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I don't about you but 2020 has been a hell of a year so far, either quarantine, working from home, social distancing or slapping a face mask to enter your favourite grocery shop. It's been a rollercoaster.
Without further a due, it's time to kick off an all American favorite.
The Tennessee Titans made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game a season ago, and they start their 2020 NFL season in Denver. The Broncos have struggled over the last few years, but this proud franchise is ready to get back on top.
Tennessee finished the 2019 regular season with a 9-7 record and was able to sneak into the playoffs. The Titans turned things on once the playoffs began and pulled off stunning upset wins over the Patriots and Ravens.
Denver finished in second place in the AFC West a season ago but finished with a record of just 7-9. The Broncos should be a much-improved team in 2020, but their division will be one of the best in football.
FanDuel Sportsbook does have the Broncos as 1.5-point home favorites in the season opener for both teams.
The Denver Broncos averaged less than 18 points per game a season ago, but that unit could see plenty of improvement in 2020. Denver spent a ton of money and draft picks in an effort to improve, and this offense could be scary.
Running back Phillip Lindsay had more than 1,000 rushing yards during the 2019 season, and he will also help out in the passing game. The Broncos have also added wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, and these two rookies are poised for huge seasons.
The Broncos should continue to have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and they have some dominant forces on that side of the ball. Von Miller led the way with eight sacks a season ago, and he will once again be a force for this team.
The Tennessee Titans averaged more than 25 points per game a season ago, but their offense took another huge step in the playoffs. Running back Derrick Henry is back, and the Titans will feed their superstar until the Broncos can prove they can stop him.
Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards during the 2019 regular season, and he is a hard man to bring down. Denver doesn’t give up a ton of rushing yards, but Henry isn’t an ordinary back.
Ryan Tannehill took over the starting job during the season in Tennessee in 2019, and he enters this season as the undisputed top guy. Tannehill completed more than 70 percent of his passes last season, and he does a great job of keeping drives alive.
Even though the Broncos defense will get talked about a lot leading up to the game, Tennessee has a solid defense of its own. The Titans had 43 sacks a season ago, and they will get pressure on Lock.
The Denver Broncos have always been an extremely tough team to beat at home, and the Tennessee Titans will experience that first-hand in this game. Even without fans in the stands, the elevation levels will wear down the Titans in a hurry.
Tennessee was a great story during the 2019 NFL Playoffs, but this team still has some things that it needs to fix. The Titans should be a playoff team again, but they are going to start their season off with a loss.
Look for the Broncos offense to put on a show in this game. Bet the Denver Broncos -1.5 over the Tennessee Titans in this Week 1 showdown.
The Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams are set to square off in a Week 1 showdown that features two of the expected top teams in the NFC. Both teams have playoff expectations this season, and this will be an important battle.
Dallas went 8-8 a season ago and missed out on the NFC Playoffs. The Cowboys return a talented team, but it's time for them to take the next step.
The Rams finished the 2019 season with a record of 9-7, but they were also at home when the playoffs began. Los Angeles is in a very difficult division, the NFC West, and picking up wins won't be easy.
FanDuel has the Cowboys as 2.5-point favorites in the season opener for both teams.
The Dallas Cowboys are loaded with offensive weapons, and this team should be able to score a ton of points this season. Dallas scored more than 27 points per game a season ago, and that total could actually be better in 2020.
Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 4,902 yards last season, and he could easily surpass the 5,000-yard mark if healthy. The Cowboys brought in another talented wide receiver in rookie CeeDee Lamb, and the Cowboys passing attack could be explosive.
If throwing the ball doesn't work, the Cowboys can just hand the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott averaged 4.5 yards per carry a season ago and is one of the best running backs in the league.
Defensively, Dallas allowed just 20 points per game during the 2019 season, and that's plenty good enough with this offense. The Cowboys will be without Robert Quinn, who signed with the Bears after leading Dallas with 11.5 sacks a season ago.
The Rams struggled in a lot of areas during a mildly disappointing 2019 season, but their defense struggled the most. Los Angeles allowed 22.8 points per game, and that was right around the league average.
Aaron Donald will be trying to bounce back after racking up 12.5 sacks a season ago, but he is still the best defensive player in football. The real question mark will be in the secondary for the Los Angeles Rams.
Quarterback Jared Goff threw for more than 4,600 yards in 2019, but he also threw 16 interceptions. The Rams love to throw the ball, but they need more consistency from their quarterback.
