2020 Detroit Lions Odds and Betting Preview

By: Faux John Madden (Special to OddsUSA.com) 

Detroit Lions 2020 Team Preview 

You may think that your favorite football team has moments of befuddling stupidity and glorious ineptitude, but the Detroit Lions have perfected their feats of futility over the last several decades. 

Quite frankly, no one has been able to consistently leave their fan base this disappointed year in and year out (well aside from EA Sports anyway).    

Since 1957 the Detroit Lions have won a total of one playoff game. 

By comparison, the Michigan Panthers from the USFL, in existence for all of two seasons have two playoff wins including the 1983 USFL Championship

The Lions are known for how they manage to completely drain the soul out of the elite talent that manages to have their careers come to die in the Motor City. 

Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson decided not playing was a much better option than suiting up one more day in the Lions HONOLULU Blue motif.  

Rob Gronkowski was merely rumored to be heading there in a trade a few seasons ago, and that was enough for him to threaten to quit too. 

Essentially, the Lions are too pathetic of an organization to even be considered tragic. 

Currently the Lions find themselves in this awkward transitional phase where the team is trying to become “Patriots North” under the guide of former Belichick disciple Matt Patricia, however the Lions are like when Carlton Banks tried to be Chris Paul when you compare them to the Patriots. 

We’re not saying Matt Patricia can’t turn the franchise around, but if they’re going to start having success like the Patriots, it might be a bad omen to have a coach that has a pencil behind his ear to write on a *checks notes* laminated play sheet.  

Lions 2019 Season Review

With 3:38 left in the 2nd quarter of their season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals, the Lions took a 17-0 lead on the road and looked to be well on their way towards opening the season with an uncharacteristically road win.  

One could even argue that the Lions 2019 season pretty much peaked at this moment.  

After building the 17-point lead, the Lions would go on to be outscored 27-10 the rest of the way and the Lions would open 2019 with a 27-27 tie. 

The Lions would go 3-12 the rest of the way, with Matthew Stafford missing the bulk of the season thanks to a back injury suffered from carrying this entire franchise since he was drafted.  

(At least that’s the unofficial word I got from ProFootballDoc.)  

Stafford’s injury seemingly bought Patricia and GM Bob Quinn one more year to try to turn this thing around, as the franchise decided to not make any personnel changes heading into the 2020 season. 

But the 2019 season was miserable without him.  The Lions would have 11 different quarterbacks on the roster at some point a year ago, with undrafted rookie third-stringer David Blough getting the start in five games.  

Injuries also ravaged the Lions skill positions, with talented running back Kerryon Johnson and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. each spending time on the teams IR list a year ago.   

In typical Lions fashion, there was the Lions seemingly never-ending quest to find a George Kittle like tight end to add to the roster.  After whiffing severely on Eric Ebron a few years ago, the Lions were back for more in 2019.  

Despite glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball, the Lions would defy rationality as only they can and selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the 8th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

The Lions would also give Steelers free-agent TE Jesse James a four-year contract worth $22.6 million, and witnessed James put up 142 yards in 16 games. 

Hockenson did show signs of brilliance, but for the 8th pick in the draft you would hope to get more than 367 yards and two touchdowns out of it.  

For all their woes throughout the roster, Lions receiver Kenny Golladay offers the team a rare bright spot.  Golladay was once again terrific, even with Stafford out of the lineup, as he led the NFL a season ago with 11 touchdown catches and posted his second-straight 1,000-yard season.  

You Thought the Lions’ Offense Was Offensive, Well… the Defense…

Defensively, the Lions were nothing short of dreadful in 2019. 

The Lions allowed an eye-popping 6,406 yards last season, narrowly missing the 2008 franchise record for most yards given up in a season. 

The uh… 2008 Lions happened to go 0-16 by the way. 

The Lions finished 26th in scoring defense, 29th in sacks and only had seven interceptions all season — good for dead last in the league.  

Detroit would rip the wound open even further right before the trade deadline when it would trade standout safety Quandre Diggs to Seattle for the change under Pete Carroll’s recliner cushion, and after trading for, and giving a one-year extension to Damon Harrison in 2018, Harrison’s relationship with the Lions would quickly sour leading the team to letting him go following the end of the season.  

Basically, if you want to know how the Lions 2019 season went, even when the team was doing good things and on their way to victory (like they were in a MNF showdown against Green Bay), the football gods could not let Detroit have any modicum of happiness.  

