Let’s face it – we’re desperate for sports at this point. Outside of Korean baseball, we’re resigned to watching old highlights and hoping for the revival of the NBA, NHL, and MLB seasons. But Sports Gods be praised, we have been given something to look forward to with the release of the 2020 NFL season schedule.
With all this time on our hands, The Turf is taking a deep dive into the schedule to highlight the game we are most looking forward to every week of the 2020 NFL Season.
Week 1 – Sunday, 9/13 at 4:25 EST – TB at NO
While the kick-off game (HOU at KC on Thursday Night) always promises to be a big one, Sunday afternoon will bring us a divisional tilt between perennial NFC favorite New Orleans and the new and improved Tompa Brady Bucs. Brees vs Brady. Two high-flying offenses. This game will be a fantasy-favorite that gives Brady a chance to show what he can do with legitimate pass-catching weapons.
Week 2 – Sunday, 9/20 at 4:25 EST – BAL at HOU
Houston definitely catches the short-end of the stick in the early–goings. Kicking off the season against KC, they’ll head back to Houston in Week 2 to take on the Ravens. In what could be a playoff preview, Bill O’Brien will be out to show his team can still hang with the AFC elite. On the other hand, you can bet Lamar Jackson and Co. will be looking to prove they are the team to beat in the AFC.
Week 3 – Sunday, 9/27 at 8:20 EST – GB at NO
In a week that boasts two potential Championship game previews (Baltimore at KC), a Rodgers and Brees showdown catches our attention. With GB drafting Jordan Love in the 1st Round,
pressure will be on Rodgers to show he can still lead GB to NFC supremacy. Expect another high-flying game that could have seeding implications down the road.
Week 4 – Sunday, 10/4 at 8:20 EST – PHI at SF
Both Philly and SF will be under enormous pressure this year. Jimmy G and the Niners will want to show 2019 wasn’t a fluke. For the Eagles, Wentz’ leash may be running short. They’ve hoped and prayed for Wentz to replicate his 2017 performance but since then, he’s disappointed. Philly spent serious draft capital on Jalen Hurts in the 2nd Round and let’s be honest – Philly fans aren’t the most patient. We’ll see if he shows up on Sunday night in Week 4.
Week 5 – Sunday, 10/11 at 1 EST – CIN at BAL
For Week 5, we go a little off the radar and get excited about…the Bengals? Oof – I have a hard time saying that.
But maybe the Joe Burrow led Bengals will be different? Maybe they can show up in their first big divisional clash and upset the Ravens. Burrow made a name for himself by showing up in the biggest spots at LSU. For his sake, let’s hope he brings some of that same magic to Cincinnati.
Week 6 – Thursday, 10/5 at 8:20 EST – KC at BUF
Since the first game of the season, we have a Thursday night match-up to get us excited. A revamped Buffalo offense and stingy defense could give the high-flying Chiefs a real fight. You can guarantee Bills Mafia will be calling out sick on Friday after this Marquee Thursday game.
Week 7 – Sunday, 10/25 at 1:00 EST – CLE at CIN
With 8 divisional rival games this week, there were plenty of games to get excited about. Surprisingly, the game I’m most looking forward to is this second tilt between Burrow and Baker Mayfield. We all remember the OBJ drama last year and if Cleveland can’t escape the lowly Bengals, you can bet OBJ will be BEGGING to get out of the Dawg Pound.
Week 8 – Sunday, 11/1 at 4:25 EST – SEA at SF
In Week 8, we head out west between divisional and conference favorites Seattle and San Fran. With two incredible matchups in 2019 (including an OT thriller in Week 10), you can guarantee this will be a slugfest between two of the NFC elite.
As we approach the midpoint of the season, this game is sure to carry playoff implications.
Week 9 – Thursday, 11/5 at 8:20 EST – GB at SF
In back-to-back weeks, we’ll see Jimmy G take on an NFC favorite. This time, Rodgers comes to town with the hopes of scoring a big win that could propel them to the top of the NFC. Last year, San Francisco’s defense stifled Rodgers in a Week-12 29-point blowout. Rodgers and the Pack will surely be out for revenge.
Week 10 – Sunday, 11/15 at 8:20 EST – BAL at NE
While I’m trying not to let my Patriot homer-ism show, I will be circling this Primetime match-up on my calendar. How will a Brady-less Pats team fare against the class of the AFC? Can the Pats continue their reign with Stidham at the helm? Will Baltimore put the kibosh on the Patriots dynasty? I’m already nervous about a match-up 6 months away.
Week 11 – Sunday, 11/22 at 4:25 EST – DAL at MIN
For the past few years, Dallas and Minnesota have been just outside of the NFC elite. With numerous disappointing regular seasons and some playoff choke jobs, these teams will have a lot to prove in 2020.
Dak, Zeke, and the Cowboys will look to come out of MIN with a statement win against a stodgy Vikings front-7.
Week 12 – Thanksgiving Thursday, 11/26 at 8:20 EST – BAL at PIT
Thanksgiving will bring us a couple of divisional tilts, including a juicy matchup between Big Ben and Lamar Jackson. Pittsburgh fans will be eager to see how much Roethlisberger has left in this tank. Depending on how the season plays out, this game could all but seal the division for Baltimore.
Week 13 – Sunday, 12/6 at 1:00 EST – ATL at GB
Desperate to bounce back from a disastrous 2019 campaign, Matt Ryan will lead the Falcons into Green Bay in the early Sunday slot. Atlanta has always had the weapons but their defense has consistently let them down. They’ll be put to the test on the road against Rodgers and Davante Adams.
Week 14 – Thursday, 12/10 at 8:20 EST – NE at LAR
On paper, this is a rematch of Super Bowl LIII. However, neither team is quite the same from the squads we saw in 2018. LAR has been cutting salary heading into 2020 and in New England…well, we all know what happened.
Both teams will be fighting for playoff spots and will need a big win heading down the home stretch.
Week 15 – Sunday, 12/20 at 4:25 EST – KC at NO
Week 15 will give us plenty of divisional games but we can’t wait for this inter-conference game between conference titans. In what will be the fantasy football semis for most, all eyes will be on this one.
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Under the new playoff format, only one team in each conference will get a bye. You can guarantee the Chiefs and Saints will both be vying for the 1-seed.
Week 16 – Sunday, 12/27 at 4:25 EST – PHI at DAL
I’ll give credit where’s it due – the NFL was brilliant in focusing late-season scheduling on divisional games. Whether having an incredible or atrocious year, everybody is always in it to win the NFC. Philly will head to Dallas with both teams hoping to lock up the East and secure a playoff spot.
Week 17 – Sunday, 1/3 at 1:00 EST – TEN at HOU
In the final week of the season, Mike Vrabel’s Titans will head into Houston with the hopes of upsetting the Texans. With no new deal for Deshaun Watson, missing the playoffs could push him out the door. Meanwhile, Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry will be looking to prove their 2019 run was no fluke.
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