Running back Todd Gurley has been sent to the Atlanta Falcons, and it's unclear how his departure will affect the team. The Rams might need to get into a shootout to beat the Cowboys in Week 1.
The Dallas Cowboys have all of the tools needed to be one of the best scoring teams in the league, and they are facing a bad defense in this game. Even though the Rams will have the edge of playing at their new home, the brand-new SoFi Stadium, this one could get out of hand in a hurry.
Dallas is expected to have a huge 2020 season, but it has yet to prove that it can put things together consistently. Look for the Cowboys to come out and make a statement in Week 1 as their offense shows off all of the weapons.
Los Angeles has not been the same team since suffering a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots two years ago, and this is a tough Week 1 matchup. The Rams will be a playoff contender, but they start the season off with a loss.
Bet the Dallas Cowboys -2.5 over the Los Angeles Rams in this Week 1 showdown.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel East to take on the New York Giants in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 14. Both the Steelers and Giants will be looking to make improvements in 2020 after struggling a season ago.
Pittsburgh managed to finish the 2019 season with a record of 8-8, but it failed to make the playoffs. Injuries derailed the team from the early part of the season, but this team still has plenty of talent on its roster.
The New York Giants went just 4-12 a season ago, and this team is still going through a rebuilding process. New York has been able to have high draft picks of late, and they have some young talent on the field.
Pittsburgh is a 3.5-point favorite over the New York Giants in this Week 1 showdown.
The Pittsburgh Steelers averaged just 186 passing yards per game a season ago, and that number has to improve this season. Pittsburgh was forced to play back-up quarterbacks throughout much of the 2019 season, but they will have Ben Roethlisberger ready to go in this game.
Roethlisberger is nearing the end of his career, but he still has a big arm and can withstand some pressure. Don't be surprised to see the veteran throw for close to 4,000 yards during the 2020 season.
Running back James Conner was also a major disappointment a season ago, as he had just 464 rushing yards in 10 games a season ago. Conner is expected to have a bounce-back season in 2020, and the Steelers are relying on him.
Defense remained strong for the Steelers a season ago, and that has been a staple under head coach Mike Tomlin. Pittsburgh allowed less than 20 points per game, and its defense is the biggest reason that it was able to be a .500 team.
The New York Giants did not have a good defense a season ago, and that unit could cause some problems in 2020 as well. New York gave up more than 28 points per game, and its secondary really struggled to contain passing offenses.
The Giants were able to record 36 sacks during the 2019 season, and they could force Roethlisberger into some tough decisions in this game. The Giants have some young talent on the defensive side of the ball, but this will be a big test.
Running back Saquon Barkley is the real key to the Giants' offense, and he could be in for a monster season. Barkley ran for over 1,000 yards a season ago, and he is also a huge threat in the passing game.
Quarterback Daniel Jones will be entering his second season in the NFL after he had a solid rookie campaign. Jones threw for more than 3,000 yards a season ago, but he also threw 12 interceptions.
The offense will need to be great if the Giants are going to take the next step.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a very disappointing 2019 season, even though they ended with an 8-8 record. Health will play a huge role in the Steelers 2020 campaign, but they should have all their top players on the field in this game.
New York should be better this season as well, but this team still has plenty of holes on its roster. The Giants don't have the defense capable of slowing down Pittsburgh in this game.
Look for the Steelers to have a big offensive performance in this one as they cruise to a season-opening win. Bet the Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 over the New York Giants.
The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers will kick off their 2020 regular season by taking on the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 13. Both the 49ers and Cardinals compete in the NFC West, and that division should be one of the best in the league this season.
San Francisco finished the 2019 regular season with a record of 13-3, then went on a dominating run through the playoffs. The 49ers blew a fourth-quarter lead in the Super Bowl, eventually falling to the Kansas City Chiefs, so San Francisco will be out for redemption this season.
Arizona went just 5-10-1 a season ago, but it started to show some signs of improving. The Cardinals have added some new weapons on both sides of the ball, and this team could make a big jump in 2020.
The San Francisco 49ers are seven-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.
The San Francisco 49ers used a simple formula to win the NFC a season ago, and they will use that same strategy in 2020. San Francisco runs the ball better than almost every team in the league, and it features a terrific defense.
The 49ers were second in the league with 144 rushing yards per game a season ago, despite not having a dominant running back. San Francisco is committed to the run game, and Arizona will have to find a way to slow the 49ers down.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo nearly threw for 4,000 yards during the 2019 season, completing almost 70 percent of his passes. The 49ers don’t ask their quarterback to throw a ton of deep balls, but he has all the talent.