2020 Detroit Lions Roster Recap

Poor Souls That Are So Desperate to Play Football They Signed in Detroit 

CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons) 
S Jayron Kearse (Vikings) 
DT Danny Shelton (Patriots) 
QB Chase Daniel (Bears) 
DT Nick Williams (Bears) 
LB Jamie Collins Sr. (Patriots) 
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles) 
CB Tony McRae (Bengals) 
LB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs) 
WR Geronimo Allison (Packers; COVID-19 opt-out) 
 
Escaped the Lions Without Needing to Retire Like Barry 

G Graham Glasgow (Broncos) 
QB Jeff Driskel (Broncos) 
RB J.D. McKissic (Washington) 
DT A’Shawn Robinson (Rams) 
TE Logan Thomas (Washington) 
CB Rashaan Melvin (Jaguars) 
P Sam Martin (Broncos) 
DT Mike Daniels (Free Agent) 
WR Jermaine Kearse (Free Agent) 

Lions 2020 Offensive Preview 

The Lions certainly have nowhere to go but up on both sides of the football, but their offense is a little further along than the defense as we head into the new season. 

Most importantly for Detroit, they will be getting QB Matthew Stafford back from injury in 2020. 

The best quarterback in team history (which may not say a great deal) returns to a Lions offense with some nice weapons around him.  Kerryon Johnson will entire his third season with the Lions and hopes to have a healthy campaign after missing most of the 2019 season with a knee injury.  

In the event Johnson can’t hold up, the Lions brought on some insurance by way of drafting Georgia standout runner D’Andre Swift and they also brought back Bo Scarbrough, who played well before also finishing the season on the injured list.  

In the passing game, Stafford again figures to rely heavily on the aforementioned Kenny Golladay.  He will also have the services of veterans Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones Jr. 

At tight end, the Lions again hope 2019 1st round pick T.J. Hockenson can develop into an elite threat in the passing game, they’ll also hope Jesse James does anything to merit paying him the salary they are paying him. 

The offensive line got a jolt when the team added right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai in free agency with a five-year, $50 million contract.  Left tackle Taylor Decker is coming up on his contract season as well.  The team also added a pair of run-blocking maulers in the draft to compete for spots on the offensive line with the selections of Jonah Jackson (Ohio State) and Logan Stenberg (Kentucky). 

Realistically speaking though, the offense lives and dies with their quarterback.  If Matthew Stafford has to miss time due to injury again, new backup Chase Daniel will likely not be enough to keep this ship afloat.   

Detroit Lions 2020 Defensive Preview

The Lions knew they had to improve the tire-fire of a defense they were rostering, and used the 2020 offseason to try to make some upgrades. 

With the Lions 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Matt Patricia selected Ohio State shutdown cornerback Jeffrey Okudah.  The Lions also signed former Falcons top corner Desmond Trufant in free-agency, and traded the sensational Darius Slay to Philadelphia for draft compensation. 

The Lions are particularly high on their retooled secondary, and believe they have a budding star in the making in safety Tracy Walker.  To play alongside Walker, Patricia once again tapped into his carnal desire to make the Lions the Patriots by signing Pats cast-off Duron Harmon.  

The Foxboro-to-Detroit pipeline continued with the additions of Danny Shelton and Jamie Collins Sr.  In total, Patricia will have five former Patriots playing on the Lions defensive unit.  

Detroit Lions Betting Outlook and Prediction

Is there ever really a reason to project happiness to come from a Detroit Lions season?  Matthew Stafford’s career has essentially been ruined by this organization, much in the same manner they have ruined many other promising careers before his.  Now the quarterback has an ungodly cap figure, preventing the team from full-on rebuilding until they can get in a place to find a new quarterback for the future. 

While the team has some bright spots littered about the roster with Kenny Golladay, Kerryon Johnson and Jeff Okudah, this franchise needs a major overhaul from the top down.   

Look for the Lions to once again do Lions things, and for Matt Patricia to probably be back on the job market before too long.  But at least they’ll be in the thick of the Trevor Lawrence/Justin Fields race with another high draft pick heading into 2021.  

Projected Lions 2020 Finish: 4-12, 4th Place NFC North 

Lions 2020 Betting Preview 

In regards to the Lions, we particularly like these futures: 

  • Detroit Lions to finish in 4th Place NFC North  (+115) at DraftKings Sportsbook 
    This is a trick right?  We know Mitchell Trubisky is in this division still, but plus-money on the Lions to finish in last-place in this division could very well be an early Christmas present of sorts. Give me this any day of the week. 
     
