at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ ARI 24, NYJ 14
PHI at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 20, PIT 16
BUF at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 21, TEN 17
LAR at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ LAR 28, WAS 14
MIA at SF Sun. 4:05 pm ET SF 40, MIA 20
IND at CLE Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐ CLE 30, IND 17
NYG at DAL Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DAL 31, NYG 24
MIN at SEA Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ MIN 21, SEA 20
LAC at NO Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NO 30, LAC 20

 
On bye: Detroit, Green Bay

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons should be in the race for the AFC South this year, and even if they don’t win it, they’ll have some statement wins against division rivals … While I’m a big fan of the Broncos this season, they’ll come back to Earth a bit here against the Patriots after starting  3-1 … Look for the Browns to try and prove themselves as AFC North contenders with a dominant victory over the Colts … Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Seattle should be a close, run-heavy affair, and it might come down to the last possession.

Week 6

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
KC at BUF Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 24, KC 20
CIN at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ IND 27, CIN 23
DET at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DET 21, JAC 20
CHI at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CAR 17, CHI 15
ATL at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ATL 27, MIN 24
WAS at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NYG 17, WAS 7
BAL at PHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET BAL 38, PHI 14
CLE at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PIT 22, CLE 17
HOU at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TEN 28, HOU 26
MIA at DEN Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DEN 23, MIA 20
NYJ at LAC Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐ NYJ 31, LAC 21
GB at TB Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ GB 34, TB 31
LAR at SF Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SF 24, LAR 23
ARI at DAL Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DAL 40, ARI 28

 
On bye: Las Vegas, New England, New Orleans, Seattle

Thursday night’s game between Kansas City and Buffalo will be a slugfest, but I’d look for the Sean McDermott to squeak out a home win as the Chiefs travel east on a short week … The Vikings will play another high-profile game this week, but I expect Todd Gurley and the Falcons to get the best of them here … After a lukewarm start, look for the Titans to re-solidify themselves as division contenders with a win over Houston here … We’ll get a battle between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady on Sunday afternoon, and I expect the younger of the two to come away with the close win — even though he’s got fewer weapons … And in what should be another close race for the NFC West, both the Rams and 49ers will fight for whatever advantage they can find.

Week 7

GAME   TIME EV PREDICTION
NYG at PHI Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 28, NYG 27
DET at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DET 31, ATL 28
PIT at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ PIT 21, BAL 17
NO at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ CAR 21, NO 20
CLE at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CIN 24, CLE 20
GB at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ HOU 31, GB 28
LAC at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIA 24, LAC 20
BUF at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET BUF 26, NYJ 14
DAL at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ DAL 20, WAS 10
SEA at ARI Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 27, SEA 24
KC at DEN Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DEN 24, KC 20
SF at NE Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐ SF 27, NE 14
TB at LV Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ LV 31, TB 30
CHI at LAR Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAR 28, CHI 20

 
On bye: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Tennessee

The Eagles and Giants should treat us to a Thursday night classic in Week 7, especially since both teams will be in the Wild Card race this season … Watch out for a Pittsburgh upset in Baltimore this year, as the Steelers will want revenge after getting swept by the Ravens last year … I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Panthers earn a few surprising victories in 2020, and the combination of Matt Rhule’s stacked defense and Christian McCaffrey’s rushing talent could be enough to keep Drew Brees off the field … Denver might be able to knock off Kansas City at home this weekend, but they’ll need Vic Fangio’s defense to come up big to do so … in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVII, look for Jon Gruden to make a statement against the Buccaneers.

Week 8

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
ATL at CAR Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ CAR 21, ATL 20
NE at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 20, NE 17
TEN at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ CIN 28, TEN 24
LV at CLE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CLE 35, LV 21
IND at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DET 34, IND 28
MIN at GB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ GB 31, MIN 24
NYJ at KC Sun. 1:00 pm ET KC 41, NYJ 14
LAR at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAR 31, MIA 21
JAC at LAC Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAC 21, JAC 17
NO at CHI Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐ NO 24, CHI 17
SF at SEA Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SEA 28, SF 27
DAL at PHI Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 24, DAL 20
TB at NYG Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TB 30, NYG 24

 
On bye: Arizona, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, Washington

Another week, another upset for Carolina — while I don’t see them as a playoff contender, they can certainly play spoiler in the NFC South race … Expect Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills to hold back the Patriots, earning a statement victory proving that Patriots’ dominance over the AFC East is over …  Detroit should keep their heads above .500 as they take on Rivers and the Colts … Joe Burrow and the Bengals should win a few games that they shouldn’t in 2020, and this home date with the Titans looks promising … both Sunday and Monday Night Football feature key matchups in the NFC — look for Philadelphia and Tampa Bay to prove their worth in the playoff race.

