Bold Predictions for the 2020 NFL Season

Bold Predictions for the 2020 NFL Season

By Graham Tuck

April 2, 2020

Every year in the NFL, there are story lines that come out of nowhere.  Nobody thought that Lamar Jackson would have an MVP campaign, and even less people thought that the Titans would be making an AFC Championship Game run.  Here’s some story lines that I’m calling in the spring, so I can say I knew it would happen come winter.

Josh Jacobs and Sony Michel Will Lead The AFC In Rushing Yards

Starting things off strong, Jacobs was one of the premiere rookies in the league last year, and Michel hit a bit of a slump in his sophomore campaign.  While I personally believe that Kyler Murray robbed Josh Jacobs of the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, Jacobs is primed for a large 2nd year. Sony Michel thrived as a rookie and truly shone in the playoffs, and I attribute his down year to James Develin’s injury which put him on the injured reserve in September.  During the week 17 loss to Miami, linebacker Elandon Roberts played fullback in a couple of sets, allowing Michel to have one extra blocker and Sony showed flashes of why the Patriots took him in the first round two years ago. The Patriots signed Dan Vitale in the off-season, and if they get back to the I-formation, the Patriots running game will be strong in the absence of Tom Brady.  Jacobs on the other hand, is primed to shine once again as the Raiders did not bring in too much receiver help, and with the same workload his skill-set will bring joy to the new fans in Vegas.

The Detroit Lions Will Be Competitive

I know that this one is an absolute stunner following the abysmal season the Lions had in 2019, but hear me out.  Kenny Golladay is a pro-bowl talent, and Marvin Jones Jr. is no scrub. Matthew Stafford will be returning this season, and if you recall he nearly led the Lions to a win over the eventual champion Chiefs in week 4.  Bo Scarborough is an under the radar talent, but his power in the backfield is something the Lions haven’t had in a while, and anyone who watched his tape at Alabama knows what he is capable of. The defense still needs help, but the Lions have the talent to be a dark horse for that newly-implemented 7th seed in the NFC.

The Broncos Will Make The Playoffs Under Drew Lock

Though he didn’t have much time to prove himself, Lock certainly made a name for himself in the tail portion of last season.  With their strong running back committee of Royce Freeman, Phillip Lindsay, and Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton on the outside, and Noah Fant at the tight end position, their offense has no shortage of weapons.  Denver still has to play Kansas City twice a year, but the AFC is incredibly top heavy, and an extra playoff spot to contend for certainly doesn’t hurt their chances at gaining one of the wild card slots.

The Top Seed In The NFC Will Belong To The Dallas Cowboys

Getting rid of Jason Garrett was one of the smartest moves Jerry Jones has made in a long time.  The contract situations for Cooper, Elliott, and Prescott are now (mostly) resolved, and a healthy defense will work wonders for the Cowboys.  The group is finally poised for a year in which they can make the most of their talent, and I expect the ‘Boys to run rampant through the NFC en route to a first round bye.