2020 NFL releases regular-season schedule and update news
The 2020 season will kick off with growing competition between two of the strongest young quarters in the NFL. Champion Super Bowl Kansas City Chiefs will host a victory with their Lombardy Trophy on Thursday 10 Sept., at 8:20 p.m. in a playoff match against Texans. In its 2020 expected release, the NFL announced ET on NFLscreenHD. Patrick Mahomes led a furious operation to wipe out a 24-0deficit in the blind of the eye the last time the two teams came up against each other in January. At one point of the Divisional Round victory the eventual Super Bowl MVP led the Chiefs to seven consecutive touchdown drives.
K.C.-K.C. Bring back most of its Super Bowl winning team, which claims a deep playoff run, especially because of the off-season uncertainty. The top four of the Mahomes’ races — Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, and Mecole Hardman — and Travis Kelce ‘s close finish all came back with an impressive offense played on the Texan people in the second half. The inclusion of Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of explosive dual threat provides Andy Reid with another target to play with in an already unpredictable attack.
Deshaun Watson, who did his best to match Mahomes, can not pin the downfall of the Texans against the Chiefs in the playoffs amid dubious coaching decisions and crumbling safety and a savvy defense on his side. After Bill O’Brien traded DeAndre Hoppkins, the off-season of change in Houston leaves Watson without a star. Nonetheless, irrespective of the conditions, the prospective Watson spinning light at Week 1.
The NFL has celebrated quarterback matches over decades, including Terry Bradshaw versus Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman versus Steve Young and many more of them. The league could hope that the next great rivalry of the QB will come from Mohammed and Watson. We may have some challengers on the horizon with a lot of young signal callers.
Sunday afternoon games, Sept. 13
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
Russell Wilson carried a banged-up, youth-filled Seahawks team to the postseason last year. With changes continuing, can the spellbinding signal-caller once again guide a still-growing squad back to January football? With both of Seattle’s top running backs coming off season-ending injuries, Pete Carroll’s ground-and-pound insistence could be put to the test to open the season. Perhaps an ineffective ground game caused by rust and injury might force the Seahawks to put the ball where it should be, in Wilson’s enchanted hands. The Falcons offer an interesting matchup for Seattle to open the season. Dan Quinn’s squad improved greatly down the stretch last season, especially in the defensive secondary, where new coordinator Raheem Morris helped immensely. Will that improvement continue against DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett? The addition of Todd Gurley in Atlanta offers intrigue and potential explosiveness when paired with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Matt Ryan. Atlanta desperately needs to get the season started on the right foot. Facing Seattle to open the year at home is a tough task out of the gate for Quinn’s squad.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Rivalry game in Week 1? Giddy-up. Coming off another disappointing season, the Browns once again changed coaches, with Kevin Stefanski taking over. It’s on the new man in charge to ensure the pigskin gets shared in a talented offense. Baker Mayfield needs a bounce-back season and has the weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to explode if he’s protected by a revamped line, and his head is on straight. Facing a reworked Ravens defense remains a big test for Mayfield to overcome. Baltimore added Calais Campbell up front and rookie first-rounder Patrick Queen at linebacker and still has a sticky secondary led by Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey and Earl Thomas. What will reigning MVP Lamar Jackson do for an encore after his historic 2019 campaign? Baltimore’s backfield is stacked, but will a force at receiver emerge to help with the aerial attack? The Browns handed Baltimore its second loss of the season in Week 4 last year. It was the last time the Ravens fell until January. Can Cleveland get out of the gate fast this year, or will the Ravens continue to roll through the regular season?
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
It’s a pivotal season for two young signal-callers Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. Darnold had a rocky 2019 campaign, first being struck by mono, then seeing ghosts, and getting little help from the rest of the offense. Questions persist about the team Gang Green put around Darnold. If the blocking is better, however, it will be on S-Darn to get the most out of a receiving corps rattled with question marks. Facing a frisky Bills defense to open the season could cause a flat tire off the line for Darnold and hot-seat coach Adam Gase. Allen doesn’t have the same issue as Darnold. The Bills have masterfully spent the offseason buffering the quarterback, trading for stud route-runner Stefon Diggs. The Bills trio in Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley offers Allen three wideouts who can get separation from corners. Now it’s on Allen to take advantage. Starting the season off against a Jets defense that was torched last season, particularly in the secondary, could be beneficial for the third-year signal-caller who is under pressure to prove he can continue to make strides.
Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
The Raiders unveiling a shiny new stadium will wait. Jon Gruden’s team will travel to face a rebuilt Panthers squad led by new coach Matt Rhule. Assuming Derek Carr isn’t passed by Marcus Mariota on the depth chart out of the gate, the quarterback will work with a revamped receiving corps, led by first-round pick Henry Ruggs against a Panthers defense that lost its top corner, James Bradberry, from last season. We know Gruden is historically fickle when it comes to his quarterbacks, so Carr getting off to a good start with his new weapons will be key for Vegas. If Carr struggles at any point early in the season, Gruden won’t be shy about giving the QB a quick hook. Rhule, meanwhile, gets to unleash his new offense, led by Teddy Bridgewater and a trio of speedy receivers in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel, against a Raiders defense that is still young. This cross-conference matchup could offer some fun offensive elements if the quarterbacks are clicking to start the campaign.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
One of the biggest questions of the offseason will be answered by kickoff in Detroit: Who will be the Bears’ starting quarterback to open 2020? While Chicago’s brass continues to give Mitchell Trubisky verbal tribute, the safe bet remains that Nick Foles will supplant the incumbent before Week 1. Foles offers coach Matt Nagy a quick-read quarterback who can better run the type of offense he desires. Starting the season against one of the worst pass defenses from 2019 could get Chicago off on the right foot. The Lions swapped Darius Slay for No. 3 overall pick Jeffrey Okudah. How Detroit’s revamped secondary improves a limp defense, especially after the pass rush wasn’t bolstered much, remains to be seen. Matthew Stafford might need to win shootouts to get Detroit back in the W column. The QB was on a tear before hurting his back last season. The addition of running back D’Andre Swift offers Stafford another dual-threat option. To start the season, however, the signal-caller faces a ferocious Bears defense that upgraded with edge rusher Robert Quinn this offseason. If the Lions’ reworked offensive line falters against Quinn and Khalil Mack, Stafford’s back might be sore just one game into a new year.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
The Philip Rivers era in Indy butts heads with Minshew Mania in Jacksonville. Rivers could be the missing piece in a deep playoff run for the Colts team. It’s the best O-line Rivers has played behind in eons. The addition of second-round wideout Michael Pittman might finally give T.Y. Hilton a running mate. Running back Jonathan Taylor could be a workhorse in Frank Reich’s offense. And the addition of DeForest Buckner on defense provides a game-changer in the middle of the front. Most of the pieces are in place for Indy, if Rivers bounces back in 2020. Facing a Jags defense that lost its top two corners from a year ago, traded Calais Campbell, and has its top edge rusher disgruntled, which could lead to a holdout, might be a beneficial way for Rivers to start his run in Indy. Jacksonville is fully behind Gardner Minshew after the former sixth-round pick popped off in his rookie campaign. No longer having Nick Foles’ shadow in town should provide Minshew some slack to help him grow. The young QB displayed a knack for getting out of danger behind a porous offensive line last season. He’ll likely need to prove mobile again out of the gate against Indy after the Jags didn’t use considerable assets to improve the blocking in 2020.
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