2020 NFL 시즌 - 2020 NFL season

2020 내셔널 풋볼 리그 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2020 년 9 월 10 일 – 2021 년 1 월 3 일 (2020-09-10) (2021-01-03)
플레이 오프
시작일 2021 년 1 월 9 일
슈퍼 볼 LV
데이트 2021 년 2 월 7 일
대지 레이몬드 제임스 스타디움 , 탬파, 플로리다
프로 볼
데이트 취소 된
대지 취소 된

2020 NFL 시즌 의 101 번째 시즌 내셔널 풋볼 리그 (NFL). 정규 시즌은 9 월 10 일 NFL 킥오프 경기로 시작되었으며, 수비수 슈퍼 볼 LIV 챔피언 캔자스 시티휴스턴을 꺾었습니다 . 시즌은 2021 년 2 월 7 일 플로리다 주 탬파의 레이몬드 제임스 스타디움 에서 열리는 리그 챔피언십 경기 인 Super Bowl LV 로 마무리 될 예정 입니다.

이번 시즌은 14 팀 플레이 오프 형식으로 각 컨퍼런스에 세 번째 와일드 카드 팀추가하고 각 컨퍼런스의 상위 시드에게 1 라운드 바이를 수여하는 첫 시즌입니다.

오클랜드 해적이되었다 라스베가스 해적 들은 다음의 라스 베이거스 지역에 재배치 의 상태에 기초하여 상기 제 NFL 팀이되고, 네바다 . [1] 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 는 이름과 로고에 대한 수십 년간의 논쟁 끝에 오프 시즌에 은퇴하고 시즌이 끝난 후 영구 이름이 선택 될 때까지 워싱턴 축구 팀 이되었습니다. [2] [3]

시즌은 진행중인 COVID-19 유행병 의 영향을 받았지만 정규 시즌은 예정대로 시작되었으며 11 월 말 현재 정규 시즌 게임은 취소 되지 않았습니다 . 가장 눈에 띄는 변경 사항은 모든 프리 시즌 게임 취소 [4]2021 Pro Bowl , [5] 올해 국제 경기 중단 , [6] 플레이어가 계약을 위반하지 않고 시즌 플레이를 취소 할 수있는 허용 금이었습니다. (66 명의 플레이어가 선택 해제 됨), [7] 청중이 크게 감소하거나 팬이 전혀없는 게임 플레이, COVID-19 사례로 인해 플레이어와 직원 간의 여러 게임이 연기되었습니다.

선수 움직임

2020 NFL 리그 연도 및 거래 기간은 3 월 18 일에 시작되었습니다. 3 월 16 일에 팀은 계약에 옵션 조항이있는 선수에 대해 2020 년 옵션을 행사하고, 보류중인 제한된 FA에게 적격 제안을 제출하고, 최소 급여 입찰을 제출할 수있었습니다. 2019 년 계약이 만료되고 누적 된 FA 크레딧 시즌이 3 개 미만인 플레이어에 대한 독점적 인 협상 권한을 유지합니다. 팀은 "상위 51"정의를 사용하여 급여 상한선 아래에 있어야했습니다 (팀의 급여에서 가장 높은 급여를받는 51 명의 선수가 합산 급여 상한선을 가져야 함). 3 월 16 일, 클럽은 무제한 FA가 될 선수의 에이전트와 연락하여 계약 협상을 시작할 수있었습니다.

위치 키
센터 CB 코너 백 DB 수비 백 DE 수비 종료
DL 수비 라인 맨 DT 수비 태클 FB 풀백 FS 무료 안전
가드 HB 중위 케이 Placekicker KR 킥 리턴
LB 라인 배커 LS 긴 도미 OT 공격 태클 OL 공격적인 라인 맨
NT 코 태클 펀터 PR 펀트 반 환자 QB 쿼터백
RB 다시 실행 에스 안전 SS 강력한 안전성 결핵 테일 백
TE 단단한 끝 WR 넓은 수신기

자유 계약

자유 계약은 3 월 18 일에 시작되었습니다. 팀을 바꾸는 주목할만한 선수는 다음과 같습니다.

거래

2020 년 리그 연도에 다음과 같은 주목할만한 거래가 이루어졌습니다.

  • 3 월 16 일 : 볼티모어는 2020 년 2 차 및 5 차 선택을 위해 TE Hayden Hurst2020 년 4 차 선택을 Atlanta 거래했습니다.
  • 3 월 18 일 : 휴스턴은 WR DeAndre Hopkins 와 2020 년 4 라운드 선택을 RB David Johnson , 2020 년 2 라운드 선택 및 2021 년 4 라운드 선택을 위해 Arizona와 거래했습니다 . [8]
  • 3 월 18 일 : 잭슨빌 은 2020 년 5 라운드 선발을 위해 DE Calais Campbell 을 Baltimore로 트레이드했습니다 . [9]
  • 3 월 18 일 : 미네소타는 WR Stefon Diggs 와 2020 년 7 라운드 선택을 2020 년 1, 5, 6 라운드 선택과 2021 4 라운드 선택을 위해 Buffalo와 거래했습니다 . [10]
  • 3 월 18 일 : 테네시는 2020 년 7 라운드 선택을 위해 DT Jurrell Casey 를 Denver로 트레이드했습니다 . [11]
  • 3 월 18 일 : 샌프란시스코는 2020 년 1 라운드 선발을 위해 DT DeForest Buckner 를 인디애나 폴리스로 트레이드했습니다 . [12]
  • 3 월 18 일 : 잭슨빌 은 2020 년 4 라운드 선택을 위해 QB Nick Foles 를 시카고로 트레이드했습니다 . [13]
  • 3 월 18 일 : Carolina는 G Trai Turner 를 T Russell Okung을 위해 Los Angeles Chargers로 트레이드했습니다 . [14]
  • 3 월 18 일 : Jacksonville 은 2020 년 4 라운드 선택을 위해 CB AJ Bouye 를 Denver로 트레이드했습니다 . [15]
  • 3 월 19 일 : 디트로이트는 CB Darius Slay 를 2020 년 3 라운드 선택과 2020 년 5 라운드 선택을 위해 필라델피아로 트레이드했습니다 . [16]
  • 4 월 9 일 : Los Angeles Rams는 2020 년 2 차 선발을 위해 WR Brandin Cooks 와 2022 년 4 차 선발을 휴스턴과 거래했습니다 . [17]
  • 4 월 21 일 : 뉴 잉글랜드는 TE Rob Gronkowski 와 2020 년 7 라운드 선택을 Tampa Bay에 4 라운드 선택과 교환했습니다. [18]
  • 4 월 25 일 : 워싱턴 은 2020 년 5 라운드 선택과 2021 년 3 라운드 선택을 위해 OT Trent Williams 를 샌프란시스코로 트레이드했습니다 . [19]
  • 7 월 25 일 : New York Jets는 S Jamal Adams2022 년 4 라운드 선택을 S Bradley McDougald , 2021 및 2022 1 라운드 선택과 2021 3 라운드 선택을 위해 시애틀로 트레이드했습니다 . [20]
  • 8 월 30 일 : Jacksonville은 DE Yannick Ngakoue 를 미네소타로 트레이드 하여 2021 년 2 차 선발과 조건부 2021 년 5 차 선발을 위해 트레이드했습니다 . [21]

주목할만한 은퇴

  • C Travis Frederick – 프로 볼러 5 회 및 올 프로 3 회 (1 팀 1 팀, 2 초 팀 2 회). 7 년 동안 달라스에서 뛰었습니다.
  • TE Antonio Gates – 프로 볼러 8 회 및 All-Pro 5 회 (1 팀 3 회, 2 초 팀). 16 년 동안 샌디에고 / 로스 앤젤레스 차저스에서 뛰었습니다.
  • LB Luke Kuechly – 프로 볼러 7 회, All-Pro 7 회 (1 팀 5 회, 2 초 팀), 2013 년 올해의 수비 선수 . 8 년 동안 캐롤라이나에서 뛰었습니다.
  • QB Eli Manning – 프로 볼러 4 회, 슈퍼 볼 챔피언 2 회, 슈퍼 볼 MVP ( XLIIXLVI ), 2004 년 NFL 드래프트 에서 전체 선정 . 16 년 동안 뉴욕 자이언츠에서 뛰었습니다.
  • RB Darren Sproles – 프로 볼러 3 회, First-Team All-Pro 2 회, Super Bowl LII 챔피언. 15 년 경력 동안 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans, Philadelphia에서 뛰었습니다. [22]
  • OT Joe Staley – 프로 볼러 6 회 및 2 팀 올 프로 3 회. 13 년 동안 샌프란시스코에서 뛰었습니다.
  • CB Aqib Talib – 프로 볼러 5 회, 올 프로 2 회 (1 팀 1 팀, 2 팀 1 팀), 슈퍼 볼 50 챔피언. 그의 12 년 경력 동안 Tampa Bay, New England, Denver, Los Angeles Rams에서 뛰었습니다. [23]
  • FS Eric Weddle – 프로 볼러 6 회 및 All-Pro 5 회 (1 팀 2 회, 2 팀 3 회). 13 년 경력 동안 샌디에고 차저스, 볼티모어, 로스 앤젤레스 램스에서 뛰었습니다. [24]
  • G Marshal Yanda – 프로 볼러 8 회, All-Pro 7 회 (1 팀 2 회, 팀 5 초), 슈퍼 볼 XLVII 챔피언. 13 년 동안 볼티모어에서 뛰었습니다. [25]

기타 은퇴

초안

초안은 화상 회의 를 통해 4 월 23 ~ 25 일에 열렸습니다 . 원래 네바다 주 파라다이스 에서 열릴 예정 이었지만 COVID-19 대유행 으로 인해 옮겨졌습니다 . [44] 풋볼 (NFL)는 대중 축제를 취소했다고 16 일 발표했다. [45] 4 월 5 일 로저 구델 커미셔너 는 팀 시설도 폐쇄 되었기 때문에 집에서 전화와 인터넷을 통해 코치와 GM과 함께 드래프트를 가상으로 개최 할 것이라고 발표했습니다. [46] 구델은 뉴욕 브롱스 빌에있는 그의 집에서 1 라운드 픽을 공개했다 . [47] [48]

