The 2020 NFL Schedule has been released and it looks to be another great year of football! With battles of young and shining quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson. As well as the old vets looking to add to their legacies like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Here are some of the highlight games to mark in your calendars.
Divisional Round Rematch
The 2020 NFL Schedule will be kicked off with a rematch from the Divisional Round. Week One will be kicked off by the Houston Texans going to the reigning Super Bowl Champions in the Kansas City Chiefs. A Houston Team that had a 24 point lead and watched it all slip away in the Divisional Round. Houston has lost arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins in one of, if not the, most lopsided trades in NFL history. Regardless of that, two young gunslingers in Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson will make for an exciting opening night.
Brady vs Brees. 2 Part Series
Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a wet dream for football fans. It guarantees two showdowns between the NFL All-Time leader in passing yards as well passing touchdowns and the man in second place in Drew Brees and Tom Brady respectively. It also gives the Buccaneers 5 prime time games which is a franchise record. The NFL gives us a taste of these two legendary quarterbacks right off the bat in Week One! The last time these two faced off was in 2017, in which Brady and the Pats came out on top with a 36-20 win. Yet the second part of this legendary showdown will happen in Florida on Sunday Night Football in Week Eight. Everyone get your popcorn ready as two legends will duke it out before the half way mark in the 2020 NFL Season.
Football on Christmas
Yes you heard that right, this year we get NFL Football on Christmas! The NFL went out of their way to put the Divisional Round Rematch between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints on Friday December 25th, which will be the first Friday Game since 2009. The NFL is making a push for a day that is usually reserved for the NBA unless it falls on a Sunday. Drew Brees had a damn near terrible game against the Vikings in the Divisional Round as he threw for 208 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and lost a fumble in the redzone with a chance to tie the game. The refs didn’t screw the Saints in that game, and the Vikings will be looking to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.
Big Ben Revenge Tour Begins
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed essentially all of the 2019 season. He says that he feels better going into this year after surgery. He’s also been on the receiving end of many media shots, most recently for his alleged lack of a workout regiment in the off-season, now it’s time to prove the doubters wrong. The Big Ben revenge tour begins on Monday Night Football, going to the New York Giants to face second year quarterback Daniel Jones in Week One of the NFL 2020 Schedule. A Steelers defense with TJ Watt, Devin Bush, Joe Haden, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and most importantly Minkah Fitzpatrick will look the haunt Daniel Jones and make him see ghosts like another New York quarterback.
Brady Mahomes: Part 4
Brady moving to Tampa Bay means that he won’t have to go through Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes to reach the Super Bowl. Yet, they’ll face off in Week 12 in their 4th matchup of their careers. It looks to be a fireworks show, don’t start either defense in fantasy that week. Mahomes throwing to Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins face off against Brady throwing to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski looks to be an exciting Sunday Matchup for all football fans alike. Brady is 2-1 in this match-up, so Mahomes will be looking to even the score.
Week Three, Monday Night Football, Kansas City goes to Baltimore. We get an early show down between the last two MVPs in Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes in Baltimore. The two seemed to be on a collision course in the 2019 playoffs until Jackson’s record breaking season came to an end to the hands of Ryan freaking Tannehill. Jackson’s legs are something to be feared, but the question remains about his arm. Against the Titans he didn’t have a great day throwing the ball, now he’s hoping to change the narrative. Beating the best quarterback in the NFL on the national stage of Monday Night Football seems to be a good start. If Jackson out plays Mahomes with his arm, that should silence the doubters. Yet no one will be surprised if Mahomes lights it up.
Hello Las Vegas!
The Las Vegas Raiders, still new to that, will play their first official home game in Week Two on Monday Night Football. They will be facing a good opponent in the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders have been less than ideal in the last two seasons, most of which circulates around the play of Derek Carr and wondering if he’s really the guy. In his defense, the Raiders haven’t done the best job putting talent around him. The Antonio Brown experiment failed as he didn’t play a single game in the silver and black. Carr lives next to Jon Gruden, and beating the Saints in a prime time match-up should go a long way in making sure that living situation doesn’t change. The Saints entering Sin City will be their first road game of in a year that many believe will the the last of Drew Brees. The all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns hopes to add to his legacy with another Super Bowl. While it may not seem important, every game counts and the Saints hope to make a statement in Sin City that Drew Brees can still sling it.
We’ll finish by looking at this year’s Thanksgiving lineup in the NFL 2020 schedule. It begins with the Texans facing up against the Detroit Lions, followed by the Redskins facing off in Dallas and finishing off with an AFC North Showdown with the Ravens heading up to Heinz Field. The Texans and Lions will be a sneaky good match-up, Matthew Stafford was playing the best football of his career before he broke his back. In what seems like an annual tradition, the Cowboys play on thanksgiving again. In an NFC East showdown second year quarterback will be facing either Dak Prescott or Andy Dalton. This game could be a lot more interesting if Dak doesn’t play due to a possible holdout that if he wanted to, could be the whole season. Finally, the AFC North showdown between the Ravens and Steelers. In a legendary rivalry, the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson will be facing off against future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger. People forget that the Steelers took the Ravens to overtime and only lost to a field goal in a game that had the Steelers playing an undrafted free agent out of Samford. No one be surprised if the Steelers pull out a victory.
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