The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through the first eight weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and Covid-related scheduling 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.
Green Bay Packers (5-2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
Thursday, November 5th @ 8:20 pm EST
Week 9 kicks off with a matchup between two NFC rivals who are coming off of tough losses in divisional games. The 49ers were beaten badly by the Seahawks in Seattle, while the Packers lost a game against the Vikings at Lambeau Field that they managed to make close late. The 49ers are probably the team that’s been most snakebitten by injuries thus far in 2020, and after losing stars like Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Dee Ford, Deebo Samuel and others to injury throughout the year, starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and superstar tight end George Kittle also suffered long-term injuries during last week’s game. Head coach Kyle Shanahan may have to lean on the team’s dynamic running game, which is also hobbled, if he wants to control the clock and keep pace with the Packers’ excellent offense in this one. Green Bay had no answers for Vikings running back Dalvin Cook last week, but Aaron Rodgers and the passing game looked sharp in a game in which they came up just short. Rodgers threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to star wideout Davante Adams, and if the Packers want to take this Thursday Night Football game, they’ll have to be able to throw it against a tough Niners defense, given their running back room has been decimated by an injury to start back Aaron Jones, and now potential Covid-19 exposure to backups Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon. We like the Packers to take this game in a close one, as San Francisco is just too hobbled and will be without any home field advantage, with no fans allowed at Levi’s Stadium. If you’re looking for tickets to travel and catch either of these squads play on the road this season, be sure to find them on TickPick, where you can save 10% on the same seats that you’d find on our major competitor’s site.
Baltimore Ravens (5-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
Sunday, November 8th @ 1 pm EST
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This is one of the biggest matchups of the week between two teams still in contention to win their respective divisions. The Ravens are coming off of a tough loss to the Steelers last week, as they fell just short on a late comeback attempt with the clock running out. The Colts won big against Detroit and reasserted themselves as contenders along with the Titans to take the AFC South, and this game means a lot for both teams. We like the Ravens to bounce back with a big win in Indy in front of 12,500 or so fans allowed to attend this one at Lucas Oil Stadium. If you’re looking to catch this game in person this Sunday, be sure to find your no-fee tickets on TickPick, where you’ll save 10% on the same seats over our major competitor.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-6)
Sunday, November 8th @ 1 pm EST
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This may be one of the more lopsided matchups of the week, as the undefeated Steelers and their incredible defense take on the struggling Cowboys, who are without their star quarterback after losing Dak Prescott to injury in Week 5. The Steelers have the game’s best defense and are set to face third string Dallas quarterback Ben DiNucci, which makes for an extremely uphill battle for the Cowboys offense. The best chance they have is to control the clock and maintain possession as much as possible with Ezekiel Elliot toting the rock 25+ times during this contest. We don’t necessarily see a path to victory for Dallas, given the Steelers offense is also among the league’s best and they’ll be facing a historically bad Cowboys defense, so we think this one will be a runaway victory for Pittsburgh in front of plenty of their fans waving Terrible Towels at AT&T Stadium, as their fans are known to travel as well as any in the entire league. If you’re looking to attend this game on Sunday afternoon, find your tickets on TickPick and you’ll save 10% over our largest competitor by avoiding those annoying service fees that all other ticket sites charge.
New Orleans Saints (5-2) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
Sunday, November 8th @ 1 pm EST
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This is another huge matchup this week, one that pits two division rivals with future Hall of Fame quarterbacks up against one another, and Tampa Bay is looking for revenge after dropping the season opener to the Saints by a score of 34-23. The Bucs will be getting reinforcements in the form of superstar wideout Antonio Brown, who was just activated for this week after the team signed the free agent recently. He adds another massive weapon for Tom Brady, and this offense should now be able to keep pace with any in the league. The Saints also should be receiving some reinforcements of their own in the receiving game, as their All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas should return from injury finally after missing much of this season due to a myriad of leg injuries and a team-imposes suspension. While both teams are playing well and coming off of close wins, we like the Buccaneers to keep it rolling at home and win in front of 16,500 or so fans who will be allowed to attend this matchup at Raymond James Stadium.
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New England Patriots (2-5) vs. New York Jets (0-8)
Monday, November 9th @ 8:15 pm EST
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While this game lacks the glitz of the Rex Ryan vs. Bill Belichick years, the primetime matchup between AFC East foes should draw plenty of attention from fans for different reasons. The Patriots are struggling as much as they ever have over the past two decades, and not coincidentally so after Tom Brady left the team. With that said, they do have a solid offense and there’s no better get-right game than one against the Jets in 2020. The Jets are the league’s lone team without a win through the season’s first eight weeks, and it may all be by design at this point, as the struggling franchise does have hope on the horizon, in the form of the inside track at the number one overall pick in the draft. This pick almost assuredly would mean the team would draft the transcendent college quarterback prospect Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson, and by many accounts, he’s as much of a franchise-altering superstar as any quarterback has been coming into the draft since Andrew Luck back in 2012. With these factors at play, we see the Patriots dominating this contest, while Gang Green fans continue to look ahead to the draft and think of the brighter days that are ahead. If you’re looking to catch either of these two teams play in person on the road in 2020, be sure to find your no-fee tickets on TickPick, where you’ll save 10% on your order over our major competitor.