With a couple of Monday night games still to come, Week 1 of the NFL season is not quite yet in the books. We have, though, already seem some surprises, as well as a couple of teams putting in performances that show they are ready to go. It is, of course, much too early to overreact to anything, as some teams are going to need some time to figure things out. Even with some games still to come, we can still talk about potential rivalries this season, which we could actually have probably talked about even before the first play on Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at some rivalries that we think will be huge this season so you can bet on their NFL odds.
Top NFL Rivalries to watch out for this 2020 Regular Season
Patriots and Bills
With Tom Brady now plying his trade his trade in Tampa Bay, the feeling is that the AFC East might finally be more wide open than at any other time in the Brady era. The Bills pushed the Patriots for much of the season last year, but they will certainly feel as though they can get the job done this season. The Bills opened with a 27-17 win over the Jets, wile Cam Newton led the Patriots to 21-11 win over the Dolphins. Neither of these teams look like they will be offensive juggernauts this season, so it might well be the defense that holds up the best that ends up being the difference.
Steelers and Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens ran away with the AFC North last season, but we have to remember that the 8-8 Steelers were hammered by injuries. I expect this rivalry to return to its nasty best this season, as games between these two are usually hard-hitting football at its very best. This, though, all hinges on Ben Roethlisberger staying healthy this year. If that happens, we could be looking at a 2-horse race in the North.
Saints and Buccaneers
Yes, the Saints won against the Bucs in Week 1 in rather convincing fashion, but I still have a feeling that these two are going to be around deep into the postseason. There are an awful lot of new pieces on the Buccaneers team and it is going to take a minute for them all to get in sync. Let’s also not forget that the Saints have been one of the best teams in the league for the past few seasons and are once again the favorites to win the NFC. These two will have another regular season game to come, and perhaps a playoff meeting.
Kansas City Chiefs Versus Everyone Else
When you win the Super Bowl, you head into the new season with a giant target on your back. After watching the Chiefs dismantle the Houston Texans on Thursday night, the question now is whether any other team in the NFL can take aim ad actually hit that target. The Chiefs actually look stronger this year than they did in 2019, with the addition of RB Clyde Edwards-Hilaire likely to take some pressure off the passing game if he continues to play as he did in Week 1. Make no mistake, the Chiefs are the team to beat.