With the coronavirus pandemic impacting the US sporting calendar in 2020, sports bettors have had to wait to see their favourite sports in action. The good news, though, is the NBA Playoffs are being contested, with the new NBA season also slated to start in December. The new MLB season is already underway and the NHL is equally scheduled for December.
In American football, the schedule is somewhat in between. While NFL fans will have to wait until September, it looks as though we will get a regular season in 2020 – even if it has to be shortened.
Before we tell you about the NFL’s plans for 2020, you can learn all the different bet types in American Football on BetCompare, as well as a strategy guide on how to bet on American football and the NFL.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been confirmed all college sports will be postponed until 2021. This includes college football, meaning there will be no NCAA games this year. So if you want to bet on American football in 2020, you’ll have to focus on the NFL.
There is even doubt that a regular college season or postseason tournament will take place in 2021, meaning bettors might have to stick with the NFL alone even next year. College organizers are doing what they can to ensure some kind of season goes ahead, though, so fans and bettors alike can still be hopeful of seeing college action at some point.
Where American football bettors should not be disappointed is the resumption of the NFL regular season, which starts with the Kickoff Game on 10 September. This fixture sees the defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.
The NFL season has been scheduled so that a delayed start – if it was needed due to the coronavirus pandemic – would still leave the league able to complete a shortened yet full campaign. This means bettors should be able to wager on the regular season, Playoffs and Super Bowl.
Due to health and safety concerns, NFL preseason was cancelled, although teams have had training camps to make sure all their players are ready for the regular season.
The full Week 1 schedule offers NFL fans and bettors action on three nights. The Kickoff match between the Chiefs and the Texans takes place on the Thursday night, before 14 games on the Sunday and two to round off the game week on Monday night.
Here’s the full fixture list:
A major feature of the regular American football season is Thanksgiving NFL football. Taking place annually on Thanksgiving (26 November) is a feast of live NFL games to keep fans entertained throughout the national holiday.
This year, as long as the coronavirus pandemic does not cause any more cancellations, the fixture list is equally rammed. The Houston Texans kick the Thanksgiving schedule off at the Detroit Lions, before the Washington Football Team head to the Dallas Cowboys. That’s followed by the Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Thanksgiving games form part of Week 12, which are followed by one game on 27 November, 11 more games on 29 November, one game on 30 November and one more on 1 December. If you are interested in parlay betting ahead of Week 1 of the regular season, Thanksgiving football or any other gameweek, check out BetCompare’s best NFL parlay betting tips.
As things stand, there are 17 weeks scheduled for the regular season. The Wild Card round follows this, on 9-10 January, before the Divisional Round, the Conference Championship, Pro Bowl and then Super Bowl LV.
Even though postseason will take place in January-February 2021, it is the ultimate target for all NFL teams in 2020 – and so too NFL bettors. With the Playoffs scheduled for a 9 January start and the Super Bowl slated for 7 February, teams will have one eye on the postseason tournament while they fight it out during the regular season until 3 January.
With the Super Bowl only a few months away, NFL bettors can already bet on who will become champion with futures betting. Although the regular season and Playoffs should see the odds change throughout the campaign, the preseason favorites with DraftKings are the Kansas City Chiefs at +600, with the Baltimore Ravens second-favourites at +650. Third in line are the San Francisco 49ers at odds of +900. All other NFL teams have odds of +1100 or higher to win the Super Bowl.
Players interested in futures betting can also wager on who will be the NFL’s MVP for the 2020 season, with Borgata Sports offering Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as a +400 favorite. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is next in line at odds of +600, with Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback, third-favorite in the betting at +700.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady comes in at +1600, while New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has odds of +2000. Of course, the odds for both the Super Bowl and MVP Award will change throughout the campaign, so be sure to keep an eye on the odds on BetCompare during the season.