The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through its first sixteen weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and health issues through which the league has had to navigate. Even though the season has started to come to an end, we at TickPick continue to take the time to focus on five key NFL matchups this week 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? We’ve answered this for you in our simple blog on 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.

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Miami Dolphins (10-5) vs. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

Sunday, January 3rd @ 1:00 pm EST

Week 17 is full of divisional games and this AFC East matchup will be one of the better ones this upcoming Sunday. Both teams will have plenty to play for as the Buffalo Bills try to lock up the number two seed in the AFC and if the Miami Dolphins win they clinch a berth in the AFC playoffs. If the Dolphins lose to the Bills they will need one of the following three teams to lose in order to make the playoffs: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, or the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams are coming off big wins in week 16 and will need to keep that momentum going into the new year for the playoff push.

The Dolphins stunned the Las Vegas Raiders on a game winning field goal by Jason Sanders with one second remaining to win 26-25. Tua Tagovailoa started the game but struggled for most of it, finishing 17/22 for 94 yards and a touchdown, before Ryan Fitzpatrick came in the fourth quarter to give them the spark they needed. Fitzpatrick led the team to three scoring drives in the fourth quarter, including the final drive that setup the game winning field goal. With only seconds left Fitzpatrick threw the ball deep down the left sideline to Mack Hollins for a 34-yard gain, and had 15-yards tacked on to that from a facemask penalty, that still has many wondering how Fitzpatrick was able to complete that pass.

The Bills emphatically put their stamp on the AFC East division with their 38-9 drubbing of the New England Patriots. The game was 10-9 early in the second quarter after a Cam Newtown touchdown run, but that was the closest it would be the rest of the way. Josh Allen continued his MVP campaign finishing with 320 yards and 4 touchdowns in the rout of the Patriots. With the Patriots missing Stephon Gilmore, Stefon Diggs had a monster game finishing with nine catches for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bills spread the ball around well though, as Diggs was just one of ten players to catch a pass. The Bills added 130 yards on the ground, held the Patriots to just 200 yards of total offense, and showed why they’re one of the top teams that can compete with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Both teams will have something to play for and likely won’t rest their starters much for this game. The Bills have won five in a row, it would’ve been nine in a row if not for the Hail Mary loss versus the Cardinals, and have looked like one of the best teams in the league. The Dolphins have come a long way very quickly and head coach Brian Flores rightfully deserves Coach of the Year considerations. However at times their offense becomes anemic with Tua under center and they’re going to need to score points to beat Buffalo. We like the Bills to take care of business this week and lock up the two seed in the AFC.

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Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (10-5)

Sunday, January 3rd @ 1:00 pm EST

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Similar to the previous matchup, this AFC North showdown features two teams with plenty to play for on the final week of the regular season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the division locked up, but they still have a shot at the number two seed if they win and the Bills lose. The Steelers ended their three game losing streak, beating the Indianapolis Colts 28-24 at home. Cleveland on the other hand just suffered one of their worst losses of the season, losing to the New York Jets 23-16 in their second trip to the Meadowlands in two weeks. The Browns would have clinched a playoff berth with a win, but they still have a shot to make the playoffs after that crushing loss.

The Colts jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and it looked like the Steelers were heading for their fourth straight loss. However in the second half the Steelers defense clamped down and Ben Roethlisberger started to look like the Big Ben of old. Roethlisberger finished with 342 yards and 3 touchdowns, all coming in the second half. Their defense held Indianapolis to just three points in the second half, while forcing five sacks and two turnovers in the game. The Steelers didn’t try to run the ball much with only 14 carries for 20 yards, and throwing the ball 49 times. It remains to be seen if this trend will continue (and be successful) in the playoffs, but this is still a dangerous team that nobody wants to play in January.

The Browns hurt their playoff chances with their 23-16 loss to the Jets, but they had to go into this game missing their top wide receivers due to the NFL’s Covid-19 contract tracing protocol. Baker Mayfield threw for 285 yards but it was obvious he missed guys like Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins out there. Mayfield did not record a touchdown and had two turnovers, including a critical lost fumble late in the fourth quarter. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each scored on the ground, but didn’t get much going only combining for 39 rushing yards. The Browns should have their receivers back in time for this game, but they’ll need to play better to have a chance against the Steelers.

The Steelers should play most of their starters with the two seed still on the line, however that may change as the game goes on and/or if they scoreboard watch the Buffalo game. There may be some additional motivation to keep a divisional foe out of the playoffs as well. The Browns are also looking for revenge after their 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh earlier this season. If the Browns win, they’re in the playoffs for the first time in eighteen years. With Pittsburgh expected to play their starters we like them to win this week, and the Browns will have to hope for one of the other backdoor scenarios to get into the playoffs.

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Tennessee Titans (10-5) vs. Houston Texans (4-11)

Sunday, January 3rd @ 4:25 pm EST

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The Tennessee Titans are in a heated race for the AFC South crown, but can fall as far as not making the playoffs with a loss to the Houston Texans. The Texans are eliminated from playoff contention but can certainly do their best to play spoiler against the Titans. If Tennessee wins OR the Colts lose, they will win the AFC South. However if they lose, they can be knocked out if the Browns, Colts, Dolphins, and Ravens all win their games. The Titans will look to bounce back from their 40-14 road loss in Green Bay while the Texans try to end their four game losing streak after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 37-31.

