NFL makes eight schedule changes

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The NFL’s latest surgical procedure on the schedule amounts to an octuple bypass.

The league has announced revisions to the schedule for eight games, sparked by the postponement of Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Patriots and the delay of the Bills-Titans game to Tuesday.

Here are the moves:

Broncos-Patriots moves to Week Six at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Chiefs-Bills moves to Monday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m. ET. (It will be televised nationally on FOX and NFL Network.)

Jets-Dolphins moves from Week 10 to Week Six at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Jets-Chargers moves from Week Six to Week 11 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Jaguars-Chargers moves from Week Eight to Week Seven at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Chargers-Broncos moves from Week 11 to Week Eight at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Chargers-Dolphins moves from Week Seven to Week 10 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Dolphins-Broncos moves from Week Six to Week 11 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Other than the Bills-Chiefs delay from Thursday to Monday, all changes flow from the delay of the Broncos-Patriots game. The Chargers will see four games change, the Broncos have three, the Dolphins have three, and the Jets have two.

The complexity of the moves shows the lengths to which the NFL will go to avoid staging an eighteenth week of games. Given the moves required so early in the season and in light of the ongoing spread of the virus and unwillingness of the league and union to put everyone in a bubble, more changes are inevitable — as is an 18th week.

18 responses to “NFL makes eight schedule changes

  1. I suspect they are holding back on the week 18 thing as long as possible so it can be there as a last effort. If they do it now there are still way too many games left to play that could cause additional disruption. No sense in playing your best cards until you have to.

  2. It’s only fair. The Chargers chose this life by leaving the only Home for them in SD. I doubt the Stockton Five really care.

  3. I think they just need to add another week. Put all the postponed games thus far there. Then going forward from today, any outbreaks that require a postponement is a forfeiture.

  4. It’s no secret that the NFL would love to play the Super Bowl on Presidents Day…It looks like that dream may come true!

  5. It is unnecessary to add another week of games, or to add another week of playoffs.

    This plainly proves that the NFL actually has the capability and can implement a flex-schedule for the last three weeks of the season, and hold round-robin “playoffs” within each division to have the two best teams face each other on the final week — to more fairly establish the most competitive team as the division winner.

  6. I don’t think an 18th week will be enough. They will probably have to add two weeks, maybe three. If one or more of the teams that have already been impacted has another outbreak, they won’t be able to make it up in just a week.

  7. The NFL has done a pretty remarkable job getting as far as they have with as little disruption as there has been. But like society in general, COVID fatigue is setting in and it looks like teams are letting down their guard. Best way to tighten things up? Hammer the Titans in a way that hurts players, coaches and the team overall and send a message to the rest of the league.

  8. If NFL hadn’t made NE play KC 3 days after a positive test, Gilmore wouldn’t have contaminated anybody. And cramming them all in that tiny locker room in KC couldn’t have helped.

  9. The league will need to have a week 18, delay the start of the playoffs by a week, and eliminate the bye week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. That’s their only chance of having a complete season on schedule, unless they do the right thing and go into a bubble now.

  10. I still think they also should move Packers-Buccaneers next week to Thursday night to make up revenue for the Bills-Chiefs game being rescheduled. It would be most fair since the Pack has their bye week this week and the Bucs already get a full week from playing Thursday this week.

  11. itsabobbiedazzler says:
    October 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm
    It’s no secret that the NFL would love to play the Super Bowl on Presidents Day…It looks like that dream may come true!


    No way the NFL wants it on Presidents day. Most of all they want all of the spotlight.

  12. So the Dolphins have to reschedule three of their games to pacify the Pats playing one game?? Got it, anything to help the Pats right?

  13. highsodium says:
    October 11, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    They can just cancel that Jets v Dolphins game outright.

    Actually, if the Jets play Flacco, they just might win. The Dolphins have NEVER beaten Flacco! Why do you think the Patriots signed Cam Newton? Because the Dolphins have NEVER beaten Cam Newton!

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