2020 NFL Preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NFL kicked off on Thursday night. At one point this year, it looked like there would not be a season.

The sports world came to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the NFL insisted that their season would be played.

Football Stadium
Football Stadium (Photo by Unsplash)

And as the months went on, teams began to prepare for the upcoming season. Several players and coaches had the coronavirus.

Yet, nothing stopped the NFL. While some leagues have said that they would postpone their seasons, the football season started on time.

The Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions, defeated the Houston Texans in the first game of the season. The Chiefs won their 10th straight game, as they defeated the Texans.

Today, the league will hold its first full slate of games despite the coronavirus concerns. Like the NFL has done for years, the league will also have two Monday Night Football games.

It’s going to be an odd sight for some players, who ended their long ties with their former teams in the off-season. Tom Brady, the legendary quarterback, who spent more than two decades with the New England Patriots, has a new home.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady has been replaced by Cam Newton, who will lead the New England Patriots on a one-year deal, after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

The Brady and Newton were two of numerous moves by teams throughout the league. Each team made moves in hopes of winning Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida in February 2021.

The biggest trade of the off-season sent DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. In exchange, the Houston Texans took on David Johnson. There were draft picks involved in the deal, as well.

This deal stunned the NFL, as Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the league. And he was traded for a guy, who has been injury prone, who has had only one good season in his career.

The Washington Redskins are no longer a team in the league. Owner Daniel Snyder was looking at millions in losses due to sponsorships, who insisted that the Redskins name was bad.

Snyder was forced into a corner. After years of saying he’ll never change the name, the team will be known as the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season, before a new name is announced for the 2021 season.

We also had a team relocation in the off-season. The Raiders no longer call Oakland, California home. Now, the team is called the Las Vegas Raiders.

They will play at the newly built Allegiant Stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers have a new home at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Sports Betting Dime’s point spreads for week 1 are already live.

Sunday’s Schedule:

  • Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots @ 1 pm EST

Miami leads the all-time series 56-53. The Dolphins also won the last game in the series 27-24 on Dec. 29, 2019.

  • Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens @ 1 pm EST

Baltimore leads the all-time series 31-11. The Ravens won the last game in the series 31-15 on Dec. 22, 2019.

  • New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills @ 1 pm EST

New York leads the all-time series 63-56. New York won the last meeting in the series 13-6 on Dec. 29, 2019.

  • Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers @ 1 pm EST

The All-time series is tied at 3-3. Raiders defeated the Panthers, 35-32, in the last meeting on Nov. 27, 2016.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons @ 1 pm EST

Seattle leads the all-time series 11-8. The Seahawks defeated Atlanta, 27-20, in the last game in the series on Oct. 27, 2019.

  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team @ 1 pm EST

Washington leads the all-time series 86-79-5. Philadelphia won the last meeting in the series, 37-27, on Dec. 15, 2019.

  • Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions @ 1 pm EST

Chicago leads the all-time series 101-74-5. The Bears won the last game in the series, 24-20, on Nov. 28, 2019.

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars @ 1 pm EST

Indianapolis leads the all-time series 24-14. Jacksonville won the last game in the series, 38-20, on Dec. 29, 2019.

  • Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings @ 1 pm EST

Green Bay leads the all-time series 62-54-3. The Packers won the last meeting in the series, 23-10, on Dec. 23, 2019.

  • Las Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ 4:05 pm EST

Los Angeles leads the all-time series 21-15. The Chargers won the last game in the series, 26-21, on Dec. 9, 2018.

  • Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers @ 4:25 pm EST

San Francisco leads the all-time series 31-26. The 49ers won the last game in the series, 36-26, on Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints @ 4:25 pm EST

New Orleans leads the all-time series 35-21. The Saints won the last game in the series, 34-17, on Nov. 17, 2019.

  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams @ 8:20 pm EST

Dallas leads the all-time series 18-17. The Cowboys won the last meeting, 44-21, in the series on Dec. 15, 2019.

Monday Night Football’s schedule:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants @ 7 pm EST

New York leads the all-time series 44-30-3. Pittsburgh won the last game in the series, 24-14, on Dec. 4, 2016.

  • Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos @ 10:30 pm EST

Titans leads the all-time series 23-18-1. Denver won the last meeting in the series, 16-0, on Oct. 13, 2019.

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