5 Things We Want To See Happen During 2020 NFL Season 

In the midst of a pandemic, the NFL season kicks off Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. ET, with live coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America. T

The Super Bowl Champ Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes Jr. will battle DeShaun Watson and the Texans. With social justice issues at the forefront, famous faces in new places and an unprecedented package highlighted by a virtual fan experience due to the COID-19 pandemic, this season will be unlike any other. The storylines are plentiful and the stakes are high,

Cam Newton & Bill Belichick Lead Patriots To AFC East Title  

Cam Newton says “he feels no pressure” replacing Tom Brady. Let’s hope this is true. Cam has dealt with pressure his entire career and he’s received effusive praise from Bill Belichick. Cam is calling it a “match made in heaven.” 


Wouldn’t it be great if Cam brought a new dimension to the New England offense, uplifted a unit that lacks weapons and led the post-Brady Pats to the AFC East crown?

If the Patriots win the division, then that means Cam is probably an MVP candidate as well.

2. Kyler Murray becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000.


With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, Kliff Klingsbury AKA “The Wizard” will probably go full throttle on instituting a similar offensive philosophy to the one that allowed a Texas Tech quarterback named Pat Mahomes to throw 88 passes in a single game. The Cardinals up-tempo style is tailor-made for Murray and he will have targets all over the place. He will also do lots of freelancing. The Cardinals led the league in 10-personnel usage of four wide receiver sets in 2019.

3. Tua Tagovailoa Becomes Best Dolphins Rookie Since Dan Marino

Tua Tagovailoa was on his way to being the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft until his hip exploded and so did his hopes of being drafted first. With the pandemic limiting scouting and changing the NFL offseason and Draft completely, Tags was still drafted at No. 5 by Brian Flores and Miami.

Would love to see this young man totally recovered and go on to become the steal of the draft. If Flores, one of just three Black NFL head coaches, is going to have success then he needs to establish Tua as his franchise before the season ends. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick will hold it down until Tua is ready. 


If Tua, who was considered an all-time great QB prospect before his injury, can eventually get on the field, show out and even help Miami compete for a playoff berth, it will be one of the most intriguing stories of the year.  

4. Russell Wilson Wins One More Super Bowl 

Let’s be honest. Russell Wilson should have two Lombardi trophies and it bothers me that Pete Carroll decided to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. It’s water under the bridge now and Marshawn Lynch is retired and doing NFL commercials and Bar Rescue appearances with his boy Jon Taffer.  

It’s only right that he has an MVP-type season and makes one more Super Bowl run. The football Gods owe him that much. 


5. An NFL Team Signs Colin Kaepernick 

EA Sports has brought Kaepernick back into the fold on Madden 21, so the NFL needs to follow suit and sign this man. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has admitted to being wrong about how the league handled kneeling and other forms of player protest against police brutality, systemic racism and social injustice.  

The Eagles recently signed 41year-old Josh McCown to their practice squad, but Kap still has no offers. As long as he remains unsigned social justice issues will also be at the forefront of discussions surrounding this NFL season and players will continue to express their displeasure with the system and treatment of Colin Kaepernick.

Hey NFL owners. Why not give us something to celebrate?


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.