  • Detroit Lions UNDER 6.5 wins — (+118) at DraftKings Sportsbook 
    The NFC North was very fortunate in that they drew the AFC and NFC South with their out-of-division games this season.  We say this sarcastically, because now the Lions not only face six matchups against the Packers, Vikings and Bears, but they also get to square off against the likes of New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Houston and Indianapolis too!  Finding 7 wins on this schedule is a daunting task, and you’re getting plus-money on this.  We’re hammering the Lions under 6.5 win total out of mere principle.  
  • Jeff Okudah to win DROY — (+1600) at DraftKings Sportsbook 
    We love the value here on the 3rd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to claim the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.  We’re not naïve and understand that Okudah’s college teammate Chase Young will get a lot of the attention in regards to this award, but Okudah is no slouch either.  You have to figure that the Lions defense is going to see a lot of balls thrown at their secondary, giving Okudah a chance to produce the stats necessary to contend for this award.  Additionally, two corners have brought home the award in the last five seasons, the last being fellow Buckeyes alum and current Saints CB Marshon Lattimore.  
     
  • D’Andre Swift to win OROY — (+1600) at DraftKings Sportsbook 
    If you’re a Lions fan you need something to root for right?  Why not take a stab at one of the better rookie running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award?  There are a few names ahead of Swift on the board right now, namely Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tua Tagovailoa, but running backs have won this award three out of the past five seasons.  Like Okudah before him, the value on Swift alone is worth the play.

NFL Over Under Wins: NFC South Over Under Wins

By: Field Level Media 

Atlanta Falcons Over Under Wins: 

The NFC South isn’t a breeze, and plenty of tests dot the Atlanta slate start to finish. Going to Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota is a steep climb in nonconference play without considering the new and intense challenge of visiting Tampa Bay. Hitting .500 looks like a home run here. 

Atlanta Falcons 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 5 at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) 

Oct. 11 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 

BYE 

Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 6 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 13 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. 

Dec. 20 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Falcons wins: 7.5 

FLM projects: 7 wins 

Upset watch: It’s been a few moons since head coach Dan Quinn helped Pete Carroll build a Super Bowl defense in Seattle, and he knows where the weak spots are in Russell Wilson’s game. Seattle built a 24-0 lead at halftime when these teams met Week 8 last year, but the game finished as a one-possession result. 

Longshot wager: If the wheels come off for the Falcons — the schedule is rough, and an injury to Matt Ryan could spell doom, for example — PointsBet has installed Atlanta as a +3000 shot (11th-best odds) for the NFL’s worst record. Stranger things have happened. 

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Carolina Panthers Over Under Wins

The turnaround in Carolina could be more expeditious than national pundits are projecting, but 2020 isn’t going to bring a playoff aroma to the Panthers. Teddy Bridgewater helps stabilize an offense with an MVP candidate — Christian McCaffrey — front and center. First-year head coach Matt Rhule did everything possible to address his defense by investing each of the team’s draft picks on that side of the ball. The Panthers still don’t stack up from a talent and overall playmaking standpoint. 

Carolina Panthers 2020 schedule (all times ET) 

Sept. 13 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Oct. 4 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 11 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 22 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 

BYE 

Dec. 13 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 

Week 15 at Green Bay Packers, TBD 

Dec. 27 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 5-11 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Panthers wins: 5.5 

FLM projects: 5 wins 

Upset watch: Close games could be the calling card of this team. They rank 18th in strength of schedule. We like their chances to tip the Chicago Bears because of what appears to be an offense without star power, but within the division, the New Orleans Saints are at risk in this matchup. Carolina typically keeps it close against New Orleans and fell just shy — 34-31 — of the upset last November. 

Longshot wager: McCaffrey is +4500 to win the NFL MVP award, and we get that he won’t likely win if the Panthers aren’t putting up Ws. But consider he will be in the running if he gets near 2,750 total yards and 25 touchdowns on a mediocre team. He posted 2,392-19 last season. 

New Orleans Saints Over Under Wins

NFC South division champs for three years running, the Saints still have the muscle to dominate, and the defense could be a tick better. Insurance behind Drew Brees now includes Jameis Winston, and running back Alvin Kamara is primed for a big year for a team that again made a stable offensive line a top priority. Drawing the Chiefs, Packers and 49ers at home is a huge advantage for New Orleans. 

New Orleans Saints 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sept. 21 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Sept. 27 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Oct. 4 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

BYE 

Oct. 25 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 1 at Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 6 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 25 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Jan. 3 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 13-3 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Saints wins: 10.5 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: Taking the show on the road has always been a variable for this offense. Going to Denver and Chicago could set the Saints up for tight games — if not losses — but even with Brees out, the Saints were 11-6-0 in 2019 against the spread. 

