The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises thus far, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and Covid-related scheduling issues to navigate through the season’s first six weeks. 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 York Giants (1-5) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1)
Thursday, October 22nd @ 8:20 pm EST
Get-In Price: $178
This week’s slate of NFL games kicks off with an NFC East matchup on Thursday Night Football. While many have poked fun at the entire division for what seems to be a race to the bottom, all this means for this game in particular is that the winner could conceivably be tied for — or in Philadelphia’s case, in — the lead of the division by week’s end.
The Eagles are coming off of extremely tough games versus two of the NFL’s best teams in the Steelers and Ravens, but managed to keep both games close. This should be a very encouraging sign for Birds fans, as Carson Wentz has picked up his play as the season has gone on, including two decent performances against two of the toughest defensive units they’ll face all year. Wideout Travis Fulgham has been a pleasant surprise, and he has the makings of a de facto number one receiver for a team that has been desperate for one after being decimated by injuries, thus far.
The Giants are coming off of their first victory of the season when they barely beat the Washington Football Team at home after stopping a two-point conversion attempt with less than a minute to go to preserve the victory. The defense has played surprisingly well for the most part in 2020, which has been necessary as quarterback Daniel Jones has struggled mightily to lead the offense.
While both defenses have have their areas of concern, we think the Eagles will take care of business at home in this one, with defensive lineman Fletcher Cox making a game-changing play or two and cornerback Darius Slay putting the clamps on the Giants passing attack.
The Eagles will be allowed to host 7,500 fans at Lincoln Financial Field for this matchup, and while that’s far from the normal raucous Philly crowd we’ve all come to expect, we’re sure that they’ll bring the noise for this nationally televised game, especially to belt “Fly Eagles Fly” in unison.
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Green Bay Packers (4-1) vs. Houston Texans (1-5)
Sunday, October 25th @ 1 pm EST
Get-In Price: $92
While each teams’ season has been going in opposite directions, they do share two things in common. One is that they’re each coming off of tough losses, with the Texans dropping a game to their division rival Titans in overtime, and the Packers suffering their first loss of the year in a blowout at the hands of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The other is that these squads each have an absolute superstar that’s been playing incredible football taking snaps from under center.
The Packers may have lost their first game last week, but they should come into this one motivated and ready to throttle a shaky Texans defense, particularly now that they have the services of a healthy Davante Adams at wideout. Aaron Rodgers, coming off of a game in which he threw no touchdowns and a highly uncharacteristic two interceptions, should get back to his MVP-caliber play from the team’s first four games.
Deshaun Watson and the Texans need to string together wins ASAP if they want to have a shot at the playoffs, especially considering that they’re looking up at teams like the undefeated Titans and 4-2 Colts within their own division. Watson has gone nuclear during each of the team’s last two games since owner Bob McNair fired head coach/GM/decision maker Bill O’Brien, as he’s thrown for 694 yards and seven touchdowns in those contests, and he may have to reach those numbers in this game alone to keep pace with the Packers’ vaunted passing attack.
We think this game will end up being a back and forth offensive battle between these teams, but the Packers should pull out the victory in the end and keep pace with the other elite teams in the NFC.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (5-0)
Sunday, October 25th, 1 pm EST
Get-In Price: $268
This is our pick for the best game of the week. This battle between unbeaten teams will leave the winner in pole position to earn the 1-seed in the AFC, albeit with plenty of games left to play in the season. Both teams have impressed mightily through 5 games, and each have done it in different fashions.
Pittsburgh has perhaps the game’s best defense, and they pair it with a killer passing attack that can keep pace with high-flying offenses around the league, while Tennessee has perhaps the best rushing attack and a play-action passing game that make it nearly impossible for teams to game plan against. The emergence of massive rookie wideout Chase Claypool has given the Steelers offense a new dynamic, and continues to prove that this organization is the gold standard for drafting and developing talent at that position. The defense is even more of a strength, even after losing stud linebacker Devin Bush to a torn ACL during last week’s shellacking of the Browns.
The Titans will find it difficult to stop their opponent’s pass rush this week, particularly after losing left tackle Taylor Lewan to a torn ACL of his own. Tennessee’s best hope in this one is to wear down the Steelers defense with Derrick Henry pounding the rock, and Ryan Tannehill hitting on some deep shots against Pittsburgh’s spotty cornerbacks, which is considered Pittsburgh’s defensive “weakness,” relatively speaking.
We think Tennessee does just enough to eek out a late win at Nissan Stadium on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
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Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) vs. Denver Broncos (2-3)
Sunday, October 25th @ 4:25 pm EST
Get-In Price: $252
These two AFC West foes are in very different places with respect to their status as contenders, with the Chiefs being the defending Super Bowl champions and the Broncos in the midst of a rebuild, but they’re each coming off of a big road wins versus tough AFC East opponents, with Denver shocking the Patriots in Foxborough and the Chiefs knocking off the Bills in Buffalo.
The Chiefs’ victory wasn’t necessarily a pretty one, or one that KC fans have grown accustomed to during the Mahomes era, but the team wore down the Bills on the ground with 5.3 yards per carry and 245 rushing yards overall, including 161 from rookie phenom Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Mahomes didn’t put up eye-popping numbers, but was extremely efficient in rainy conditions, going 21-26 for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos’ victory over the Pats was very ugly, as they didn’t manage to score a touchdown and relied on kicker Brandon McManus for all of their points in a contest that ended by the score of 18-12. The defensive effort was certainly one of the best of Week 6, though, and they’ll have more work cut out for them with the Chiefs’ stellar offense coming to town.
We think this may be a tighter contest than many would expect, given the nature of the divisional rivalry, but we have Kansas City winning this one on the back of a big passing day for Mahomes.
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Chicago Bears (5-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (4-2)
Monday, October 26th @ 8:15 pm EST
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This week’s Rivalri matchup of the week is between two solid NFC teams who come into the game with a lot to prove. The Bears won their game last week over Carolina, but are seen by some as a paper tiger, of sorts, as they sport an excellent 5-1 record, but most of those victories came over some of the league’s worst teams, with the exception of their TNF victory over the Buccaneers. The Rams were beaten convincingly by a struggling 49ers team in San Francisco last Sunday, but still sport a solid 4-2 record and a shot at competing for the NFC West, if they can string some more wins together in a hurry.
The Bears will face one of the best offenses they’ll be up against all season, so their defense will have its work cut out for them. If they want to keep the Rams’ solid passing attack at bay, they’ll need a big game from Khalil Mack, who will need to keep pressure on Jared Goff all night long. They should focus on keeping Nick Foles clean and double-team Aaron Donald all night, but that’s no easy task, if you ask literally any opponent who’s ever game-planned for the league’s best defensive player.
The Rams will likely try to win this contest through the air, and need to get receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp going if they want to open up running lanes for running back Darrel Henderson, who’s emerged as the clear leader of a crowded backfield in LA.
We’ll take the Rams in this Monday Night Football matchup, as the Bears defense should struggle to contain the bevy of receiving weapons at Jared Goff’s disposal.
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