2020 NFL Schedule Release: Match-ups to Watch and Way Too Early Playoff Predictions

The 2020-2021 NFL schedule was released on May 7th. When I first took a look at the schedule, several intriguing matchups caught my eye. The NFL and their players’ association made a change to the current playoff system with the addition of one more team, meaning that 14 teams with 7 teams from each conference make the postseason. There are a lot of games that could end up deciding playoff spots or seedings. Here my most intriguing matchups and my playoff predictions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, both matchups: Since these two teams are in the same division, meet twice a year, and have as good a chance as any team in the NFC to make the Super Bowl, and feature two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, both of their matchups are must-see tv as both of these game will go a long way into who wins the NFC’s South Division.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, Wk. 16: These two teams are also in the same division, but I chose the week 16 matchup because this game will more than likely decide the NFC Eastern Division champion. Because this game could be an important one in the future, it’s a must-watch game.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Wk. 12: There is a trend in this list, and it involves division rivals, and this game is no different. The Steelers will be much improved this year because they return quarterback Ben Rothlesberger from an elbow injury. The Steelers will be in playoff contention, and winning a game against their rival should help them in the long run. 

Revenge games: There are several revenge games that take place this year. There’s the rematch of last year’s NFC Championship with the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens play week 3 on Monday night. The New Orleans Saints play the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last year’s wild-card game. Keep a lookout for those games in particular. 

2020 NFL Playoff Predictions

NFC

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. Dallas Cowboys
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. Seattle Seahawks
  7. Green Bay Packers

AFC

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. Tennessee Titans
  4. Buffalo Bills
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Indianapolis Colts 
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers