NFL schedule 2020: Dates, times, TV channels for every game, week by week
For now, the 2020 NFL schedule features a complete slate of 17 weeks and 256 games. The league hopes to keep it that way despite the schedule-related challenges it will face as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cast a shadow of doubt over all live sports.
Unless games on the 2020 NFL schedule get postponed or canceled, and barring a delayed start to the season, the opening weekend of regular-season games will begin Thursday, Sept. 10. And a complete 2020 NFL season played on schedule would mean an on-time Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay on Feb. 7.
The NFL is banking on medical and scientific developments in the coming months, as it believes the entirety of the 2020 NFL schedule can play out on time as long as COVID-19/antibody testing is prevalent by the time September arrives. The league also hopes fans by that point will be allowed to make their own, informed decisions on whether attending NFL games is safe.
Because the coronavirus is not going away anytime soon, every week of the 2020 NFL season will present its own challenges and safety hazards, which is why widespread testing is such a vital element. The NFL also will need the cooperation of state and local governments if intends to play games with fans in stadiums.
That’s why some of the NFL’s reported contingency plans include delayed starts to the 2020 season, including a regular-season schedule that would start in mid-October to give states more time to allow mass gatherings like live sporting events.
So the 2020 NFL schedule the league released in early May should be taken with a grain of salt. Changes are possible, if not likely.
Below is the week-by-week NFL schedule for 2020, complete with dates, kickoff times and TV information for all 256 games.