An Inside Look at the 2020 NFL Season
In a bizarre year for sports, the National Football League is
prepared to enter into the bizarro world itself, with a preseason policy that
includes fanless stadiums, mandatory tests, and even offered a preseason
opt-out period for players. Maybe itís the year you find
a trustworthy handicapper.
While there are many folks that are still cynical on the NFL's
prospects, the reality is that we're only mere days from kickoff, and when it
happens, the worries will go from whether there is a season to whether the
season will survive.
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Here are some notable things to keep in mind as you watch what
will be one of the most unusual NFL seasons on record, if not the most unusual
in league history.
Social Distancing Is Out The Window (Sort of)
There is no doubt that players will try to comply with
CDC-recommended guidelines, as will all individuals engaging in work with the
league, but on the field, the frankness of the sport is inherent. Unlike other
sports, there is perhaps more close contact with competitors and teammates
alike than every other contest, except maybe mixed martial arts.
NFL is aware of this and understands that social distancing must be
broken on a play-by-play basis. To ensure this can proceed, the league has
instituted mandatory testing and use of masks and other infection mitigation
policies as much as humanly possible.
Of course, on the field, players will be crashing into each other
at sprint speed and slapping fives and bumping chests. As a result, the league
has even gone as far as to create helmets that reduce the risk by obscuring the
player's mouth, not to an extent to impede airflow but rather to serve as an
infection mitigation measure.
Teaser Bets Worth the Juice?
Like the NBA and MLB, the NFL is following suit with trying to
replicate the normalcy of pre-coronavirus life as much as possible, which
includes the use of artificial crowd noise throughout the course of a game to
replicate a real-game environment. However, there has been speculation that
because there are some folks who think the sustained crowd noise throughout
numerous stadiums is too sustained.
In real life, as with anything, crowds go through ebbs and flows.
Oohhs turn to ahhs, and ahhs turn to boos in a flash, depending on the outcome
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Louder stadiums, such as CenturyLink Field in Seattle, which has
some of the highest indoor noise recorded, will have to be the same volume as
other stadiums. The factor of crowd noise, which is a legitimate tactical
advantage for some teams at home, will be evened out to an extent never before
Of course, the teams with the loudest stadiums will whine, but so
is the nature of post-COVID NFL football.
The NFL has confirmed that the artificial noise cranked into
stadiums will obviously fail to capture the same roar of real-life crowds. But
it will still help fans at home appreciate a little semblance of normalcy when
watching a game.