Longshot wager: The Saints have the fourth-best odds to finish the 2020 season undefeated. That’s probably not happening, but at 150-1, you can find worse ways to spend your wild-card cash. Compare the investment to the Chiefs and Ravens at 25-1. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule

Underrated in the entire projection of the Buccaneers’ 2020 season is a defense that could be downright filthy. So many offensive weapons and arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time will drive a lot of attention, but Tampa’s defense will secure plenty of wins. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 schedule 

Sep. 13 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sep. 20 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Sep. 27 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 8 at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Netwprl/Amazon**) 

Oct. 18 vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET 

Nov. 2 at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 8 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 29 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 

BYE 

Dec. 13 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Week 16 at Detroit Lions, TBD 

Jan. 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2007 

PointsBet over-under for Buccaneers wins: 10 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: The Bucs were 5-9-2 against the spread last season, fourth-worst in the NFL, but that’s about to change unless expectations are astronomical. One game that will be watched around the world is the Chiefs visiting Raymond James Stadium in one of the headliners of the 2020 season. We like Tampa’s chances in an emotionally charged environment to post a Brady-driven victory.

Longshot wager: Shaquil Barrett is +3300 to claim Defensive Player of the Year honors, and the 27-year-old might be priced in the right spot at the moment. But if the Buccaneers are the offensive juggernaut many expect, seeing Barrett hit 17 or 18 sacks and racking up big plays is feasible. That puts him squarely in the DPOY conversation. 

–Field Level Media 

NFL Over Under Wins: NFC East Over Under Wins

Dallas Cowboys Over Under Wins 

Teams undergoing a coaching change and system shift are at a disadvantage this offseason, and the transition could be even more seismic if quarterback Dak Prescott chooses to play hide-and-seek over his contract demands. The NFC East shouldn’t be too tough — we’re not buying the Giants or Redskins as contenders, yet — but drawing the NFC West plus the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens doesn’t set up coach Mike McCarthy for smooth sailing. 

Dallas Cowboys 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Sept. 20 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 19 vs. Arizona Cardinals, (Mon) 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Oct. 25 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

BYE 

Nov. 22 at Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 vs. Washington Redskins, 4:30 p.m. ET 

Dec. 3 at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Dec. 13 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 8-8 

Last playoff appearance: 2018 

PointsBet over-under for Cowboys wins: 9.5 

FLM projects: 9 wins 

Upset watch: Going to Cincinnati sets up as a risky trip for the Cowboys in what is the first meeting between the teams since 2016 and Dallas’ first trip to play the Bengals since 2012. 

Longshot wager: PointsBet has the Cowboys at +200 to miss the playoffs, and we need flip back only a few months to realize this is beyond plausible. The schedule isn’t kind to the Cowboys, and an offseason of uncertain could be a stormy brew leading to a slow start for a team with a recent history of bombing in December. 

New York Giants Over Under wins

It should help to be 26th in strength of schedule, but how much? Quarterback Daniel Jones should be improved, and there are high expectations for running back Saquon Barkley, but how much better is the offensive line? If Jones is running for his life and Barkley has be his own blocker, a dismal season is easy to envision. Based on the holes in this defense, can first-year coach Joe Judge even get the Giants to last year’s total of four wins? 

New York Giants 2020 schedule 

Sept. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Sept. 20 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 8 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE 

Nov. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 6 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 27 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 4-12 

Last playoff appearance: 2016 

PointsBet over-under for Giants wins: 6.5 

FLM projects: 5 wins 

Upset watch: Tom Brady and the Buccaneers come to New York, and rest assured the betting public will be ready to hammer Tampa Bay. If the Giants don’t sleepwalk into this one in the weeks prior, take a flier on a big game from Barkley under the spotlight on Monday Night Football. 

Longshot wager: If you are into longshots, the Giants are +4500 on PointsBet’s NFL oddsboard to win the NFC Championship. Hard to believe, sure, but consider the San Francisco 49ers were +2200 at this time last year. Only the Panthers and Redskins are longer shots to rep the conference in the Super Bowl. 

Philadelphia Eagles Over Under Wins

The Eagles went 5-3 at home last season, but the teams coming to Philadelphia this season — Ravens, Rams, Saints, Seahawks among them — put an industrial-strength slant on the schedule for the NFC East favorites. A peek at the depth chart post-draft leaves one to wonder if there’s enough pass rush (again) and cornerback depth (we repeat). 

Philadelphia Eagles 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 at Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Sept. 20 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Oct. 11 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 22 vs. New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) 

Nov. 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

BYE 

Nov. 15 at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Nov. 30 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Dec. 6 at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 27 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 9-7 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Eagles wins: 9.5 

FLM projects: 9 wins 

Upset watch: Aggressive could be defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s middle name, and he’ll throw a blitz of every size and shape at Lamar Jackson when the Ravens come to town. The Eagles are looking to create their own Jackson knock-off in rookie Jalen Hurts, which is sure to be an intriguing storyline entering this meeting of 2019 division winners. 

