The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through its first thirteen 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 England Patriots (6-6) vs. Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
Thursday, December 10th @ 8:20 pm EST
Week 14 kicks off with a big matchup that’s a rematch of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta of just two years ago. A lot has changed for these teams since that time, but both squads do find themselves in a familiar playoff race, though the Patriots are fighting in the middle of the AFC pack for the first time in what feels like two decades. The Patriots are coming off of a dominant 45-0 victory over the Chargers last week, making it two wins in a row and thrusting them right back into the “In The Hunt” playoff graphics that you’ll see on TV. The Rams just secured a big divisional win over the Cardinals in Week 13 and now sit tied atop the NFC West with their rival Seattle, so every game from here on out is massive for their division title hopes.
New England put forth a thoroughly impressive display in each of the game’s three phases against the Chargers last week, scoring two touchdowns on special teams, and coach Bill Belichick showed once again that rookie quarterbacks don’t stand a chance against his defenses, no matter how much they’d been thriving. LA quarterback Justin Herbert looked lost and threw two interceptions, while Patriots signal caller Cam Newton only needed to throw the ball 19 times, while throwing for 69 yards and a touchdown, but this game’s script made it so there was never a need to really push the ball downfield via the air. Newton did manage to rush for 48 yards and two touchdowns, as the team gained 165 yards rushing on the day over 43 carries.
The Rams controlled the game against the Cardinals over the second half and went up by two scores with a 38-yard touchdown scamper by running back Darrell Henderson Jr. with 10 minutes left, and really put things away on an interception they returned for a touchdown with less than five minutes to go. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 351 yards and a touchdown against a struggling Cardinals secondary, with star wideout Robert Woods leading the way with 10 catches for 85 of those yards.
We think this will be one of the best Thursday Night Football games all season, with each team battling hard for playoff positions. It should be an ugly game featuring a lot of running the ball by both teams, but with the Patriots playing better lately and being a bit more desperate than LA for a win, we like them to take this one on the road at a SoFi Stadium that will be devoid of any fans — and thus no home field advantage — for the Rams.
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Minnesota Vikings (6-6) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
Sunday, December 13th @ 1:00 pm EST
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Two good NFC teams who are right in the middle of the playoff hunt will battle it out this Sunday. The Vikings are coming off of a thrilling, if not scary overtime win against the putrid Jaguars at home, making it five wins in their last six contests to even up their record after an awful 1-5 start to the season. The Buccaneers are coming back from a very late bye week, and should be well-rested and ready to take it to a vulnerable Vikings defense in this one at home.
Minnesota won a game that shouldn’t have been nearly close as it was when you play a team with a record of 1-10, but it wasn’t without some bright spots that included the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw for three touchdowns and 305 yards against one interception, and superstar running back Dalvin Cook, who toted the rock a whopping 32 times for 120 yards and caught six passes for 59 yards, albeit with a costly lost goal line fumble as the team was about to put the game away. Rookie wideout Justin Jefferson just might be the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and he dazzled yet again with nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and star veteran receiver Adam Thielen returned from the Covid-19 list and chipped in with eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. The defense struggled at times against a poor Jaguars offense, but did manage to force two interceptions and made a huge stop in overtime that allowed them to get the ball back and secure the victory.
The Bucs were coming off of two very tough 27-24 losses to the Rams and then Chiefs in back-to-back weeks heading into their bye, so the rest should have allowed them to refocus and get ready for this tough contest against a hot Minnesota team. The defense should have its work cut out for them, but we think Tom Brady will be able to really get things going with the extra week to prepare and an extra week for star receiver Chris Godwin to get healthy. The time off should also prove useful towards helping the receiving core gel as a whole, as the team has sputtered a bit while trying to integrate Antonio Brown into the offense that’s now a three-headed monster that Brady needs to feed.
We think the Vikings may be able to get up early and take a lead in the first half on the backs of Cook and Jefferson, but the Buccaneers will make the necessary adjustments to run way with the game in the second half, as the Minnesota secondary will have a very tough time containing Tom Brady and the passing game.
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Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) vs. Miami Dolphins (8-4)
Sunday, December 13th @ 1:00 pm EST
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This matchup may have been overlooked as an easy win for KC before the season started, or even after the season’s first month, but Brian Flores and his Dolphins have been excellent over the last eight games, aside from a slip-up in Denver, as they’ve won seven of eight and are challenging the Bills for the AFC East title through 13 weeks. Miami won ugly at home last week against the hapless Bengals, but rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a great second half and showed encouraging signs of improvement after what was an up-and-down beginning to his career as a starter. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are coming off of a lackluster prime time win against Denver, but divisional games seem to always bring on some quirky results.
The Chiefs’ win against Denver on Sunday night wasn’t the high-flying offensive display that many fans have come to expect, but instead the defense played a solid game against the struggling Drew Lock-led Broncos offense, and KC kicker Harrison Butker kicked five field goals to pace the offensive scoring. Standout tight end Travis Kelce caught a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes with a little over a minute to go in the third quarter, and that stood out as the only touchdown this talented offense could muster all night. This wouldn’t have been the case had Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had simply challenged a deep ball that was ruled incomplete, but actually shown to be caught by receiver Tyreek Hill early in the second quarter. Mahomes finished the day with 318 yards passing and a touchdown, with no interceptions, confirming that he’s such a star that a normally-solid stat line for most was one of the worst games he’s played all year.
The Dolphins managed to escape Week 13 with a win against Cincinnati, as they really struggled to get things going on offense and even trailed by a score of 7-6 going into halftime. Though they failed to move the chains early on, Tagovailoa did manage to throw for 296 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception. Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders kicked four field goals during this game to help keep Miami in control and preserve a victory that would keep the team no more than a game back of Buffalo in the AFC East standings. Running back Myles Gaskin had himself a very nice day, rushing for 90 yards on 21 carries and catching two balls for another 51 yards. He’s seemingly established himself as the workhorse back of the near future for the team.
While there’s not many teams hotter than the Dolphins are, one that is is the Chiefs, and we think they’ll be able to limit Tua and the Dolphins offense while putting up a customary huge showing of their own on the offensive side of the ball in Miami this Sunday. We think the Chiefs win this game rather easily, and Miami may have to turn its sights towards a Wild Card spot in the AFC.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
Sunday, December 13th @ 8:20 pm EST
This is the premier matchup of the week and perhaps the entire season, as the AFC’s current top seed and its third seed will battle it out on Sunday Night Football in front of a national audience. A little air may have been let out of the tires after the Steelers were upset by Washington on Monday afternoon, ruining their perfect record and removing the question of whether the Bills will be the first team to topple the undefeated Steelers, but this rematch of last season’s nationally-televised contest should prove to be an excellent game with Steelers franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the helm. The Bills are coming off of a huge win over San Francisco on Monday Night Football, so they’ll head into this home game riding high, while the Steelers will be motivated to turn things around after their first loss.
The Steelers were coming off of some close games in recent weeks, giving some fans pause as to whether their ability to stay undefeated would be coming to an end soon with this Bills matchup looming, but it was Washington who managed to catch them slipping up after Pittsburgh took an early 14-0 lead. After second quarter touchdown receptions by Diontae Johnson and James Washington, the offense sputtered and only managed to score another 3 points on a Matthew Wright field goal early in the fourth quarter before the Football Team shut the offense down. The Steelers running game was virtually nonexistent against a tough Washington front, and Roethlisberger managed to throw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, but on 53 attempts and with a costly interception.
The Bills put on a dominant offensive display against San Francisco in a game that was played in Arizona, as Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen had his latest coming out party on national TV. Allen completed a whopping 80% of his passes on his 40 attempts while throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers in the 34-24 victory. Bills receivers Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs led the way with nine and 10 receptions, respectfully, with Beasley notching a touchdown reception early in the second quarter that got them on the board. The defense played a stingy game that looks worse in the box score because of garbage time, but they forced two turnovers on Micah Hyde and Tredavious White interceptions while holding an excellent 49ers rushing attack to just 86 yards on the night.
We think this will be an excellent game on primetime that features two of the league’s most talented defenses, but it will be Josh Allen who should shine brightest on the big stage for a second consecutive week. If he plays anywhere close to as well as he did in their Week 13 game, we think the Bills win this contest by a few scores. If the Steelers defense steps up and gets pressure on Allen all game long, we like the Bills to take this one at home by the skin of their teeth.
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Baltimore Ravens (7-5) vs. Cleveland Browns (9-3)
Monday, December 14th @ 8:15 pm EST
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This week’s Rivalri Matchup of the Week is between two AFC North foes whose seasons have been going in completely different directions, as of late. The Browns are winners of four straight, and thoroughly dominated a very good Titans team last week in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score of 41-35 suggests. The Ravens had lost three straight games heading into Tuesday’s home matchup with the Cowboys, and they won a game they desperately needed, as they’d fallen out of the playoff picture as of Tuesday morning.
The Ravens lost a quirky Wednesday afternoon matchup with the Steelers last week, and have had their schedule turned upside down in recent weeks as Covid has forced the NFL to shake it up and get the games in when they can. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been struggling mightily this season after taking the league by storm and capturing the MVP award in 2019. It seems as though defenses have figured this Jackson and Greg Roman-led offense out to an extent, and it’s up to them to move the ball with consistency as they were able to earlier in the season and in 2019. The rushing attack is the strength of the offense, by far, and rookie running back JK Dobbins could be the key to getting things back on track and open things up for the passing game in the weeks ahead.
The Browns played their most complete game of the season this past week against Tennessee, as they ran up a 38-7 lead before the end of the first half, all but putting things away with another 30 minutes to go. Quarterback Baker Mayfield posted one of the best games of his career thus far, throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The passing game and defense was so efficient early on that Cleveland didn’t even need to utilize its running attack much, even thought it’s been far and away the team’s strength this season. Star running back Nick Chubb did rush for 80 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, but the second half just proved to be vanilla running plays to run out the clock, mostly.
Even with the Ravens struggling lately and the Browns surging and off to their best start in decades, we expect this contest to be a much tighter game than the laugher between these two in Week 1, which Baltimore won by a score of 38-6. We like the Browns to win this one on the back of its ground game, while the Ravens could continue to struggle running the ball against a Browns defense that’s been better against the run than it has in years.
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