The 2020 NFL season is going to be like no other. Quite what happens is not confirmed, but the league does have an advantage as others are all expected to be up and running by the time we hit the NFL pre-season.
That should make protocols surrounding the league easier to put in place and follow, problems should be less likely to occur.
The actual games themselves are going to be strange, no fans, limited fans and full stadiums are all still in play throughout the season at various points. This makes understanding the season and working out what to bet on very difficult.
So, how do you approach the 2020 NFL season from a betting point of view, what is there to look out for and what needs to be at the centre of your plans?
Will Quality Shine Through?
If stadiums are empty for a good part of the season, and when they do return they come back with limited capacity then that takes away much of the home advantage teams have. There will also be little or no crowd effect to disrupt the players.
This should mean that quality shines through and wins, as there are fewer outside influences to disrupt the game. When betting, you may notice this and see that the favourites are winning more games than normal.
This could result in the favorites being even shorter in price to win games on a weekly basis. Those looking to bet at competitive prices can view the bookmakers on Free Bets UK website, with NFL betting being available with those companies.
We won’t know if this will be the case until games start playing, but fewer wins for the underdogs is certainly a possibility in the upcoming season.
How Will Players Cope in Bubbles?
This is going to be fascinating to watch. Players will have to drop into bubbles with their fellow teammates, this may not last for the entire season but will almost certainly be in place for the beginning of the season.
Assuming these run in a similar fashion to those we have seen in the NBA and NHL, that will mean players being restricted with what they can do and who they can see away from the field of play.
How will this affect players?
Some will be fine with it, but what about those who have important family members they want to see and are being cut off from them due to playing in the NFL?
Young rookies such as 2020 first overall pick Joe Burrow will come into the league at a strange time and it will be fascinating to see how they cope as new players in the league.
Are Winners More or Less Deserving in 2020?
This is going to really split fans this season and it will be an interesting talking point between people. Whoever lands the Super Bowl this season, will they deserve it any more than those in the past, is it easier or harder to win?
The plus side making it easier is that teams won’t have tough away trips to contend with fans against them in the stadium, this may last all year if you include limited capacities in this.
The negative is that the players taking part have a lot more to deal with than usual, there is a lot going off in the world and naturally these players are going to be worried about playing and going back to their families.
With that in mind, the team lifting the Super Bowl in February 2021 should get a lot of praise as they have to think about and handle.
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