The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises thus far, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and Covid-related scheduling issues to navigate through the season’s first five weeks. There’s plenty of football ahead, and we at TickPick have taken the time to focus on five key NFL matchups each week this season to give our prediction on who will win, and outline which teams are able to have fans at their stadiums.
How many NFL teams will be allowed to have fans in the stands in 2020? It remains to be determined for many teams still, due to local policies that determine the number of people, if any, will be allowed to attend the games.
We’ve made a list of all 32 teams and what their up-to-date attendance policies are this season, which we recommend checking out if you’re interested in attending a game this season. Keep in mind that you’ll never pay any service fees on NFL tickets when you buy through TickPick, where you’ll save 10% for the same seats you’d find on our major competitor’s site.
Cleveland Browns (4-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0)
Sunday, October 18th @ 1 pm EST
Get-In Price: $382
The Browns may be well past the point of sneaking up on anyone this season, as they’ve won four in a row for the first time in eleven years and seem to be clicking on all cylinders in head coach Kevin Stefanski’s first year running the ship. They’ve been led by an excellent rushing attack that’s being fronted by Kareem Hunt during Nick Chubb’s injury-related absence, but Baker Mayfield is playing as confidently as he had during his surprising rookie year that had many clamoring for him to be the league’s next star QB heading into last season.
The Steelers may very well be the league’s best team, and they head into this contest 4-0 for the first time in 1979, which is an insane stat for those who have been paying attention to Pittsburgh’s sustained excellence over the past 40+ years. They feature perhaps the game’s best defense, with superstars at all levels, such as defensive end T.J. Watt, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, and their 2019 first-rounder Devin Bush at linebacker. They’ve also proven that they can win in a shootout, though, and boast en elite crew of wide receivers for Ben Roethlisberger that just keeps getting deeper, with rookie Chase Claypool coming off of an incredible four-touchdown performance against the Eagles in Week 5.
The Steelers will be allowed to host 5,500 fans at Heinz Field next Sunday, and while that by no means will come close to the crowds fans have come to expect in a normal year, you can expect plenty of Terrible Towels being swung throughout the entirety of the game that should make it feel like many more fans are there against their tough divisional rival. We think this will end up being a close one and neither team will exceed 30 points, but the Steelers should pull it out in the end and move to 5-0.
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Chicago Bears (4-1) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
Sunday, October 18th @ 1 pm EST
Get-In Price: $112
The Panthers have been one of the NFL’s darlings through the season’s first five weeks, and new head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady certainly deserve plenty of credit for the early dividends. While many expected this to be a very poor football team in 2020, with seemingly plenty of holes at defense and a quarterback situation that some questioned, this has been a fun offense with a lot of talented pieces, including receiver Robbie Anderson, who has experienced a career resurgence after getting away from Adam Gase, as so many seemingly have in recent years.
The Bears are hoping to prove that they are what their record is, and their record has them among the top teams in the NFL to this point, as they’re on the short list of teams with four victories. The defense has been solid, and Matt Nagy seems content with riding out the season with Nick Foles under center, who has led them to two wins in three weeks, including a surprising win against Tom Brady and the Bucs just last week.
While the Khalil Mack-led Bears defense has looked stout as of late, we’ve been impressed with this Panthers offense thus far, and we expect their star receiver DJ Moore to break out in a big way and get a shootout started in which the Bears won’t be able to keep up. We’ll take the home team Panthers in this one, who will be playing in roughly 5,200 loyal fans for this game.
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Green Bay Packers (4-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Sunday, October 18th @ 4:25 pm EST
Get-In Price: $221
The Packers look like one of the NFL’s elite teams, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing as well as he has in years and running back Aaron Jones leading a dominant rushing attack in the second year of head coach Matt LaFluer’s system. They face a tough task to remain undefeated, as they head into Tampa off of their bye week to face fellow all-time great quarterback Tom Brady in front of roughly 16,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium.
The Buccaneers are coming off of a tough loss to Chicago on Thursday Night Football, but that should have them more motivated than ever to knock off the NFC’s top team this Sunday. This would be made easier if their star wideout Chris Godwin were able to suit up for this one, as Mike Evans won’t be able to shoulder all of the load by himself in Bruce Arians’ aerial attack.
While this will likely be a close contest, we’ll take the Packers to move on to 5-0, unless the Bucs get Godwin back in time, in which case we’d take the Bucs by the slimmest of margins. The Buccaneers are up against it in a suddenly-crowded NFC South, and they need all of the weapons they have at their disposal to win this one.
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Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
Monday, October 19th, 5 pm EST
This game was originally slated to be played on Thursday Night Football on 10/15, but has now been moved to the “early” Monday Night Football game on 10/19 due to the Bills’ contest against the Titans being pushed back due to Tennessee’s Covid-19 outbreak. While it will have to share the spotlight to a degree with the next game on this list, this contest should probably be the most anticipated of the week, as it matches up two young and dynamic quarterbacks that have led two of the game’s best offenses, thus far.
The Chiefs are coming off of a loss to the Raiders, in which Mahomes had his typical handful of incredible plays, but threw a very costly interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for Las Vegas. That means the Bills will be getting a motivated and focused Chiefs squad coming to Buffalo, and they also happen to now have an extra two days to prepare for the Allen-led offense.
Buffalo continues to impress NFL fans, players, and pundits alike with a high-flying offense that few could have imagined possible, if they hadn’t been paying attention to Allen’s growth over the past few seasons. With defensive play down and offenses soaring thus far in 2020, we anticipate this game will be a high-scoring one that will make for an incredible watch. We like the Bills to narrowly edge out the Chiefs in this one, continuing their excellent run and cementing themselves at the top of the AFC, along with Pittsburgh.
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Arizona Cardinals (3-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Monday, October 19th @ 8:15 pm EST
Get-In Price: $112
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This week’s Rivalri Matchup of the Week is between former NFC East foes the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, who are each on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to keeping pace within their own division.
The story of the week coming into this game is Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s gruesome ankle injury that ended his season, and potentially his career in Dallas, as he’s set for free agency in the offseason, unless he’s franchise tagged for the second straight year. Their offseason investment in Andy Dalton has proven to be a wise insurance option, as he managed to guide the team to a close victory over the Giants this past weekend after Prescott’s exit.
While the Cowboys currently lead the brutal NFC East with just a 2-3 record, the Cardinals find themselves jealous, even with a better 3-2 record, as that’s good for just 3rd place in the tough NFC West that includes excellent teams like the Seahawks and Rams, in addition to the struggling 49ers, who once they get right can certainly make a run at things like they did all the way to last year’s Super Bowl in Miami.
While this should be an extremely fun game full of great offensive output by both teams (due much in part to the poor defenses of each team), we think the Cardinals will win out over the Cowboys with a full week to game plan for their backup quarterback. Expect a lot of Deandre Hopkins highlight-reel catches in this one en route to a Cardinals victory on MNF.
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