NEW ENGLAND – Skilled soccer returns after the Labor Day weekend, with all 32 Nationwide Soccer League groups kicking off play the week of Sept. 10-13, together with the Patriots.
The Patriots will play their season opener on Sept. 13 towards the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. The defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will formally kick off the NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 10 at residence towards the Houston Texans.
Discover the Patriots full common season schedule here.
The NFL is on monitor to develop into the primary main skilled sports activities league to begin a season on time throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Well-liked low season occasions such because the NFL Draft had been held in digital codecs, and all preseason games were canceled to assist forestall additional unfold of the virus.
Meaning the common season will take off with quite a lot of intriguing story traces, none higher than how two groups particularly will fare after a giant shakeup.
Eyes will probably be on six-time Tremendous Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady as he takes his first snaps as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.The Patriots, and their very own six-time Tremendous Bowl successful head coach Invoice Belichick, search so as to add to their file of 11 consecutive division championships with out Brady.
Opening week will characteristic 4 prime-time video games, together with the Texans-Chiefs. The Dallas Cowboys will go to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday evening, Sept. 13 and the primary Monday evening of the season could have two video games scheduled: the Pittsburgh Steelers on the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans on the Denver Broncos.
Essentially the most noticeable distinction between the 2020 NFL season and years previous, aside from maybe seeing Brady in a Buccaneer uniform, would be the absence of packed stadiums and loud crowds.
Some groups are permitting followers to enter the stadium at a sure capability, however others, just like the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, have made statements saying games will be played without fans for at the least the primary month of the season.
The Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are among the many groups planning to permit a small capability of followers at residence openers, in line with ESPN.
Groups are nonetheless set to play a full set of 16 video games in 2020, with an extra playoff recreation in each the Nationwide Soccer Convention and American Soccer Convention, added to the schedule. The transfer so as to add a seventh playoff crew in every convention, and by impact one other recreation, was accredited by the league earlier than the pandemic.