Now that the second half of the 2020 NFL season is in full swing, let’s make some updated predictions regarding where this will all end up in January and February.

AFC playoff field

1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (14-2)
3. Tennessee Titans (11-5)
4. Buffalo Bills (11-5)
5. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
6. Las Vegas Raiders (10-6)
7. Miami Dolphins (9-7)

Kansas City looks close to unstoppable while the Steelers having been cutting it way too close and are due for some hiccups. The seventh seed either goes to Miami or the Indianapolis Colts, who lead the NFC South right now but lack consistency and reliability. The Dolphins are surging to more of an extent so I gave them the edge.

NFC playoff field

1. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
2. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
3. Green Bay Packers (12-4)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-9-1)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
6. Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
7. Minnesota Vikings (8-8)

The Saints appear to be pulling away and look less dud-prone than Seattle, Green Bay, and Tampa Bay, all of whom are locks for playoff spots anyway. The Eagles’ schedule is extremely tough down the stretch, but nobody else is good enough to challenge them for a default NFC Least crown. Brutal that they’ll get to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a playoff game in this scenario. The Los Angeles Rams currently have a two-game lead on Minnesota and are a lot more likely to make the playoffs, but I don’t trust L.A. and like the Vikings’ trajectory.

Playoff results

AFC wild-card round
Steelers over Dolphins
Titans over Raiders
Bills over Ravens

Pittsburgh and Tennessee are just better teams, and the Ravens are allergic to big games.

NFC wild-card round
Seahawks over Vikings
Packers over Cardinals
Buccaneers over Eagles

Man, those first two games could be epic.

AFC divisional playoffs
Chiefs over Bills
Steelers over Titans

The greatly superior teams win.

NFC divisional playoffs
Saints over Buccaneers
Packers over Seahawks

One more win for Drew Brees over Tom Brady…

Conference title games
Chiefs over Steelers
Saints over Packers

Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers on conference championship Sunday? Yes please. The Saints are just better than Green Bay, and I wonder how much the Steelers will have left in them.

Super Bowl LV
Chiefs over Saints

Brees falls just short in his last NFL game, as the Chiefs become the first team in a decade and a half to repeat.


MVP: Mahomes — He’s quickly pulling away from Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Dude’s on pace for a 44-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio!

Offensive Player of the Year: Mahomes — I believe those awards should rarely be split, but if that happens, it will be because Dalvin Cook scores like 25-30 touchdowns to lead the Vikes to an improbable playoff berth.

Defensive Player of the Year: Cleveland Browns edge Myles Garrett — I think the Browns fall off down the stretch but not because of Garrett, who has become the best defensive player in the game. He’s the only player in the NFL with nine sacks and four forced fumbles.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert — Nobody’s catching him now.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Washington Football Team edge Chase Young — There are, like, a dozen candidates for this wide-open award. Young has an edge in talent and is on then right track, but Antoine Winfield Jr., Julian Blackmon, Jaylon Johnson, Patrick Queen, and Jeremy Chinn are all in the running.

Coach of the Year: Brian Flores, Dolphins — He’d get some extra votes from those who robbed him last year. This team is borderline playoff-caliber, but has been playing above its head for more than a year now. If they get into the playoffs just one year removed from a tank-job, this is a no-brainer.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.