Week 9

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
GB at SF Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐ SF 34, GB 21
DEN at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DEN 20, ATL 18
SEA at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ BUF 24, SEA 17
BAL at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET BAL 23, IND 14
HOU at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ JAC 30, HOU 28
CAR at KC Sun. 1:00 pm ET KC 27, CAR 13
DET at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DET 28, MIN 27
CHI at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TEN 23, CHI 17
NYG at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ WAS 20, NYG 17
LV at LAC Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LV 28, LAC 23
MIA at ARI Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ ARI 35, MIA 27
PIT at DAL Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ PIT 26, DAL 24
NO at TB Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ TB 36, NO 35
NE at NYJ Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 17, NYJ 13

 
On bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia

At some point in 2020, I’m expecting the Green Bay Packers to take a turn for the worse — it could be due to injury, in-fighting between Rodgers and head coach LaFleur, or defensive struggles, so watch out for some mid-season regression … Jacksonville always pulls off a few surprising divisional victories each year, and the Texans could get caught sleeping after their bye … Ron Rivera and the Washington Redskins won’t crack .500 this season, but the team’s incredible defensive line should shut down Barkley and help them to a home victory in this one … In our second battle between Brees and Brady, look for the ex-Patriot to have the edge at home.

Week 10

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
IND at TEN Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 24, TEN 22
TB at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TB 20, CAR 14
HOU at CLE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ HOU 34, CLE 31
WAS at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ DET 17, WAS 7
JAC at GB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ GB 24, JAC 21
PHI at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NYG 28, PHI 24
CIN at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ PIT 21, CIN 16
BUF at ARI Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 21, ARI 20
DEN at LV Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ LV 27, DEN 24
NYJ at MIA Sun. 4:05 pm ET MIA 24, NYJ 7
SEA at LAR Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAR 34, SEA 27
SF at NO Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ NO 41, SF 35
BAL at NE Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 20, BAL 18
MIN at CHI Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIN 24, CHI 7

 
On bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers

The battle for the AFC South will rage on Thursday Night Football, and look for the Colts to build chemistry through the course of 2020, which will be enough to give them a win in this one … Fresh off their bye week, expect Cleveland to keep things close at home against Houston — they might even pull off an upset victory here … The last time the Saints played the 49ers, the two teams combined for 87 points, and look for a similar score in the rematch … the rivalry between the Ravens and Patriots has faded over the last few years, but look for Bill Belichick to pull off an upset in this one.

Week 11

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
ARI at SEA Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SEA 31, ARI 28
TEN at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TEN 24, BAL 20
DET at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CAR 16, DET 13
PHI at CLE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CLE 27, PHI 21
NE at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ HOU 28, NE 15
GB at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 31, GB 28
PIT at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ JAC 27, PIT 14
ATL at NO Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NO 35, ATL 31
CIN at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ WAS 20, CIN 17
LAC at DEN Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DEN 21, LAC 17
DAL at MIN Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DAL 40, MIN 31
KC at LV Sun. 8:20 pm ET KC 28, LV 14
LAR at TB Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ TB 35, LAR 33

 
On bye: Buffalo, Chicago, Miami, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco

Seattle should hand Arizona their third loss of the season on Thursday night, although it won’t hurt Murray’s MVP campaign too badly … In a rematch of the 2019 Divisional Round, look for Mike Vrabel and the Titans to get the best of John Harbaugh’s Ravens once again … New Orleans should solidify their lead in the AFC South with a commanding home win over the Falcons … You can’t name a more iconic duo than the Pittsburgh Steelers and losing trap games to the Raiders and Jaguars …. Andy Reid just doesn’t lose when coming off a bye, and the Raiders are on the wrong end of this Week 11 matchup … On Monday night, Tom Brady will take on Sean McVay and Jared Goff once again, but look for this one to be more high-scoring than Super Bowl LIII was.