San Francisco’s defense allowed less than 20 points per game a season ago, and they have some game wreckers on that side of the ball. Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa combined for 19 sacks, and they could surpass that number this season.
There aren’t many holes on this roster, and it should be another great year for the 49ers.
Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to take a huge jump this season, and he has a new weapon to throw the ball to. The Cardinals were able to acquire DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans, and he should have a huge impact on this offense.
Murray threw for more than 3,700 yards during the 2019 season, but he did throw 12 interceptions. The former Heisman Trophy winner also rushed for more than 500 yards, and he has all the tools to be a star in the league.
Defense is a huge area of concern for the Cardinals, and that unit simply has to play better in 2020. The Cardinals gave up 27.6 points per game in 2019, and they struggled to stop the run.
Arizona wants to win games with their offense, but its defense has to chip in at some point as well. Their level of success in 2020 will depend on how well the defense plays.
The Arizona Cardinals are going to be a much better team during the 2020 season, but they drew a tough opponent in Week 1. Arizona still has plenty of holes on this roster, and the San Francisco 49ers will exploit them.
San Francisco is dominant on defense, and its rushing attack is extremely tough to stop. The 49ers will make another run at the Super Bowl in 2020, and it starts with a victory in this game.
Bet on the San Francisco 49ers -7.0 over the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener for both teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Betting Prediction
The 2020 NFL regular season is right around the corner, and there are some great Week 1 matchups on the schedule. One of the most intriguing matchups will take place in the NFC South when the New Orleans Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The New Orleans Saints won the NFC South a season ago, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record. New Orleans was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Tampa Bay went just 7-9 a season ago to finish in a second-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers went out and spent some big money this offseason, and this team feels like a playoff contender.
The New Orleans Saints are 3.5-point favorites over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener for each team.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has already led the team to a Super Bowl title, but he is looking for one more ring before he retires. Brees is a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, but the Saints still believe that there is one more magical season left.
New Orleans averaged 28.5 points per game a season ago, and this team could put up similar numbers this season. Brees once again completed more than 70 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,979 in just 11 games.
Michael Thomas had an NFL-record 149 receptions during the 2019 season, and he is one of the best in the game. Running back Alvin Kamara is a dual-threat for this offense, and the Saints could put up a big number against a bad Bucs defense.
The Saints were also a solid defensive team in 2019, even though they did allow more than 21 points per game. Cameron Jordan had 15.5 sacks for the Saints, and he will be looking to get pressure on Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in this game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL in passing yards a season ago, but this offense could be even better in 2020. Jameis Winston is out as the starting quarterback, and Brady is in.
Tampa Bay threw for over 300 yards per game in 2019, and the addition of Brady could add another layer to this offense. Joining Brady is former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and that duo could easily combine for 10 touchdowns in 2020.
The Buccaneers are still looking for a running game after averaging just 95.1 rushing yards per game in 2019. If Tampa Bay can find some balance on offense, it will be hard to stop.
Tampa Bay also allowed 28.1 points per game on defense a season ago, and the Buccaneers are looking to be better on that side of the ball. Having a more consistent offense will also help, but this Bucs team has struggled to stop the Saints in recent meetings.
The Saints and Buccaneers are two of the best offensive teams in the NFL, and this should be an extremely high-scoring affair. New Orleans does have the better defense on paper, and that could play a huge role in determining the outcome.
Even though this game is taking place in Week 1, it will still go a long way towards determining the NFC South champion this season. New Orleans can’t afford to lose this game at home, but the Bucs have the chance to be great.
Look for the Saints defense to get just enough stops to ruin the Tampa Bay debut for Brady. The Bucs will struggle to slow down Brees and company, and the Saints will pick up a huge win.
Bet the New Orleans Saints -3.5 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this game.
The Joe Burrow era begins in Cincinnati this season, and the Bengals are expecting big things from their rookie quarterback. The Bengals will host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 in a battle of two teams that are looking for big improvements this season.
Los Angeles went just 5-11 a season ago, finishing in last place in the AFC West. The Chargers performed much better than their record, and they could take a huge leap this season.
Cincinnati is coming off of a 2019 season that saw them go just 2-14, which was the worst record in the entire NFL. The Bengals were able to secure the top pick in the NFL Draft, taking Burrow, and they are looking to make a run at the playoffs in 2020.
The Los Angeles Chargers are 3.5-point favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they are relying on the young quarterback to deliver in 2020. The Bengals averaged just 17.3 points per game a season ago, and they need Burrow to lead this offense.
