As we close to the tip of a tumultuous 2020, the impression this yr that COVID-19 has had on the world and sports activities is well-known. Within the NFL, COVID has not solely taken away enjoying time from gamers and postponed video games, it has additionally affected the followers in the best way of watching video games on tv. Each workforce has restricted attendance at video games both by slicing capability numbers down or not permitting followers contained in the stadiums in any respect.

On tv, in comparison with 2019, the viewership of video games is down 6% in 2020. That will sound minuscule however in actual numbers it’s massive. Monday Evening Soccer has taken the most important hit, down 30% from a yr in the past. Sunday Evening video games haven’t fared significantly better as that broadcast has taken a success of 23% fewer followers watching.

To their credit score, nonetheless, the NFL has had each sport performed so far and now in week 15, groups are battling for a wild card spot and the #1 seed in every league continues to be but to be decided. This season just one workforce will get a first-round bye and that will probably be that high seed. Let’s take a gander on the video games on the slate and the way I see them enjoying out.

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas: The Raiders’ greatest probability to make the post-season is to win out and hope some groups in entrance of them lose sufficient for Las Vegas to again into the playoffs. At 7-6, the Silver and Black have the Baltimore Ravens simply forward of them within the playoff image with yet one more win however each groups are chasing the ultimate wild card workforce, Miami who’s 8-5 as effectively. The Chargers have been fairly respectable on offense however the Raiders ought to be capable of rating on their protection. Prediction: Raiders 34 Chargers 24.

Buffalo at Denver: Recent off knocking off Pittsburgh, the Payments will attempt to inch nearer to unseating the New England Patriots as perennial winners of the AFC East. This might simply be a lure sport as a result of the Broncos don’t have anything to lose. I believe Buffalo is sweet sufficient of a workforce to not fall to the “enjoying all the way down to an opponent” curse. Prediction: Payments 30 Broncos 17.

Carolina at Inexperienced Bay: The Packers need that solely first-round bye. Internet hosting the Panthers who’re in final place of their division ought to support in inching nearer to that objective. Prediction: Packers 37 Panthers 13.

New England at Miami: Groups within the AFC East are actually having fun with beating up on the New England Patriots this season. Whether or not it’s the Dolphins or Payments who unseat New England for the division title, that truth will please all others besides after all Pats followers. Miami misplaced their season opener to New England so this can be a probability to get a little bit of revenge. Prediction: Dolphins 27 Patriots 17.

Chicago at Minnesota: Each of those groups are 6-7 and discover themselves only one sport out of the ultimate wild-card spot. Primarily, this can be a playoff sport and the loser most definitely will miss the 2020 post-season. The Vikings had been picked by many within the preseason to win their division. That received’t occur however a playoff spot nonetheless could. Prediction: Vikings 31 Bears 28.

Detroit at Tennessee: If the Titans wish to win the division they must end in a tie or a sport forward of the Indianapolis Colts. This needs to be a simple one to remain on monitor. Prediction: Titans 45 Lions 14.

Houston at Indianapolis: Identical because the Titans sport solely the Colts must get forward of Tennessee. This sport is harder for the Colts than the Titans will face in opposition to Detroit. However Indy ought to nonetheless prevail. Prediction: Colts 24 Texans 21.

Jacksonville at Baltimore: A return for Gardner Minshew will probably be met with a workforce in a must-win scenario. Not a great equation for a workforce that has misplaced 12 in a row. This will probably be ugly. Prediction: Ravens 48 Jaguars 9.

San Francisco at Dallas: Two groups which are on the skin trying in for the postseason. A variety of chatter was heard this week about Mike McCarthy’s future as the top coach in Dallas. Jerry Jones says his job is secure. This season isn’t. The Cowboys are talked about as being one in every of if not essentially the most disappointing workforce in 2020. Prediction: Cowboys 17 49ers 14.

Seattle at Washington: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have cooled off massive time. As soon as close to the highest of the heap in most energy rankings, now Seattle finds themselves in second place of their division however within the fifth slot within the playoff rankings. They will nonetheless win the division title relying on what the Rams do the remainder of the best way. These two groups meet subsequent week so that may most likely decide the division winner. Prediction: The Washington Soccer Workforce 27 Seahawks 24.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta: Whereas it seems that Tom Brady will get his new workforce into the postseason in his first season with the Bucs, solely a complete collapse would stop that. I consider they undergo a light setback on this one. Prediction: Falcons 28 Bucs 24.

New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams: The clock is ticking on the New York Jets with simply three extra alternatives to keep away from an 0-16 season, one thing that has solely been carried out twice earlier than (Lions and Browns). To get a victory in 2020 the Jets will both need to win this sport, beat the Browns at dwelling subsequent weekend, or go to New England on the ultimate day and hope for victory. The issue for New York is that when you’ve didn’t win a sport, no different workforce desires to be that workforce that misplaced to the winless squad. Prediction: Rams 41 Jets 6.

Philadelphia at Arizona: The Jalen Hurts present continues and everyone seems to be raving concerning the rookie quarterback who maybe ought to have been named starter way back. Perhaps if Eagles head coach Doug Pederson did that, Philadelphia could be in a greater place within the race to the playoffs. There may be most likely little probability of catching Washington for the division title, however a wild card spot isn’t out of the realm of issues. After all, Philly must win out to perform that. Video games forward after this one is with Dallas and Washington. In order that they have their work reduce out for them and now have to hope others in entrance of them lose. This one is being billed as “Murray vs. Hurts” two of essentially the most spectacular younger QBs going through off. Prediction: Eagles 34 Cardinals 31.

Kansas Metropolis at New Orleans: If Drew Brees returns for this one, he could also be gun shy given the seriousness of his rib accidents he’s recovering from. The Chiefs will get a defensive take a look at right here, however they simply appear to have some sort of magic on offense. Prediction: Chiefs 23 Saints 17.

Cleveland at New York Giants: The Browns are pushing for his or her first playoff spot in 18 years. If they will blow that probability it might imply dropping this sport and maybe one of many subsequent two in opposition to the Jets and Steelers. One thing is itching at me saying they play all the way down to the Giants on this one. Prediction: Giants 27 Browns 24.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: The Steelers LOVE Monday Evening Soccer. The truth is, since video games started being performed and nationally televised on this weekday in 1970, the Steelers have received 49 occasions which equals San Francisco’s whole and now they’ve the prospect to grow to be the winningest workforce on Monday evening with a victory right here. In 2007 when Mike Tomlin turned coach Pittsburgh has received 16 of 18 video games that had been performed on at the present time. The Steelers couldn’t ask for a greater alternative to cease the bleeding they’ve been experiencing over the past three weeks. This can be a gimme sport and there needs to be no cause that Pittsburgh doesn’t rating a knockout blow. In the event that they lose this one, they are going to solely have two extra possibilities to show they belong within the postseason. Prediction: Steelers 38 Bengals 16.

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