2020 NFL Schedule: Release Date, Team-by-Team Opponents and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 05: Members of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate on stage with the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Kansas City Chiefs Victory Parade on February 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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The NFL is in the middle of what has been an unusual offseason with a virtual draft, canceled activities, closed facilities and travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it is still planning—for now—on holding the regular season as initially scheduled.

The league will release its 2020 schedule Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. It will be available on NFL Network, the NFL app and NFL.com.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided more details:

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Coming soon! The 2020 NFL schedule will be unveiled Thursday at 8 pm on NFL Network. “Schedule Release ‘20” airs Thursday, a three-hour show that breaks down the upcoming regular season schedule, division-by-division, nuance by nuance.

Every team already knows its opponents for the upcoming campaign, so let's check out the matchups and analyze some of the top storylines before the slate is officially set in stone.


Team-by-Team Opponents

Arizona Cardinals

Home: Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Bills, Lions, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins

Road: Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Panthers, Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Jets


Atlanta Falcons

Home: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Seahawks

Road: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings


Baltimore Ravens

Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chiefs, Giants, Titans

Road: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins


Buffalo Bills

Home: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Steelers, Seahawks

Road: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Cardinals, Broncos, Raiders, 49ers, Titans


Carolina Panthers

Home: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders

Road: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, Redskins


Chicago Bears

Home: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Saints, Giants, Buccaneers

Road: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Rams, Titans


Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Giants, Titans

Road: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins


Cleveland Browns

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Raiders, Eagles, Redskins

Road: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Giants, Jets, Titans


Dallas Cowboys

Home: Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Cardinals, Falcons, Browns, Steelers, 49ers

Road: Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Ravens, Bengals, Rams, Vikings, Seahawks


Denver Broncos

Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Titans

Road: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Falcons, Panthers, Patriots, Jets, Steelers


Detroit Lions

Home: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Saints, Buccaneers, Redskins

Road: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans


Green Bay Packers

Home: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Eagles, Titans

Road: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Texans, Colts, Saints, 49ers, Buccaneers


Houston Texans

Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Packers, Vikings, Patriots

Road: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Bears, Browns, Lions, Chiefs, Steelers


Indianapolis Colts

Home: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Packers, Vikings, Jets

Road: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Bears, Browns, Lions, Raiders, Steelers


Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Texans, Colts, Titans, Bears, Browns, Lions, Dolphins, Steelers

Road: Texans, Colts, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Packers, Chargers, Vikings


Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Patriots, Jets

Road: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers


Las Vegas Raiders

Home: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Patriots, Jets

Road: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers


Los Angeles Chargers

Home: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Patriots, Jets

Road: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Bills, Bengals, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers


Los Angeles Rams

Home: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Bears, Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Jets

Road: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Bills, Dolphins, Eagles, Buccaneers, Redskins


Miami Dolphins

Home: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Bengals, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks

Road: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Cardinals, Broncos, Jaguars, Raiders, 49ers


Minnesota Vikings

Home: Bears, Lions, Packers, Falcons, Panthers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Titans

Road: Bears, Lions, Packers, Texans, Colts, Saints, Seahawks, Buccaneers


New England Patriots

Home: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Cardinals, Ravens, Broncos, Raiders, 49ers

Road: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Texans, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks


New Orleans Saints

Home: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Vikings, 49ers

Road: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Eagles


New York Giants

Home: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins, Cardinals, Browns, Steelers, 49ers, Buccaneers

Road: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins, Ravens, Bears, Bengals, Rams, Seahawks


New York Jets

Home: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Cardinals, Browns, Broncos, Raiders, 49ers

Road: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Colts, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks


Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Ravens, Bengals, Rams, Saints, Seahawks

Road: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Cardinals, Browns, Packers, Steelers, 49ers


Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Texans, Colts, Eagles, Redskins

Road: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Giants, Titans


San Francisco 49ers

Home: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Bills, Packers, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins

Road: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, Cowboys, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Jets


Seattle Seahawks

Home: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Cowboys, Vikings, Patriots, Giants, Jets

Road: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Falcons, Bills, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Vikings

Road: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Bears, Broncos, Lions, Raiders, Giants


Tennessee Titans

Home: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Bills, Bears, Browns, Lions, Steelers

Road: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Ravens, Bengals, Broncos, Packers, Vikings


Washington Redskins

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Ravens, Panthers, Bengals, Rams, Seahawks

Road: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Cardinals, Browns, Lions, Steelers, 49ers


Top Storylines For 2020 NFL Season

Are Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Starting a Dynasty?

Kansas City is coming off a terrific year. It went 12-4 during the regular season and then scored an eye-popping 117 points in playoff victories over the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers en route to winning Super Bowl LIV, the franchise's first title since 1969.

The Chiefs and their fans shouldn't have to wait 50 years to celebrate another championship, though.

Mahomes, who's still on his rookie contract, will be one of the biggest bargains in sports with a cap hit of just $5.3 million in 2020. That's allowed the Kansas City front office to keep most of the players from its title-winning team in place for a repeat bid.

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC's top seed last season, are also emerging as a threat and every season brings about a new set of challengers, but the Chiefs are a step ahead of the pack after their dominant showing during the Super Bowl run.

They are the best bet to take the dynasty crown from the New England Patriots.


Tom Brady Tries To Push Bucs into Contention

Speaking of the Patriots, while they enter a new era, their longtime quarterback signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Tom Brady posted an 88.0 passer rating for the Pats in 2019, his lowest mark since 2013, but a significant portion of that drop can be attributed to a lack of weapons in the New England offense. His touchdown-to-interception ratio remained a strong 24-8.

He won't be limited by his targets in Tampa. The team features perhaps the league's best wide receiver tandem in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski, who reunited with his former Pats quarterback after a brief one-year retirement.

The Buccaneers' defense is also vastly underrated after being hampered by Jameis Winston's mistake-prone style of play under center last season. The unit ranked fifth in defensive DVOA (via Football Outsiders) and tied for sixth in yards allowed per play (5.1) despite giving up the fourth-most points.

Upgrading to Brady at quarterback has the potential to instantly transform the Bucs from a sub-.500 squad into a serious threat in the NFC.


Raiders Arrive In Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the third home of the Raiders franchise in 60 years of existence. It started in Oakland in 1960 before moving to Los Angeles in 1982. The organization returned to Oakland in 1995 and remained there through last season before making the move to Sin City for 2020.

Once avoided by professional leagues because of Vegas' gambling roots, the NHL bucked the trend with the formation of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. Now the NFL has followed suit.

The Knights have quickly formed one of hockey's most passionate fanbases, showing the city can sustain a team despite the importance of tourism.

Vegas made a concerted effort to upgrade its effort in free agency with the signings of linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, defensive end Carl Nassib, defensive tackle Maliek Collins and cornerback Eli Apple. It'll help a unit that ranked 24th in points allowed last season.

The Raiders probably aren't ready to contend for a championship at this stage, especially since they have to compete with the Chiefs for a high seed out of the AFC West, but they could compete for a playoff berth in the AFC during their first year in Vegas.