신시내티는 2019 년 최악의 기록을 가진 덕분에, 보류 된 첫 번째 전체 선택을 하고 QB 선택 조 버로우를 밖으로 LSU . [49]

옵트 아웃

NFL과 NFLPA ( National Football League Players Association )는 7 월 24 일 선수들이 2020 년 시즌 경기를 거부 할 수 있도록 동의했습니다. 8 월 6 일 마감일까지 총 66 명의 플레이어가 탈퇴했습니다. 뉴 잉글랜드는 NFL에서 가장 많은 8 명의 선수가 옵트 아웃했습니다. 애틀랜타, 로스 앤젤레스 차저스, 피츠버그는 탈퇴 선수가 없었습니다. 옵트 아웃 한 선수는 2020 년 시즌에 대한 급여를받지 못했지만 의료 옵트 아웃의 경우 $ 350,000, 자발적 옵트 아웃의 경우 $ 150,000의 급여를 받았습니다. 자발적으로 옵트 아웃 한 플레이어는 2021 년 급여에서 승급을 받지만 의료상의 이유로 옵트 아웃 한 플레이어는 그렇지 않습니다. [7] 다음은 옵트 아웃 한 모든 플레이어의 목록입니다. [50]

2020 시즌을 선택 해제하는 플레이어
이름 위치
제로니모 앨리슨 WR 디트로이트
존 앳킨스 DT 디트로이트
Sam Beal CB 뉴욕 자이언츠
트래비스 벤자민 WR 샌프란시스코
앤드류 빌링스 DT 클리블랜드
러셀 보딘 디트로이트
브랜든 볼든 RB 뉴 잉글랜드
Caleb Brantley DT 워싱턴
챈들러 브루어 OT 로스 앤젤레스 램스
모리스 캐나 디 CB 달라스
마커스 캐논 OT 뉴 잉글랜드
패트릭 정 에스 뉴 잉글랜드
숀 콜맨 OT 샌프란시스코
조쉬 독 트슨 WR 뉴욕 제츠
드레이크 도벡 OT 클리블랜드
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 캔자스시
우케 메 엘리 그웨 LB 라스베가스
드류 포브스 클리블랜드
데빈 펀 체스 WR 그린 베이
EJ 게인즈 CB 물소
마커스 길버트 OT 애리조나
에디 골드만 DT 시카고
후작 굿윈 WR 필라델피아
콜비 고셋 클리블랜드
스티븐 가이드 리 WR 달라스
조쉬 하비 클 레몬 스 LB 워싱턴
Dont'a Hightower LB 뉴 잉글랜드
앨런 허스 WR 마이애미
자우 안 제임스 OT 덴버
DJ 살인 CB 라스베가스
레오 콜로 아마 탕기 뉴욕 제츠
매트 라 코스 TE 뉴 잉글랜드
이 마르 키스 WR 뉴 잉글랜드
스타로 툴레이 DT 물소
조던 루카스 에스 시카고
조던 맥 LB Carolina
Lerentee McCray LB Jacksonville
앤서니 맥키 니 OT 테네시
라샤 안 멜빈 CB Jacksonville
크리스찬 밀러 LB Carolina
롤란 밀리건 에스 인디애나 폴리스
스카이 무어 LB 인디애나 폴리스
CJ 모슬리 LB 뉴욕 제츠
루카스 니앙 OT 캔자스시
Jamize Olawale FB 달라스
카일 페코 DT 덴버
마이클 피어스 DT 미네소타
말콤 프리 지온 클리블랜드
이사야 왕자 OT 신시내티
다 마리 스콧 WR 뉴욕 자이언츠
브래드 시튼 OT 탬파 베이
안드레 스미스 OT 볼티모어
네이트 솔더 OT 뉴욕 자이언츠
마벨 텔 CB 인디애나 폴리스
드 앤소니 토마스 WR 볼티모어
나지 토란 OT 뉴 잉글랜드
조쉬 투포 OT 신시내티
예레미야 발로 아가 DE 라스베가스
에디 밴더 도스 DT 휴스턴
제이슨 밴더 란 TE 뉴 올리언스
대니 비탈 레 FB 뉴 잉글랜드
래리 워 포드 자유 계약
찬스 워맥 시애틀
콜 윅 TE 뉴 올리언스
데미안 윌리엄스 RB 캔자스시
앨버트 윌슨 WR 마이애미
알 우즈 DT Jacksonville

변경 관리

심판 월트 앤더슨 (Walt Anderson) 은 리그의 감독 인 Alberto Riveron 과 독립적으로 일하는 새로 만들어진 직책 인 훈련 및 개발 프로그램을 담당하는 NFL 수석 부사장으로 승진했습니다 . [51] 토지 클라크 앤더슨을 대체 할 심판로 승진했다. Clark은 이전에 Pac-12 컨퍼런스 에서 심판으로 일한 후 2018 년 NFL에 필드 심판으로 합류했습니다. [52]

전 코치 페리 페웰 이 리그 행정 담당 수석 부사장으로 임명되었습니다. 그는 주최 부서의 일상적인 운영을 감독하고 다른 업무 중에서 코치 및 총 관리자의 주관 질문에 대한 주요 연락처입니다. [53] [54]

NFL과 NFL 심판 협회는 8 월 9 일 공무원이 2020 시즌 작업을 중단 할 수 있도록 동의했습니다. 옵트 아웃 한 공무원은 3 만 달러의 봉급을 받고 2021 시즌에 복귀 할 수 있도록 직업 보호를 보장했습니다. [55] 현장 심판 5 명 (라인 심사 위원 Jeff Bergman , 백 심판 Steve Freeman , 현장 심사 위원 Greg Gautreaux , 현장 심사 위원 Joe Larrew , 백 심판 Tony Steratore) 은 8 월 13 일 마감일까지 시즌을 제외했습니다. [56]

규칙 변경

시즌 이전에 발표 된 영구 변경 사항

2020 년 시즌에 대한 다음 규칙 변경은 2020 년 5 월 NFL 소유자 회의에서 승인되었습니다. [57]

  • 공을 가지고 있지만 상대와의 임박한 접촉을 피하거나 막을 시간이없는 펀트 / 킥 리턴 자로 무방비 플레이어 보호를 확장합니다.
  • 자동 리플레이 리뷰를 영구적으로 확장하여 점수 매기기 및 파울로 인한 턴 오버, 성공 또는 실패한 시도 시도를 포함합니다. 반대로 통과 간섭에 대한 재생 검토는 갱신되지 않습니다.
  • 경기 시계를 조작하기 위해 시계가 작동하는 동안 4 쿼터 또는 연장전에서 팀이 여러 번의 데드볼 파울을 범하지 않도록 방지합니다. 이제 시계는 데드볼 파울 이후 스냅에서 시작됩니다. 이것은 그가이 전술을 사용하기 위해 " Bill Belichick Rule" [58] 이라고 불렀습니다 .
  • 팀은 8 경기를 놓친 후 부상당한 예비군에서 3 명의 선수를 다시 데려 올 수 있습니다.

2020 시즌 임시 규칙

다음 임시 규칙 변경은 9 월 9 일에 이루어졌으며 COVID-19 프로토콜이 그대로 유지되는 경우 2020 년과 2021 년에만 적용될 것입니다. [59]

  • 부상당한 예비 선수는 8 경기에서 3 경기를 놓친 후 복귀 할 수 있습니다.
  • 팀은 정상 제한 인 3 명 대신 1 년 내내 부상당한 예비 선수를 무제한으로 반환 할 수 있습니다.
  • 연습 분대에는 각 팀에서 최대 12 명에서 최대 16 명의 선수가 포함될 수 있습니다.
  • 경기 주 화요일 오후 4시 (동부 표준시) 이후에 팀은 최대 4 명의 연습 분대 선수를 "보호됨"으로 지정할 수 있습니다. 즉, 현재 팀이 다음 경기를 치를 때까지 다른 팀과 계약 할 수 없습니다.
  • NFL은 COVID-19 양성 반응을 보이거나 감염된 사람에게 노출 된 플레이어를위한 예비 / COVID-19 목록을 제정했습니다. 플레이어가이 목록에 남아 있어야하는 최소 시간은 없습니다.
  • 리그는 경기 일을 제외한 정규 시즌의 모든 선수와 기타 필수 직원에게 COVID-19 테스트를 매일 실시합니다.
  • 팀의 1 주차 명단에있는 모든 플레이어는 정규 시즌 최소 1 경기에서 최소 6 경기에서 전액 지불 상태를 유지하는 한 프리 에이전시를위한 누적 시즌을 받게됩니다.

