Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites to win the Super Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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. 


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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 ColtsNew 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)


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Brady, Buccaneers Ready For Primetime

New York Giants v New England Patriots

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play five primetime games this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: ADAM GLANZMAN/GETTY)

By Brian Willwerth 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2020 schedule came out last night, and fans of the team should get ready to see them a lot in prime time.

Thank you, Tom Brady and company.

The Buccaneers will play a record five-night games this year – yes, that is a franchise record, for those keeping track at home. Of course, some games could be flexed in or out of certain time slots, but for now, Tampa Bay is scheduled to play five games under the lights: on the road against the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants, and home games against the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. All five of those games are over a span of seven weeks.

Oh, and we get Brady against Drew Brees in the season-opener in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2002 in the same building.

Without further delay, here’s the schedule.  Time to start planning some road trips to Florida, everyone!


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): Tampa Bay at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Six (Oct. 18, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): Tampa Bay at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 2, 2020): Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): Tampa Bay at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 23, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 13: Bye Week
  • Week 14 (Dec. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (TBD): Tampa Bay at Detroit Lions
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots Begin Their 2020 Campaign Against The Miami Dolphins

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New England Patriots logo. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriots.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The post-Tom Brady era will officially begin for the New England Patriots on Sunday, September 13 when they host the Miami Dolphins for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

Miami and New England last met in the opening week of the 2014 season when the Dolphins beat the Patriots, 33-20. New England would rebound the following week before eventually winning their fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Following their home-opener against the Dolphins, New England will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, September 20 for an 8:20 p.m. kick-off before closing out the first month of the 2020 season at home one week later against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Patriots will play three games in October, including a 4:25 p.m. contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. New England will then compete in five games in November, including three road games against the Buffalo BillsHouston Texans, and New York Jets before playing four times in December.

New England’s final two contests will be home games against the Bills and Jets. Their final regular-season game against New York will be played on Sunday, January 3 with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Prior to their initial contest of the 2020 season, the Patriots will play back-to-back preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers before hitting the road to compete against the Philadelphia Eagles (week three) and New York Giants (week four).

The 2020 schedule will certainly be a challenging one for New England, which is scheduled to compete against six teams that competed in last season’s postseason, as well as the two teams that squared-off in Super Bowl LIV.


New England Patriots 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): New England vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): New England at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): New England vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): New England at Kansas City Cheifs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 11, 2020): New England vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
  • Week Six: Bye
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): New England vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 1, 2020): New England at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 9, 2020): New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): New England vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 22, 2020): New England at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): New England vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 (Dec. 6, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 14  (Dec. 10, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): New England at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (Dec. 28, 2020): New England vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): New England vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.