NFL 2020 Futures Preview
It doesn’t matter if your team sucks, your fantasy team sucks, and your backup fantasy team sucks, the easiest way to keep the NFL season exciting is to bet some futures.
The wrinkle this year…well we can’t just pick one! There will be two additional teams in the playoffs, three wildcard teams in each conference, little to no home field advantage, and the possibility of the season being shut down at any moment. Even writing that seems impossible, but hey, look at the NBA. Ohhhh, and no preseason games, very short training camps, teams only meeting via Zoom, and nearly 1/6th of the teams have a new head coach…a lot of unknown
All of this adds up to a potentially wild season to date! Buckle up as we try to navigate this season and pick divisional winners, NFC and AFC winners, and crown the champs.
Last Year’s winner: Patriots
|New England Patriots||+180||9/5|
|New York Jets||+1000||10/1|
The Pick: Patriots +180
Reason: This is strictly a value pick. Far too often people bet against Belichick only to be proven wrong. If Cam Newton can be 80% of where he was his MVP season, this Patriots offense could cause a lot of issues for defenses. You know that the Patriots will find a creative way to take advantage of Cam’s athleticism.
Between trades, free agency and opt-outs, they lost a lot on defense, but still have an outstanding secondary that will set the tone for the D.
I just don’t have the same faith in the Bills. Yes, they have a good D. Yes, they got Stefon Diggs, but I think Josh Allen is just as likely to take a step forward as he is backwards. Give me a reason to bet on you before I start.
Last Year’s Winner: Chiefs
|Kansas City Chiefs||-400||1/4|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+700||7/1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+1200||12/1|
The Pick: Chiefs
Reason: The Chiefs looked primed to run it back. 20/22 starters returning. Mahomes is the best QB in the league. And who will beat them? Half the QBs in this division are 1st or 2nd year players, and the other one is Derek Carr. This might be the easiest Division to pick.
Last Year’s Winner: Ravens
The Pick: Ravens
Reason: The Ravens and Steelers have 2 of the easiest strengths of schedules in the NFL. I like the Steelers to make the playoffs, and they have an outside chance of winning the division, but the only thing that can stop Lamar Jackson is an injury. I look for them to comeback with a vengeance after last year’s playoff loss. Getting rid of Earl Thomas also helps.
Last Year’s Winner: Texans
The Pick: The Colts
Reason: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Colts this year. The Colts started the year 5-2 behind Jacoby Brissett. This year Phillip Rivers comes in and gives them a legitimate chance late in games where they lost 6 games by one score last year. Even winning half of those games puts them in a great position to win this division. They also might have the best O-line in football.
Last Year’s not loser: Eagles
|New York Giants||+1200||12/1|
|Washington Football Team||+2000||20/1|
The Pick: Cowboys
The Reason: This division sucked last year. No team wanted to win it, and no team made a significant FA acquisition. However, off the field, the Cowboys added a SB winning coach. They have tremendous talent on the field, which hopefully now can be maximized. I love QB’s in a contract dispute who are willing to go out there and prove their worth. Expect a lot out of this team after last year’s let down. Don’t write out Danny Dimes, Saquon and Joe Judge… but safer bet is the Cowboys.
Last Year’s Winner: 49ers
|San Francisco 49ers||-110||10/11|
|Los Angeles Rams||+600||6/1|
The Pick: Rams
The Reason: This is the best division in football, and I think any team can win it. I am least bullish on the 49ers because I believe in the SB hangover, and don’t think this team can come back from that, and compete in this division and win it again. Rams are in win now mode, and have a very short window.
With that said, if you want some great long odds, the Cardinals are looking like a snack this year, and could be the surprise team in the NFL.
Last Year’s Winner: Packers
|Green Bay Packers||+200||2/1|
The Pick: Lions
The Reason: I like to be hurt? Every year I think the Lions have what it takes. Good weapons at WR, bringing in a new RB, defense looks like it could take the next step forward, but nothing seems to change. I think this could be Stafford’s last year to make a push, and I have no faith in the rest of the division.
Aaron Rodgers’ delicate ego got hurt during the draft. Vikings lost Diggs, and Cousins is serviceable at best, meanwhile the Bears are praying that Mitch takes a massive step forward.
Last Year’s Winner: Saints
|New Orleans Saints||-140||5/7|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+160||8/5|
The Pick: Falcons
The Reason: Side note, going through this I realize how much more fun the NFC is going to be this year.
The Falcons went 6-2 during the last 8 games of the season and really found their groove and throw in Todd Gurley. Drew Brees is one of my candidates for old QBs to regress, and this is also a tough division with the Bucc’s being legit contenders. This is again more of a value pick, but if the Falcons continue to play well, and a few things break in their favor, they could win this division.
Last Year: 49ers
|ODDS TO WIN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1/24/21)|
The Winner: Cowboys
The Reason: The Cowboys have a ton of offensive firepower, and a defense that can get into the top 10 this year. Dak is in prove it mode, and CeeDee Lamb could come in and be the best WR on that team. They have an easy division so could get a 1st round bye as well, and position themselves nicely for a playoff run.
Look for the Seahawks and the Rams to possibly win this conference as well.
Last Year’s Winner: Chiefs
|ODDS TO WIN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1/24/21)|
The Pick: Chiefs
The Reason: They are going to run it back. I don’t see anything stopping this team or Mahomes. They have a great defense, and a juggernaut of an offense.
The Super Bowl:
- Chiefs: +450
- Ravens: +550
- 49ers: +1000
- Saints: +1200
- Seahawks: +1200
- Cowboys: +1200
- Buccaneers: +1200
- Steelers: +2500
- Eagles: +2500
- Colts: +2500
I know it’s lame, but I have to go Chiefs. I really don’t see anything stopping them. Seahawks, Cowboys, and Bucs at +1200 are nice values as well.