Week 12 (Thanksgiving)

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
HOU at DET Thurs. 12:30 pm ET ⭐⭐ HOU 28, DET 14
WAS at DAL Thurs. 4:30 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ WAS 21, DAL 20
BAL at PIT Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BAL 28, PIT 27
LV at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ ATL 27, LV 15
LAC at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ LAC 21, BUF 20
NYG at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NYG 35, CIN 31
TEN at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 28, TEN 25
CLE at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CLE 27, JAC 14
CAR at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIN 24, CAR 17
ARI at NE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 24, NE 21
MIA at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ NYJ 30, MIA 21
NO at DEN Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NO 27, DEN 20
SF at LAR Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ LAR 28, SF 25
KC at TB Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ KC 42, TB 31
CHI at GB Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ GB 21, CHI 13
SEA at PHI Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 31, SEA 28

 
As you stuff yourself silly with Thanksgiving turkey, you’ll be treated to two entertaining (and one not-so-entertaining) games — look for the Redskins to pull off a defensive-driven upset over the Cowboys while the Ravens try to right the ship after some tough losses … The Colts will solidify themselves as AFC South contenders with a home win over Tennessee in this one … Look for Kyler Murray to take down Bill Belichick in the Patriots on his way to a dominant sophomore season … In what could be the final battle between the two quarterbacks, Sunday afternoon’s matchup between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will be an instant classic … Look for the Eagles to keep themselves afloat in the Wild Card race by topping the Seahawks on Monday night.

Week 13

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
DAL at BAL Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BAL 28, DAL 26
NO at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ATL 35, NO 31
DET at CHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CHI 21, DET 20
IND at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ HOU 30, IND 27
CIN at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CIN 30, MIA 20
JAC at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET MIN 24, JAC 14
LV at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LV 21, NYJ 14
WAS at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ PIT 21, WAS 10
CLE at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TEN 24,CLE 17
LAR at ARI Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 30, LAR 28
NYG at SEA Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ SEA 27, NYG 23
PHI at GB Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ PHI 31, GB 20
NE at LAC Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NE 20, LAC 17
DEN at KC Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐ KC 40, DEN 21
BUF at SF Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SF 25, BUF 21

 
On bye: Carolina, Tampa Bay

Thursday night’s tilt between Dallas and Baltimore will be a good one, and both teams will have a full week of rest after playing on Thanksgiving Day … The AFC South and NFC South divisional races could get complicated this week by some statement victories from Atlanta and Houston … We might get to see Joe Burrow take on Tua Tagovailoa in this one, and I’d look for the first overall pick to come away with the victory … Expect the Cardinals keep themselves atop the NFC West with a close win over the Rams … The 49ers will need to top the Bills to keep up with Murray and the Cardinals, so look for them to do so on Monday night.

Week 14

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
NE at LAR Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 21, LAR 17
DEN at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CAR 16, DEN 13
HOU at CHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ HOU 35, CHI 17
DAL at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DAL 30, CIN 21
GB at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ GB 28, DET 20
TEN at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ JAC 21, TEN 17
KC at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ KC 31, MIA 20
ARI at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NYG 41, ARI 38
MIN at TB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MIN 28, TB 27
IND at LV Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ IND 23, LV 14
NYJ at SEA Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐ SEA 27, NYJ 14
ATL at LAC Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ LAC 24, ATL 20
NO at PHI Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NO 38, PHI 28
WAS at SF Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ SF 20, WAS 10
PIT at BUF Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 21, PIT 20
BAL at CLE Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ BAL 31, CLE 17

 
Bill Belichick and the Patriots will make life difficult for Sean McVay and his playoff hopes this week … The Broncos’ visit to Carolina should produce one of the lowest-scoring games of the season, especially with the Panthers coming off a bye … Tennessee might slip up in Week 14 with a visit to Jacksonville on the schedule … San Francisco will need to string together some solid finishes late in 2020 to shake off their Super Bowl hangover … the Bills’ battle with Pittsburgh on Sunday night should be an exciting defensive affair with major playoff implications for both teams.

Week 15

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
LAC at LV Thurs. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAC 35, LV 27
BUF at DEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DEN 20, BUF 17
CAR at GB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CAR 21, GB 10
HOU at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 20, HOU 17
NYJ at LAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET LAR 40, NYJ 14
DET at TEN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TEN 20, DET 18
TB at ATL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TB 33, ATL 27
JAC at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ JAC 21, BAL 20
NE at MIA Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIA 27, NE 14
CHI at MIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIN 21, CHI 17
CLE at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NYG 40, CLE 38
SEA at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ SEA 20, WAS 10
PHI at ARI Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ PHI 33, ARI 31
KC at NO Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ KC 45, NO 42
SF at DAL Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DAL 31, SF 21
PIT at CIN Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ PIT 21, CIN 17

 
A deflating home loss to the Panthers could end the Packers’ playoff hopes in 2020, especially if LaFleur and Rodgers can’t get back on the same page … Watch Indianapolis beat the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium to keep themselves alive in the AFC South race … Did I say the Steelers would lose a trap game to Jacksonville? Well, the Ravens aren’t immune either, and they’re on a short week here, too … the Eagles should knock down the dominant Cardinals in this one to keep themselves in the Wild Card hunt … Two weeks after taking on Brady, Patrick Mahomes gets to play Drew Brees in what should be a passing of the guard from one generation to the next.

