2020 NFL predictions: Who will win Super Bowl LV, major awards, and more?



The first game of the 2020 campaign is on its way, so theScore’s NFL staff is kicking things off with playoff, Super Bowl, and awards predictions for this season.

AFC

EAST NORTH SOUTH WEST WC WC WC
Alessandrini BUF PIT IND KC BAL TEN LV
Browne NE BAL IND KC PIT HOU BUF
Chippin BUF BAL IND KC PIT HOU NE
McClymont BUF BAL HOU KC PIT CLE TEN
Miari BUF BAL IND KC HOU NE PIT
Valente BUF BAL IND KC PIT HOU NE
Washington NE BAL IND KC CLE PIT LAC
Wilkins NE BAL TEN KC PIT CLE BUF
Woods BUF PIT IND KC BAL NE TEN

The addition of Philip Rivers gives us plenty of hope that the Indianapolis Colts can win their first division title since 2014. The Buffalo Bills are also trying to return to the top of the division and kick off the season as our favorites in the AFC East.

NFC

EAST NORTH SOUTH WEST WC WC WC
Alessandrini DAL MIN TB SEA NO GB ARI
Browne PHI MIN TB SF SEA DAL ATL
Chippin DAL MIN NO SEA TB GB ATL
McClymont PHI GB NO SF TB DAL ARI
Miari DAL GB NO SEA TB MIN PHI
Valente DAL MIN NO SF TB SEA ARI
Washington DAL GB NO SF TB MIN SEA
Wilkins DAL MIN NO SEA TB SF ATL
Woods DAL GB NO SEA SF TB MIN

The star-studded Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to end the franchise’s playoff drought, but they’re not yet the favorites over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. We’re also looking for the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons to bounce back from 5-10-1 and 7-9 seasons, respectively.

AFC Championship Game

PREDICTION
Alessandrini Ravens vs. Steelers
Browne Chiefs vs. Patriots
Chippin Chiefs vs. Ravens
McClymont Chiefs vs. Ravens
Miari Chiefs vs. Steelers
Valente Chiefs vs. Ravens
Washington Chiefs vs. Ravens
Wilkins Chiefs vs. Steelers
Woods Chiefs vs. Steelers

All but one picked the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to return to the conference title game. It’s widely expected their opponent will be one of two AFC North powerhouses.

NFC Championship Game

PREDICTION
Alessandrini Seahawks vs. Buccaneers
Browne Cowboys vs. 49ers
Chippin Saints vs. Seahawks
McClymont Buccaneers vs. Saints
Miari Saints vs. Packers
Valente Saints vs. Cowboys
Washington Saints vs. 49ers
Wilkins Cowboys vs. Saints
Woods Cowboys vs. Saints

As was the case with the AFC, there’s a clear favorite to make it to the NFC Championship Game. However, there’s a ton of variety when it comes to who we believe the Saints will face, as the conference is shaping up to be a slugfest.

Super Bowl LV

PREDICTION
Alessandrini Ravens def. Seahawks
Browne Cowboys def. Chiefs
Chippin Chiefs def. Saints
McClymont Chiefs def. Saints
Miari Saints def. Chiefs
Valente Chiefs def. Cowboys
Washington Chiefs def. Saints
Wilkins Cowboys def. Steelers
Woods Chiefs def. Saints

Unsurprisingly, five out of nine editors have the Chiefs hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again. The bigger shock may be the team that received the second-most votes to win Super Bowl LV: the Dallas Cowboys.

Rookies of the Year

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE
Alessandrini Jerry Jeudy Isaiah Simmons
Browne Joe Burrow Chase Young
Chippin Jerry Jeudy Chase Young
McClymont Clyde Edwards-Helaire Jeff Okudah
Miari Jonathan Taylor Chase Young
Valente Joe Burrow Chase Young
Washington Clyde Edwards-Helaire Chase Young
Wilkins Joe Burrow Patrick Queen
Woods Clyde Edwards-Helaire Chase Young

There’s an obvious favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year, but voters are split on the offensive side of the ball, with Edwards-Helaire, Burrow, and Jeudy each picked more than once.

Players of the Year

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE COMEBACK
Alessandrini Lamar Jackson Nick Bosa Ben Roethlisberger
Browne Julio Jones Darius Leonard Cam Newton
Chippin Christian McCaffrey Myles Garrett Ben Roethlisberger
McClymont Tom Brady Nick Bosa Alex Smith
Miari Ezekiel Elliott T.J. Watt Cam Newton
Valente Deshaun Watson T.J. Watt Ben Roethlisberger
Washington Saquon Barkley Nick Bosa Matthew Stafford
Wilkins Patrick Mahomes Myles Garrett Cam Newton
Woods Patrick Mahomes Myles Garrett Ben Roethlisberger

Bosa is the slight favorite to take home Defensive Player of the Year honors after an impressive rookie campaign, while Mahomes is the most popular pick to win the offensive award for the second time in three years.

Meanwhile, a quartet of quarterbacks highlight our Comeback Player of the Year choices, with Roethlisberger and Newton standing out as the favorites.

Coach of the Year

PREDICTION
Alessandrini Sean McDermott
Browne Bill Belichick
Chippin Bruce Arians
McClymont Kliff Kingsbury
Miari Sean Payton
Valente Mike McCarthy
Washington Bruce Arians
Wilkins Mike McCarthy
Woods Mike McCarthy

Our high expectations for the Cowboys are reflected here, as new head coach McCarthy is the favorite to capture his first career Coach of the Year award.

MVP

PREDICTION
Alessandrini Kyler Murray
Browne Dak Prescott
Chippin Russell Wilson
McClymont Kyler Murray
Miari Aaron Rodgers
Valente Patrick Mahomes
Washington Patrick Mahomes
Wilkins Dak Prescott
Woods Patrick Mahomes

The MVP conversation is a bit more muddied than one might expect, with three quarterbacks receiving more than one vote and two more also getting a nod. Surprisingly, reigning MVP Lamar Jackson wasn’t among those picked.



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