Longshot wager: At 25-1 odds via PointsBet, quarterback Carson Wentz could be worth a wager as NFL MVP. He set a franchise record for passing yards in 2019 and did it without much to brag about at wide receiver. The talent is abundantly upgraded at the pass-catching positions, Wentz has another year in the system and, if healthy, has already played at an MVP level for extended stretches. 

Washington Redskins Over Under Wins

Washington is still essentially playing with a rookie at quarterback, and the business model for first-year coach Ron Rivera is to pound the rock and let the defense win games. That’s a tough position to leverage in a league that thrives by exploding the scoreboard with video-game passing numbers. 

Washington Redskins 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 20 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE 

Nov. 8 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. ET 

Dec. 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 27 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 3-13 

Last playoff appearance: 2015 

PointsBet over-under for Redskins wins: 5.5 

FLM projects: 4 wins 

Upset watch: Young teams rarely make noise on the road, but a defensive line with five first-round picks, including No. 2 overall selection Chase Young, is going to put a charge in teams that can’t protect the quarterback. Enter the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray, who’ll be running for his life again unless the ragtag front five magically improves. 

Longshot wager: Do we really believe in the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles so much that the NFC East couldn’t be claimed by a longshot? Let’s say no. The Redskins are worth a sniff at +2200 to win the East considering the delta between this team and the favorites — Dallas is -110, and the Eagles are +115. 

NFL Over Under Wins for AFC West Teams

NFL Over Under Wins: AFC West Over Under Wins Edition

Houston Texans Over Under Wins for 2020: 

Leading big at Kansas City in January, the Texans appeared set to host the AFC Championship Game. Now heading into 2020 they have an uphill climb just to reach the playoffs. Cap-strapped Houston shipped off DeAndre Hopkins and declined to upgrade its shaky O-line or secondary this offseason. The pressure will be on Deshaun Watson to compensate. 

Houston Texans 2020 Schedule: 

Sep. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Sep. 20 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET  

Sep. 27 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 25 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE    

Nov. 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 19 or 20 at Indianapolis Colts, TBD 

Dec. 27 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 10-6 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Texans wins: 8 

FLM projects: 7 wins 

Upset watch: It’s hard to imagine a rematch going well for Houston after how the divisional playoff game at Kansas City ended. And yet, the Texans beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 31-24 last October before storming out to a 24-0 lead in the playoff meeting. Don’t put it past Watson to outduel Patrick Mahomes on this bright stage in Thursday night season opener. 

Longshot wager: After a series of questionable trades, Bill O’Brien won’t win any public opinion polls, but should his Coach of the Year odds (+5000) be tied for dead last in the league? As both the coach and GM, he’ll deserve major credit if the Texans thrive, especially if Laremy Tunsil, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks star along the way. 

AFC WestOver Under Wins: Indianapolis Colts Over Under Wins Schedule

Despite Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement, the Colts started 5-2 in 2019 before things fell apart. A 38-year-old Philip Rivers isn’t on Luck’s level, but he still raises Indianapolis’ ceiling back toward playoff contention. Just as important, Chris Ballard has quietly built one of the league’s deepest rosters, with DeForest Buckner a perfect fit in Matt Eberflus’ underrated defense. 

Indianapolis Colts 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 vs. New York Jets, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 at Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE    

Nov. 1 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 12 at Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)  

Nov. 22 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 19 or 20 vs. Houston Texans, TBD  

Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2018 

PointsBet over-under for Colts wins: 9 

FLM projects: 10 wins 

Upset watch: The Colts might be the AFC South favorite, and the Jaguars are the odds-on favorite to post the NFL’s worst record, but Jacksonville has been a thorn in Indy’s side of late. The Jaguars have won six of the last nine meetings and four of six, with three of the last four victories by at least 18 points. The Colts should certainly be wary. 

Longshot wager: With several talented quarterbacks and running backs, the Offensive Rookie of the Year chase should be heated, but Jonathan Taylor is worth a look at +1100. He piled up yards at a record rate for Wisconsin and might be the featured back behind one of the NFL’s best O-lines in Indianapolis. The fumbling worries are legitimate, but Taylor could be an immediate star. 

AFC West Over Under Wins: Jacksonville Jaguars Over Under Wins

The Jaguars have the lowest over-under total in the NFL, which is no surprise. Their minus-97-point differential in 2019 was seventh-worst in the league, and an offseason fire sale left the defense nearly unrecognizable from the stellar 2017 unit. Quarterback Gardner Minshew should be entertaining, but he won’t have much help around him. Jacksonville might be playing for 2021, anyway. 

Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 20 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 24 vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE   

Nov. 1 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 22 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 13 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 27 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 6-10 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Jaguars wins: 5 

FLM projects: 4 wins 

Upset watch: The Jaguars’ offense isn’t loaded with talent, but the receiving corps is young and deep, with a variety of weapons in D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Laviska Shenault. The Vikings’ defense faded some in 2019, and the secondary is suddenly very thin, making Minnesota more exploitable than in years past. 

Longshot wager: Only two teams have ever finished a 16-game season winless, and the Jaguars aren’t likely to join them, but they are the only team offered (+3000) to go 0-16. Jacksonville should win a few games, but the incentive to lose — with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence waiting in the 2021 draft — could grow with a rough start. 

AFC West Over Under Wins: Tennessee Titans Over Under Wins

The Titans finished 9-7 for the fourth consecutive season in 2019, but Ryan Tannehill’s breakout and a run to the AFC Championship created optimism for something more in 2020. Is it warranted? Tennessee returns largely the same roster but without Jack Conklin, Jurrell Casey or Logan Ryan. Tannehill must prove his 2019 campaign was more than lightning in a bottle. 

Tennessee Titans 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 14 at Denver Broncos, 10:10 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Sept. 20 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 27 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 4 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

BYE    

Nov. 1 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 12 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)  

Nov. 22 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 29 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET   

Dec. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 19 or 20, Detroit Lions, TBD 

Dec. 27 at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Jan. 3 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

2019 record: 9-7 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Titans wins: 8.5 

FLM projects: 9 wins 

Upset watch: Aaron Rodgers can light up any defense — especially at home — and some believe he’ll be more motivated than ever this season. But the Titans match up well to the Green Bay Packers, whose soft run defense didn’t get much help this offseason. Tennessee won the last meeting 47-25 in Nashville in 2016. 

Longshot wager: Despite leading the conference championship by 10 in January, the Titans have only the seventh-best odds (+1500) to win the AFC title game this year, trailing Kansas City (+225), Baltimore (+275), Indianapolis (+1100), Buffalo (+1200), New England (+1200) and Pittsburgh (+1200). You could do much worse if looking for value. 

NFL Over Under Wins for AFC South Teams

NFL Over Under Wins: AFC South Over Under Wins Edition

Houston Texans Over Under Wins for 2020: 

Leading big at Kansas City in January, the Texans appeared set to host the AFC Championship Game. Now heading into 2020 they have an uphill climb just to reach the playoffs. Cap-strapped Houston shipped off DeAndre Hopkins and declined to upgrade its shaky O-line or secondary this offseason. The pressure will be on Deshaun Watson to compensate. 

Houston Texans 2020 Schedule: 

Sep. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Sep. 20 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET  

Sep. 27 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 25 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE    

Nov. 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 19 or 20 at Indianapolis Colts, TBD 

Dec. 27 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 10-6 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Texans wins: 8 

FLM projects: 7 wins 

Upset watch: It’s hard to imagine a rematch going well for Houston after how the divisional playoff game at Kansas City ended. And yet, the Texans beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 31-24 last October before storming out to a 24-0 lead in the playoff meeting. Don’t put it past Watson to outduel Patrick Mahomes on this bright stage in Thursday night season opener. 

Longshot wager: After a series of questionable trades, Bill O’Brien won’t win any public opinion polls, but should his Coach of the Year odds (+5000) be tied for dead last in the league? As both the coach and GM, he’ll deserve major credit if the Texans thrive, especially if Laremy Tunsil, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks star along the way. 

AFC South Over Under Wins: Indianapolis Colts Over Under Wins Schedule

Despite Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement, the Colts started 5-2 in 2019 before things fell apart. A 38-year-old Philip Rivers isn’t on Luck’s level, but he still raises Indianapolis’ ceiling back toward playoff contention. Just as important, Chris Ballard has quietly built one of the league’s deepest rosters, with DeForest Buckner a perfect fit in Matt Eberflus’ underrated defense. 

Indianapolis Colts 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 27 vs. New York Jets, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 at Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE    

Nov. 1 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 12 at Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)  

Nov. 22 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 19 or 20 vs. Houston Texans, TBD  

Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2018 

PointsBet over-under for Colts wins: 9 

FLM projects: 10 wins 

Upset watch: The Colts might be the AFC South favorite, and the Jaguars are the odds-on favorite to post the NFL’s worst record, but Jacksonville has been a thorn in Indy’s side of late. The Jaguars have won six of the last nine meetings and four of six, with three of the last four victories by at least 18 points. The Colts should certainly be wary. 

Longshot wager: With several talented quarterbacks and running backs, the Offensive Rookie of the Year chase should be heated, but Jonathan Taylor is worth a look at +1100. He piled up yards at a record rate for Wisconsin and might be the featured back behind one of the NFL’s best O-lines in Indianapolis. The fumbling worries are legitimate, but Taylor could be an immediate star. 

