NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Saturday Games for 2020 Schedule

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2019

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discusses a new initiative with AWS that will transform player health and safety using cloud computing during AWS re:Invent 2019 on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken/AP Images for NFL)
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Good news if you liked fantasy football championships playing out over Saturday and Sunday this season: The NFL is preparing to make that the case for the semifinals as well.  

Peter King of NBC Sports reported the NFL is considering scheduling games for Saturday in both Week 15 and 16 next season. The plan would work similarly to the route chosen for this season, with the league designating certain games as "to be determined" on the schedule before slotting in the best of the bunch for Saturday.

King's report says the NFL would choose two games for Saturday in Week 15 and 16, rather than the three chosen for Week 16 in 2019.

The NFL avoids scheduling games on Saturdays during the college football season. In past years, the NFL has had Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 but chose to condense their slate to only one week. The NFL had not had a Saturday triple-header since 2005 before this weekend.

All three games—Texans-Buccaneers, Bills-Patriots and Rams-49ers—were one-score games with playoff implications. While it's unlikely the NFL will be able to strike lightning twice, the thrilling atmosphere will make fans hungry for more Saturday games.  

King noted the NFL will likely begin its 2020 schedule Sept. 10 because Labor Day does not fall until Sept. 7. The NFL has been scheduling Week 1 for the first week after Labor Day for several years.