The Week 4 game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs has been moved to Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET after being postponed from Sunday
ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the adjustment.
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With the Chiefs-Pats set for Monday night, not only will KC now have to play three games in 10 days, but Buffalo could be coming off a Week 5 bye if the Titans can’t play next Sunday. Buffalo would be at home, with extra time to prepare for the Chiefs. It’s the COVID season.
The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will kick off their Monday night game at 8:50 p.m. ET.
Both teams remained clear with all negative tests since the initial two positives on Saturday morning, per Rapoport.
Newton is out for this game, and Rapoport reported the Patriots will turn to Brian Hoyer under center.
This was the second game of the week to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Tennessee Titans' matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers also moved. That game has been shifted to Week 7, with Week 4 now a bye for both teams.
Tennessee has faced the most significant outbreak in the NFL to this point, with 18 positive tests between players and staff members in the past week as of Sunday morning, per Schefter. Some of the players who tested positive reportedly have dealt with flu-like symptoms.
While the high number of positives prevented the game from being played this week, the NFL felt the limited number between the Patriots and Chiefs allowed their game to take place after a short delay.
Despite the changes, it should remain a highly anticipated battle between two top contenders in the AFC. The Patriots look different on the field compared to the last time these squads faced off in Week 14 last season, including no Tom Brady, but Bill Belichick is still on the sidelines to take on Andy Reid for a matchup between the two winningest active coaches in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense have looked unstoppable at times this year, but the Patriots have a knack for making things difficult on that side of the ball.