With the dawn of the NFL season nearing closer and closer, let’s take a look a 10 predictions about the year guaranteed to come true.
The 2020 NFL Season is scheduled to kickoff on Thursday, September 10th when the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.
No one is quite sure what the season will bring in any normal year, but the coronavirus pandemic has ensured that this is no normal year. Already the NFL has agreed to cancel the entire preseason, teams will be operating with different roster sizes and parameters, and the entire offseason schedule has been thrown in disarray.
What else is to come is anyone’s guess. But, what we do know is that with a new season, comes a new set of predictions for what will happen. Here, we have ten guarantees for the 2020 NFL Season.
10. An NFL team will lose a game due to starters missing because of COVID19
This may be the easiest of all of the predictions that one could make about the 2020 season. It seems obvious that the NFL will utilize similar protocols to the MLB and NBA when it comes to players missing time after testing positive for COVID19. In those leagues, and presumptively in the NFL, a player who tests positive will have to be in quarantine for 14 days, and then test negative twice before returning to action.
In the NFL, this means that on average players will miss two games for each positive test, and it seems inevitable that superstar players will be amongst those who do come down with the virus. When that happens, teams are going to lose big games as a result, and maybe several.
What this means for the season is that we should expect major upsets to occur as teams struggle to adapt without some of their key players. Besides putting a major wrench in many bettors’ gambling seasons, it is also likely to impact the playoff picture at the season’s end.
So, what do we know about the 2020 NFL Season? Expect the unexpected.