2020 년 사망

프로 축구 명예의 전당 회원

허브 애덜 리
윌리 데이비스
수비를 맡은 데이비스 는 1958 년부터 1969 년까지 클리블랜드 브라운스그린 베이 패커 스와 함께 NFL에서 12 년을 보냈습니다 . 그는 또한 1970 년대 초 NBC컬러 해설자 로 일했으며 1981 년에 홀에 입성했습니다. 로스 앤젤레스밀워키 에 여러 방송국을 소유하고있는 All-Pro Broadcasting을 시작했습니다 . 데이비스는 4 월 15 일 85 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.
프레드 딘
크리스 돌먼
수비팀 인 Doleman은 Minnesota Vikings , Atlanta Falcons , San Francisco 49ers함께 NFL에서 15 년을 보냈습니다 . 그는 2012 년에 입회했으며 58 세의 나이로 1 월 28 일에 사망했습니다.
폴 호눙
바비 미첼
하프백 인 Mitchell은 NFL에서 Cleveland BrownsWashington Redskins 에서 11 년을 보냈습니다 . 그는 워싱턴의 명단에 오른 최초의 흑인 선수 였으며, 소유자 인 George Preston Marshall 의 팀에서 30 년 동안의 컬러 장벽끝냈 습니다. 그는 연주 경력이 끝난 후 수십 년 동안 Redskins에서 임원으로 재직했으며 1983 년 홀에 입성했습니다. Mitchell은 4 월 5 일 84 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.
게일 세이 어스
러닝 백인 Sayers는 7 년 동안 시카고 베어스에서 일했습니다 . 그는 34 세의 나이로 1977 년에 입회 한 가장 어린 선수로 홀에 입성했습니다. 그는 77 세의 나이로 9 월 23 일 사망했습니다.
돈 술라
Shula는 33 년 동안 볼티모어 콜츠마이애미 돌핀스 의 수석 코치였습니다 . 그는 NFL 역사상 가장 정규적인 시즌 우승 (328 회)과 플레이 오프 (347 회)를 포함한 가장 많은 총 우승 기록을 보유하고 있습니다. Shula는 1997 년에 홀에 입성했습니다. 그는 90 세의 나이로 5 월 4 일에 사망했습니다.
윌리 우드
Green Bay Packers 에서 12 년의 경력을 모두 보냈던 우드 는 1989 년 홀에 입성했습니다. 그는 2 월 3 일 83 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.
래리 윌슨
Wilson은 1960 년에서 2002 년 사이에 세인트루이스, 피닉스, 애리조나 카디널스와 함께 NFL에서 43 시즌을 보냈습니다 . 선수로서 프리 세이프티 인 Wilson은 8 개의 프로 볼에 출전했지만 플레이 오프에 진출하지 못했습니다 (1 번의 Bert Bell Benefit Bowl 출전 제외 ). 1978 년 홀 클래스의 일원이었던 윌슨은 9 월 17 일 82 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.

기타

프리 시즌

훈련 캠프 는 7 월 말부터 8 월까지 열렸습니다. 리그 순서에 따라 모든 훈련 캠프는 팀의 정규 연습 시설에서 열렸습니다. [60]

명예 게임의 프로 축구 홀 사이 년 8 월 6 예정이었다 달라스피츠버그 ,하지만 인해 유행성 6 월 25 일에 취소되었습니다. [61] 7 월 3은 NFLPA 나중에 그 달 리그가 동의 한 시즌을 취소하기 위해 투표했다. [4] [62]

정규 시즌

NFL은 5 월 7 일 정규 시즌 일정을 발표했다. [63] 시즌은 9 월 10 일부터 시작되는 17 주 일정으로 진행된다. 각 리그의 32 개 팀은 각 팀당 1 주일 씩 16 경기 일정을 치른다 . 정규 시즌은 2021 년 1 월 3 일 16 경기의 풀 슬레이트로 마무리 될 예정이며, 모두 2010 년 부터 그랬던 것처럼 디비전 내 매치업 입니다.

NFL 은 전염병 및 여행 제한으로 인해 시즌 동안 국제 경기중단했습니다 . 리그는 이전에 잭슨빌런던의 웸블리 스타디움 에서 두 경기를 주최 할 것이며 , 애틀랜타마이애미런던의 토트넘 홋스퍼 스타디움 에서 각각 경기를 주최 할 것이며 , 애리조나멕시코 시티의 에스타 디오 아즈 테카 에서 경기를 주최 할 것이라고 발표 한 바 있습니다. 이 게임은 각 팀의 홈 경기장으로 옮겨졌습니다. [6]

해당 시즌이 잠긴 경우 2011 년 일정에 포함 된 것과 유사한 우발 사항 사용9 월까지 지속 된 2020 년 일정은 예정대로 경기를 시작하기에 안전하지 않은 상황에서 시즌이 지연되고 단축 될 수있는 가능성을 고려하여 설계되었습니다. 2 주차의 모든 경기는 시즌 후반에 같은 주를 공유하는 팀을 특징으로했으며, 이로 인해 이러한 게임은 팀의 원래 작전으로 구성 될 수있었습니다. 3 주차와 4 주차는 디비전 경기가없고 3 주차에있는 모든 팀이 4 주차에 자리를 비 웠고 그 반대의 경우도 마찬가지입니다. 이로 인해 NFL은 디비전 경기를 없애고 각 팀의 홈 및 어웨이 경기의 균형을 유지하지 않고이 2 주를 취소 할 수있었습니다. 이러한 일정 변경과 함께 슈퍼 볼 전 주 휴무를 제거하고 슈퍼 볼을 3 주 뒤로 옮겼습니다.[64] [65]

일정 공식

NFL의 현재 일정 공식에 따라 각 팀은 자신의 디비전에서 다른 세 팀과 두 번 플레이합니다. 또한 한 팀은 각 컨퍼런스에서 한 디비전의 4 개 팀 모두와 대결합니다. 한 팀의 일정에있는 나머지 두 게임은 이전 시즌에 각 디비전에서 같은 위치에서 완료 한 동일한 컨퍼런스의 나머지 두 팀을 상대로합니다 (예 : 디비전에서 4 위를 기록한 팀은 해당 디비전에서 다른 세 팀과 모두 경기를 치릅니다. 4 번째로 끝난 회의). 2020 년의 디비전 페어링은 다음과 같습니다.

회의 내
AFC East vs AFC West
AFC North vs AFC South
NFC East vs NFC West
NFC North vs NFC South

회의 간
AFC 동부 vs NFC 서부
AFC 북부 vs NFC 동부
AFC 남부 vs NFC 북부
AFC 서부 vs NFC 남부

2020 시즌의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.

The Masters (CBS가 권리를 보유한) 의 최종 라운드가 정상적인 4 월 날짜에서 11 월 15 일로 일정이 조정 됨에 따라 CBS는 그날 오후 1:00 ET 경기가 주어지지 않았으며 이는 10 주차에 떨어졌습니다. CBS는 3 경기를 받았습니다. 오후 4:05 ET 슬롯에서 Fox는 일반적으로 CBS에서 방영되는 3 개의 AFC 원정 경기를 포함하여 8 개의 일요일 경기가 주어졌습니다. [71] [72]

토요일 유연한 일정

전체 시즌 일정이 5 월 7 일 공개되었을 때 리그는 15 주차와 16 주차에 지정된 경기 5 개 중 2 ~ 3 개가 토요일로 이동한다고 발표했습니다. NFL 네트워크 는 총 4 개의 게임을 방송 하고 하나는 NFL 에 대한 디지털 권리 갱신의 일환으로 주로 Amazon Prime Video에서 방송 합니다. [73]

15 주차 [74]
11 월 24 일, NFL은 12 월 19 일 토요일에 버팔로덴버 ( 미국 동부 표준시 기준) 오후 4시 30 분, 캐롤라이나그린 베이 ( 미국 동부 표준시 기준) 오후 8시 15 분으로 두 경기가 이전 될 것이라고 발표했습니다 . NFL이 토요일에 일정을 잡을 수있는 다른 3 개의 게임 ( 디트로이트테네시 , 휴스턴인디애나 폴리스 , 뉴욕 제츠로스 앤젤레스 램스 )은 12 월 20 일 일요일에 유지됩니다.

16 주차 [75]
11 월 30 일, NFL은 12 월 26 일 토요일에 탬파 베이- 디트로이트 오후 1시, 샌프란시스코 - 애리조나 오후 4시 30 분, 마이애미 - 라스 베이거스 로 세 경기가 이전 될 것이라고 발표했습니다. 오후 8시 15 분 샌프란시스코-애리조나 경기가 아마존에 배정되었습니다. NFL이 토요일에 일정을 잡을 수 있는 두 개의 다른 게임 ( 클리블랜드 -뉴욕 제츠 및 덴버- 로스 앤젤레스 차저스 )은 12 월 27 일 일요일에 유지됩니다.