Burrow was the Heisman Trophy winner a season ago after a record-setting season for the LSU Tigers. Rookie quarterbacks tend to struggle in the NFL, but the Bengals are betting on their young star to deliver.
Cincinnati also averaged less than 95 rushing yards a season ago, and that is another thing that will need to change this season. The Bengals were a mess on offense last year, but this team has plenty of weapons to be much improved in 2020.
The defense also allowed more than 26 points per game a season ago, and that is another area that needs to improve for the Bengals. Cincinnati was able to generate just 31 sacks during the 2019 season, and it needs to find a way to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The Los Angeles Chargers have moved on from quarterback Philip Rivers, and this team is looking for more offense this season. Los Angeles averaged just 21 points per game a season ago, and that number needs to climb during the 2020 season.
Tyrod Taylor is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Chargers this season, and he has had an interesting NFL career. Taylor has a career completion percentage of more than 61 percent, but he has not spent much time as the starting quarterback.
Los Angeles gave up more than 21 points per game a season ago, but this defense is good enough to win a lot of games. The Chargers are led by defensive end Joey Bosa, who managed to rack up 11.5 sacks a season ago.
Both of these teams will be breaking out new quarterbacks in 2020, but Cincinnati has an edge in quarterback play. Even though Burrow has yet to play in the NFL, he has all the tools necessary to become a big star in this league.
The Chargers and Bengals both struggled to get stops during the 2019 season, and this could be a high-scoring game. That plays into the hands of the Bengals in this game, as they have Burrow throwing to wide receiver A.J. Green.
Cincinnati will start the 2020 regular season with an impressive win, which could lead to a huge season from the Bengals. Bet the Cincinnati Bengals +3.5 over the Los Angeles Chargers in the season opener.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Washington Football Team in the teams' season opener of the 2020 NFL season. These two teams are fierce division rivals, and that should make for an entertaining game in Week 1.
Philadelphia was the NFC East champion a season ago, and it enters the 2020 season looking to repeat. The Eagles swept both games from the Washington Football Team a season ago, and they have won six straight in this rivalry.
Washington went just 3-13 in the 2019 season, but it enters this season under a new head coach in Ron Rivera. The Washington Football Team has some holes on this roster, but they are expected to have a much better season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 6.5-point road favorites in this game.
The Washington Football Team has some interesting pieces on their roster, but this is still a young and inexperienced team. Defensive end Chase Young was chosen by Washington with the second overall draft pick, and he should make a huge difference on the defensive side of the ball.
Washington allowed 27 points per game a season ago, and this is part of the reason that Rivera was hired as the new head coach. Rivera is a defensive-minded coach, and he should be able to transform that unit.
Washington was also the worst offensive team in the league a season ago, and it still has some issues at the quarterback position. Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins are expected to compete for that job, but both players have some question marks.
Smith is trying to make his way back from a devastating leg injury, and Haskins completed less than 59 percent of his passes as a rookie a season ago. Running back Adrian Peterson still gives Washington some production in the backfield, but the Redskins need more balance on offense.
Playing at home will give Washington a slight edge in Week 1, but it is facing a really good team.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is one of the best in the game, but he has dealt with some injuries in the past. Philadelphia needs Wentz to make it through this season healthy if they want to make a deep playoff run.
Wentz threw for more than 4,000 yards a season ago, and he could put up some huge numbers against the Washington Football Team. He was also sacked 37 times in 2019, and the Eagles will need to do a better job of giving him some protection.
The Eagles ran for more than 120 yards per game a season ago, and they will be looking for that kind of production again. Miles Sanders will be the featured back, but the Eagles have several players that can carry the ball.
Philadelphia once again features a dominant defensive line, and it just doesn't give up many rushing yards. The Eagles held opponents to just 90 rushing yards per game a season ago, and that will be a staple of their team again this season.
The NFC East is expected to be a tight race again this season, and the Eagles and Cowboys should be on top. Philadelphia can't afford to lose to the Washington Football Team, and they will be ready to play from kickoff.
A healthy Wentz should have the Eagles offense moving up and down the field, and the Eagles have a solid defense as well. This game just feels like a complete mismatch on paper, and it will play out that way on the field.
Washington will be improved in 2020, but it isn't good enough to beat the Eagles. Bet the Philadelphia Eagles -6.5 over the Washington Football Team.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Prediction
The 2020 NFL regular season is just two weeks away, and the excitement is already building. Even though there won't be any fans in the stands, the action on the field will still be exciting, and the NFL season will bring a huge number of sports bets.