AFC South Over Under Wins: Jacksonville Jaguars Over Under Wins

The Jaguars have the lowest over-under total in the NFL, which is no surprise. Their minus-97-point differential in 2019 was seventh-worst in the league, and an offseason fire sale left the defense nearly unrecognizable from the stellar 2017 unit. Quarterback Gardner Minshew should be entertaining, but he won’t have much help around him. Jacksonville might be playing for 2021, anyway. 

Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 20 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 24 vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE   

Nov. 1 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 22 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 13 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 27 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 6-10 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Jaguars wins: 5 

FLM projects: 4 wins 

Upset watch: The Jaguars’ offense isn’t loaded with talent, but the receiving corps is young and deep, with a variety of weapons in D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Laviska Shenault. The Vikings’ defense faded some in 2019, and the secondary is suddenly very thin, making Minnesota more exploitable than in years past. 

Longshot wager: Only two teams have ever finished a 16-game season winless, and the Jaguars aren’t likely to join them, but they are the only team offered (+3000) to go 0-16. Jacksonville should win a few games, but the incentive to lose — with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence waiting in the 2021 draft — could grow with a rough start. 

AFC South Over Under Wins: Tennessee Titans Over Under Wins

The Titans finished 9-7 for the fourth consecutive season in 2019, but Ryan Tannehill’s breakout and a run to the AFC Championship created optimism for something more in 2020. Is it warranted? Tennessee returns largely the same roster but without Jack Conklin, Jurrell Casey or Logan Ryan. Tannehill must prove his 2019 campaign was more than lightning in a bottle. 

Tennessee Titans 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 14 at Denver Broncos, 10:10 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Sept. 20 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 27 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 4 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

BYE    

Nov. 1 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 8 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 12 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)  

Nov. 22 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 29 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET   

Dec. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 19 or 20, Detroit Lions, TBD 

Dec. 27 at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Jan. 3 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

2019 record: 9-7 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Titans wins: 8.5 

FLM projects: 9 wins 

Upset watch: Aaron Rodgers can light up any defense — especially at home — and some believe he’ll be more motivated than ever this season. But the Titans match up well to the Green Bay Packers, whose soft run defense didn’t get much help this offseason. Tennessee won the last meeting 47-25 in Nashville in 2016. 

Longshot wager: Despite leading the conference championship by 10 in January, the Titans have only the seventh-best odds (+1500) to win the AFC title game this year, trailing Kansas City (+225), Baltimore (+275), Indianapolis (+1100), Buffalo (+1200), New England (+1200) and Pittsburgh (+1200). You could do much worse if looking for value. 

NFL Over Under Wins for AFC North Teams

Baltimore Ravens Over Under Wins for 2020: 

The Ravens’ freight train began rolling in Week 5 last season. They didn’t lose again until the divisional playoffs. It wasn’t fluky, either — Baltimore’s plus-249 point differential comfortably led the NFL. That said, it’s very difficult to win 12-plus games annually. The Ravens might not be as healthy, and all three division foes should be improved, making it tough to count on the over here. 

Baltimore Ravens 2020 Schedule: 

Sept. 13 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Sept. 20 at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sept. 28 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Oct. 4 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

BYE    

Nov. 8 at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET  

Nov. 15 at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Nov. 22 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Dec. 3 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN) 

Dec. 14 at Cleveland Browns, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Dec. 20 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 27 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET  

Jan. 3 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET  

2019 record: 14-2 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Ravens wins: 11.5 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

The Ravens’ freight train began rolling in Week 5 last season. They didn’t lose again until the divisional playoffs. It wasn’t fluky, either — Baltimore’s plus-249 point differential comfortably led the NFL. That said, it’s very difficult to win 12-plus games annually. The Ravens might not be as healthy, and all three division foes should be improved, making it tough to count on the over here. 

Upset watch: Baltimore will certainly be wary of the Tennessee Titans when they visit for a rematch of January’s divisional playoff battle. The Titans entered as double-digit underdogs but halted the Ravens’ 12-game win streak with a resounding 28-12 victory. Lamar Jackson will have to prove he can handle Tennessee’s disguise-heavy defensive scheme. 

Longshot wager: J.K. Dobbins’ rushing load might be modest behind Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram, which is largely why his Offensive Rookie of the Year odds (+3000) are tied for only 14th best. But his efficiency could be off the charts, and if the 30-year-old Ingram misses any time, Dobbins could have a huge year. Those odds make sense for an upside bet. 

