2020 NFL win totals, odds, predictions, best bets: Model picks under 8.5 wins for Rams
SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated the entire 2020 NFL season 10,000 times.
- by CBS Sports Staff
- May 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm ET • 3 min read
The 2020 NFL Draft was carried out in unique fashion due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the objective remained the same. All 32 teams hope they made the correct decisions in order to improve on the field next season. The Cincinnati Bengals expect to eclipse their 2019 win total of two after selecting Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow from LSU with the first overall pick. Should you back Burrow, Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, and company with your picks on 2020 NFL win totals?
Cincinnati hasn’t recorded more than seven victories in a season since 2015 and could have a tough time doing so this year, even with Burrow under center and a schedule that includes only four opponents that made the playoffs last campaign. The Bengals have a projected win total of five games in the latest 2020 NFL odds from William Hill. Before making any NFL picks on 2020 season-long win totals, be sure to see the latest NFL predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and has crushed human experts on a consistent basis. Since its 2015 inception, the model is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks.
And when it comes to NFL win totals, the model is coming off another banner year. In 2019, it went 18-11 on its over-under picks, with three pushes.
Now, the model has generated each team’s projected win total, and in many cases it’s strikingly different than the Vegas line. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks.
The model’s top 2020 NFL win total predictions
One of the 2020 NFL picks the model is recommending: Go under 8.5 wins for the Los Angeles Rams. There were high expectations for the Rams last season after they made their first Super Bowl appearance since 2001 the previous year, but they certainly didn’t live up to the hype. Los Angeles, which went 13-3 in 2018, posted a 9-7 record and finished third in the NFC West, missing the NFL playoff bracket.
Jared Goff threw 10 fewer touchdown passes (22) and four more interceptions (16) in 2019 than the previous year, but still amassed over 4,600 passing yards for the second straight year. The Rams had the fourth-best passing offense (281.2 yards) in the NFL behind the fifth-year quarterback, but Goff lost a key target in receiver Brandin Cooks, who was traded to Houston after following up four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with a lackluster 583-yard effort in 2019.
Los Angeles struggled on the ground, however, ranking 26th in rushing offense (93.7 yards) after Todd Gurley ran for a career-low 857 yards. The former NFL Offensive Player of the Year also parted ways, signing with Atlanta after being released in March. The Rams selected running back Cam Akers and wideout Van Jefferson with their first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft to help fill the void, but still could have trouble reaching the .500 mark this season. The model is calling for 7.5 wins for L.A., missing the over-under by a full game.
How to make 2020 NFL win total picks
The model also generated huge disparities on other teams, including the Packers. Green Bay posted 13 wins in coach Matt LaFleur’s first season after notching only six in 2018 and won the NFC North for the sixth time in nine years. Oddsmakers set Green Bay’s 2020 win total at nine, and the projection model has a strong opinion on the team’s fortunes. You can see every projected win total for every team right here.
So which teams sail past their projected 2020 NFL win totals? What is the model’s surprising forecast for Green Bay? And how many wins will every single NFL team have this season? Visit SportsLine now to get the best season win total bets, plus see every team’s projected record, all from the proven computer model that crushed its NFL win total picks last year.