WIDE OPEN POST SEASON

By Marc Lawrence — In advance of a 2020 NFL season in which anything and everything appears to be on the table, it only seems right to put together a preview of how each of the league’s 32 teams could win the Super Bowl. It might seem wild when last year’s winner wasn’t exactly an upset, of course, but the 49ers went from a 4-12 season with the second-worst record in football all the way to within a play or two of glory. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell makes a plausible scenario in which each and every NFL team could win a championship. Since teams can’t win unless they get into the postseason, many of these cases detail how a team could exceed expectations and end up in an advantageous situation come January. Obviously, these are 32 different scenarios. The teams at the lower end of the probability spectrum probably need an injury or two to an opposing quarterback to have a viable path toward a division title, let alone a championship. Take a look at what Barnwell sees in order for each team to make their case here.

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When the Bucs landed Tom Brady in the offseason, little did they realize the residual effect of the signing. The confidence level on the team is off the charts. Head coach Bruce Arians said, “His work ethic is just unbelievable. We keep saying this word, but he just sets such a high standard that you find out if guys can keep up with it or if they’re not quite ready. And I think everyone on this team wants to reach that standard. You’ve got some young guys that are learning on the fly here, but I think it’s something that, I think we said this when we signed him: Whenever he’s done – let’s just say five years from now – that standard will remain with this team.” Landing Brady has not only bolstered confidence but also created a powerful ripple effect, allowing the Bucs to land other high-profile players as well.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Clemson may be the No. 1 ranked team in the preseason polls but, digging deeper, there are a few notes of interest to consider today. Head coach Dabo Swinney is just 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS in road openers, including 1-4 ATS as a favorite. Meanwhile Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson is 6-1 ATS as a double-digit home underdog. And now you know the rest of the story.

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