2020 Schedule Review

2020 Schedule Review
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If 2020’s wild free agency and promising draft class didn’t already have you praying for football season, Thursday night’s schedule release surely would have fixed that. There’s plenty to look forward to, with the upcoming season boasting several veteran match-ups, rookie showdowns and deep-rooted rivalries.

But what fixtures have we taken a particular liking to? Here are some of the most highly-anticipated games for the upcoming season.

Week 1 – Buccaneers @ Saints

Sunday 13th September / 21:25 GMT

Excitement factor: 9/10

Tom Brady’s move to Tampa Bay has made him and Drew Brees divisional rivals, and their week 1 matchup is a must-watch for NFL fans. They’re highly-regarded as two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and now we get to watch them face-off twice in a season.

Believe it or not the two have only played each other five times over the course of their careers. Brees currently holds the bragging rights with a 3-2 record against the six time Super Bowl winner but whatever happens in 2020, there promises to be fireworks.

Week 3 – Chiefs @ Ravens

Tuesday 29th September / 1:15 GMT (MNF)

Excitement factor: 9/10

With this Monday Night Football matchup you won’t have to worry about whether or not the late night will be worth it. The Chiefs/Ravens rivalry has blossomed over the past two years and they’re both looking to come out on top of the AFC in 2020. With that being said, the outcome of this game could decide who secures home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Playoff seeding aside, the quarterback matchup makes this fixture even more intriguing. Both Jackson and Mahomes have had MVP seasons in the first three years of their career but the Chiefs’ signal caller holds all the cards with a 2-0 record against the Ravens. However Baltimore have only gotten better since they last faced off so who knows what will happen this time round.

Week 9 – Packers @ 49ers

Friday 5th November / 1:20 GMT (TNF)

Excitement factor: 8/10

Aaron Rodgers and Co. are bound to have a sour taste in their mouth after falling to Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers in the NFC Championship Game last year. This Thursday Night Football game is sure to excite, with potential playoff implications for two teams who are poised to compete in the conference again this year.

Week 11 – Bengals @ Redskins

Sunday 22nd November / 18:00 GMT

Excitement factor: 7/10

The number one and number two overall picks in this year’s draft will be going at it in week 11. Chase Young may have some animosity towards the Bengals for not being the first player off the board and this matchup will be the perfect way to prove them wrong.

On the other hand the LSU star quarterback will be looking to pick up a win against one of the weaker teams on Cincinnati’s schedule. It’ll be a fun matchup for two teams who don’t have high hopes in 2020.

Week 13 – Bengals @ Dolphins

Thursday 3rd December / 18:00 GMT

Excitement factor: 8/10

The Bengals have exciting matchups in the space of three weeks? That’s the Joe Burrow effect. In week 13 Cincinnati will travel to Miami to take on the quarterback taken after him, Tua Tagovailoa.

In the build up to draft day, analysts were torn between these two prospects so there’s no doubt that it will be exciting to see who comes out on top in the first meeting of their career.

Week 15 – Chiefs @ Saints

Sunday 20th December / 21:25 GMT

Excitement factor: 9/10

Don’t be surprised if this game gets flexed to primetime. Seeing Patrick Mahomes battle against Drew Brees in the SuperDome is my personal pick for game of the season.

One thing’s for sure is that it promises to be a thrill ride. Both teams are hoping to top their conferences as the season draws to a close so will this matchup could mean the difference between a number one seed and a wildcard spot. Don’t sleep on their defences either as both the Saints and Chiefs are just as able to shut teams down as they can put points on the board.

Week 17 – Seahawks @ 49ers

Sunday 3rd January / 21:25 GMT

Excitement factor: 8/10

The last week of the NFL season is crunch time and this Seahawks/49ers matchup might turn into the biggest game out of the lot. They were both in hot competition for the NFC West title in 2019 and this season it might come down to the wire. The game will be decided by who has the better game out of Russel Wilson and the 49ers defence. Expect a close gritty battle that could go either way.

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