Zwar gibt es Notfallpläne, wie eine Verkürzung der Liga und Ausweichstadien für die Teams aus Kalifornien, deren Gouverneur bereits gesagt hat, dass die Spielstätten nicht öffnen werden können, der Donnerstagabend Ortszeit veröffentlichte Spielplan 2020 deutet aber an, dass die NFL mit einem vollen Programm rechnet.

Ein Hinweis darauf, dass die Liga guter Dinge ist die Saison wie geplant durchführen zu kommen ist, dass, anders als kolportiert, die Divisionsduelle nicht alle nach hinten verschoben wurden. Alleine neun sind es in Woche 1.

Divisionsduelle Woche 1:

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Wovon man ausgehen muss ist, dass die Spiele allesamt vor leeren Zuschauerrängen stattfinden werden. Fix ist jedenfalls, dass es heuer keine Spiele in London und auch keines in Mexiko geben wird.

Bereits am 6. August soll das Preseason Hall Of Fame-Spiel zwischen Pittsburg und Dallas stattfinden. Das Kickoff Game am 10. September ist die Wiederholung des heute schon als Klassiker geltenden Divisional Playoffs 2019 zwischen Houston und Kansas City. Damals wandelten die Chiefs einen 24 Punkte Rückstand noch in einen deutlichen 51:31 Sieg um.

Chase Stuart bringt den kompletten Spielplan in einer Grafik unter. Nicht berücksichtigt dabei ist die Flex Schedule ab Woche 11 bzw.Woche 5. Dazu mehr in der Aussendung der Liga weiter unten.

Interessante Details: Die früher fast ignorierten Tampa Bay Buccaneers bekamen gleich fünf Spiele zur Prime Time zugesprochen. Wohingegen die Detroit Lions und Washington Redskins beide kein einziges Sunday oder Monday Night Game absolvieren werden.

An den Feiertagen sehen wir: Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans (18:30 Uhr), Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins () und Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (2:20 Uhr) zu Thanksgiving am 26. November. New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings soll für ein „Miracle“ am Weihnachtstag sorgen.


2020 NFL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Complete 256-Game Regular-Season Schedule Available on NFL.com

The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2020, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 10, in Kansas City and concludes with 16 division games on Sunday, January 3.

“The release of the NFL schedule is something our fans eagerly anticipate every year, as they look forward with hope and optimism to the season ahead.” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “In preparing to play the season as scheduled, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in compliance with government regulations, and with appropriate safety protocols to protect the health of our fans, players, club and league personnel, and our communities. We will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary, as we have during this off-season in safely and efficiently conducting key activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program, and the 2020 NFL Draft.”

The NFL’s 101st season begins with the league’s annual primetime kickoff game. The defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 in a rematch of the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with key divisional games on Sunday, September 13, featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals visiting the San Francisco 49ers. CBS kicks off its coverage in Week 1 with a host of rivalry games. The Baltimore Ravens welcoming the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins traveling to New England to face the Patriots.

The 2020 NFL schedule features the debut of two world-class venues – SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles Rams will meet the Dallas Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on September 13 in their new home while the Los Angeles Chargers welcome the Chiefs to SoFi Stadium in Week 2 on September 20. Also in Week 2, the Raiders host the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium when they face the New Orleans Saints on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on the 50th anniversary of the first Monday Night Football game in 1970.

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send the Texans to Detroit to face the Lions. This late afternoon game will feature the Washington Redskins visiting the Dallas Cowboys. The Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an AFC North showdown as the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on NBC.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 13.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17.

Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night. In which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.

In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

Beginning this year, two additional Wild Card teams – one in the AFC and one in the NFC – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4. Followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before. A streak of 30 consecutive seasons.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday,

January 24. The winners meet two weeks later in Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium (CBS).

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