Will Week One of the regular season happen?

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Two months from tonight, Week One of the regular season will end with a Monday night doubleheader. Unless it doesn’t.

Everything remains in flux as NFL training camps prepare to open, and no one knows whether pro football will be able to overcome the various hurdles that stand in the way of playing football in a pandemic that continues to spread, fueled by equal parts stupidity and selfishness with more than a dash of deliberate misinformation and distortion from media outlets hoping to get clicks and likes from people looking for someone, anyone to justify their stupid and selfish behavior.

So will there be a Week One? We put the question out to Twitter on Monday. Based on more than 20,000 responses (which is more than enough to establish a trend), 64.9 percent believe that Week One will not happen.

The construction of the regular-season schedule created a very clear sense that the league is determined to get through Week One and then, if necessary, press pause and reassess. As the virus keeps spreading and hot spots keep raging, it’s becoming harder to envision football thriving, as Dr. Anthony Fauci said several weeks back, in anything but a bubble. And at this point it’s far too late to construct a bubble for 32 teams of 53 players plus coaching staffs and practice squads and everyone else who would be kept inside the bubble for five or six months.

We’re extremely hopeful that the NFL will find a way to make it work. But we’re also realistic. Ultimately, whether the current plan works is out of the league’s control. A full 2020 season of NFL football will happen only if the virus will let it, and the virus is proving over and over again that it’s not going to be doing us any favors.

47 responses to “Will Week One of the regular season happen?

  1. That heavily front-loaded schedule is looking like a worse idea by the week.

    Though if the whole season is canceled it will be moot.

  2. Absolutely correct. If we had spent half as much time and energy in this country as we have arguing, fighting, calling each other names and generally insulting one another over the past four months, and spent it towards working as a united front to knock this thing out, this wouldn’t even be a question. But yet here we are, and, sadly, it isn’t getting any better.

  3. The season will start (even with rosters filled with replacement players) but it wont finish. The NFL will be trying to salvage as many games as possible because it’s all about the money.

  4. The NBA can’t keep COVID out of it’s “bubble”, so how will the NFL?
    If they start playing, then have to cancel part way through, what happens?
    Do they owe the players their FULL contracts for 2020?

  5. Teams within the blue states will be banned from playing thus killing the early portion of the season..

  6. Come off it Florio! It’s not “far too late” to construct a bubble.

    A successful bubble can be created as little as two weeks out from the season (although four is better).

    I live in NZ and we got rid of the virus more than two months ago. Life is back to normal- movies, packed stadiums, gigs, shops and restaurants – it’s great for the economy.

    The NFL is a microcosm of America, and if the League can do it, it may inspire the whole country.

    People will have to follow a few basic rules though, and if that seems impossible so are your chances of getting rid of this plague.

    Be the best country in the world again- I want my football season!

  7. Hopefully the entire season will be canceled.
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    Hopefully? Why do you hope the season is cancelled? What kind of football fan hopes there’s no football?

  8. Teams within the blue states will be banned from playing thus killing the early portion of the season..
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    And teams in the red states will just stop testing so the virus goes away magically…

  9. Forget about the virus. This season deserves to get canceled, considering the number of players, owners, sponsors, and the commissioner himself who all don’t respect our country or American identity. How’s that for cancel culture?

  10. The virus is going to be an issue until the election. It’s been politicized and weaponized by the left

  11. Week 1 probably isn’t happening as scheduled, if the NFL doesn’t start on time I think there is more likely to be a bubble rather then no games at all.

  12. Do not see it happening. I think the baseball and basketball will try and fail and the NFL will close shop.

  13. It’s gonna happen, but there won’t be fans anywhere this year. Maybe at the super bowl.

  14. soflaken says:
    July 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm
    Absolutely correct. If we had spent half as much time and energy in this country as we have arguing, fighting, calling each other names and generally insulting one another over the past four months, and spent it towards working as a united front to knock this thing out, this wouldn’t even be a question. But yet here we are, and, sadly, it isn’t getting any better.
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    It is all about leadership, look at all the other countries with intelligent leadership that flattened the curve and instead of opening up at that point, they doubled down and slammed the curve back to the bottom near 1 to 2k a day, while the US went back up to peak and then forged ahead into to the new peak of near 70k a day. At the current pace 100k a day by opening day is about right.

  15. Believe this, whoever wins nov 3rd……the “virus” will magically clear up within a day or 2…..because after the election, it will be a moot point.

  16. The political comments here are a perfect example of why the virus isn’t going away, why there probably won’t be a complete football season, and why we in the USA can’t have nice things anymore.

  17. Since I was a kid I could not wait for NFL football . I must admit I could really care less now. I guess the : AWAY games: turned me off. Sorry but politics killed it.

  18. Geographic bubbles by division, for six divisional games.

    NFCW shares Cardinals Stadium
    NFCS shares Superdome
    NFCN shares US Bank
    NFCE shares Cowboys Stadium

    AFCW shares Allegiant Stadium
    AFCS shares Lucas Oil
    AFCN shares Ford Field
    AFCE shares MetLife

    Two rounds of three weeks each, you play each of your divisional opponents once and then break for a few weeks. Come back for another three-week round.

    Yeah, it’s wild and “absurd” and “ridiculous”. But that’s sports in 2020.

  19. “Will Week One of the regular season happen?”

    FoozieGrooler says:
    July 14, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    It’s hard to believe that everybody is still acting like it will.

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    Not only is it laughable to believe or even TRY to pull-off a week one, I think it’s criminal and exactly what you’d expect from 32 billionaire owners to keep the money rolling in, and anyone who would even think about going to a game should make sure their last-will and testament is current with all necessary POA’s.

  20. brickfinger says:
    July 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I live in NZ and we got rid of the virus more than two months ago. Life is back to normal- movies, packed stadiums, gigs, shops and restaurants – it’s great for the economy.

    Be the best country in the world again- I want my football season!

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    Love the optimism of your posts, but I think you overestimate the ability/intent of many people in the US to do the right thing (e.g. mask wearing, not crowding in bars), not to speak of the administration to stop minimizing COVID’s threat to health and the economy (and to quit treating it like a political conspiracy) and instead form a unified, national strategy to manage it.

    I’d love to see some football this fall, but professional and collegiate sports seem like they’re dead in the water for at least this year. If I look back at this post in 3-4 months and see that I’m wrong, I’ll gladly eat crow.

  21. I wonder if games every two weeks would have made a difference. Basically reassess by Wednesday if any players have symptoms and then have ten more days until game time. Minimal contact, if any, during in season practice. Even if the season would be extended to April, mini camps for next year could be suspended with players not returning until July 2021. I’m this is full of pitfalls, but I am just spit-balling.

  22. Colleges are canceling all over. Some people are clueless. There willbe no 2020 season.

    Chiefs done.

  23. I’m a terrible gambler, and in recovery for the problem. But if I was still active, I’d definitely be betting that there is no week 1 games on the dates scheduled!

  24. That said mlb and nba will be the judge if nfl goes forward. NFL has caught a huge break again allowing somebody else make the initial investment before having to get to deep. They caught a huge break they had the nfl draft be a tv hit in a dead zone. They will get one now being the last to have to cancel games.

    PGA tour for gods sake is barely holding off covid and taking a bath with no fans on site. These full contact team sports just dont make sense.

  25. Wonder how the brilliant American public would react if a really lethal virus was spreading? This nation has become extremely soft.

  26. People who want football are laughable. How are teams going to huddle up, sit on the bench, drink Gatorade, pile on top of each other for fumbles, put on caps and jackets when it’s cold? Could you imagine if a player coughs and the opposing team wants the player removed from the game? An NFL sideline would be a cesspool for covid. How many of you are prepared to wake up on Sunday and hear that Maholmes, Brady, or Brees isn’t playing today because of covid like symptoms. Football would be dreadful to watch this year. 2021 might be the most exciting most watched season ever but there will be no season in 2020.

  27. I’m a terrible gambler, and in recovery for the problem. But if I was still active, I’d definitely be betting that there is no week 1 games on the dates scheduled!

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    Great! Since you were/are a terrible gambler, it means you are probably wrong.

  28. charliewaffles2020 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm
    Believe this, whoever wins nov 3rd……the “virus” will magically clear up within a day or 2…..because after the election, it will be a moot point.

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    this had absolutely zero to do with the election, until certain people made it about the election, and now it will probably last until the election because of it. In the meantime, football and most other sports are probably gone. Life getting back to normal (which we should be doing right about now) is also a ways off.

    But by all means, keep making something that has nothing to do with politics political, seems to working great for everyone involved

  29. touchback6 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 10:22 pm
    Colleges are canceling all over. Some people are clueless. There willbe no 2020 season.

    Chiefs done.

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    Why such an obsession with the Chiefs?

  30. brickfinger says:
    July 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I live in NZ and we got rid of the virus more than two months ago. Life is back to normal- movies, packed stadiums, gigs, shops and restaurants – it’s great for the economy.
    ________________

    It’s truly sad that my fellow Americans could not sacrifice what was necessary to control the virus here. A total lockdown, travel bans, mandatory quarantines, masks & social distancing was necessary by everyone for a period of time was what worked in NZ.

    It could have worked here, too. But there is a large segment of our population that has refused to believe the virus is a real threat. Or, thought that their “freedom” was being infringed upon in order to take the steps necessary to control it.

    Back when we were competing with the Soviets, we were proud of our scientific knowledge and achievements. Now, many people seem to be more proud about denying scientific knowledge.

  31. Week 1, if it even happens, will be unwatchable because it will not be about football. It will be about group identity. Victims and oppressors.

  32. RogerThat! says:
    July 15, 2020 at 7:48 am
    I’m a terrible gambler, and in recovery for the problem. But if I was still active, I’d definitely be betting that there is no week 1 games on the dates scheduled!

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    Great! Since you were/are a terrible gambler, it means you are probably wrong.

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    Really tasteless joke, man. Addiction is not a laughing matter

    Much respect to you, touchdowndances. That takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out for help. I wish you the best in your recovery 🙂

  33. Europe has been playing soccer just fine for a while now. It will be pretty sad if we can’t also get sports restarted. All these naysayers get old, life goes on, a vaccine may never come, get on with our lives and just do it as safely as we can.

  34. Every game the NFL plays adds to their rapidly shrinking bottom line. They will start the season, maybe with a roster of replacement players, but unless their is a vaccine, they won’t finish. Sad. This nation is so hungry for football.

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