The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through its first twelve weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and health issues through which the league has had to navigate. 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.
New Orleans Saints (9-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-7)
Sunday, December 6th @ 1:00 pm EST
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This big rivalry game has less playoff implications for the Falcons than it does for the Saints, but is an ability for them to play spoiler to their NFC South foe who’s in prime position to secure the NFC’s number one seed and a first round bye in the playoffs. Each of these two teams are coming off of big wins, with the Falcons thoroughly dominating the Raiders at home and the Saints crushing the Broncos in Denver as they were forced to call up a wide receiver from the practice squad to play quarterback.
The Saints were without future Hall of Famer Drew Brees under center yet again for their Week 12 game, as he’s on the IR with broken ribs, but backup signal caller Taysom Hill was once again good enough on the ground that the Saints rushing attack was able to take the reigns against a putrid Denver offense that didn’t have a quarterback on its roster due to illness. Hill only threw for 78 yards on nine total completions, but he managed to rush for 44 yards and score two touchdowns on the ground while running back Latavius Murray ran wild for 124 yards and two touchdowns of his own while averaging 6.5 yards a carry.
Atlanta moved to 4-2 under interim head coach Raheem Morris after their win in Denver, and while they didn’t need to lean on quarterback Matt Ryan much, given the defense forced five turnovers, he still threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns while running back Ito Smith paced the rushing attack with 65 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. The Falcons’ MVP in this game may have been kicker Younghoe Koo, who converted all five of his field goal attempts and all four of his extra point attempts en route to putting 19 points on the board for his team.
While this rivalry always spices things up and keeps matchups close, we think the Saints end up winning this one on the road in similar fashion to their victory at home over Atlanta just two weeks ago. The Saints defense should clamp down the Falcons high-powered offense, while the Saints rushing attack will be too much for the Atlanta to handle, and we think they’ll dominate the time of possession.
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Cleveland Browns (8-3) vs. Tennessee Titans (8-3)
Sunday, December 6th @ 1:00 pm EST
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This is one of the most compelling games of Week 13, as it features two teams solidly in the AFC playoff picture. The Titans are in first place in the AFC South, while the Browns are in second in the AFC North and only look up at the undefeated Steelers. Both of these teams have played a fairly similar style of football this year that has given them each success, with Titans superstar running backs Derrick Henry and the dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt of Cleveland all running the ball incredibly well. This sort of smashmouth offense should bode well for each team moving forward as the temperatures dip and weather can become more of a factor.
The Browns are coming off of a very tight win against the hapless Jaguars in Week 12, as they moved to 8-3 and stayed within at least a prayer of the Steelers in the AFC North standings. Nick Chubb dominated in this game, with 144 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while receiver Jarvis Landry posted a big day with 8 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown of his own. The defense was without its best player Myles Garrett, who was on the inactive list, but he should be back for this week’s matchup with the Titans, where he can wreak havoc on a banged up Tennessee offensive line.
Tennessee is coming off of one of Week 12’s most impressive wins, as they handedly beat their division rival Colts by a score of 45-26, which was even more impressive considering this was a game in which both teams entered tied for first place in their division. Derrick Henry ran for an astounding 178 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and the passing game was mostly relegated to the background after the team jumped out to an early lead and leaned on Henry for most of the day, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill posted an efficient stat line of 221 yards passing, one touchdown, and a 108.3 quarterback rating.
With both teams angling for both playoff seeding and a divisional title, this game means a lot to each squad. Both teams should look to impose their will on the other by way of their excellent running games, but only one can come out on top. We think that the return of Myles Garrett will help the Browns defense make enough big plays to slow down the Titans, while Baker Mayfield will make a few clutch plays of his own as Nick Chubb does the rest en route to a big Browns road win.
Los Angeles Rams (7-4) vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-5)
Sunday, December 6th @ 4:05 pm EST
The NFC West is looking like the NFL’s best top-to-bottom division in 2020, and these two teams are right in the thick of contention for the divisional title, along with the Seahawks at the top and the 49ers, who are just behind. The Rams are coming off of a tough last-second loss to the 49ers, while the Cardinals dropped their game in New England in the same exact fashion.
The Rams just had their two-game winning streak snapped to the Niners, but have been able to ride their defense to a lot of close finishes so far in 2020. For a team known for its high-flying offenses of the last few years, they’ve somewhat reinvented their image as a defense-first team led by superstars like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. This wasn’t quite enough to get the win in Week 12, as the team scored just a single offensive touchdown by running back Cam Akers early in the fourth quarter, in addition to a defensive touchdown and two Matt Gay field goals. The 49ers still have a tough defense despite losing plenty to injury this year, but the Cardinals should prove to be a softer matchup for LA, so we’d expect a much better showing from quarterback Jared Goff than his 198 yards and two interceptions that he posted last week.