The Indianapolis Colts travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in Week 1, and this is a battle of two teams looking for bounce-back seasons in 2020. The Colts went just 7-9 a season ago, while the Jaguars finished the 2019 season with a record of 6-10.
Each of these teams heads into the 2020 season with plenty of optimism, but both teams still have plenty of holes on their rosters. Jacksonville gets to play at home in Week 1, but it is still the underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Indianapolis Colts are seven-point favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season opener.
The Indianapolis Colts were stunned by the retirement of Andrew Luck prior to the 2019 season, and it really affected their offense. The Colts scored just 22.6 points per game a season ago, which was right around the league average.
Enter Philip Rivers, who has put together a Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Chargers and is now looking to transform the offense in Indianapolis. Rivers is capable of throwing for more than 4,000 yards this season, and he will make the Colts a dangerous team in the AFC South.
Running back Marlon Mack ran for more than 1,000 yards a season ago, and he will provide a nice complement to Rivers. Mack was able to rack up yards despite a bad passing attack in 2019, so this could be a career year with Rivers under center.
Indianapolis also struggled on defense a season ago, allowing more than 23 points per game. The Colts did manage to rack up 41 sacks, and they will get some pressure on the Jaguars starting quarterback in this game.
The Jaguars averaged just 18.8 points per game a season ago, and that number must improve heading into the 2020 regular season. Jacksonville was forced to play rookie Garnder Minshew at quarterback last season, but he will now be entering his second season with a lot of experience.
Minshew managed to throw for more than 3,200 yards while completing more than 60 percent of his pass attempts during the 2019 season. If he is given some time to operate from his offensive line, he has the arm to put up some monster numbers.
Running back Leonard Fournette has had some interesting moments since joining the Jaguars, but he is still one of the best in the league. Jacksonville will be relying on Fournette to put up some monster numbers during the 2020 regular season.
Jacksonville only allowed 24.8 points per game last season, and that defense should be good enough to compete in 2020. The Jaguars have seen some turnover on that side of the ball, but they still have enough talent to keep the Colts to a low number.
The Colts had a rough 2019 season, and it all started with the surprise retirement of Luck. Indianapolis still has a solid roster, and it should have a much-improved offense behind Rivers.
Jacksonville was a mess on the offensive side of the ball in 2019, and things don't look much better this season. The Jags are going to struggle to score points, and that should allow the Colts to cruise to an easy win in this one.
Indianapolis should be a playoff team in 2020, and it starts its season off with a big win in Week 1. Bet the Indianapolis Colts -7.0 over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
AFC East rivals are set to square off in the season opener on Sept. 13 in Foxborough, Mass. The new-look New England Patriots will play host to the Miami Dolphins in a game that could have huge division implications.
New England went 12-4 a season ago, but it was bounced in the first round of the AFC playoffs by the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots will be looking to win the division again, although this team will look completely different.
Miami was just 5-11 a season ago, as the Dolphins are going through a bit of a rebuilding phase. Miami should be improved in 2020, but it’s hard to see this team being a real threat to reach the playoffs.
The New England Patriots are 6.5-point favorites over the Miami Dolphins in the season opener.
Tom Brady is out, and Cam Newton is in at the quarterback position for the Patriots. Brady left New England to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so the Patriots will look extremely different on offense this season.
Newton is a former NFL MVP, but he missed most of the 2019 regular season due to injury. Newton has a terrific arm, but he is also capable of racking up more than 1,000 rushing yards if the Patriots turn him loose on offense.
The Patriots were the best defensive team in the NFL a season ago, allowing less than 15 points per game. New England was able to rack up 47 sacks during the 2019 season, and its defense is hoping to be extremely disruptive again during the 2020 season.
New England has seen several players opt out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as long as Bill Belichick is still in charge, this team should once again be one of the top teams in the NFL.
If the Dolphins are going to make a huge turnaround this season, their defense is going to have to play much better. Miami was last in the NFL last season, allowing 30.9 points per game.
The Dolphins offense didn’t do much to help out the defense in 2019, but some of those issues are expected to be fixed this season. Facing a dynamic quarterback in Newton, it will be imperative that the Dolphins can get some stops in this game.
Rookie Tua Tagovailoa is competing for the starting quarterback job, and it’s hard to see him not winning it. Tagovailoa put up some huge numbers at Alabama, and he is expected to be a solid starting quarterback in this league.
Miami has gone through a bit of a rough stretch, but this team could turn the corner starting in 2020.