AFC North Over Under Wins: Cincinnati Bengals Over Under Wins Schedule

Half of the Bengals’ losses last season came by one possession, and they spent the entire season without their top wideout and left tackle. Not only will A.J. Green and Jonah Williams return, but Cincinnati made rare forays into free agency and drafted a QB who could be a star early. Joe Burrow alone should add 3-4 wins to last year’s total. 

Cincinnati Bengals 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM CBS  

Sept. 17 at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN)  

Sept. 27 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 4 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET   

Oct. 11 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 18 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 25 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 1 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET  

BYE    

Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 22 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 29 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 6 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 13 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET  

Dec. 21 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Dec. 27 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

2019 record: 2-14 

Last playoff appearance: 2015 

PointsBet over-under for Bengals wins: 5.5 

FLM projects: 6-7 wins 

Half of the Bengals’ losses last season came by one possession, and they spent the entire season without their top wideout and left tackle. Not only will A.J. Green and Jonah Williams return, but Cincinnati made rare forays into free agency and drafted a QB who could be a star early. Joe Burrow alone should add 3-4 wins to last year’s total. 

Upset watch: The Bengals had major offensive line woes last season, and even if Williams impresses, there are still significant holes. But the Tennessee Titans’ pass rush could take a step back without Jurrell Casey, giving Burrow time to attack downfield. Likewise, adding D.J. Reader to the interior with Geno Atkins should make for a stingy run defense, which could be a problem for Derrick Henry. 

Longshot wager: Burrow is the clear favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year (+225), but Zac Taylor’s odds for Coach of the Year (+2500) are merely tied for 15th. That seems like a bargain on a team that could easily improve its win total by five or six games. If Burrow thrives immediately and Cincinnati is in playoff contention, Taylor might wind up as the favorite. 

AFC North Over Under Wins: Cleveland Browns Over Under wins Schedule

For the second straight year, the Browns’ roster looks great. Will it translate to wins? Much of that will depend on Baker Mayfield and his protection, with ample pressure on rookie Jedrick Wills to shore up the left tackle spot. Even if it all comes together, though, the crowded AFC North will be tough to navigate. 

Cleveland Browns 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 13 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 17 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN)  

Sept. 27 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 4 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 11 vs. Indianapolis Colts 4:25 PM  

Oct. 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET   

Nov. 1 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. ET  

BYE    

Nov. 15 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 22 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET  

Nov. 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET   

Dec. 6 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET   

Dec. 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Dec. 20 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 26 or 27 at New York Jets, TBD 

Jan. 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 6-10 

Last playoff appearance: 2002 

PointsBet over-under for Browns wins: 8.5 

FLM projects: 9 wins 

Upset watch: The last team to beat the Baltimore Ravens before the playoffs was the Browns, who gained 530 total yards in a 40-25 road win in September. The Ravens turned the tables with a 31-15 victory in Cleveland in December, but they should be wary. The Browns also split the series in 2018, winning 12-9 at home and losing by just two points, 26-24, on the road. 

Longshot wager: Myles Garrett has averaged 0.82 sacks and 1.76 quarterback hits per game as a pro, ranking fourth and second, respectively, since he entered the league in 2017. His Defensive Player of the Year odds (+2500) are tied for 11th. Garrett will fight the stigma from his helmet-swinging incident, but those odds are generous for one of the league’s best pass rushers. 

AFC North Over Under Wins: Pittsburgh Steelers Over Under Wins Schedule

For all of their injuries in 2019 — most notably Ben Roethlisberger going down in Week 2 — the Steelers would have made the playoffs under the new seven-team format. Their defense still has room for growth, while Roethlisberger’s return should stabilize the offense. But it’s hard to project more than 10 wins in such a tough division. 

Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 schedule: 

Sept. 14 at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Sept. 20 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. ET  

Sept. 27 vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET  

Oct. 4 at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET  

BYE    

Nov. 8 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 15 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 26 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Dec. 6 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Buffalo Bills, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)  

Dec. 21 at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)  

Dec. 27 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET 

Jan. 3 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 8-8 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Steelers wins: 9.5 

FLM projects: 10 wins 

Upset watch: The Steelers have lost three of four to the Baltimore Ravens, but they nearly beat Lamar Jackson & Co. in overtime with Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges last October. With Roethlisberger back in the fold and a stingy defense boasting talent at all three levels, Pittsburgh should be a threat to Baltimore both at home and on the road. 

Longshot wager: T.J. Watt (+1200) is the more realistic candidate among Steelers to win Defensive Player of the Year after garnering 10 votes last year, but Minkah Fitzpatrick (+3300) could be a darkhorse after nabbing five interceptions in just 14 games following his trade from Miami last season. If the Steelers are protecting more leads, that number could climb even higher.