There have been rumors Wednesday the NFL has backloaded its 2020 regular-season schedule, saving division and convention video games for later within the yr. The early portion, in response to longtime NFL reporter John Clayton, can be dedicated to AFC vs. NFC video games and thus be simpler to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Clayton’s comment to a Pittsburgh radio station tracks with earlier rumors that the NFL would hedge in opposition to a doable delayed begin to the season by sacrificing less-essential video games early on. Outcomes of interconference video games usually are not elements within the preliminary playoff tiebreakers.
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This yr’s interconference pairings are AFC East-NFC West; AFC North-NFC-East; AFC South-NFC North; and AFC West-NFC South, for 64 of the common season’s 256 video games. They might be squeezed utterly into the primary 4 weeks, via the primary weekend of October.
If some, or all, of these video games do have to disappear sooner or later, then followers would miss out on a number of soccer drama. Listed below are 5 of the most effective video games that may need to go away:
1. Patriots at Seahawks. Hey, Marshawn Lynch may be in uniform for this one, though Tom Brady and Malcolm Butler won’t. This Tremendous Bowl rematch will generate a ton of warmth because the groups put together to satisfy in Seattle for the primary time since that recreation. We’d like a Beast Mode landing simply to troll everybody.
2. 49ers at Patriots. Who does not need to see the Jimmy G Revenge Sport? Jimmy Garoppolo will lead the defending NFC champs into Gillette Stadium, the place they are going to be dealing with, as of now, a Pats staff led by Jarrett Stidham. Assume Garoppolo will not be fired up inside to point out out for Invoice Belichick? Perhaps all 15 of his passes shall be good.
3. Steelers at Cowboys. That is the nostalgia-tour portion of this system. It is truthful to say the franchises are nonetheless reaping the advantages of their two Tremendous Bowl matchups within the late ’70s. The Cowboys’ Tremendous Bowl win within the 1995 season is much much less memorable outdoors North Dallas and Western Pennsylvania.
4. Buccaneers at Raiders. This shall be Jon Gruden’s first probability to educate in opposition to a Tom Brady-led staff since his return to the sideline in 2018, and his first alternative to educate in opposition to the Bucs since they fired him following the 2008 season. The Raiders group nonetheless hasn’t forgiven the league for the Tuck Rule Sport vs. Brady’s Pats within the 2001 playoffs. That was Gruden’s final recreation with the Raiders earlier than he left Oakland for Tampa Bay.
5. Chiefs at Saints. Patrick Mahomes vs. Drew Brees in a dome. Oh, the factors they might put up in the event that they’re on their video games that day/night time. It will not be a passing of the torch from one celebrity quarterback to a different, however there shall be passing.
And an honorable point out of 5 matchups that simply seem like plain enjoyable: Browns at Giants (good day, Odell), Cowboys at Ravens (Dak Prescott vs. Lamar Jackson), Eagles at Steelers (state rivalry), Packers at Texans (Aaron Rodgers vs. Deshaun Watson) and Cowboys at Bengals (take a bow, Andy Dalton).
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