Week 16

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
MIN at NO Fri. 4;30 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MIN 31, NO 27
SF at ARI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ SF 27, ARI 17
TB at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ TB 28, DET 27
MIA at LV Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIA 21, LV 17
DEN at LAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ LAC 17, DEN 13
CLE at NYJ Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CLE 31, NYJ 21
NYG at BAL Sun. 1:00 pm ET BAL 31, NYG 14
CIN at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ HOU 28, CIN 20
CHI at JAC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ CHI 21, JAC 17
ATL at KC Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ATL 35, KC 27
IND at PIT Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ IND 28, PIT 24
CAR at WAS Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ WAS 17, CAR 14
LAR at SEA Sun. 4:05 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ SEA 31, LAR 21
PHI at DAL Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐ DAL 42, PHI 20
TEN at GB Sun. 8:20 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ TEN 21, GB 13
BUF at NE Mon. 8:15 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NE 21, BUF 20

 
As the 2020 playoffs approach, every playoff-contending team except the Kansas City Chiefs will need to keep winning to maintain their seeding … The San Francisco 49ers should topple the upstart Cardinals on Sunday morning, and in doing so, they’ll reclaim control of the NFC West … We’ll get what could be the final battle between Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, two members of the 2004 quarterback class, and I’d look for Rivers and the Colts to come out ahead … I don’t see the Seahawks as playoff contenders in 2020 — their roster is just too thin behind Russell Wilson —  but they should play spoiler here against a better Los Angeles Rams squad … Likewise, New England won’t be playoff bound in 2020, but don’t expect them to just hand Buffalo a victory in Foxborough here.

Week 17

GAME DAY TIME EV PREDICTION
MIA at BUF Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ BUF 21, MIA 20
NO at CAR Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NO 27, CAR 20
GB at CHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ CHI 23, GB 17
BAL at CIN Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ CIN 27, BAL 20
PIT at CLE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ CLE 28, PIT 27
MIN at DET Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ MIN 24, DET 17
TEN at HOU Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ TEN 35, HOU 33
JAC at IND Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐ IND 28, JAC 14
LAC at KC Sun. 1:00 pm ET KC 35, LAC 21
NYJ at NE Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NE 20, NYJ 17
DAL at NYG Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ NYG 24, DAL 21
WAS at PHI Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ PHI 24, WAS 14
ATL at TB Sun. 1:00 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ATL 38, TB 31
LV at DEN Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐ DEN 24, LV 17
ARI at LAR Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ARI 28, LAR 27
SEA at SF Sun. 4:25 pm ET ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SF 20, SEA 17

 
At this point, five of eight divisions should be decided, but the expanded Wild Card race will keep things interesting down the slate … The AFC South, NFC South, and NFC West should all be undecided heading into Week 17, so look for teams in those divisions to put their best feet forward … Look for the Browns to knock Pittsburgh out of Wild Card contention with a narrow home victory … Likewise, Houston’s chances at another division title should fall by the wayside with the Titans’ playoff hopes riding on them winning here … the Cardinals should lock down a Wild Card berth by beating the Rams on Sunday afternoon, keeping Sean McVay out of the playoffs in back-to-back years.

Projected Standings and Playoff Picture

The AFC

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West
Buffalo Bills (10-6) Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Indianapolis Colts (10-6) Kansas City Chiefs (13-3)
New England Patriots (8-8) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) Houston Texans (10-6) Denver Broncos (9-7)
Miami Dolphins (6-10) Cleveland Browns (7-9) Tennessee Titans (9-7) Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
New York Jets (3-13) Cincinnati Bengals (5-11) Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12) Las Vegas Raiders (6-10)

 
The NFC

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West
Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Minnesota Vikings (10-6) New Orleans Saints (11-5) San Francisco 49ers (10-6)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) Green Bay Packers (7-9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6) Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
New York Giants (8-8) Detroit Lions (6-10) Atlanta Falcons (8-8) Los Angeles Rams (8-8)
Washington Redskins (5-11) Chicago Bears (4-12) Carolina Panthers (6-10) Seattle Seahawks (7-9)

 
Four division winners should stay the same in 2020: Baltimore, Kansas City, New Orleans, and San Francisco … We’ll get some new playoff blood in Arizona, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Denver — although new blood is inevitable with the new seven-team format … Sophomores Drew Lock and Kyler Murray will both get their first crack at the playoffs in 2020, but it’ll take longer for Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones to get this far … The New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears seem destined for top-three overall draft choices in 2021.

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