Arizona is coming off of two straight losses by a score or less, and it would be four in a row if not for a miraculous Hail Mary at the end of their game against Buffalo two weeks ago. There’s no better time to right the ship than in this crucial matchup with a division rival, as the division-leading Seahawks are still within their sights. Signal caller Kyler Murray has been off his game as of late, as teams have been increasing their blitz attempts on the diminutive passer, but he and the offense will look to get star wideout Deandre Hopkins more involved in this game, despite the fact that he’ll likely have Jalen Ramsey covering him during the majority of snaps. He threw for just 178 yards and no touchdowns and an interception last week against the Patriots, which likely won’t cut it in this NFC West matchup.
We like the Cardinals to bounce back with a huge win in the desert against the Rams in this game, as Kyler Murray and the offense will manage to get things going with a few big plays by Hopkins and running back Kenyon Drake, in addition to a big showing from Murray in the running game.
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Denver Broncos (4-7) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1)
Sunday, December 6th @ 8:20 pm EST
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Week 13’s Sunday Night Football matchup between AFC West rivals features the defending champion Chiefs against the struggling Broncos, who are hoping to have an actual quarterback starting under center in this one. The deck is stacked against Denver, who have to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ high-octane offense at Arrowhead, which is notoriously one of the toughest road environments in the NFL, albeit with a limited crowd this year.
The Broncos were thoroughly dismantled by the Saints last weekend at home, but they didn’t even have the benefit of having any of its four quarterbacks from the active or practice roster available to play. This put them behind the 8-ball in an obvious way, and the offense wasn’t able to move the ball all game, as they had to use practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at QB, who completed just one pass all game and threw two interceptions in a 31-3 loss.
The Chiefs are coming off of a close 27-24 victory over Tom Brady and the Bucs in which Patrick Mahomes and receiver Tyreek Hill went nuclear, with Mahomes throwing for 462 yards and three touchdowns and Hill catching 13 passes for a ridiculous 269 yards and three touchdowns, with 203 yards and two of those touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Tampa managed to make things interesting in the fourth quarter, but when the Chiefs offense is firing on all cylinders, there’s seemingly no answers that an opposing defense can muster up.
We think the Broncos defense puts up an admirable effort against the Chiefs as they look to maintain possession for as long as possible on offense with a run-heavy game plan, but the Chiefs simply won’t be contained at home during this primetime matchup that KC should win fairly easily.
Buffalo Bills (8-3) vs. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)
Monday, December 7th @ 8:15 pm EST
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Each of these two teams are coming off of a big win in Week 12, with the Niners defeated divisional foe Los Angeles at home, and the Bills taking care of business against the Chargers in Buffalo. This primetime matchup was one many were looking forward to when the schedule was released back in May, but the 49ers have suffered numerous key injuries to stars like Nick Bosa, George Kittle, and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have caused the team to stumble a bit en route to their current 5-6 record. That doesn’t mean this won’t be a good game, though, as the Niners are still in the playoff hunt and the Bills are fighting to maintain their lead atop the AFC East and position themselves as the playoffs draw near. An additional quirk to this contest is that it will be played at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, as Santa Clara County is forbidding the 49ers from playing at their home stadium for the next two games as cases are spiking there.
The Bills were coming off a bye week heading into their matchup at home with the Chargers, which gave the team an extra week to think about their heartbreaking last-second loss to the Cardinals on a miracle Hail Mary. This didn’t deter them in their efforts to control the clock and establish a run game that hadn’t been there for most of the season against LA, as they rushed for 172 yards on 30 carries as quarterback Josh Allen struggled to get the pass game going. They did manage to hold the Chargers to just 17 points and handed them a 10-point loss, which was the largest margin of defeat for Los Angeles since Justin Herbert took over as the starting quarterback back in Week 2. If the Bills defense continues to look as good as they have lately, it would bode very well in their journey to the playoffs and potentially deep into January 2021.
The Niners secured a much-needed victory over the Rams last week, and will likely continue to lean on a fantastic running game that head coach Kyle Shanahan has been able to mix and match throughout the season. Shanahan has done this despite lead backs like Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Tevin Coleman all missing time due to injury at different stages of the season. Backup quarterback Nick Mullens will have his work cut out for him against a tough Bills secondary that’s playing its best ball of the season in recent weeks, so the run game will have to get it done if San Francisco wants to control and win the ballgame.
We like the Bills to win this strange Monday Night Football matchup against San Francisco in Arizona as Josh Allen is able to get back into his groove, with the help of a few big plays by receivers Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis.
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