시즌 일정 변경

  • 4 주차 :
    • 피츠버그 - 테네시 원래 오후 1시 10 월 4 예정 게임, ET는 인해 양성 테스트를 여러 테네시 플레이어 오후 1 ET 10 월 25 연기되었다 COVID-19 . [76] [77]
    • 뉴 잉글랜드 - 캔자스 시티 원래 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분 일요일 예정 게임은, 때문에에 남아있는 각 팀에 한 긍정적 인 COVID-19 시험에 동부 표준시 오후 7시 5분 월요일로 연기되었다 CBS .
    • 예정된 월요일 밤 축구 경기 인 AtlantaGreen Bay 는 동부 표준시 기준 오후 8시 15 분부터 동부 표준시 기준 오후 9 시까 지 연기되었으며 ESPN에 남아 있습니다.
    • 인디애나 폴리스 - 시카고 게임에 남아, 뉴 잉글랜드 - 캔자스 시티 게임의 원래 타임 슬롯을 채우기 위해 4:25 오후 동부 표준시 오후 1시에서 이동했다 CBS . [78] [79]
  • 5 주차 :
    • 덴버 원래 CBS 오후 1 동부 표준시 일요일로 예정되었다 - 새로운 영국의 게임은,는 NFL의 플렉스 일정의 일환으로 오후 4시 25분로 이동했다. [80] 복수의 뉴 잉글랜드 선수 COVID-19에 양성 반응 후,이 게임은 나중에 동부 표준시 오후 5시 월요일로 연기되었다. [81] 또 다른 뉴 잉글랜드 선수가 양성 반응을 때이 게임은 다시 동부 표준시 오후 1시 년 10 월 (18)에 연기되었다. [82] 게임 CBS에 남아 있었다.
    • 버팔로 원래 동부 표준시 오후 1시 일요일 예정 -Tennessee 게임, 때문에 CBS에 남아있는 테네시에 대한 몇 가지 긍정적 인 COVID-19 시험, 오후 7시 동부 표준시 화요일로 연기되었다. [81]
  • 6 주차 :
    • 캔자스 시티 원래 동부 표준시 오후 8시 20분 목요일 예정 - 버팔로 게임,에 남아 오후 5시 동부 표준시 월요일로 이동 한 폭스NFL 네트워크 , 청구서 떨어져 게임 이틀을 재생할 것입니다되는 상황을 방지하기 위해 . [81]
    • 뉴욕 제트 - 로스 앤젤레스 충전기 원래 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5분 예정 게임, 주간 5 덴버 - 뉴 잉글랜드 게임을 수용하기 위해, CBS에 남아, 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5분 11 월 (22)에 이동되었습니다.
    • 원래 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5 분으로 예정된 마이애미-덴버 경기는 덴버-뉴 잉글랜드를 수용하기 위해 11 월 22 일 동부 표준시 4시 5 분에 CBS에 남아 있습니다. [82]
  • 7 주차 :
    • 원래 10 월 25 일 오후 1시 (동부 표준시)에 예정된 피츠버그- 볼티모어 경기는 4 주차부터 피츠버그-테네시 경기를 수용하기 위해 CBS에 남아있는 11 월 1 일 오후 1시 (ET)로 재조정되었습니다. [77]
    • 원래 일요일 오후 1시 (동부 표준시)에 예정된 Los Angeles Chargers-Miami 게임은 11 월 15 일 오후 4시 5 분 (ET)으로 이동하여 5 주차부터 덴버-뉴 잉글랜드 경기를 수용하기 위해 CBS에 남아 있습니다. [82]
    • 탬파 베이 - 라스 베이거스 원래 예정 게임, 일요일 밤 축구는 , 여러 긍정적 인 COVID-19 시험을 가지며 보장하기 때문에 라스베가스, 폭스에 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5분로 이동했다 SNF의 게임이 게임은 필요한 경우에 사용할 수있었습니다 나중에 연기합니다. 시애틀 - 애리조나 원래 폭스에 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5분 예정 게임, 이동되었다 SNF . [83]
  • 8 주차 :
    • 잭슨빌 원래 동부 표준시 오후 4시 5분 일요일 예정 - 로스 앤젤레스 충전기 게임, 주 5에서 덴버 - 뉴 잉글랜드 게임을 수용하기 위해, CBS에 남아, 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분 10 월 25 일정이 변경되었다 [82]
  • 10 주차 :
    • 원래 일요일 오후 4시 5 분 (ET)으로 예정된 New York Jets- Miami 경기는 10 월 18 일 오후 4시 5 분 (ET)으로 재조정되었으며, 5 주차부터 덴버-뉴 잉글랜드 경기를 수용하기 위해 CBS에 남아 있습니다. 마이애미와 뉴욕이 작별 주간으로 구분 된 연속 경기에서 서로를 뛰게했을 일정이 엉망이었습니다. [82]
    • 신시내티 원래 동부 표준시 오후 1시 일요일 예정 -Pittsburgh 게임 폭스에 남아, 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분 일정이 변경되었다. [72]
  • 11 주차 :
    • Los Angeles Chargers-Denver 경기는 원래 일요일 오후 4시 5 분 (동부 표준시)에 예정되어 있었으며, 11 월 1 일 오후 4시 5 분 (동부 표준시)으로 이동하여 5 주차부터 덴버-뉴 잉글랜드 경기를 수용했습니다. [82]
    • 원래 일요일 오후 1시 (ET)에 예정된 Green Bay-Indianapolis 게임은 동부 표준시 (ET) 오후 4시 25 분으로 옮겨져 Fox에 남아 있습니다. [84]
  • 12 주차 :
    • 원래 목요일 오후 8시 20 분 (동부 표준시)에 예정된 볼티모어-피츠버그 경기는 일요일 오후 1시 15 분 (동부 표준시)으로 연기되었으며 나중에 화요일 오후 8시 (동부 표준시)로 연기 된 다음 수요일 오후 3시 40 분 (동부 표준시)으로 연기되었습니다. NBC에서 여러 Ravens 선수와 직원이 COVID-19에 양성 반응을 보였기 때문에 [85]
  • 13 주 차 :
    • 연기 된 12 주차 볼티모어-피츠버그 경기를 수용하기 위해 원래 일요일 오후 1시 (ET)에 예정된 워싱턴 -피츠버그 경기 는 월요일 오후 5시 (동부 표준시)로 연기되었으며 달라스- 볼티모어 경기는 원래 목요일에 예정되어있었습니다. 동부 표준시 오후 8시 20 분, 동부 표준시 기준 화요일 오후 8시 15 분으로 연기되었으며 두 게임 모두 Fox에 남아 있습니다. [86]
  • 14 주차 :
    • 원래 일요일 오후 1시 (ET)로 예정된 Green Bay- Detroit 게임은 동부 표준시 (ET) 오후 4시 25 분으로 옮겨져 Fox에 남아 있습니다. [87]

정규 시즌 순위

분할

Conference

AFC
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 0 0 1.000 4–0 8–0 .413 .413 W11
2 Kansas City Chiefs West 10 1 0 .909 3–1 8–1 .431 .420 W6
3[a] Tennessee Titans South 8 3 0 .727 3–1 6–3 .500 .455 W2
4[a] Buffalo Bills East 8 3 0 .727 4–0 6–2 .496 .409 W1
Wild Cards
5 Cleveland Browns North 8 3 0 .727 2–2 5–3 .417 .313 W3
6[b] Miami Dolphins East 7 4 0 .636 2–2 4–3 .388 .286 W1
7[b] Indianapolis Colts South 7 4 0 .636 1–2 3–4 .459 .422 L1
In the hunt
8[c] Las Vegas Raiders West 6 5 0 .545 3–1 4–3 .585 .567 L2
9[c] Baltimore Ravens North 6 5 0 .545 2–2 4–5 .612 .439 L3
10 New England Patriots East 5 6 0 .455 2–1 4–4 .529 .455 W1
11[d] Denver Broncos West 4 7 0 .364 1–2 4–4 .574 .341 L1
12[d] Houston Texans South 4 7 0 .364 2–1 3–5 .554 .250 W2
13 Los Angeles Chargers West 3 8 0 .273 0–3 3–5 .476 .106 L1
14 Cincinnati Bengals North 2 8 1 .227 0–4 2–6 .525 .409 L3
Eliminated from playoff contention
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 1 10 0 .091 1–3 1–8 .550 .636 L10
16 New York Jets East 0 11 0 .000 0–5 0–9 .579 .000 L11
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Tennessee wins tiebreaker over Buffalo based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Miami wins tiebreaker over Indianapolis based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b Las Vegas wins tiebreaker over Baltimore based on conference record.
  4. ^ a b Denver wins tiebreaker over Houston based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
NFC
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New Orleans Saints South 9 2 0 .818 4–0 7–1 .460 .422 W8
2[a] Seattle Seahawks West 8 3 0 .727 2–2 6–2 .492 .438 W2
3[a] Green Bay Packers North 8 3 0 .727 3–1 6–2 .459 .420 W1
4[b] New York Giants East 4 7 0 .364 3–2 3–6 .455 .318 W3
Wild cards
5 Los Angeles Rams West 7 4 0 .636 1–2 7–2 .488 .442 L1
6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 7 5 0 .583 1–2 4–4 .545 .418 L2
7 Arizona Cardinals West 6 5 0 .545 2–1 4–3 .459 .424 L2
In the hunt
8[c][d] Minnesota Vikings North 5 6 0 .455 3–1 4–4 .516 .446 W1
9[d][e] Chicago Bears North 5 6 0 .455 1–2 5–4 .545 .404 L5
10[c][e] San Francisco 49ers West 5 6 0 .455 2–2 3–5 .533 .418 W1
11[f] Detroit Lions North 4 7 0 .364 0–3 3–5 .467 .341 L2
12[b][f][g] Washington Football Team East 4 7 0 .364 3–2 3–5 .421 .273 W3
13[f][g] Atlanta Falcons South 4 7 0 .364 1–2 2–7 .488 .422 W1
14 Carolina Panthers South 4 8 0 .333 1–3 3–6 .522 .386 L1
15 Philadelphia Eagles East 3 7 1 .318 2–2 3–4 .517 .364 L3
16 Dallas Cowboys East 3 8 0 .273 1–3 3–6 .533 .394 L1
Tiebreakers[h]
  1. ^ a b Seattle wins tiebreaker over Green Bay based on strength of victory.
  2. ^ a b NY Giants win tiebreaker over Washington based on head-to-head sweep.
  3. ^ a b Minnesota wins tiebreaker over San Francisco based on conference record. Division tie break was initially used to eliminate Chicago (see below).
  4. ^ a b Minnesota wins tiebreaker over Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Chicago wins tiebreaker over San Francisco based on conference record.
  6. ^ a b c Detroit wins tiebreaker over Atlanta and Washington based on head-to-head sweep.
  7. ^ a b Washington wins tiebreaker over Atlanta based on conference record.
  8. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason

The 2020–21 NFL playoffs are scheduled to begin on the weekend of January 9–10, 2021 with the Wild Card Round. Under the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the playoffs will expand to 14 teams. There will be three Wild Card teams per conference, and only the top seed in each conference receives a first-round bye.[88] Three games will be played each day.[88]

In the Divisional Round scheduled for January 16–17, the top seed in the conference will play the lowest remaining seed and the other two remaining teams will play each other. The winners of those games will advance to the Conference Championships scheduled for January 24. Super Bowl LV is scheduled for February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

In case a COVID-19 outbreak forces the postponements of regular season or playoff games, the bye week after the Conference Championships could be eliminated and the Super Bowl could be moved back to February 28. [64] In October, the league had approved a contingency plan to add a "Week 18" to the regular season schedule the weekend of January 9-10 if "meaningful" games affecting playoff qualification or seeding can not be rescheduled during the regular season.[89] This would move each round of the postseason back one week and eliminate the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.[89] On November 10, NFL owners approved a plan to implement a 16-team playoff format, with no teams earning a bye, should the virus force the cancellation of "meaningful" regular season games after the Week 18 contingency is used.[90]

The 2021 Pro Bowl was originally scheduled for January 31 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, on October 14, the game was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Pro Bowl rosters for the 2020 season will still be voted upon, and the league plans to hold a virtual event to honor the players chosen. Players selected will be used in a broadcast playthrough in the video game Madden NFL 21 instead.[91] This will mark the first time since the 1949 season in which a Pro Bowl is not held.[5]

Playoff clinching and elimination scenarios for week 13

Note: Scenarios involving ties and strength of victory are omitted for simplicity (unless they are the only such clinching scenario). Source for clinching and elimination scenarios.
  • Kansas City will clinch:
    • the AFC West division title with a win AND a Las Vegas loss.
    • a playoff berth with a win, OR losses by Las Vegas, Baltimore, and Indianapolis
  • New Orleans will clinch a playoff berth with a win AND a Chicago loss.
  • Pittsburgh will clinch:
    • a playoff berth with a win OR a Miami loss OR an Indianapolis loss OR a Las Vegas loss.
    • the AFC North division title with a win, a Cleveland loss, AND clinching the Strength of victory tiebreaker over Cleveland (achieved by 4.5 wins by Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Houston, and Denver).
  • Cincinnati will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss and one of the following: an Indianapolis win OR wins by both Las Vegas and Miami.

