• NFL Schedule 2020: Release Date, Team Schedules, Opening Night, Draft, Playoff, Super Bowl

    Mar 15, 2020 9:42 PM by Stephen Spiewak

    NFL 2020 Schedule Release

    (UPDATED 3/17/2020) The release of the NFL schedule is always a big moment on the football calendar, as it signals the first time fans can look ahead to exact dates and times that they’ll be able to head to the stadium to cheer on their favorite team.

     

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    Vivid Seats has a full breakdown below of the 2020 NFL schedule release and other key dates for the 2020 season.

    When will the 2020 NFL schedule be released?

    Vivid Seats has compiled the historical NFL schedule release dates, which fan help fans understand when the 2020 NFL schedule for the regular season will be released:

    2020 - April 16 (projected)*

    2019 - April 17

    2018 - April 19

    2017 - April 20

    2016 - April 14

    2015 - April 21

    2014 - April 23

    2013 - April 18

    2012 - April 17

    2011 - April 19

    2010 - April 20

    2009 - April 14

    2008 - April 15

    2007 - April 11

    2006 - April 6

    2005 - April 13

    After experimenting with releasing the schedule during the second week of April, the NFL has mostly shifted to releasing the schedule during the third week of April, between April 15-21 in recent years. Sometimes, if Easter occurs during this week, it can shift the schedule up. However, in 2020, Easter occurs on April 12.

    Based on the most recent release dates, the NFL schedule release 2020 date will be Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

    *However, there have been reports that the NFL schedule release 2020 date may be pushed back, as the league considers releasing the schedule after the NFL Draft, to allow top picks from to be showcased in premier time slots. If this happens, the NFL likely will not be released until April 30 or later. This protects the NFL from potentially scheduling the Cincinnati Bengals (with No. 1 overall pick, projected to select LSU QB Joe Burrow) in a primetime matchup early in the season, only to have the Bengals trade away the pick after the schedule is announced and have a Burrow-less Bengals in a key game.

    UPDATE (3/16/20): Due to coronavirus, it's possible the 2020 NFL Schedule release may get pushed back even further. Free agency did begin on time, as scheduled, which is a good sign for the NFL schedule release (and season overall) to remain on track. It remains to be seen how the NFL / coronavirus situation fully plays out. 

    When Does the NFL Schedule Come Out?

    The entire NFL season schedule is announced at the same time, although in the 24-48 hours before the full schedule is released, certain individual games may be announced or leaked, such as the season opener, Week 1 games or a Super Bowl rematch. The NFL season schedule is a key moment of the offseason each year.

    NFL teams have their schedules in advance of the official league announcement, and teams will typically reveal them with creative video assets on social media accounts. 

    The 2020 NFL Schedule will likely come out on April 16.

    When is NFL Opening Day (Opening Weekend)?

    The NFL 2020 season begins on Sept. 10 and concludes on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The NFL season start date will once again be on a Thursday, with Thursday Night Football. The first game of the 2020 NFL season will be  on September 10. 

    2020 NFL International Schedule

    The 2019 NFL schedule featured four games in London and one game in Mexico City. Here's the breakdown:

    Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders - Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
    Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. ET, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Los Angeles Rams - Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET, Wembley Stadium
    Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars - Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. ET, Wembley Stadium
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers - Nov. 18, 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday Night Football), Estadio Azteca

    The 2020 NFL International Schedule will likely feature a similar breakdown of games in London as well as a game in Mexico.

    There are rumors about a Dolphins vs. Patriots game in Mexico, but the NFL has denied this. If a Patriots/Dolphins international game takes place, it would be considered a home game for the Dolphins.

    Reports have confirmed that the Jacksonville Jaguars will host two games in London on consecutive weekends as part of their 2020 schedule. This will make the first time any team has played twice in London in one season. These games will both take place at Wembley Stadium.

    Another likely 2020 London game is the Atlanta Falcons vs. the Denver Broncos. Falcons owner Arthur Blank suggested the team would match up with Denver. The Falcons are already confirmed to play in London in 2020.

    When is the 2020 NFL Draft?

    The 2020 NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFL Draft 2020 will be the first NFL Draft to take place in Las Vegas. Its percise location could be Henderson, N.V.

    UPDATE (3/16/20): The NFL Draft will still take place in Las Vegas from April 23-25. However, public events surrounding the NFL Draft will be canceled. In previous years, in cities like Nashville and Chicago, NFL Draft events drew thousands of fans to busy city areas.

    Will the 2020 NFL Season Have 17 Games?

    The new CBA agreement allows for a 17-game schedule starting with the 2021 NFL schedule. The 2020 NFL season will feature 16 games.

    When is the 2020 Super Bowl?

    The 2020 Super Bowl—Super Bowl 54—will took place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2, 2020, following the conclusion of the 2019 NFL regular season. The 2021 Super Bowl will take place on Feb. 7 in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium.

    Will the 2020 NFL Season Be Postponed or Delayed Due to Coronavirus?