Lambeau Field is a difficult place to play late in the season, and the Titans learned that the hard way. They struggled mightily in the passing game, Ryan Tannehill finished 11/24 for 121 yards and one touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. Aaron Rodgers moved the ball at will, throwing an efficient 21/25 for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Davante Adams did most of that damage with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions. Tennessee tried to get their workhorse Derrick Henry and the running game going, but he failed to reach 100 yards or or get in the end zone for just the fourth time this season. The Titans have an offense not built on playing from behind, and falling behind by three scores against Aaron Rodgers is almost impossible for anyone to come back from. Tennessee will have to jump out to an early lead versus Houston, and have Henry carry them to the playoffs.

Houston’s less than stellar season had an exclamation point put on it when the Bengals got their first road win since 2018 in their 37-31 victory. J.J. Watt had some harsh words for his team after the game, but the frustrations are understandable for a team that was expected to be much better than the four wins they have. Houston’s defense allowed 540 total yards to the Bengals offense who ranked 28th in yards per game, and failed to force a turnover. The Texans moved the ball well though, Deshaun Watson threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, while David Johnson added 128 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Houston will need to tighten up their run defense this week if they want to ruin Tennessee’s playoff chances.

Divisional games are always tough, but the Titans have been the better team all season and we expect that to be the case this Sunday. Look for the Titans to get Henry the ball a lot early and lean on him to keep Watson off the field and get his team into the playoffs. We’re picking the Titans to win this one and punch their ticket to the playoffs.

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Green Bay Packers (12-3) vs. Chicago Bears (8-7)

Sunday, January 3rd @ 4:25 pm EST

It’s no surprise that one of the best rivalries in NFL history will have plenty on the line this week 17. The Green Bay Packers can clinch the number one seed in the NFC playoffs with a win over the Chicago Bears. The Bears on the other hand, can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Packers OR an Arizona Cardinals loss. Regardless of your opponent, you can’t ask for much more than being able to control your own destiny this late in the season. The Packers are coming off a 40-14 beatdown of the Tennessee Titans at home in the snow. Chicago also dismantled their opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, in a 41-17 rout in Jacksonville. Both teams will face a stiffer challenge this Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers torched the Titans on Sunday Night Football, showing why home field can is still so important even without fans. The snow was coming down hard in Lambeau in the first half and continued to come down in the second half and clearly had an impact on the Titans. Rodgers finished with four touchdowns but the surprise performance came from their rookie AJ Dillon. Dillon finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, out carrying the usual, Aaron Jones, who finished with 10 carries for 94yards. Green Bay’s defense stepped up big as well, holding the Titans to just 260 total yards, a team that came into Sunday night with the fifth highest yards per game this season. If the Packers can continue to play the way they did versus the Titans, they have a good shot at meeting the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

The Bears have had a roller coaster of a season. They started off 5-1, then lost six in row, but are back on a three game winning streak behind Mitchell Trubisky, with a chance at making the playoffs. Chicago continued to roll in Jacksonville, beating them 41-17 led by their quarterback and their defense. Trubisky finished with 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while adding a third touchdown on the ground. The Chicago defense only managed one sack, but did force two turnovers that setup scoring drives for their offense. David Montgomery pitched in as well, contributing 95 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Bears will need to continue to minimize their turnovers and play solid defense to have a chance against the Packers.

If the Packers already clinched the number one seed in the NFC, we might like the Bears at home here. However with the one seed still up for grabs we expect Rodgers and the Packers to play at full strength this game. The Bears defense can give the Packers offense fits at times, but it’s tough to bet against Rodgers in January in a game they need. We’re picking the Packers to win this one, and secure the top seed in the NFC.

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Washington Football Team (6-9) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1)

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Sunday, January 3rd @ 8:20 pm EST

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The NFC East champion will finish the season with a losing record and host a playoff game. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles they won’t make the playoffs, but can leave the door open for a team like the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Giants. For Washington it’s simple, win and you’re in, lose and you’re out. Both teams are looking to snap their two game losing streaks and end the regular season on a high note.

Washington failed to clinch the NFC East in week 16 when they lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-13. Dwayne Haskins, who is no longer with the team, simply did not play well versus Carolina. Haskins completed just 14/28 passes for 154 yards and two interceptions, he also lost a fumble. Haskins was eventually replaced by Taylor Heinicke, who had a little more success finishing 12/19 for 137 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Gibson returned to action but only rushed 10 times for 61 yards. Washington’s defense continues to play well, but they will need some help from their offense if they want to win the NFC East and get into the playoffs.

Philadelphia was eliminated from playoff contention with their 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles jumped out to an early 14-3 lead, before allowing points on five consecutive Dallas possessions, and failed to score a touchdown the rest of the game. Jalen Hurts threw for 342 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, led the Eagles with 69 rushing yards, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Cowboys. Andy Dalton lit up the Eagles defense for 377 yards and three touchdowns and left the door open for Dallas to sneak into the playoffs.

The final regular season NFL game should be an interesting one. We’ll already know the winner of the Cowboys and Giants game, but that outcome won’t matter if Washington can get the job done Sunday night. It’s unsure if it will be Heinicke or Alex Smith under center for Washington, but either of them gives the team a better chance than Haskins would have. It should be a tight game but we expect Washington’s defense to make a couple critical plays they need to get the victory. We’re picking Washington to win the game and the NFC East.

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