The departure of Brady left a huge hole in the offense for the Patriots, but that was until Newton stepped in. Newton is a former MVP in the league, and he should be able to put up huge numbers with the Patriots.
Dolphins fans are optimistic heading into the 2020 regular season, but there are still plenty of holes on this roster. Miami was a terrible defensive team a season ago, and it’s hard to see that changing a lot this season.
New England will earn a victory in its first game since losing Brady and should win comfortably. The Dolphins don’t pose a huge threat, and the Patriots will cruise to a big win.
Bet the New England Patriots -6.5 over the Miami Dolphins in the season opener.
NFC North Division rivals will meet up in both teams' season opener of the 2020 NFL regular season. The Minnesota Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers in a game that could help decide the division champion.
Green Bay won the NFC North with a 13-3 record a season ago and was able to advance to the NFC Championship Game. The Packers return much of the same team, including future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Minnesota went 10-6 a season ago, but that was good enough to earn it a playoff spot. The Vikings upset the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round with a stunning overtime win.
The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers in the season opener.
The Minnesota Vikings do a lot of things extremely well, but their defense helps this team stand out. Minnesota can be extremely disruptive on the defensive side of the ball, and they will be coming after Rodgers in this game.
Minnesota allowed less than 19 points per game a season ago, and it will be looking to use that same formula during the 2020 season. Defensive end Danielle Hunter had 14.5 sacks a season ago, and he could have an even bigger season in 2020.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins was terrific last season for the Vikings, and he should have another huge season. Cousins threw for more than 3,600 yards, and he has plenty of weapons to throw the ball to.
Running back Dalvin Cook is another key piece for the Vikings on offense, and he could be a difference-maker if healthy. Cook ran for more than 1,100 yards during the 2019 season, and he could put up a ton of yards against a Packers defense that struggles to contain the run.
Rodgers was hoping to get more weapons this offseason, but the team selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. Jordan Love will be a solid backup to Rodgers, but that won't help the future Hall of Fame quarterback score more points in 2020.
Rodgers threw for more than 4,000 yards a season ago, and he remains one of the top quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Even though the QB is nearing the end of his career, he still has the ability to put this offense on his back and lead the team to victory.
The Packers are also looking for more defense in 2020 as they allowed more than 120 rushing yards per game. Green Bay had solid defensive numbers overall, but this team can't allow opponents to rack up yards on the ground and expect to win.
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings have been the class of the NFC North for the past decade, and that trend is expected to continue this season. This game will go a long way towards determining the division champ, even though it is a Week 1 matchup.
Rodgers always makes the Packers a threat to win every game, but he just doesn't have a ton of help on offense. The Packers will struggle to score against a great defensive team.
Minnesota has big dreams in 2020, and it will need to start its season off with a win in the season opener. The Vikings will find a way to pull away from the Packers late in the game and come away with the win.
Bet the Minnesota Vikings -3.5 over the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.
The 2020 NFL regular season is expected to start on time, and that means that games are less than two weeks ago. The Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers in their season opener.
The Raiders have moved from Oakland to Las Vegas for this season, and this organization believes it can be a playoff contender in 2020. The Raiders finished with a record of just 7-9 a season ago, but they should be improved.
Carolina was just 5-11 a season ago, and it cost head coach Ron Rivera his job. The Panthers are going through a bit of a rebuilding phase, and it could be another long year.
The Panthers are 1.5-point underdogs in the season opener.
The Raiders averaged less than 20 points per game a season ago, but that does not tell the whole story. The Raiders averaged more than 245 passing yards in 2019, and their passing game could be even better in 2020.
Quarterback Derek Carr threw for more than 4,000 yards a season ago, and he will have another top target to throw the ball to this season. The Raiders drafted Henry Ruggs III, and the speedster out of Alabama should bring some explosive plays to the team.
Running back Josh Jacobs should also have a monster year in 2020 after running for more than 1,150 yards in 2019 as a rookie. Jacobs was able to rack up that many yards in just 13 games, and he could be dominant if he remains healthy.
Defense remains a question mark for the Raiders, but the team did spend some money this offseason in an attempt to improve. The Raiders gave up more than 26 points per game, and that simply won’t be good enough to be a playoff team this season.
Carolina was one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL a season ago, and that played a major role in the firing of Rivera. The Panthers gave up nearly 30 points per game, and now they enter this campaign without linebacker Luke Kuechly, who retired in the offseason.