Notable events

New Collective Bargaining Agreement

In March, the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a new CBA that will run through 2030.[92] The previous CBA, signed in 2011, would have expired after this season.[93]

Major changes in the new CBA include:[94]

  • expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams beginning this season.
  • allowing the league to expand the regular season from 16 to 17 games beginning in 2021 at the earliest, along with a corresponding reduction of the preseason from four games to three.
  • increasing the players' share of the league's overall revenue from 47% to 48% starting in 2021. This will increase to 48.8% if the regular season expands to 17 games.[95]
  • Increasing team rosters from 53 to 55 players and game day rosters from 46 to 48 players, with a minimum of eight offensive linemen. Practice squads increased from 10 to 12 players in 2020 and will increase to 14 players in 2022.
  • allowing players to become eligible for pensions after three accrued seasons, down from four previously.[96]
  • Fully guaranteeing fifth-year options for first round picks if picked up by the team. In addition, the fifth year option salary can rise based on the player's performance in his first three seasons. Previously, it was only tied to when he was selected in the draft.[97]
  • shortening the drug test window from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp and eliminating automatic suspensions solely based on positive tests.
  • establishing a "neutral decision-maker" to replace the NFL Commissioner on ruling most discipline cases.
  • improving teams' training facilities and establishing a network of hospitals in teams' home cities with free healthcare for current and former players.[98]

Washington Redskins' name change

On July 1, Following renewed attention to racial justice in wake of the George Floyd protests, a letter signed by 87 shareholders and investors was sent to sponsors of the then-Washington Redskins and NFL including Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi urging them to cut ties unless the team name was changed.[99] Around the same time, several retail companies began to remove Redskins merchandise from their stores.[100][101] In response, the team underwent a review of its name and logo. On July 23, the team announced that it would retire its name and logo.[2] The team is playing as the "Washington Football Team" until a permanent name is chosen sometime after the 2020 season.[3]

Shooting of Jacob Blake

In response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, Detroit canceled its scheduled practice on August 25.[102] Nine other teams canceled their scheduled practices on August 27.[103] Several teams that did not cancel practice issued statements about unity. The Jacksonville Jaguars canceled their scheduled afternoon activities.[104]

COVID-19 outbreaks

  • On September 30, it was reported that ten Tennessee players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Tennessee closed its practice facility through at least October 3 as the team continues testing and contact tracing. Tennessee's most recent opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, also closed their facility as a precaution until they receive more test results.[105] The league postponed Tennessee's October 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to October 25[76] and later postponed their October 11 game against the Buffalo Bills to October 13.[81]
  • On October 3, it was reported that New England QB Cam Newton and Kansas City practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu tested positive for COVID-19.[106] The October 4 New England-Kansas City game was postponed to October 5 in order to determine if there were any additional positive tests on either team, which there were not.[78] New England CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19 after this game, resulting in New England's October 11 game against the Denver Broncos to be postponed initially to October 12, to allow for additional testing and tracing of New England players and staff.[81] After another Patriots player tested positive, the game was postponed again to October 18. This required the league to reschedule six games across multiple weeks affecting Denver, New England, and four other teams.[107]
  • On October 21, it was reported that Las Vegas OT Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19. Five other players, who were close contacts of Brown, were also placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Las Vegas' game against Tampa Bay was moved out of that week's Sunday Night Football game to ensure another game could be played in this timeslot.[108]
  • On October 24, Buffalo tight end Dawson Knox tested positive for the virus. He and three other players, including all of the team's tight ends except Tyler Kroft, were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Buffalo played its game against the New York Jets as scheduled, with fullback Reggie Gilliam serving as a backup tight end.[109]
  • On November 23, Ravens running backs Mark Ingram and J. K. Dobbins both tested positive for COVID-19. Through the rest of the week and into the next week, a total of 18 players either tested positive or had COVID exposures, making them ineligible to play. The Ravens' Thanksgiving Night game was delayed, first to Sunday afternoon then to Tuesday Night, December 1, and then Wednesday December 2. Among the Ravens testing positive were: QB Lamar Jackson, OL Patrick Mekari, C Matt Skura, FB Patrick Ricard, LS Morgan Cox, TE Mark Andrews, WR Willie Snead, DE Calais Campbell, and NT Brandon Williams.[110][111]
  • On November 28, Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were ruled ineligible to play for the Broncos Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints after coming into close contact with Jeff Driskel who had tested positive for the virus; the team was also unable to sign a replacement free agent quarterback due to inability to clear testing protocols in time. This led to the Broncos elevating Kendall Hinton, a wide receiver, from the practice squad to play quarterback along with running back Royce Freeman.[112][113] Hinton started the game and went 1/9 with 13 passing yards and two interceptions. Freeman did not attempt a pass.[114]

Records, milestones, and notable statistics

Week 1

  • Drew Brees broke the career record for pass attempts with his 10,170th attempt. The previous record of 10,169 attempts was held by Brett Favre.[115]
  • Tom Brady became the third player to attempt 10,000 passes, joining Brees and Favre.
  • Frank Gore broke the NFL record for the most regular season games played by a running back, with 227. The previous record of 226 was held by Emmitt Smith.[116]
  • Russell Wilson became the second player to pass for at least 30,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards in his career, joining Steve Young.[117]
  • The Baltimore Ravens set an NFL record by winning their third consecutive season-opener by 30+ points.[118]

Week 2

Week 3

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback to defeat the same opponent as a member of six different teams after leading Miami to a win over Jacksonville. Fitzpatrick also defeated Jacksonville as a starting quarterback for Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tennessee, Houston, and the New York Jets.[123]
  • Philip Rivers became the sixth player to pass for 60,000 career yards.[124]
  • Rivers also became the sixth player to record 400 career passing touchdowns.[124]
  • Russell Wilson set a record for the most touchdown passes in his team's first three games with 14. The previous record of 13 was held by Patrick Mahomes.[125]
  • Wilson also became the fifth player in NFL history to throw for at least five touchdown passes in consecutive games.[125]
  • Mike Evans became the third player in NFL history to finish a game with two catches for two yards and two touchdowns.[126]
  • Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards, doing so in 34 games. The previous record of 36 was held by Kurt Warner.[127]
  • The Atlanta Falcons became the first NFL team to lose two games in a season after leading by at least 15 points entering the fourth quarter.[128]
  • The Chicago Bears became the first NFL team to win two games in the same season after trailing by at least 16 points in the fourth quarter.[129]

Week 4

  • Tom Brady became the second player to pass for 550 career touchdowns, joining Drew Brees.
  • Brady also became the oldest player to throw five touchdown passes in a game at 43 years, 62 days. The record was previously held by Warren Moon who did so at 40 years, 342 days of age.[130]
  • Dak Prescott became the first player to record 450+ passing yards in three consecutive games.[131]
  • Prescott also set the record for the most passing yards in a two- and three-game stretch, with 974 and 1,424, respectively.[131]
  • Lamar Jackson became the fastest quarterback to reach 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 career rushing yards, doing so in 35 games. The previous record of 39 was held by Michael Vick.[132]
  • Joe Burrow became the first rookie in NFL history to record 300+ passing yards in three consecutive games.[133]
  • Aaron Rodgers became the 11th player to complete 4,000 career passes.[134]
  • Russell Wilson tied the record for the most touchdown passes in his team's first four games with 16. The record was previously set by Peyton Manning.[135]

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 9

  • Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to reach 100 passing touchdowns, doing so in 40 games. The record was previously held by Dan Marino who did so in 44 games.[143]
  • Lamar Jackson tied the record for quarterback win-loss record through 30 games started, at 25–5 (.833). The record was previously set by Marino.[144]
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke the NFL record for the fewest rushing attempts in a game, with five. The previous record of six was shared by four teams.[145]
  • The Baltimore Ravens broke the record for most consecutive games scoring 20 or more points, with 31, dating back to 2018. The previous record of 30 was held by the 2012–14 Denver Broncos.[146]

Week 10

Week 12

  • Callie Brownson, the Cleveland Browns chief of staff, became the first woman to serve as a position coach in NFL history when she served as interim tight ends coach in the Browns' game.[150]
  • Tom Brady broke the career record for pass attempts with his 10,460th attempt, surpassing Drew Brees (10,459 pass attempts), who had previously broken the record in the first week of the season.
  • Aaron Rodgers became the 11th player to pass for 50,000 career yards.

