The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through the first seven weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and Covid-related scheduling issues through which the league has navigated. 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
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Atlanta Falcons (1-6) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-4)
Thursday, October 30th @ 8:20 pm EST
Get-In Price: $146
Week 8 kicks off with an NFC South matchup between two organizations who seem to be going in very different directions in 2020. The Falcons have managed to find new ways to drop games that fans probably previously had thought impossible. They just recently lost to the Lions as the clock expired in heartbreaking fashion, after running back Todd Gurley inexplicably crossed the goal line for a touchdown when Detroit out of timeouts, rather than simply falling down short of the goal line and kneeling out the clock, which gave the ball back to Matthew Stafford one last time for a game-winning drive.
The Panthers lost to the Saints last Sunday in a nail-biter by a score of 27-24, but in doing so continued to prove that they can play with some of the NFL’s best, which is a very promising sign for rookie head coach Matt Rhule and his exciting young roster, especially as they’ve managed to weather the storm without the services of superstar running back Christian McCaffrey due to injury.
The Falcons and Panthers both have exciting offenses and plenty of holes on the defensive side of the ball, so we expect this Thursday Night Football matchup to feature an offensive explosion, led by the likes of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Todd Gurley for Atlanta, and DJ Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Teddy Bridgewater of the Panthers. Carolina most likely will be without McCaffrey for one more game, but have received great contributions overall in his absence from his backup, Mike Davis.
While we expect a lot of points to be put up during this nationally-televised game, we see Carolina winning this one at home fairly easily in front of their home crowd. The Panthers will be allowed to host 5,000 fans at Bank of America Stadium
for this matchup, and we’re sure the fans will bring the noise as much as a crowd of that size can for this nationally televised game.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
Sunday, November 1st @ 1 pm EST
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This is without question the matchup of the week for Week 8, as it features two bitter rivals who just might be the biggest threats to unseat Kansas City in the AFC playoffs come January.
The Steelers are coming off of a huge win against the Titans, to whom they dished out their first loss of the season, while the Ravens are coming off of their bye rested and ready to slow down the Steelers’ excellent passing game and prevent their incredible pass rush from wreaking havoc on Lamar Jackson all day long.
Even though these two teams feature two of the top handful of defenses in the entire league, we could see this game turn into a relative shootout, with each team trading scores throughout, and it coming down to the final possession to determine the winner.
We like the Steelers to remain undefeated by the slimmest of margins, as even a smaller Baltimore crowd that’s limited to just 4,300 fans at M&T Bank Stadium
should provide at least a little bit of home field advantage for the Ravens.
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Tennessee Titans (5-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1)
Sunday, November 1st @ 1 pm EST
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The Titans are coming off of their first loss of the season at the hands of the Steelers, despite a valiant comeback effort. The Bengals dropped a tough game to the Browns in the game’s final seconds, spoiling what would have been a feel-good win over a quality team for rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and the rest of his Cinci teammates.
The Titans have been playing excellent football this year, and its passing offense has stepped its game up with the re-emergence of stud wideout A.J. Brown, now that he’s back from an early season injury. When you pair a great play-action passing attack with the game’s most physically dominant running back in Derrick Henry, your team will be able to put up points in a hurry.
The Bengals have really come on strong as of the last few weeks and have been competitive in all of their games in 2020, short of a blowout loss in Baltimore. This has to be extremely encouraging for fans, as this team was the worst in the league just last year, and with some fine-tuning of the offensive line, could be a force to be reckoned with much sooner than anybody had anticipated.
Despite the Bengals’ aforementioned competitiveness this season, we think a motivated Titans team that’s coming off of a loss will put it to Cincinnati in this one at Paul Brown Stadium
, which will allow roughly 12,000 fans to attend this contest.
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Los Angeles Rams (5-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
Sunday, November 1st @ 1 pm EST
Get-In Price: $128
The Tua era is almost upon us. After announcing that they would be turning over the reigns at quarterback to Tua Tagovailoa for this Week 8 matchup, the NFL world was abuzz over the hype that the future is now in Miami. Despite an admirable job by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led the team to some big victories this season thus far, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was ready to hand over the keys during the team’s bye week.
Waiting for Tua and the ‘Phins will be superstar defenders like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey of the Rams, so this debut at home should be anything but easy for Miami.
The Rams have played some good football in 2020, and won’t have much film of their new opposing quarterback to study, but the offense has generally played very well, and we don’t see that stopping this Sunday against a Dolphins defense that has struggled to stop good offenses, despite many new additions on that side of the ball this offseason.
With the Patriots struggling mightily as of late, the AFC East seems as attainable as it has over the last two decades, so this game is a big one for Miami. The Rams need to keep pace with other excellent NFC West foes who are all playing good football and look like playoff teams, themselves. With that said, we think the Rams defense will be too much for Tua to handle in his debut, and Jared Goff and co. should be able to throw all over Miami, so expect big games from LA’s star wideouts Cooper Kupp and Roberts Woods in this one.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) vs. New York Giants (1-6)
Monday, November 2nd @ 8:15 pm EST
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It’s Tom Brady’s first matchup versus his Super Bowl nemesis as a member of a team from the same conference. The Buccaneers are coming off of two straight convincing wins over good opponents, while the Giants fell just shy of winning their second straight against a division opponent this past Thursday night.
While the Bucs won’t yet be playing with the services of former superstar wideout (and Tom Brady teammate) Antonio Brown, their offensive weapons should still be far too much for the Giants defense to match. What tilts things even more so in Tampa’s favor in this game is that they have one of the game’s best defenses, as well, and have stuffed the run and pass as well as any defense in the NFC, thus far.
We could see the Giants making the game look closer than it was with some late game scoring, but this shouldn’t be a particularly close Monday Night Football game. We like the Bucs to win easily on the road at an empty Metlife Stadium that doesn’t look like it will be allowed to host fans in 2020.
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