Carolina really struggled to defend the run during the 2019 season, which could be a huge concern as they face Jacobs. The Panthers also had some problems defending the pass, but stopping the run is the top priority for Carolina this season.
When talking about the Panthers on offense, the conversation must start with running back Christian McCaffrey, who had 19 total touchdowns a season ago. He is a huge weapon when he has the ball in his hands, both as a runner and pass-catcher.
Teddy Bridgewater was brought in to replace departed quarterback Cam Newton, and he should help improve the passing game as well. Bridgewater spent the last season as a backup in New Orleans, but he was successful when he was a starter with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Raiders will get to play in their new home in Week 2, but they were given a favorable draw for their season opener. Carolina is expected to struggle again in 2020, and the Raiders could be a playoff team.
The Raiders can really score, and the Panthers struggle on the defensive side of the ball. That could lead to a big game for the Raiders offense, and it should create some separation on the scoreboard.
Betting on road teams is a scary proposition at times in the NFL, but this is not one of those cases. Las Vegas is the better team, and it picks up the Week 1 victory.
Bet the Las Vegas Raiders -1.5 over the Carolina Panthers.
The start of the 2020 NFL regular season is less than two weeks away, and there are some terrific Week 1 matchups. The Buffalo Bills are set to host the New York Jets in an AFC East showdown in the first week of the season.
Buffalo finished the 2019 season with a record of 10-6, and that earned them a spot in the AFC Playoffs. The Jets went just 7-9 a season ago, but they were trending in the right direction near the end of the season.
The New England Patriots are expected to struggle at times in 2020 without Tom Brady playing quarterback, and that has both teams believing that they can win the AFC East title.
The Buffalo Bills are six-point favorites over the New York Jets in the season opener.
The New York Jets were one of the worst offensive teams in the NFL a season ago, and those numbers have to improve this season. The Jets averaged just 194.4 passing yards per game to go along with just 78.6 rushing yards per game.
Quarterback Sam Darnold battled through some injuries during the 2019 season, but he played well when he was on the field. Darnold completed close to 62 percent of his passes, but he was also sacked 33 times in just 13 games.
The Jets will be looking to provide Darnold with more time this season, but they also need more production from their running game. Running back Le’Veon Bell was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2019, but the team will be looking for the former Steelers star to have a bounce-back campaign in 2020.
New York was a much better defensive team during the 2019 regular season, and most of its team statistics were right around the league average. The Jets will enter the 2020 season without safety Jamal Adams, who they traded to Seattle, but this defense should still be good enough to keep them in most games.
Speaking of defense, the Buffalo Bills were one of the best defensive teams in the NFL a season ago. Buffalo allowed just 16.2 points per game, second only to the New England Patriots, who allowed just 14.1 points per game.
The Bills gave up less than 200 passing yards per game, and they were able to accomplish that by getting a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Buffalo had 44 sacks during the 2019 regular season, and it will be coming after Sam Darnold in this game.
Buffalo will be looking for more offense in 2020, but the growth of some of its players should make that possible. The Bills averaged just 19.6 points per game a season ago, and most of that damage was done on the ground.
Quarterback Josh Allen completed just 58.8 percent of his passes, but he is able to make plays with his legs. Devin Singletary and Frank Gore combined for almost 1,300 rushing yards in 2020, and they are always a threat to break off a big run.
Some view the Buffalo Bills as AFC title contenders in 2020, especially if they can continue with the play that they showed a season ago. The Bills had a young but talented team, and they are always tough to beat at home.
The Jets could surprise some teams this year if Darnold is able to take a huge leap at the quarterback position. New York should be above .500 this season, but this is a tough matchup in Week 1.
Buffalo just has too much talent, and playing at home will give them the edge. Bet the Buffalo Bills -6.0 to beat the New York Jets in the 2020 season opener.
Two of the oldest rivals in the National Football League will kick off their 2020 regular-season schedules in Detroit on Sept. 13, as the Lions will host the Chicago Bears in a matchup of two teams from the NFC North Division.
Both Chicago and Detroit missed out on the playoffs in 2019, and this will be their first chance to turn things around. Each team enters the season with some question marks, but there are talented players on each roster as well.
Playing at home should give the Lions a slight edge in this game, and they are listed as 2.5-point favorites over the Chicago Bears in the season opener.
Mitchell Trubisky is entering his fourth season as quarterback for the Chicago Bears, but it’s still to be determined if he will be the starter. Trubisky struggled at times in 2019 and threw just 17 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
Chicago brought in veteran Nick Foles to compete for the starting quarterback job with Trubisky, and that battle is expected to go on throughout training camp. Foles does have a Super Bowl ring to his name, but he is trying to make his way back from an injury.