    Right now, there are no indications that the NFL season in 2020 will be postponed or delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    NFL Preseason Schedule 2020

    The 2020 NFL Preseason is likely to begin on Thursday, August 6, 2020 with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, featuring the Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. The weekly schedule will breakdown as follows:
    NFL Preseason Week 1 - Aug. 6-10
    NFL Preseason Week 2 - Aug. 13-17
    NFL Preseason Week 3 - Aug. 20-27
    NFL Preseason Week 4 - Aug. 27-31

    See here for team-by-team NFL preseason schedules and tickets.

    NFL Week 1 Schedule Rumors 2020

    The first week of the NFL season usually features marquee matchups. The NFL 2020 season opener could prove for be a Super Bowl rematch.

    NFL Postseason Schedule 2020

    The NFL postseason 2020 will begin on Saturday, January 5, 2021 with a pair of Wild Card Weekend games.

    Las Vegas Raiders First Game

    The Las Vegas Raiders will debut in 2020. The first home game on the team's schedule will serve as the first Las Vegas NFL game ever. It will take place at the Las Vegas Raiders' new stadium, Allegiant Stadium. Las Vegas Raiders tickets will be available on Vivid Seats once the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders schedule is final.

    NFL 2020 Schedule Key Dates and Games and NFL Fixtures 2020

    Feb. 24 - March 2: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)

    March 10: Deadline for franchise tag

    March 18: Free agency begins

    April 23-25: NFL Draft (Las Vegas)

    May 1-4: Rookie minicamps

    Mid-July: Training camp opens

    Aug. 6: Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio (Pro Football Hall of Fame) - Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Sept. 10: Opening Day: Thursday Night Football

    Pro Bowl: January 31, 2021 (Possibly in Miami)

    Super Bowl: February 7, 2021 (Raymond James Stadium - Tampa)

    Key 2020 games

    Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys
    New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs 
    New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders
    Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs 
    Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots 

    Thursday Night Football Schedule 2020

    The full Thursday Night Football schedule will be announced when the entire schedule is revealed. It will be broadcast across different mediums. Teams that return from London the previous week are usually exempt from playing on Thursday Night Football the following week. Teams that play on Monday Night Football also are unlikely to play on Thursday Night Football the following week.

    Monday Night Football Schedule 2020

    The Monday Night Football Schedule for 2020 will be revealed when the entire 2020 NFL schedule comes out. During Week 1, there will be two Monday Night Football games, with the second game normally being played in the western part of the country and kicking off later than a normal primetime game.

    Sunday Night Football Schedule 2020

    Some of the best matchups of the season tend to fall on Sunday Night Football. The full SNF schedule for 2020 will be released with the entire NFL Schedule release 2020.

    Tom Brady 2020 Team Games

    Wherever Tom Brady lands in 2020, it will be a big deal--and his team will likely play in multiple primetime, standalone games. If Tom Brady signs with the Raiders, then the Raiders game @ the New England Patriots would become the most highly anticipated game of the year. If Tom Brady signs with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team's home game against the New England Patriots would become one of the biggest games of the season. If Tom Brady signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team's road game against the New York Giants as well as its home game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers would become top games of the 2020 NFL season.

    NFL Schedule 2020

    Vivid Seats will have full 2020 NFL schedule and ticket information below. Games and matchups for the 2021 nfl schedule have yet to be released. 

    American Football Conference

    AFC East Team

    New England Patriots Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
    Road Games: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

    Miami Dolphins Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks
    Road Games: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

    Buffalo Bills Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
    Road Games: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

    New York Jets Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
    Road Games: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

    AFC North Team

    Baltimore Ravens Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans
    Road Games: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

    Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
    Road Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

     

    Cleveland Brown Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
    Road Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

    Cincinnati Bengals Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans
    Road Games: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

     

    AFC South Team

    Houston Texans Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots
    Away Games: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Indianapolis Colts Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets.
    Road Games: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Tennessee Titans Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Road Games: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

    Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Road Games: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

    AFC West Team

    Kansas City Chiefs Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Denver Broncos, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Jets
    Road Games: Denver Broncos, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Los Angeles Chargers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets.
    Road Games: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Denver Broncos Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
    Road Games: Kansas City Chiefs, Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Las Vegas Raiders Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Road Games: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets

    National Football Conference

    NFC East Team

    Dallas Cowboys Schedule 2020

    Home Games: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
    Road Games: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

    Philadelphia Eagles Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks.
    Road Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers.

    Washington Redskins Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks
    Road Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

    New York Giants Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    Road Games: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks.

    NFC North Team

    Chicago Bears Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Road Games: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans

    Minnesota Vikings Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
    Road Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Green Bay Packers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans
    Away Games: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Detroit Lions Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
    Road Games: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

    NFC South Team

    New Orleans Saints Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers
    Road Games: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

    Atlanta Falcons Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Raiders, Seattle Seahawks
    Road Games: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

    Carolina Panthers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Raiders
    Away Games: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings
    Road Games: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Raiders, New York Giants

    NFC West Team

    Los Angeles Rams Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets
    Road Games: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

    Seattle Seahawks Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets
    Road Games: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

    San Francisco 49ers Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins.
    Road Games: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets.

     

    Arizona Cardinals Schedule 2020

    Home Games: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins.
    Road Games: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets.

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