Awards

Players of the week/month

The following were named the top performers during the 2020 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1[151] Lamar Jackson QB
(Ravens)
Russell Wilson QB
(Seahawks)
Casey Hayward CB
(Chargers)
Ryan Kerrigan DE
(Washington)
Daniel Carlson K
(Raiders)
Thomas Morstead P
(Saints)
2[152] Josh Allen QB
(Bills)
Dak Prescott QB
(Cowboys)
T. J. Watt LB
(Steelers)
Micah Kiser LB
(Rams)
Harrison Butker K
(Chiefs)
Michael Dickson P
(Seahawks)
3[153] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Russell Wilson QB
(Seahawks)
Xavier Rhodes CB
(Colts)
Shaquil Barrett LB
(Buccaneers)
Stephen Gostkowski K
(Titans)
Matt Prater K
(Lions)
Sept.[154] Josh Allen QB
(Bills)
Russell Wilson QB
(Seahawks)
T. J. Watt LB
(Steelers)
Lavonte David LB
(Buccaneers)
Stephen Gostkowski K
(Titans)
Jack Fox P
(Lions)
4[155] Joe Mixon RB
(Bengals)
Tom Brady QB
(Buccaneers)
Myles Garrett DE
(Browns)
Za'Darius Smith LB
(Packers)
Brandon McManus K
(Broncos)
Mike Boone RB
(Vikings)
5[156] Chase Claypool WR
(Steelers)
Kyler Murray QB
(Cardinals)
Patrick Queen LB
(Ravens)
Aaron Donald DT
(Rams)
Jason Sanders K
(Dolphins)
Wil Lutz K
(Saints)
6[157] Derrick Henry RB
(Titans)
Matt Ryan QB
(Falcons)
Calais Campbell DE
(Ravens)
Budda Baker S
(Cardinals)
Brandon McManus K
(Broncos)
Cairo Santos K
(Bears)
7[158] Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
Kyler Murray QB
(Cardinals)
Jerry Hughes DE
(Bills)
Devin White LB
(Buccaneers)
Byron Pringle WR/KR
(Chiefs)
Johnny Hekker P
(Rams)
Oct.[159] Derrick Henry RB
(Titans)
Tom Brady QB
(Buccaneers)
Myles Garrett DE
(Browns)
Budda Baker S
(Cardinals)
Jason Sanders K
(Dolphins)
Johnny Hekker P
(Rams)
8[160] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Dalvin Cook RB
(Vikings)
Stephon Tuitt DE
(Steelers)
Bobby Wagner LB
(Seahawks)
Jakeem Grant WR/KR
(Dolphins)
Ryan Succop K
(Buccaneers)
9[161] Josh Allen QB
(Bills)
Dalvin Cook RB
(Vikings)
Jeffery Simmons DE
(Titans)
Foyesade Oluokun LB
(Falcons)
Nick Folk K
(Patriots)
Graham Gano K
(Giants)
10[162] Ben Roethlisberger QB
(Steelers)
DeAndre Hopkins WR
(Cardinals)
Jeff Heath S
(Raiders)
Leonard Floyd LB
(Rams)
E. J. Speed LB
(Colts)
Matt Prater K
(Lions)
11[163] Deshaun Watson QB
(Texans)
Robert Woods WR
(Rams)
Olivier Vernon DE
(Browns)
Brian Burns DE
(Panthers)
Rodrigo Blankenship K
(Colts)
Tress Way P
(Washington)
12[164] Tyreek Hill WR
(Chiefs)
Kirk Cousins QB
(Vikings)
A. J. Klein LB
(Bills)
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner DT
(Falcons)
Nick Folk K
(Patriots)
Robbie Gould K
(49ers)
Nov.[165] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Dalvin Cook RB
(Vikings)
T. J. Watt LB
(Steelers)
Cameron Jordan DE
(Saints)
Jason Sanders K
(Dolphins)
Younghoe Koo K
(Falcons)
13
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week
(Quarterbacks)[166]
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week
(Running backs)[166]
Pepsi Zero Sugar
Rookie of the Week[167]
1 Russell Wilson
(Seahawks)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
(Chiefs)
C. J. Henderson CB
(Jaguars)
2 Josh Allen
(Bills)
Aaron Jones
(Packers)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
3 Russell Wilson
(Seahawks)
Dalvin Cook
(Vikings)
Brandon Aiyuk WR
(49ers)
4 Tom Brady
(Buccaneers)
Joe Mixon
(Bengals)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
5 Derek Carr
(Raiders)
Todd Gurley
(Falcons)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
6 Ryan Tannehill
(Titans)
Derrick Henry
(Titans)
Justin Jefferson WR
(Vikings)
7 Joe Burrow
(Bengals)
Jeff Wilson
(49ers)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
8 Patrick Mahomes
(Chiefs)
Dalvin Cook
(Vikings)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
9 Josh Allen
(Bills)
Dalvin Cook
(Vikings)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
10 Ben Roethlisberger
(Steelers)
Ronald Jones II
(Buccaneers)
Jedrick Wills OT
(Browns)
11 Justin Herbert
(Chargers)
Derrick Henry
(Titans)
Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
12 Patrick Mahomes
(Chiefs)
Derrick Henry
(Titans)
13
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept.[154] James Robinson RB
(Jaguars)
Antoine Winfield Jr. S
(Buccaneers)
Oct.[159] Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
Jeremy Chinn S
(Panthers)
Nov.[165] Justin Herbert QB
(Chargers)
Jeremy Chinn S
(Panthers)

Head coaching and front office personnel changes

Head coaches

Off-season

Team Departing coach Interim coach Incoming coach Reason for leaving Notes
Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera Perry Fewell Matt Rhule Fired Rivera was fired on December 3, 2019, after going 5–7 (.417) in the first 12 games of the season. In 8+ seasons as the Panthers head coach, he went 79–67–1 (.541), with four playoff appearances including three NFC South division titles and one Super Bowl appearance.

Fewell, the defensive backs coach, took over on an interim basis and went 0–4 the rest of the season.[168]

Rhule, who spent the previous seven seasons as college football head coach of Temple and Baylor with a 47–43 (.522) record, was hired on January 7.[169][170]

Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens Kevin Stefanski Kitchens was fired on December 29, 2019, after going 6–10 (.375) in one season as head coach.[171]

Stefanski, who previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was hired on January 13. He was on the Vikings staff for 14 years.[172] This is his first head coaching position at any level.

Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Mike McCarthy Contract expired On January 5, the Cowboys announced they would not renew Garrett's contract, which expired January 14. The Cowboys were 85–67 (.559) in 9​12 seasons under Garrett, making the playoffs 3 times but never advancing past the divisional round.[173]

McCarthy was hired as the Cowboys' new coach on January 6. In 12+ seasons as the Green Bay Packers head coach, he had a record of 135–85–2 (.613) with nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title.[174][175]

New York Giants Pat Shurmur Joe Judge Fired Shurmur was fired on December 30, 2019, after going 9–23 (.281) in two seasons as the Giants' head coach, with no playoff appearances.[176]

Judge was hired on January 8, after serving as the special teams coordinator for the New England Patriots from 2015 to 2019, as well as the wide receivers coach in 2019. This is his first head coaching position at any level.[177][178]

Washington Football Team Jay Gruden Bill Callahan Ron Rivera After an 0–5 start, Gruden was fired on October 7, 2019. He had a 35–49–1 (.418) record for his 5+ season tenure with the organization, with one playoff appearance.[179]

Callahan, the team's assistant head coach/offensive line coach, was previously the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and 2003, with a record of 15–17 (.469) and one Super Bowl appearance; he finished out the 2019 season with a 3–8 (.273) record.[180]

Rivera, who had spent most of the previous nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, was hired on January 1, 2020.[181]

In-season

Team Departing coach Reason for leaving Interim replacement Notes
Houston Texans Bill O'Brien Fired Romeo Crennel After an 0–4 start, O'Brien was fired on October 5. He had a 52–48 (.520) record during his 6+ season tenure with the Texans, with four AFC South titles.[182]

Crennel, the team's associate head coach, was previously the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, with a combined record of 28–55 (.337) and no playoff appearances. At age 73, he is the oldest head coach in NFL history.[136]

Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn Raheem Morris After an 0–5 start, Quinn was fired on October 11. He had a 43–42 (.506) record during his 5+ season tenure with the Falcons, with two playoff appearances and one Super Bowl appearance.[183]

Morris, the team's defensive coordinator, was previously the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a record of 17–31 (.354) and no playoff appearances.[184]

Detroit Lions Matt Patricia Darrell Bevell Patricia was fired on November 28. He had a 13–29–1 (.314) record during his 2+ season tenure with the Lions, with no playoff appearances and finishing both complete season in last place in the NFC North.[185]

Bevell, the team's offensive coordinator, was promoted to interim head coach. This is his first head coaching position.[185]

Front office personnel

Off-season

Team Position Departing office holder Incoming office holder Reason for leaving Notes
Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey Andrew Berry Mutual decision Dorsey and the Browns parted ways on December 31, 2019, after three seasons.[186]

Berry was hired on January 28, 2020 as general manager and executive vice president of football operations. He served as the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of football operations in 2019, and had worked for the Browns from 2016 to 2018 as vice president of player personnel. At age 32, he is the youngest general manager in NFL history.[187]

Jacksonville Jaguars EVP-FO Tom Coughlin Position eliminated Fired Coughlin was fired on December 18, 2019, after three seasons with the Jaguars.[188] The team announced after the season that Coughlin's position will not be filled.[189]
Washington Football Team President Bruce Allen Jason Wright Allen was fired December 30, 2019, after ten years with the team.[190]

Wright, a former NFL running back who later served as a partner at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, was hired on August 17, 2020. He is the first black team president in NFL history.[191]

In-season

Team Position 2020 office holder Reason for leaving Interim replacement Notes
Houston Texans GM Bill O'Brien Fired Jack Easterby O'Brien was named general manager of the team during the 2020 offseason, after splitting general manager duties with Easterby, the executive vice president of football operations, and other team executives in 2019. His tenure was lowlighted by trading away star WR Deandre Hopkins.[182]

Easterby took over GM duties for the rest of the season.[192]

Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff TBA After an 0–5 start, Dimitroff was fired on October 11 after 12 seasons.[183]
Detroit Lions Bob Quinn TBA Quinn was fired on November 28 after 5 seasons.[185] A combination of front office personnel will handle GM duties for the remainder of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell Trent Baalke Caldwell was fired on November 29 after 8 seasons.[193]

Baalke, the team's director of player personnel, would serve as interim GM through the end of the season.[193]

Stadiums

Washington fans in November 2020
MetLife Stadium without fans in October 2020

Stadium changes

COVID-19 restrictions

The NFL is allowing teams to admit spectators to games if allowed under local health orders. As of October 26, 18 teams had confirmed plans to admit spectators at a reduced capacity for home games. The majority of teams played without spectators through September and into October. Most teams left open the possibility of spectators later in the season if conditions improve.[200][201] Las Vegas and New England have ruled out spectators for the entire season. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's competition committee assessed that having spectators did not create a competitive advantage despite some coaches and executives disagreeing.[202]

On May 13, California officials indicated that they may not allow the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, or San Francisco 49ers to play at their home stadiums. Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium and Arizona's State Farm Stadium were listed as possible relocation sites for these teams.[203][204] All three teams were allowed to begin the season at their home stadiums without spectators. However, the 49ers were forced to relocate to State Farm Stadium for at least two December home games after Santa Clara County banned contact sports for three weeks on November 29.[205]

If spectators are admitted, they must wear face masks and may be required to sign a liability waiver.[206] On-field entertainment is prohibited, including cheerleaders, mascots, marching bands, flag wavers, and end zone-to-end zone American flag displays.[207] To reduce the proximity of spectators to the field, the league requires the first six to eight rows of seats to be blocked with tarps.[208] Halftime shows may be held, but only off-site, or as done on Thanksgiving, pre-recorded before the game.[209]

The NFL initially mandated the use of artificial crowd noise inside all stadiums with attendance below 10,000, consisting of non-dynamic ambience that would play at 70 decibels.[210] The audio is monitored by the league and teams may face sanctions if they are found to have manipulated it (such as by changing its volume).[211][212][213] On September 25, these rules were adjusted, allowing the ambiance to be played at up to 80 decibels. The volume must be determined before the game and remain consistent through the entire game. The minimum attendance required to turn off the crowd noise was reduced to 2,500.[214]

As part of Microsoft's sponsorship of the NFL, a "Fan Mosaic" feature powered by Microsoft Teams will be featured on stadium video boards during select games.[215]

Team Games with spectators allowed Limitations Source
Arizona Some Played their first three home games behind closed doors; admitted up to 1,200 fans beginning in Week 7. [216][200]
Atlanta Some Played their Week 1 home opener behind closed doors. The team tested stadium operations and protocols by hosting 500 friends, family, and associates in Week 3 in order to determine the capacity limit for the team's Week 5 game. [217]
Baltimore Some Played their first three home games behind closed doors; will allow up to 3,000 fans in lower bowl seats along with fans in suites beginning Week 8. [218][219]
Buffalo None Current New York state health orders prohibit spectators at any sporting event. Local officials will recommend a 10% capacity, up to 7,000 fans; Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo indicated initial willingness to approve the plan if social distancing is upheld but never gave final approval after a rise in cases. [220][221][222]
Carolina Some Played behind closed doors for their home opener; admitted up to 5,240 fans (7% capacity) beginning in Week 4, with a tentative plan to increase fan capacity for the team's next home game in Week 6. [223]
Chicago None Will play behind closed doors until further notice. [206][224]
Cincinnati Some Played without spectators in its home opener, then admitted up to 6,000 spectators for its next home game, and will admit 12,000 for each home game moving forward. [225]
Cleveland All Admitted 6,000 spectators for its first two home games and will admit 12,000 for each home game moving forward. [225]
Dallas All Allowed up to 20,000 fans—25% of AT&T Stadium's seating capacity, for its home opener; capacity for remaining games to be determined. [226]
Denver Some Played with a limited crowd of 500 friends, family, and associates during their home opener; allowed up to 5,700 spectators—7.5% of Empower Field at Mile High's seating capacity—beginning in Week 3, and hoped to increase fan attendance later in the season. However, on November 20, the Broncos announced that Week 11 was their final game with any spectators due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Colorado, with the final three games played behind closed doors. [227][228][229][230]
Detroit None Have thus far played their first five home games behind closed doors. [206][201]
Green Bay None Indefinite hold on hosting fans this season due to local rise in cases in early October. [231]
Houston Some Played behind closed doors for their Week 2 home opener; will allow up to 13,300 fans (20% capacity) beginning in Week 4. [232]
Indianapolis All Allowed 2,500 spectators for their home opener. Seeking approval to allow spectators at 15% capacity for remaining games. [206][233][234]
Jacksonville All Allowing spectators at 25% capacity. [206][200]
Kansas City All Plans to allow spectators at 22% capacity. The team only offered individual tickets during the first few weeks of the season, and admitted season ticketholders thereafter. [235][200]
Las Vegas None No spectators for the entire season. [236]
Los Angeles Chargers None Will play behind closed doors until further notice. [237]
Los Angeles Rams
Miami All In May, the team unveiled a concept for how it would adapt Hard Rock Stadium to suit safety recommendations and restrict attendance to 15,000. The team will admit 13,000 for each home game. On October 7, Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis gave clearance to allow full attendance in stadiums; however, the Dolphins chose to maintain its 13,000 fan limit. [206][238][239]
Minnesota None Has admitted a limited number of family members of team staff since Week 3, but games remain closed to the public. [240][241]
New England None Will play all home games behind closed doors due to state and local regulations. [242][243]
New Orleans Some Played behind closed doors for their first three home games. Louisiana gave approval for the Saints to have fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome starting with Week 3; however, the city denied the Saints permission to have fans for their next two games. The Saints were allowed to have up to 3,000 fans in Week 7. [206][244][245]
New York Giants None Will play behind closed doors until further notice. MetLife Stadium prohibits spectators at sporting events per an executive order from Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy. [206][201]
New York Jets
Philadelphia Some Played their first two home games behind closed doors. The team allowed 7,500 fans beginning with Week 6 for the following three home games. Will play behind closed doors again after the city of Philadelphia imposed restrictions on crowd sizes on November 16. [206][246][247]
Pittsburgh Some Played their first two home games behind closed doors; Allowed up to 5,500 fans from Weeks 5-10. Beginning in Week 12, games will be played without spectators again as the state of Pennsylvania passed new restrictions on large gatherings. [201][248][249]
San Francisco None Will play behind closed doors for the entire season. On November 28, Santa Clara County banned all contact sports, including 49ers practices and games, in the county until December 22, forcing the relocation of the team's December 7 and 13 home games to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. [201][250]
Seattle None Will play at least their first seven home games behind closed doors. No decision has been made on fan attendence for the team's Week 16 home finale. [251]
Tampa Bay Some Played their Week 2 home opener behind closed doors; for Week 4, only season-ticket holders who had season tickets since 1998 or earlier were allowed to attend; beginning in Week 6, spectator capacity is limited to 25%. [252][201]
Tennessee Some Played behind closed doors for their home opener, then will allow a limited amount of fans—between 10 and 15% capacity—for their October home games. The team is tentatively planning to increase their fan capacity to 21% for games in November and December. [253]
Washington Some Played the first four home games behind closed doors; the team will allow up to 3,000 season ticket holders to attend games beginning in week 9. [254][201][255]

Uniforms

Uniform changes

Eight teams unveiled uniform changes, ranging from minor adjustments to full rebrands.

  • Atlanta: On April 8, the Falcons unveiled new uniforms, featuring a matte shell helmet, a larger helmet logo, silver facemasks, new fonts for the numbers, and a prominent "ATL" placed above the numbers. The team returned to black as the primary jersey color. A new alternate jersey features a red gradient.[256]
  • Cleveland: On April 15, the Browns revealed new uniforms that reverted to the design used prior to 2015. Some elements of the 2015 style were retained, including the brighter shade of orange, the modernized version of block numbers, and brown facemasks.[257]
  • Indianapolis: On April 13, the Colts announced that serifs were added to their jersey numbers similar to the design used in the 1950s and 1960s and revealed a new modernized wordmark and secondary logo that features the outline of Indiana carved out of a "C". They also introduced a new color, anvil black.[258]
  • Los Angeles Chargers: On March 24, the Chargers announced that they would eliminate navy blue from their official branding, building on their 2019 change of the primary jersey color to powder blue. They also debuted a modified logo and a new wordmark to reflect this.[259] On April 21, the Chargers revealed new uniforms, which use elements from previous sets, including numbers on the helmets and the addition of a navy blue alternate set.[260]
  • Los Angeles Rams: On March 23, the Rams unveiled new logos and color scheme. The new colors are brighter shades of the royal blue and gold used on their 1999 throwback jerseys, dubbed "Rams Royal" and "Sol" by the team, respectively. The team's new logo features a stylized "LA" with a ram's horn spiraling out from the top of the "A".[261] The team unveiled new uniforms on May 13. Notable features include the addition of an off-white "Bone" away jersey, team wordmark logo patches on the right side of the chest and a unique fabric for the numbers. The helmet also has a metallic "Rams Royal" colored shell and a new ram horn design to match the logos.
  • New England: The Patriots former all-blue alternate design became the primary home uniform set, with updated block letters and numbers and blue/red/white socks. A corresponding white jersey was also unveiled and will also be paired with the blue pants. Both uniforms feature truncated shoulder striping as a nod to the "Pat Patriot" uniforms.[262]
  • Tampa Bay: On April 7, the Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms resembling the ones used from 1997 to 2013, including that design's block numbers, black masks, pewter pants, and all-white road set. Some elements of the previous design remain, including the enlarged flag-and-crossed-swords logo and the secondary ship logo on the sleeves. The team also unveiled an all-pewter alternate uniform.[263]
  • Washington: On July 23, the franchise announced it would play the season as the "Washington Football Team" and dropped the Redskins logo. However, they retained the color scheme. The team's uniforms essentially remained the same, but without the helmet stripe and with the logo being replaced by the player's jersey number in gold, as well as a "Washington" wordmark on the chest replacing "Redskins."[264]

