By Matt Noonan
Welcome to the official start date for the National Football League (NFL).
Are you ready for some football?
Whether or not, the season – yes, a new season of professional football – begins this evening with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs in what should be an intriguing matchup.
Yet, before the defending Super Bowl champions begin their quest for a second-straight title later today, allow me to share my predictions for the upcoming season, including who I think will celebrate a championship next February in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions
AFC East Champions: Buffalo Bills
AFC North Champions: Baltimore Ravens
AFC South Champions: Tennessee Titans
AFC West Champions: Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Wild Card Teams: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC Championship Prediction: Kansas City over Tennessee
NFC East Champions: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North Champions: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South Champions: New Orleans Saints
NFC West Champions: Seattle Seahawks
NFC Wild Card Teams: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC Championship Prediction: New Orleans over Tampa Bay
Super Bowl Prediction: Kansas City over New Orleans
Coach of the Year: Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans)
Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Offensive Rookie of the Year: CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Chase Young (Washington Football Team)
Comeback Player of the Year: Cam Newton (New England Patriots)