2020 NFL Season Predictions
The 2020 NFL season begins in September and our annual betting predictions cover all eight divisions, two conferences and the winner of Super Bowl 55 scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021 from Tampa, Florida. Also, be sure to find out who will win the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Win Totals wagers.
The AFC East division has been owned by the New England Patriots over the years as they have won 11 consecutive division titles. However, legendary quarterback Tom Brady has departed New England for Tampa Bay as the Patriots remain favored to win the AFC East championship. The Buffalo Bills captured a Wild Card spot last season and are in the running for the division title in 2020. The Miami Dolphins rebounded from a tough start last season to finish with five wins, while the New York Jets aren't expected to have a successful season in 2020.
Despite losing key parts on both sides of the ball, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are still getting respect from the sportsbooks. (AP)
The AFC North division was no contest in 2019 as the Baltimore Ravens ran away with a 14-2 record, which was tops in the AFC. The Ravens are the odds-on favorite to grab the AFC North division title again, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are right behind. The Cincinnati Bengals are in major rebuilding mode this season after finishing with the worst record in the NFL last season.
The Cleveland Browns failed to live up to high expectations last season but bettors could be leaning to a rebound season in 2020. (AP)
The AFC South division is one of the more balanced divisions in the NFL. The Houston Texans were crowned AFC South champions last season, while the Tennessee Titans clinched a Wild Card berth. The Titans advanced all the way to the AFC Championship game and are one of the favorites to win the division alongside the Indianapolis Colts. The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to be a factor in the division, but the odds don't favor them in 2020.
Despite winning the AFC South in 2019, oddsmakers don't believe the Houston Texans will have an easy time repeating in the 2020 NFL season. (AP)
The AFC West division showcases the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is expected to not only capture another division title in 2020, but also finish with the most wins in the AFC. Second place in the division is up for grabs between the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chiefs captured Super Bowl 54 last season and the oddsmakers expect them to win another title next February at Super Bowl 55 in 2021. (AP).
The NFC East division title was decided in the final week of the 2019 season as the Philadelphia Eagles captured the crown. The Dallas Cowboys finished one game behind of first place, while the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are coming off disappointing campaigns.
The Cowboys fell short of the playoffs last season as quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott seek a 2020 postseason spot. (AP).
The Green Bay Packers are coming off an NFC North division championship last season at 12-4. However, Green Bay is not favored to win the division this season as the Minnesota Vikings are the current chalk. The Chicago Bears look to bounce back after a tough 2019, while the Detroit Lions will try to avoid another fourth-place finish.
The Packers advanced to the NFC championship last season but there is no guarantee Green Bay will advance that far this season (AP).
The NFC South could come down to the New Orleans Saints, last season's division champion and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now boast Tom Brady at quarterback. The Atlanta Falcons finished last season on a strong run, while the Carolina Panthers are in rebuilding mode in 2020.
The Falcons closed out last season on a strong note and look to be the surprise of the NFC South (AP).
The San Francisco 49ers not only claimed the NFC West division title last season, but also represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. The division will be tough again in 2020 as the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams will be the top two competitors to San Francisco. The Arizona Cardinals have improved and will try to make an impact in the Wild Card race.
Both the Seahawks and Rams will be chasing down the 49ers for the NFC West championship in 2020. (AP)
2020 NFL Player Award Props
Most Valuable Player Picks
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens captured his first career Most Valuable Player award last season. Jackson is not the favorite to win the award this season as Kansas City Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes is favored at 4/1 odds. Future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints seeks his first ever MVP honor as quarterbacks have won this award each of the past seven seasons.
Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson seeks his second consecutive Most Valuable Player Award. (AP)
The NFL Rookie of the Year honor goes to the top first-year player in the league, both on offense and defense. The favorite for offensive Rookie of the Year is Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who was selected with the first pick in the NFL Draft. Burrow is listed at 2/1 odds to win the honor, while second pick Chase Young of the Washington Redskins is the favorite for top defensive rookie at 2/1 odds. Young's old teammate from Ohio State, Jeffrey Okudah, is listed at 14/1 odds to capture top defensive rookie honors.
Ohio State Buckeyes standout defensive back Jeffrey Okudah was the No. 3 pick for the Detroit Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft. (AP)