Steelers vs. Titans Moved to Week 7 After COVID Outbreak; PIT vs. Ravens Week 8

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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The NFL announced Friday that the game originally scheduled for Week 4 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans has been moved to Week 7.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the game will be played Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET and will be held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the rescheduling of the game also resulted in the Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup originally scheduled for Week 7 getting moved to Week 8. To accommodate that switch, the Ravens' bye week was changed from Week 8 to Week 7.

The NFL was forced to postpone Steelers vs. Titans after 13 members of the Titans organization tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Both the Titans and Steelers will officially have a bye week in Week 4. Week 7 was originally scheduled to be Tennessee's bye, but it has been replaced by the game versus Pittsburgh.

The Steelers were supposed to have a Week 8 bye, but they will face the rival Ravens on the road that week instead. The Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore game will occur Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. ET at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Had the Steelers and Titans met Sunday as originally scheduled, it would have been one of the top games on the Week 4 slate, as both teams are a perfect 3-0.

With that game getting pushed back to Week 7, the Titans' next scheduled game is a tough home test against the undefeated Buffalo Bills in Week 5 on Oct. 11, although that game will depend on whether the NFL deems it is safe for the Titans to play following their COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Steelers are next scheduled to host the 0-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 on Oct. 11.

While the postponement of Steelers vs. Titans only required minimal shuffling, it could become a major issue for the NFL if additional games have to be postponed.

As a result, the NFL informed teams of some new testing protocols Friday, including the testing of players and coaches during their bye weeks, meaning they are not permitted to leave their teams' cities during the bye.

With neither the Steelers nor the Titans playing in Week 4, they are both guaranteed to remain in first place in their respective divisions when they return to action in Week 5.