Patches

  • Arizona: A patch to commemorate the death of Hall of Famer Larry Wilson, with his number 8 enclosed in either a black circle (red and white jersey) or white circle (black jersey).[265]
  • Dallas: An "Established in 1960" patch to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the team's inception.[266]
  • Las Vegas: A patch to commemorate the team's inaugural season in Las Vegas.[267]
  • Miami: A patch to commemorate the death of Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula, featuring his name and the number 347 to signify his NFL record career victories.[268]
  • New York Jets: A patch to commemorate the death of philanthropist Betty Wold Johnson — the mother of Jets CEO Christopher Johnson.[269][270]
  • Washington: A patch to commemorate the death of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, with his number 49 enclosed in a black circle.[271]

Media

Broadcast rights

Television

This is the seventh year under the current broadcast contracts with CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC. This includes "cross-flexing" (switching) Sunday afternoon games between CBS and Fox before or during the season, regardless of the conference of the visiting team. NBC continues to air Sunday Night Football and the Kickoff Game. ESPN continues to air Monday Night Football and a Wild Card Game, with the latter being simulcast on ABC. ESPN and ABC were also scheduled to air the 2021 Pro Bowl, but the game was canceled. Fox continues to air Thursday Night Football alongside NFL Network.[272]

CBS will televise Super Bowl LV. NBC was originally scheduled to broadcast the game under the current rotation. However, NBC traded the game to CBS in exchange for Super Bowl LVI, which will fall during the 2022 Winter Olympics, the first to be scheduled during an ongoing Olympic Games (NBC also holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics).[273]

As of the 2019 season, local stations in markets with NFL teams have been allowed on to air another NFL game opposite the game involving that city's home team on a limited basis. Cities were initially limited to two such games per season. This was expanded to four in 2020.[274]

Although ESPN's current MNF deal expires in 2021 and the contracts with CBS, Fox, and NBC end in 2022, the NFL may begin negotiations on new broadcast deals in 2020.[275] Prior to this season, the league had the option to cancel DirecTV's exclusive contract to air NFL Sunday Ticket, the league's out-of-market sports package.[276] However, the NFL did not opt out.[277]

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Monday Night Football, ESPN simulcast the September 21, New Orleans at Las Vegas game as an ESPN Megacast on ABC (simulcasting the main ESPN broadcast as its first regular season contest since 2005) and ESPN2 airing an alternate broadcast with various guests joining throughout the game.[278][279] On November 27, it was reported that two more MNF games would be simulcast on ABC on December 7 and 28.[280]

CBS and NBC acquired rights to the two new Wild Card Round games, with each network paying around $70 million for the additional game. CBS will air an alternate broadcast for this game on sister network Nickelodeon, oriented toward a youth audience. NBC will air its game in Spanish on Telemundo.[281][282] ESPN later announced that alternate broadcasts for its Wild Card Game will be aired on ESPN2 and Freeform.[283]

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports renewed its broadcast rights to the NFL under a five-year deal, marking its 25th season of coverage. It also announced that it would devote its multiplex channel Sky Sports Action exclusively to NFL programming and coverage during the season, temporarily rebranding it as Sky Sports NFL. It marks the first time that the NFL has partnered on a league-oriented channel in an international market.[284][285] ViacomCBS-owned free-to-air channel Channel 5 also acquired rights to air Monday Night Football, marking the league's return to the network for the first time since 2009, with a Los Angeles-based studio show featuring Maurice Jones-Drew, and a weekly magazine show, NFL End Zone, hosted by Cori Yarckin.[286]

Digital

On April 29, Amazon renewed its digital rights to Thursday Night Football through the 2022 season, maintaining the existing arrangement to simulcast the 11 games aired by Fox on Prime Video and for free on Twitch, and offer alternative broadcasts of the games on the two services. It also added exclusive worldwide rights to one late-season game per-season, which will be produced by CBS and simulcast on over-the-air stations in the two teams' home markets.[272] Amazon also acquired rights to simulcast one AFC Wild Card game assigned to CBS.[287]

This season, the TNF games include a new "Scout's Feed" broadcast featuring extended play analysis by Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah, and a new "NFL Next Live" feed on Twitch hosted by Cari Champion and Andrew Hawkins which features viewer interactivity. The British English broadcasts were dropped this season. For supplemental content, Amazon is expanding its Tuesday-night studio program NFL Next, and introducing two new interactive programs on Twitch — the Hawkins and Kyle Long-hosted NFL Comment Box, and the Chad Johnson and Kyle Long-hosted The NFL Machine, which features presentations of content from the NFL Films archives.[288]

Personnel

Tony Romo, CBS' lead color commentator, renewed his contract in a long-term, $17 million per-year deal, the most lucrative contract for a commentator in NFL history.[289]

CBS parted ways with #2 commentator Dan Fouts and replaced him with Fox's #2 commentator Charles Davis.[290] Fox utilized Daryl Johnston in this spot.[291]

To reduce his workload and travel, NBC Sunday Night Football lead commentator Al Michaels will take several games off in favor of Mike Tirico.[213][292]

ESPN replaced its former Monday Night Football commentator team of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick.[293][294] Levy and Griese had been a broadcast team for ESPN's college football coverage prior to their Monday Night Football assignment, Levy also served as ESPN's lead XFL play-by-play voice. Fellow college football announcing duo Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit called the first game of the Week 1 MNF doubleheader.[294]Herbstreit also worked the ESPN2 Monday Night Megacast broadcast with Rece Davis during the Week 2 MNF game.

After using a homophobic slur during a Cincinnati Reds game, Thom Brennaman was removed from Fox's NFL broadcasts for 2020.[295] Brennaman, who also worked for the Reds, was suspended from doing games “until further notice”. He later resigned from that role.[296] Kevin Kugler replaced Brennaman.[297]

Impact of COVID-19 on production

Broadcasters are allowed up to 46 staff members at each game. Sideline reporters are not allowed on the field.[207] CBS,[298] Fox, and NBC have commentators on-site,[213] but some production is conducted remotely from the networks' headquarters.[213][298] The NFL requires personnel returning from outside of the United States to quarantine for 14 days before returning to work; Fox commentator Kenny Albert missed the first two weeks of the season due to this requirement. He previously was in Canada working NBC's coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs through September 10.[299][300]

The league is providing an enhanced artificial crowd noise track to be used by its broadcasters, separate from the crowd noise that is used at stadiums below 2,500 in attendance. The soundtrack uses crowd audio collected by NFL Films from past games involving the home team, including general ambience, team-specific chants, and contextual reactions. It is mixed by a local sound engineer at the stadium in synchronization with the game.[301][210] Fox had explored the possibility of masking empty stands with CGI crowds.[302][303] Fox introduced such a system on-air for its Major League Baseball broadcasts,[304] and later announced that it planned to employ the technology for selected NFL games.[305]

NBC ruled out virtual fans, citing the large number of camera angles that would have to be configured for it. The network added a 180-degree 8K resolution camera to the Skycam unit for "intimate" overhead views, supplanting wide-angle shots that would expose stands with little to no spectators.[306][307] At games played with no spectators, CBS plans to allow its Skycam to be in positions over the stands that are not usually allowed in order to provide new angles.[298]

The pandemic has also affected pre-game shows: ESPN's Monday Night Countdown and NFL Network's NFL GameDay Kickoff are not traveling to game sites this season, instead being broadcast from their respective networks' studios.[308] Fox NFL Sunday panelist Jimmy Johnson announced that he would contribute from his home in Florida, rather than join the rest of the panel at the Fox Sports studio in Los Angeles.[309] Due to restrictions imposed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Week 11 edition of Fox NFL Kickoff and Fox NFL Sunday did not feature their regular hosts and analysts. Instead, both shows were anchored by Chris Myers, Reggie Bush, and Charles Woodson while some of the cast appeared remotely.[310]

Most watched regular season games

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV rating[311] Window Significance
1 November 26, 4:30 ET Washington Football Team 41 Dallas Cowboys 16 Fox 30.3 12.0 Thanksgiving Cowboys–Washington rivalry
2 September 13, 4:25 ET Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 New Orleans Saints 34 25.9 13.1 Late DH[a] Buccaneers–Saints rivalry, Tom Brady's Buccaneers debut
3 November 22, 4:25 ET Green Bay Packers 31 Indianapolis Colts 34 23.9 12.7 Late DH[b]
4 November 26, 12:30 ET Houston Texans 41 Detroit Lions 25 CBS 23.4 10.6 Thanksgiving
5 November 29, 4:25 ET Kansas City Chiefs 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 23.1 12.8 Late DH[c]
6 October 25, 4:25 ET San Francisco 49ers 33 New England Patriots 6 22.9 12.4 Late DH[d] Jimmy Garoppolo's return to New England
7 October 11, 4:25 ET New York Giants 34 Dallas Cowboys 37 22.8 12.2 Late DH[e] Cowboys–Giants rivalry
8 September 27, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 31 Seattle Seahawks 38 Fox 22.8 11.8 Late DH[f]
9 November 1, 4:25 ET New Orleans Saints 26 Chicago Bears 23 22.7 12.0 Late DH[g]
10 November 8, 4:25 ET Pittsburgh Steelers 24 Dallas Cowboys 19 CBS 22.7 12.4 Late DH[h] Cowboys–Steelers rivalry

*Note — Late DH matchups listed in table are the matchups that were shown to the largest percentage of the market.

  1. ^ TB/NO was shown in 91% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  2. ^ GB/IND was shown in 83% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  3. ^ KC/TB was shown in 100% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  4. ^ SF/NE was shown in 50% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  5. ^ NYG/DAL was shown in 86% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  6. ^ DAL/SEA was shown in 72% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  7. ^ NO/CHI was shown in 76% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  8. ^ PIT/DAL was shown in 93% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  9. ^ GB/TB was shown in 100% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.

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