The NFL launched its 2020 regular-season schedule Thursday, and that created much-needed hope and anticipation.
We knew the matchups, however now we all know the dates, too. We additionally know that the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady are featured prominently on the record under, of the video games to have circled in your calendar.
Sporting Information breaks down the 17 greatest regular-season video games you may’t miss in the 2020 NFL season:
17. Bengals at Dolphins (Dec. 6, CBS)
Actually? We’ll sofa this with an enormous “if”: If Miami begins Tua Tagovailoa in opposition to Cincinnati and Joe Burrow. That might be a rematch of final 12 months’s “Sport of the Century” between Alabama and LSU and a glimpse right into a extra promising future for each franchises.
16. Eagles at Steelers (Oct. 11, Fox)
The Keystone State battle is all the time entertaining, and this will probably be a hard-hitting defensive contest that each fan bases can respect. Pittsburgh gained the final two conferences at Heinz Subject.
15. Texans at Chiefs (Sept. 10, NBC)
The very best half concerning the “Thursday Evening Soccer” opener would not be Deshaun Watson vs. Mahomes. It could be the truth that now we have soccer on time.
14. Seahawks at 49ers (Jan. 3, Fox)
The rivalry between these two NFC West groups virtually all the time lives as much as expectations. They cut up the regular-season conferences in 2019, with Seattle profitable in Santa Clara 27-24 in time beyond regulation.
13. Steelers at Cowboys (Nov. 8, CBS)
The Tremendous Bowl historical past and enormous fan bases all the time make this sport an occasion, and this one will probably be no completely different. Dallas has gained seven of the final 10 conferences between the basic franchises.
12. Ravens at Texans (Sept. 20, CBS)
Jackson and Watson have a longstanding rivalry courting to their days at Louisville and Clemson, respectively, and the Ravens gained 41-7 final season. This needs to be a better matchup in Houston.
11. 49ers at Cowboys (Dec. 20, NBC)
One other basic rivalry between NFC groups, and an opportunity to see these replays of George Teague and Terrell Owens assembly on the Star. Who wins the quarterback matchup between Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott?
10. Patriots at Payments (Nov. 1, CBS)
Buffalo has misplaced seven straight to the Patriots and hasn’t overwhelmed New England at house since 2011. If Josh Allen goes to guide Buffalo to an AFC East division title, then that is the time for the Payments to indicate they’re for actual.
9. Steelers at Browns (Jan. 3, CBS)
Yeah, that’s three Pittsburgh video games, however none could have extra warmth than its first journey again to Cleveland since Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph within the head with Rudolph’s helmet. The AFC North rivalry is actual heading into the ultimate week of the season.
8. Ravens at Patriots (Nov. 15, NBC)
How will Jarrett Stidham add to the standard AFC rivalry between Baltimore and New England? The Ravens routed the Pats 37-20 on “Sunday Evening Soccer” final season, however Baltimore is 0-5 at Gillette Stadium in regular-season video games heading into the rematch.
7. 49ers at Patriots (Oct. 25, CBS)
Keep in mind when the Pats traded Garoppolo to San Francisco? He’s coming off a Tremendous Bowl look now, and New England is anticipated to have Stidham beneath middle for Invoice Belichick on this one. Brady would possibly even be watching this one with nice curiosity.
6. Buccaneers at Saints (Sept. 13, Fox)
Talking of Brady, there will probably be two matchups in opposition to fellow 40-something Corridor of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. The matchup on the Superdome needs to be the extra attention-grabbing of the 2, and it falls on Week 1.
5. Cowboys at Ravens (Dec. 3, Fox)
The Cowboys all the time produce excessive TV scores, and this will probably be simply the sixth assembly between the groups. Can Jackson enhance Baltimore’s report to 5-1 in these video games?
4. Packers at Buccaneers (Oct. 18, Fox)
It’s Aaron Rodgers vs. Brady, and solely the third head-to-head matchup between the 2 quarterbacks. The rubber match could be the final one between the 2 Corridor of Famers.
3. Chiefs at Saints (Dec. 20, CBS)
That is being pegged as a possible Tremendous Bowl preview, and placing each groups indoors screams shootout. Keep in mind Chiefs-Rams on “Monday Evening Soccer” two years in the past? The 49ers-Saints sport final 12 months? This will probably be that form of thriller.
2. Chiefs at Ravens (Sept. 28, ESPN)
A matchup of the final two NFL MVPs in Jackson and Mahomes may decide home-field benefit within the AFC. Kansas Metropolis beat Baltimore 33-28 final season. Anticipate one other implausible end right here.
1. Chiefs at Buccaneers (Nov. 29, CBS)
The 2 largest tales of the season. Kansas Metropolis is the defending Tremendous Bowl champion, and Mahomes will attempt to lead a repeat bid. The journey to Tampa Bay to face Brady, who’s 2-1 in head-to-head matchups in opposition to Mahomes, ought to generate essentially the most headlines — particularly if Tampa Bay is that good. Who knew we might get to see Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski on the identical discipline once more?
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