2020 NFL Preseason Schedule Released: Opponents, Dates, Times and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 8, 2020

Patrick Mahomes (izquierda) y Tyrann Mathieu de los Chiefs de Kansas City tras vencer a los 49ers de San Francisco en el Super Bowl, el domingo 2 de febrero de 2020. (AP Foto/David J. Phillip)
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The hype for the 2020 NFL season can officially begin following the release of the league's preseason schedule.

As previously announced, the preseason will kick off on Aug. 6 when the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

Here is the full schedule of nationally televised preseason games, per NFL.com:

Aug. 6: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)

Aug. 20: New York Jets at Detroit Lions, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Aug. 22: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8 p.m. ET (CBS)

Aug. 23: New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8 p.m. ET (Fox)

Aug. 24: Washington at Indianapolis Colts, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Aug. 28: Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons, 8 p.m. ET (CBS)

Aug. 30: Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns, 4 p.m. ET (FOX)

Aug. 30: Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)

*Full preseason schedule can be viewed at NFL.com


All eyes will be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener on the road at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That will be the first game of Tom Brady's NFL career playing for an organization other than the New England Patriots.

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The Buccaneers continued to raid former Patriots stars April 21, when they acquired Rob Gronkowski, who come out of retirement to play with Brady again.

Brady was managed carefully during the preseason in recent years with the Patriots. The 42-year-old appeared in just one exhibition game last season and hasn't played in more than two warm-up games since 2015.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians will have to determine the best way to use Brady to get him accustomed to playing with new wide receivers like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

Fans may get some indication of the player Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will use as Brady's replacement in their preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.

Even though the Buccaneers were the talk of the offseason because of Brady's arrival, it's the Kansas City Chiefs who enter 2020 as the reigning Super Bowl champions. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes engineered three playoff comebacks trailing by at least 10 points to lead the franchise to its first title in 50 years.

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Mahomes and the Chiefs will begin their preseason slate at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Staying in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens were the best team in the NFL during the regular season (14-2). Lamar Jackson, fresh off being named NFL MVP, is Mahomes' top competition for the title of best quarterback in the league in his second full season as Baltimore's starting quarterback.

The Ravens' first chance to show off their 2020 roster comes against the Buffalo Bills at home.

While Baltimore and Kansas City are set at quarterback for the foreseeable future, a number of teams are welcoming new signal-callers they hope will help them to compete for Super Bowls.

Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts), Teddy Bridgewater (Carolina Panthers) and Nick Foles (Chicago Bears) are among the notable signal-callers who will make their first starts for new teams this preseason.

In addition to those veterans, high-profile rookies like Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals), Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins), Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) and Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers) will also likely make their NFL debuts this preseason.

Love is in the most unique position as a first-round quarterback because he's not going to play unless Aaron Rodgers is injured. The other three have at least a good chance to see game time during the regular season.

Coming off a breakout 2019 season, the San Francisco 49ers were one quarter away from beating the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. After rumors they could pursue Brady in free agency, the 49ers will run it back with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback and a loaded roster.

The NFC West has the potential to be the best division in the NFL in 2020. The 49ers breezed through the playoffs last year after a 13-3 record in the regular season. The Seattle Seahawks have a dynamic offense featuring Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.

The Los Angeles Rams are one year removed from playing in the Super Bowl and finished a respectable 9-7 last season. The Arizona Cardinals added DeAndre Hopkins to an offense that already has Kyler Murray, Larry Fitzgerald, Kenyan Drake and Christian Kirk.

Hopkins could make his first appearance in a Cardinals uniform at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.

There is no shortage of storylines in the NFL heading into 2020.


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