6 Can’t-Miss Bold Predictions For The 2020 NFL Season

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Derrick Henry is a star running back for the Tennessee Titans who ran for over 1400 yards in 2019

Davis Cuffe, Sports Editor

6 Can’t-Miss Bold Predictions For The 2020 NFL Season

 

For a while, there was some reasonable doubt on whether or not the NFL season would really happen, but through a global pandemic, football stays steady. With the opening game this Thursday night I couldn’t be any more excited to see the Kansas City Chiefs clobber the Houston Texans.

With no preseason and very little training camp reports heading into the season a lot of the NFL season ahead of us looks like a mystery. This leaves room for even more speculation and projection between fans and analysts alike. Although this is true I Davis Cuffe will see through all the smoke screens and RPO´s and provide you all with my 6 Can’t-Miss Bold Predictions For The 2020 NFL Season.

 

#1 Joe Burrow Breaks The Rookie Passing Touchdown Record Previously Set By Baker Mayfield

 

Coming into the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow was one of the most tantalizing NFL prospects in years and was deemed the most pro-ready quarterback since Andrew Luck, who broke the rookie passing record in 2012. After a year at LSU where Burrow shattered records and topped off his college campaign with a national championship Burrow was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that went 2-14 in the 2019-2020 NFL season. Don´t let that record fool you though because the Bengals are loaded with offensive talent. With one of the deepest wide receiver cores in the NFL composed of AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate, and Tee Higgins, Burrow will have plenty of stud receiving options. Yes, the Bengals defense is sub-par, but that just means more offensive possessions and throwing opportunities for Burrow and this high powered offense. Look for Burrow to throw 30 touchdowns in his rookie season and win rookie of the year. 

 

#2 The Pittsburgh Steelers Win The AFC North And Make a Deep Playoff Run

 

After an extremely disappointing 2019 NFL season plagued by injuries the Steelers still almost made the playoffs at 8-8. The Steelers defense made a massive step up last year after trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick and solidified itself as a top-three defense in the NFL. The offense was a different story after starting QB and future Hall of Famer, Ben Rothelisburgher went down with a serious arm injury. We cannot forget how talented this offense is, with studs across the board like Juju Smith-Schuster, James Conner, and even 2019 breakout rookie Diontae Johnson. Juju did disappoint in 2019 but a majority of that failure can be attributed to bad quarterback play and being moved out of the slot. Now in the upcoming season, Juju has Ben Rothelisburgher back and will be moved back into the slot which will bring him back to his 2018 form where he recorded over 1400 yards. Get ready for this Steelers team to roll through the 2020 NFL season. 

 

#3 The Kansas City Chiefs Go UNDEFEATED This Season And Win The Super Bowl

 

The Chiefs had an incredibly successful 2019 campaign going 12-4 and winning the Super Bowl I expect the Chiefs to blast through the NFL season going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl yet again in 2020. In a year where the NFL season will be under siege by COVID, teams must value continuity and the Chiefs brought back almost all twenty-two, Super Bowl-winning starters in 2020. This will give an edge to the Chiefs throughout the season. We all know about that explosive high scoring offense that the Chiefs have but what about the defense? Well through the last five games of the 2019 NFL season the Chiefs held opponents to just 9.6 points per game which would make the Chiefs a top 10 defense if that metric held through a sixteen game pace. Look for the Chiefs to be absolutely dominant in 2020. 

 

#4 The New York Giants Win Under Four Games

While I expect a good year from Saquan and Daniel Jones, I just don’t see it happening for this Giants team this year. For me, it’s mostly due to the schedule for the Giants which is absolutely brutal on paper. This Giants team does have a bright future with solid young pieces on both sides of the ball I really don´t think its enough to compete against most teams in the NFL. Take a look at the Giants schedule and tell me I’m wrong. I´d avoid betting on the Giants this year, look for them to set the tone Monday night where they play the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can already picture Daniel Jones, an already turnover-prone player, turning over the ball at least three times in this game. Keep in mind that last year the Steelers defense generated over two takeaways per game last year. 

 

#5 The Cleveland Browns Bounce Back Big Time

 

The Cleveland Browns…  A franchise in ruin for a large portion of the last decade. From the 0-18 season of 2017 to the colossal disappointment of 2019 the Browns have been a pain to watch for as long as we can remember. But in 2020 there’s hope for the Cleveland Browns! We cannot forget the elite talent that Baker Mayfield has showcased in every year he played football but 2019. A majority of the Brown´s 2019 failure can be blamed on the awful offensive line play. According to Pro Football Focus or ¨PFF¨ the Browns had the 23rd best offensive line in 2019. The Browns made clear efforts to fix this glaring issue by signing elite right tackle Jack Conklin and spending the 10th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.  Baker will still have top-tier talent to throw to with wide receivers Odell Beckham (who was injured all of last year and still finished with over 1,000 yards) and Jarvis Landry. Baker should have no problem balling out in 2020. 

The addition of Kevin Stefanski will be huge for this Browns team. Last year as offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings Stefanski lead the team to a 10-6 record and a good playoff run. Stefanski should be able to implement his run-heavy offensive scheme just fine with the personnel the Browns have. With running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt I could see this rushing attack being record-breaking in the 2020 NFL season. Which will lead to plenty of offensive success for this Browns team. All of these additions will add up to the Browns finishing with a 10-6  record and their first playoff appearance since 2002.

 

#6 Derrick Henry Runs For Under 1400 Yards

 

In 2020 Derrick Henry was absolutely dominant running the ball, rushing his way to over 1,500 yards and a deep playoff run. Now with an offensive line that lost Jack Conklin to free agency and others to injury, more competent quarterback play, and breakaway play regression I just can’t see Henry reaching that mark. Here are some running backs I think could run for over 1,400 barring injury: James Conner, Johnathan Taylor, Ezekiel Elliot, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs, Dalvin Cook, Saquan Barkley.  This is in no way disrespect to Henry or his talents as I think he’s easily a top two pure runner in the NFL, I think you just have to factor in the situation and pieces around Henry before you place your bets. Which is something I think everyone should do before betting on King Henry.

 

That rounds up my six bold predictions for the 2020 NFL season! Be sure to tune into the NFL this year as it’s sure to be exciting!