The 2020 NFL season was announced Thursday with the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs currently set to open the season on Thursday, Sept. 10 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET.
This season also ushers in a new phase for the Raiders, who moved to their new home in Las Vegas this offseason. However, the Raiders aren't the only team with a new venue. The Chargers and Rams will share SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles starting in 2020.
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, marks the final day of the regular season before the playoffs start on the weekend of Jan. 9-10 with the expanded Wild Card playoff round.
Super Bowl LV is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Here's a look at each team's 2020 NFL schedule, with one key takeaway for each team:
- The Patriots have one Sunday night game (Week 10 vs. Baltimore), three Monday night games (Week 2 at Seattle, Week 9 at New York Jets, Week 16 vs. Buffalo) and one Thursday night game (Week 14 at Los Angeles Rams) for five primetime matchups during the 2020 season, which is tied for the most of any team.
- Buffalo's schedule features a Thursday night road game against the Chiefs, a Monday night game at the 49ers and a Monday night game at New England.
- The Jets will make three trips to the West Coast, beginning on Oct. 18 (at the Los Angeles Chargers) followed by back-to-back trips in Week 14 and Week 15 at the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams, respectively.
- One of the highlights on the schedule could be a potential matchup between the top two quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL draft—Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa—when the Cincinnati Bengals come to Hard Rock Stadium in Week 13 on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. ET.
- Quarterback Lamar Jackson can dazzle an audience with his electrifying style of play and he'll take center stage with five primetime games, tied for the most in franchise history.
- The Steelers are currently slated to play four primetime games in 2020. After opening on the road, they'll play four of their next five games at home.
- The Browns will open their season on the road in Baltimore, taking on the Ravens. Last year when the two teams faced off in this venue, the Browns had their biggest win of the 2019 season, beating the Ravens 40-25. The Ravens didn't lose another regular season game the rest of the year.
- The Bengals have two primetime games this season. First, a Thursday night matchup in Week 2 against the Browns in Cleveland. Then, they host the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
- The Texans have arguably the toughest first two weeks of the season, first with a road game against the Kansas City Chiefs on the opening Thursday of the year. They then play the following week at home to face reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Colts' schedule has five games against teams that made the playoffs last season, including a Week 10 road trip to Nashville, Tenn., to face the AFC South Division rival Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. It’s the Colts’ only primetime game.
- Standing between the Tennessee Titans and a second straight playoff appearance is a schedule that starts with the final game of the league’s opening weekend in Denver and ends with five road trips in the final seven weeks.
- The Jaguars will have just one primetime game once again, though this time it won't be yet another re-run of the Jaguars taking the field versus Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, as it has often been.
- The Chiefs will have five primetime games as they try to defend their Super Bowl title, with three of them coming on the road.
- The Broncos get three primetime games, one on each football day—Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
- After a season opener on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chargers will return home for their first non-exhibition game at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs drawing the honor as the first visiting opponent.
- The Raiders play their first game in Las Vegas during Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
The Giants’ 2020 regular season schedule will feature two Monday night home games, including the Week 1 opener against Pittsburgh and the Week 8 visit by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's the first time the Giants will host two Monday night games in the 51-year history of Monday Night Football.
- The Eagles both open and close their season against Washington, with the first matchup coming on the road. There's a good chance Ron Rivera's team will look very different in each of those matchups.
- Washington does not play a scheduled primetime game this year because its mandatory Thursday game is on Thanksgiving in Dallas.
- Jerry Jones gets his way, as the Cowboys will open up the new SoFi Stadium against the Rams in Los Angeles.
- Green Bay hasn’t opened the season against Minnesota since 2008—Aaron Rodgers’s first career start.
- The last time the Bears faced the Detroit Lions in a season opener, they went to the NFC Championship game.
- Detroit will be hosting the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving this year. In their last Thanksgiving matchup eight years ago, both teams missed field goals in overtime in a wild game that Houston won, 34-31.
- The Vikings will host the Packers in Week 1 for the first time in franchise history. They have opened at Lambeau Field six times, most recently in 2008, but this will be their first time beginning a season at home against their biggest rivals. Talk about a big test right out of the gate.
- New Orleans will be tested right away with Tom Brady and the Bucs coming to town in Week 1, and the team has three prime time games, all before its bye in Week 6.
- Things aren't going to come easy for Carolina in Year 1 of the Matt Rhule era. Aside from a stacked NFC South, the Panthers have some extremely difficult matchups outside of the division, including road trips to Kansas City, Minnesota, Green Bay, and Los Angeles to play the Chargers.
- After rarely getting to play in front of a national audience for years, the Bucs are scheduled to play five of their 16 games in primetime.
- Atlanta's schedule features only two primetime games, both on the road. At least the Falcons will get an extra home game after they were initially set to lose one to the International Series in London.
- The Rams will have two chances to exact revenge upon those responsible for their Super Bowl LIII defeat, with both coming in primetime. Los Angeles will play on Monday Night Football for their Week 11 road clash against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then host the New England Patriots in Week 14 on Thursday Night Football.
- It'll be a season of streaks with three consecutive road games and three straight at home surrounding Arizona's bye week. The Cardinals play two primetime games, both on the road: Against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 6, then versus Seattle in Week 11 on Thursday Night Football.
- The toughest part of Seattle's schedule may come after an early Week 6 bye, as the Seahawks will travel to face a much-improved Arizona squad in Glendale, host San Francisco, and then take on tough road tests against Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams in a four-week span.
- Coming off a Super Bowl appearance, the 49ers have five primetime games and could add a sixth in Week 16 based on flex scheduling.