TheThe pandemic has devastated the schedules for the NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS (and almost everything else), but the NFL continues to plan to continue its campaign for 2020. However, the preparation for the season was far from normal. A number of players have signed out, all preparation games have been canceled and training camps have opened late, allowing teams to switch straight from training to the first week of the regular season.
Ahead of a busy Sunday of games, Thursday brings the first glimpse of what football will be like in this new normal as the Houston Texans face defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT) on NBC.
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When does the NFL season start?
The regular NFL season begins Thursday, September 10, with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT) on NBC.
Where are games played?
It is currently planned that the teams will play their games as planned in their respective home stadiums.
Are fans allowed?
This is one of the great wildcards. There is no straight answer. Some teams plan to open with fans, others without.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Aug. 17 that the Chiefs plan to host their home opener at 22% capacity at Arrowhead Stadium, which would equate to approximately 16,800 fans.
Other teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, have announced that they plan to host their respective home openings without fans in the stands. So far it seems to be a team to team and city to city situation that changes a lot before the games start.
How can I watch the NFL?
Assuming the 2020 NFL season continues, you can expect to see it in a variety of locations including on CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, the NFL Network, and NFL RedZone. (Editor’s note: CNET and CBS are both owned by ViacomCBS.)
The NFL will be all over again. The full list of dates and games for this platform is:
- October 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
- October 15: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
- October 22: New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles
- October 29th: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
- November 5th: Green Bay Packers for the San Francisco 49ers
- November 12th: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
- November 19: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
- December 3: Dallas Cowboys in Baltimore Ravens
- December 10th: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams
- December 17th: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
- December 25th: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
For each game, a number of live TV streaming services offer broadcast networks or the NFL network and RedZone. Exact channels may also vary depending on where you live.
FuboTV costs $ 60 per month for its standard plan and includes CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as ESPN and the NFL network. A Sports Plus add-on for $ 11 a month gives you RedZone, and FuboTV also broadcasts the Fox Thursday Night football games in 4K.
Click here to see what local channels you get.
YouTube TV is $ 65 per month and includes all of the channels NFL fans need: CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. Enter your zip code on the welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Just in time for the new season, the NFL network and an option for RedZone were recently added.
Hulu with live TV is $ 55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. Click the “See Channels Near You” link on the welcome page to see which local channels are available in your zip code. The NFL network and RedZone are not available here.
AT&T TV Now’s Plus package for $ 55 per month includes CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. You can use the channel search tool to see which local channels are available in your area. The NFL network and RedZone are not available.
Sling TV splits its live NFL options between its $ 30 a month Blue plan and its $ 30 a month Orange plan, forcing or encouraging NFL fans to make a tough decision, for both at $ 45 jump per month. Sling Blue includes NBC and Fox. Sling Orange contains ESPN.
Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, RedZone, or the NFL network, but its packages are discounted by $ 10 in the first month. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available to you.
CBS All Access is $ 6 a month and allows you to watch the games that air on your local CBS station on Sundays if you live in any of these 206 markets where the service has live TV. This is a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers who are not getting CBS.
All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trials, can cancel at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information?.
What happened to the preseason?
The NFL canceled the entire 2020 preseason in July. The teams are focused on having their own training camps to prepare for the season ahead.
Will the NFL move some Sunday games to other days?
This seems to be possible, especially if college football isn’t happening or is scaled back significantly. The NFL has been rumored to be rescheduling some games to Saturday when college football is canceled, but this is still very much unknown. Some of the Power 5 college football conferences are still planning to play games this fall.
The NFL may need to get government approval if they wanted to postpone games to Friday or Saturday nights based on Chapter 32 of the United States Code, which aims to keep those nights free for high school and college football from September to December.
Which players are sitting outside?
As with other sports, quite a number of NFL players have pulled out of the 2020 season. Here are some of the notable players who are not participating this year. A larger list is available from ESPN:
- Patrick Chung, S., New England Patriots
- Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
- Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
- CJ Mosley, LB, New York Jets
- Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
- Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs