When the whole coronavirus thing erupted early in 2020, the NFL was determined to push forward and play its entire 2020 NFL season.While it has been a challenge at times, the league has played all of its games heading into the final week of the regular season.
While the virus has had some effect on the 2020 NFL season, it is not the biggest storyline of the season. In fact, there has been plenty of news that trumps COVID-19 in 2020. Here’s a look.
Brady to Tampa
In the biggest move of the offseason, QB Tom Brady left New England after 20 years and headed to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers became an almost instant favorite to at least make the playoffs.
By October, Brady had the Bucs at 5-2 and the team was listed at -320 to qualify for the NFC playoffs. Fast forward and Tampa Bay is 10-5 and has already clinched a postseason berth.
Brady has thrown for 4,234 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Bucs have the third-best passing offense in the NFL, but that’s not the only story in Tampa. The defense is No. 1 against the run and seventh in points allowed per game (21.9).
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In July in response to a number of social injustices, Washington decided to drop the “Redskins” nickname. Pressure came from a number of team sponsors. The franchise decided to use the moniker “Football Team” for the 2020 NFL season after which a permanent name is to be selected.
The NFC Least
When it is all said and done after Week 17, the NFC East champion will have won the division with a sub-.500 record. Whoever wins will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks and the 2014 Carolina Panthers as the only teams to earn a playoff berth with a losing record in a 16-game season.
Somehow, after the first nine weeks of the 2020 season, the three teams contending for the title – Washington, Dallas, and the New York Giants – were all 2-7. That will earn the winner another distinction as the team with the worst record after nine games to make the postseason.
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The 2020 NFL Season – Three & Out
After starting 0-4, Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was sent packing becoming the first of three in-season NFL head coach firings. Next up was Atlanta’s Dan Quinn. The Falcons started 0-5 after giving up an average of over 32 points a game.
Detroit’s Matt Patricia was the third to go on November 28. In two-plus seasons with the Lions, Patricia managed just 13 wins. His final record was 13-29-1, zero trips to the playoffs, and the distinction of earning last place in the NFC North in both seasons.
Chiefs Remain Favorite
Reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City remains the favorite to win a second straight Super Bowl. The Chiefs are listed at +180.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes once again leads one of the more exciting offenses in the NFL. The favorite in the NFC is Green Bay, which is given +525 odds to win the Super Bowl.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has surpassed Mahomes as the favorite to win the league MVP. Rodgers has thrown for 4,059 yards and 44 touchdowns. He is a -400 favorite to win his third NFL MVP. Mahomes is now listed at +350.
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