NFL calls scheduling of only two simultaneous Bucs, Patriots game “coincidental”

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If Patriots fans want to separately watch the Patriots and Bill Belichick and the Buccaneers and Tom Brady (and Rob Gronkowski) this year, they can do so at least 14 times. As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the two teams don’t play at the same time until late in the 2020 season.

It happens on December 20, when the Patriots visit the Dolphins and the Buccaneers visit the Falcons, with the two games starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

They’re also due to play simultaneously in Week 17, when the Patriots host the Jets and the Buccaneers host the Falcons at 1:00 p.m. ET. Assuming that Week 17 remains the last Sunday of the regular season (potential adjustments due to the pandemic could shift early-season weeks until after Week 17), there’s a chance one of the games will remain at 1:00 p.m. ET and the other will move to 4:25 p.m. ET or later, given the league’s effort to configure the final slate of games in a way that ensures contests with playoff ramifications are played at the same time.

The NFL says that the quirk in the scheduling of the New England and Tampa Bay games was not planned.

“Putting together the 256-game schedule is very complex — it’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Reiss regarding the Pats and Bucs schedules. “The minimal conflicts here are coincidental.”

Coincidental or not, Patriots fans who also remain #Tommy fans will be able to focus exclusively on games played by the two teams for nearly all of the season, without having to divide their attention and/or TV screens. If the decision wasn’t intentional, it should have been.

15 responses to “NFL calls scheduling of only two simultaneous Bucs, Patriots game “coincidental”

  1. I have 0 interest in watching either team. Don’t stuff them down our throats.

  2. I was pretty excited when I (optimistically) put both teams’ games on my calendar (along with the 49ers) and saw that not only do they hardly ever coincide, but both teams play several night games. For anyone who wants to see both teams and not pay the exorbitant Sunday Ticket price, there will be quite a few opportunities.

  3. Coincidental or not, Patriots fans who also remain #Tommy fans will be able to focus exclusively on games played by the two teams for nearly all of the season, without having to divide their attention and/or TV screens. If the decision wasn’t intentional, it should have been. Real patriot fans aren’t going to watch tampa bay games! I’m sure all the trolls and band wagons will tho! I’ll only be watching the bucs in 2021 when they visit gillette stadium.

  4. LOL ! Nothing that the league office does is a coincidence – everything they do is calculated out to the last dollar, pound, yen, ruble and penny.

  5. Back a few years ago when Favre left for the jets, they would always show the jets games here. CBS would even advertise it here locally “continue to follow favres career with his new home, only on cbs!” i am guessing pats local tv will do this same thing but on fox in their local area

  6. Doesn’t matter much with DVRs. Only way to watch games these days is to record and fast-forward the commercials. Only issue is seeing the scores of other games on the broadcast.

  7. I can tell by the comments that a lot of people have no idea what goes into putting a 17 week, 256 game schedule with all the bye weeks together, if you think they can sit around and plan stuff like making sure team A doesn’t play at the same time team B plays you’re off your rocker, they have more important things to worry about!

  8. Steve Cunningham says:
    May 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    I can tell by the comments that a lot of people have no idea what goes into putting a 17 week, 256 game schedule with all the bye weeks together, if you think they can sit around and plan stuff like making sure team A doesn’t play at the same time team B plays you’re off your rocker, they have more important things to worry about!

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    The nfl schedule is the easiest of all pro sports to make. So yeah it’s pretty easy to fix these things. In the nhl they make sure the leafs and canadiens are always playing at home Saturday nights. Among other things. Including sharing venues with nba teams. So it’s a million times harder yet they still do it.

  9. Seems like a pretty cool thing. Getting to watch one of your favorite players you’ve watched for such a long time now even if he is with another team is great.

  10. Its been this way for years. Bucs normally play 15 games at 1pm with the 1 Thursday night game that every team gets and the Patriots always play at 4, SNF, and MNF.

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