2 Things for Friday: My quick thoughts on the 2020 NFL schedule……

13) None of us know if there will be an NFL season this year, and if there are games will fans be present, this is all unchartered territory, but for a few days, I’m going to bury myself in research about the 2020 season and hopefully life will feel somewhat normal again, at least for a little while.

Defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs open up at home against the Texans on Thursday in Week 1; Steelers-Giants, Titans-Broncos are the Monday night twin bill in Week 1.

12) From Weeks 5-11, Tampa Bay will play five of seven games in prime-time; Bucs figure to be an underdog in New Orleans in Week 1, the first time Tom Brady has been a regular season underdog since November 30, 2014, when the Patriots (+3) lost 26-21 in Green Bay.

11) Jerry Jones was born in Los Angeles, is largely responsible for the NFL letting the Rams move back to LA, so it figures that his Cowboys open SoFi Stadium against the Rams in Week 1.

10) As far as the Rams’ schedule goes:
— Bad news: Three eastern time zone games in the first five weeks.
— Good news: No cold weather games, except maybe Seattle in Week 16.
— Horrendous news: A week 7 Monday night home game against Chicago, followed by a game in Miami Sunday at 1pm. This is a very brutal scheduling spot.

9) New England and their new QB (whoever he is) visit Seattle, Kansas City in the first four weeks of the season; Patriots have consecutive games in SoFi Stadium, Week 13 against the Chargers, then a Week 14 Thursday night game with the Rams.

8) 49ers play consecutive games in the Meadowlands, in Weeks 2-3 against the Jets, Giants. Am guessing the 49ers would spend the week practicing in Youngstown, OH, where the DiBartolo family lives. Too long a trip to bounce back and forth twice in a week.

7) Raiders open brand-new Allegiant Stadium with a Week 2 Monday night home game against the Saints; they open the season in Carolina. Las Vegas also has a very tough scheduling spot, going to Foxboro the Sunday after that Monday night game with New Orleans.

6) NFL doesn’t expect much out of Philip Rivers and the Colts; they get only three 4:25 starts and one prime-time game, a Week 10 Thursday night game at Tennessee.

5) Same thing for the Washington Redskins, in Ron Rivera’s first season there; three 4:00 games, no primetime games, not one. Not a lot of faith there, not even a Dallas game.

Washington has a brutal 3-game road trip in Weeks 12-14: at Dallas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

4) Steelers are going to freeze their butts off the last six weeks of the season; three home games, with road games in Buffalo, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

3) Arizona has three straight road games in Weeks 4-6; at Carolina, at the Jets, and a Monday night game in Dallas, before a Sunday home game with Seattle on a short week.

2) In Weeks 4-6, Philadelphia Eagles play consecutive games against the 49ers, Steelers, Ravens’ I’m assuming Pittsburgh will be a better team with Ben Roethlisberger back under center. If so, that is a very challenging three weeks.

1) Tyrod Taylor and the Chargers visit Taylor’s old team in Buffalo in Week 12; their first game in SoFi Stadium is against the Chiefs in Week 2.

I’ll spend the next few days examining all this stuff and will be back with trends and into to ponder, during this time when there is very little sports stuff to ponder, other than Korean baseball. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.