Not long ago, the NFL released the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season.
In typical fashion, the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, will host the opening game on Thursday, September 10 at 8:20 p.m.
Based on the opponents’ win percentage from last season, the Patriots will have the toughest schedule in the league. They face teams with a combined win percentage of .537. This may be enough for them to lose their 11 year streak of being AFC East Champions. While they no longer have Brady under center they do still have coach Bill Belichick running things from the sideline. They are still in good hands with him and you can be sure that he is ready to get this new season rolling. Using the same metric, the Ravens have the easiest schedule in the league facing opponents with only a .438 win percentage. With Lamar Jackson still there, I wouldn’t be shocked if he runs all over their opponents much like he did last year in his MVP season. Could Lamar repeat an MVP season and lead his team to the superbowl? or will Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs get in the way and take home another Lombardi trophy?
I’ve looked through the schedule and taken the liberty to give you all a list of the most exciting match up for each week as I see it:
Week 1 – Texans at Chiefs on Thursday night. Two high powered offenses with young and talented quarterbacks will be a great way to kick of the new season.
Week 2 – Nothing special about this week. I’ll say Panthers at Buccaneers because they may have some cool jersey colors in this game.
Week 3 – Chiefs at Ravens on Monday night. These two high caliber AFC teams may be giving us a very early look at the Conference championship.
Week 4 – Patriots at Chiefs. In the past, these two teams have given us some exciting games. Even without Tom Brady at the helm, I think this game will be a fun one.
Week 5 – Giants at Cowboys on Sunday at the 4:25 p.m. EST slot. It seems any time these two face of it is a hard fought sort of game.
Week 6 – Packers at Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. EST on Sunday. Rodgers and Brady is always an exciting game and it will be interesting to see how Tom settles in with the new squad against a team like the Packers.
Week 7 – Bills at Jets on Sunday at 1 o’clock eastern. This divisional match up and interstate rivalry will be fun game to watch with the new Bill’s addition of Stefon Diggs.
Week 8 – Vikings at Packers for a 1 o’clock game. These two teams have a great divisional rivalry going and if the Packers can repeat their Divisional Championship, that will tie them for most divisional titles with the Vikings at 20.
Week 9 – Saints at Buccaneers in a Sunday night game. It doesn’t get too much better than Brees vs Brady in prime time.
Week 10 – Vikings at Bears on Monday Night Football. This divisional match up will be a fun game to watch, especially now that the Bears have Nick Foles to run the offense.
Week 11 – Patriots at Texans on Sunday afternoon. These two AFC teams are exciting to watch when they face off. After 10 weeks, Jared Stidham, who will likely start at QB for the Patriots, will have settled in to the role and will be ready to face off with Deshaun Watson.
Week 12 – Ravens at Steelers for a Thanksgiving Day match up. This AFC North rivalry has been burning red hot recently and will be a great game to watch while digesting all that turkey and stuffing.
Week 13 – Bengals at Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m. eastern will be the first time the two first round draft picks, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa will go at it this season.
Week 14 – Nothing too exciting about week 14 except for the Thursday night game between the Patriots and the Rams. With Belichick and McVay coaching, this will be a very chess like, strategy based game.
Week 15 – Chiefs at Saints. Young versus old in this game where two highly talented QBs face off. Both teams have great offenses, especially if the Saints use Taysom Hill like they did in the playoffs last season.
Week 16 – Vikings at Saints for the ultra-rare Friday game also on Christmas Day this year. Hopefully, this game will be as exciting as their match up in the playoffs last year.
Week 17 – All of these are divisional games and nothing really jumps out at first, but Packers at Bears could be a fun game to watch as they seem to have a good rivalry going.
With the release of this schedule in the middle of this “sports hiatus” I know many NFL fans across the country are revved up and ready to get on with the 2020 season.