Defense rules the day for the Bears, and their defensive unit could put up some huge numbers in 2020. Linebacker Khalil Mack is looking for a bounce-back season after a disappointing 2019, and he has plenty of help.
The Bears allowed just 18.6 points per game a season ago, and they will be looking to get pressure in the backfield. Chicago needs some help from its offense at some point, but this defense can win the game on their own.
The Detroit Lions were not a good defensive team in 2019, and it’s hard to see them making a huge improvement heading into this season. Detroit gave up 26.4 points per game a season ago, and their secondary was a mess.
Detroit gave up 284.4 passing yards per game last season, which was by far the worst mark in the league. Thankfully, the Bears don’t have the type of offense that will attack this issue, but the Lions are still looking for better production on that side of the ball.
Keeping quarterback Matthew Stafford healthy is another huge key for the Detroit Lions this season. Stafford missed over half the 2019 season with a back injury, but he is expected to be healthy and ready to play in the season opener.
Stafford is capable of throwing for more than 4,000 yards this season, and he has some weapons to throw the ball to. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay had over 1,100 receiving yards in 2019, and he will be a problem for the Chicago Bears.
Even though the Chicago Bears will enter the season with major questions on offense, their defense should once again be one of the best units in the league. Mack is expected to have a huge season in 2020, and he will make things difficult for Stafford.
Detroit can score points, but the Lions can’t rely on their offense to do it alone. Detroit simply has one of the worst defensive units and the league, and that will give the Bears a chance to find the end zone.
Expect a close game between these two NFC North Division rivals, but it will be the road team that gets the win. Bet the Chicago Bears at +2.5 to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.
The 2020 NFL regular season is set to kick off on Sept. 10, and the defending Super Bowl champions will host the opening game. The Kansas City Chiefs will begin their title defense against the Houston Texans.
Kansas City returns almost its entire roster from a season ago, including their superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. Houston made several major changes this offseason in hopes of finally making a deep playoff run.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9.5-point favorites over the Houston Texans in this Week 1 showdown.
If the Houston Texans are going to win the season opener over the Kansas City Chiefs, they will have to do it with defense. Houston is still led by J.J. Watt on the defensive side of the ball, but this defense was not as disruptive a season ago.
The Texans had just 31 sacks during the 2019 season, and they will need to find a way to get some pressure on Mahomes. Houston allowed more than 388 yards per game in 2019, a number that will need to be fixed in 2020.
Houston has a superstar quarterback of its own in Deshaun Watson, but he will be without his biggest weapon for the first time in his career. DeAndre Hopkins had 104 receptions for more than 1,000 yards in 2020, but he is now catching passes for the Arizona Cardinals after being traded in the offseason.
Watson led the Texans to 23.6 points per game on offense a season ago, and Houston had a huge lead on the Chiefs in an AFC divisional playoff game before its defense let it down. This game will be high-scoring, but the Texans hope to do their part.
After he led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in February, Kansas City rewarded its franchise quarterback with a massive contract worth more than $503 million. Now that he has gotten paid from the Chiefs, it's time for Mahomes to earn that money.
Mahomes missed two starts during the 2019 season, but still ended up throwing 26 touchdown passes and for more than 4,000 yards. The young QB continues to amaze with his play, and he had the Chiefs offense looking unstoppable at times.
The Chiefs averaged 28.2 points per game a season ago, and they have more weapons outside of Mahomes. Tight end Travis Kelce had 97 receptions for 1,229 yards in 2019, and he also received a huge contract extension from the team. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill is also one of the fastest players in the league, and he is a matchup nightmare for opponents.
Kansas City has always been able to score, but its defense stepped up in the Chiefs' Super Bowl run. The Chiefs gave up fewer than 20 points per game a season ago, and that side of the ball helped aid the offense in the Super Bowl victory.
The Chiefs simply don't have many weaknesses, and that's why they are the defending champions.
Last year, the Texans might have had enough offense to keep up with the Chiefs. The loss of DeAndre Hopkins is a huge blow, and the Chiefs simply have too much offensive firepower.
Houston will try to keep this game close with its defense, but Kansas City is just simply too hard to stop. Mahomes and company can score points in a hurry, and they will kick off the 2020 regular season with a bang.
Bet the Kansas City Chiefs -9.5 over the Houston Texans in Week 1 of the NFL season.
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