You’ve waited almost all Winter for this.

You found out who your team was going to play and you even knew where.

It was the when that kept you up at night.

Wonder no more. Your patience has been rewarded (even if it was a couple of weeks late).

The 2020 National Football League regular season schedule was released by the league last May. “The release of the NFL schedule is something our fans eagerly anticipate every year, as they look forward with hope and optimism to the season ahead,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Network and USA Today. “In preparing to play the season as scheduled, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in compliance with government regulations, and with appropriate safety protocols to protect the health of our fans, players, club and league personnel and our communities. We will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary, as we have during this off-season in safely and efficiently conducting key activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program, and the 2020 NFL Draft.”

The NFL’s 101st season begins with the league’s annual prime-time kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs hosts Houston at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with key divisional games on Sunday, September 13, featuring Tampa Bay traveling to the Big Easy to face off against New Orleans at 4:25 p.m. and Arizona visiting San Francisco at 4:25 p.m. CBS kicks off its coverage in Week 1 with a host of rivalry games, including Baltimore welcoming Cleveland at 1 p.m. and Miami traveling to Foxboro to face AFC East rival New England at 1 p.m.

The 2020 NFL schedule, Powered by AWS, features the debut of two world-class venues – SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Rams will meet Dallas on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on September 13 in their new home while the Los Angeles Chargers welcome the Chiefs to SoFi Stadium in Week 2 on September 20 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Also in Week 2, the Raiders host the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium when they face New Orleans on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m., with a simulcast on ABC, on the 50th anniversary of the first Monday Night Football game in 1970.

The ESPN slate begins with a Kickoff Weekend doubleheader. The New York Giants will host Pittsburgh on September 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the first game, followed by Tennessee visiting Denver in the nightcap at 10:10 p.m. ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

All 32 clubs are again scheduled for at least one nationally televised Thursday, Sunday or Monday game. Thursday Night Football will air exclusively on NFL Network in Weeks 2-4, while FOX kicks off its Thursday night slate in Week 5. FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) as well as the Friday, December 25, game between Minnesota and New Orleans at 4:30 p.m. Those FOX games are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with Tampa Bay at Chicago on October 8.

NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games – with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games – including a very special Thursday night contest on September 17. On that day, the 100th birthday of the National Football League, Cleveland hosts Cincinnati at 8:20 p.m., with the NFL Network broadcast paying tribute to the birthplace of the NFL in nearby Canton, Ohio.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

Thanksgiving will feature a triple-header on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send Houston to the Motor City for an early afternoon showdown with Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The late afternoon game will feature Washington visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. on FOX in a battle of NFC East rivals and the Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an AFC North showdown as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on NBC at 8:20 p.m.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 13. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality match-ups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime-time.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

Beginning this year, two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The number 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 24. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 7, in Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium (CBS).

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally. Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL prime-time games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

Fans can experience exciting NFL match-ups in person by visiting their favorite team’s website, http://www.nfl.com/tickets or on any NFL licensed ticketing channel. When purchasing tickets, be sure to look for the authenticated NFL ticket logo or the NFL shield.

2020 NFL SCHEDULE (Times are Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1
Thursday, September 10
Houston at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 13
Seattle at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New England, 1 p.n. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 14
Pittsburgh at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m. on ESPN
Tennessee at Denver, 10:10 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2
Thursday, September 17
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 20
ATLANTA at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Chicago, 1 p.n. on CBS
Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Houston, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 21
New Orleans at Las Vegas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 24
Miami at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 27
Chicago at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 28, 2020
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4
Thursday, October 1
Denver at New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network

Sunday, October 4
Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Las Vegas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 5
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5
Thursday, October 8
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFLNetwork and Amazon*

Sunday, October 11
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Washington, 1 p.m. onp FOX
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Indianapolis at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 12
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6
Thursday, October 15
Kansas City at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 18
ATLANTA at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. NBC

Monday, October 19
Arizona at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7
Thursday, October 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 25
Detroit at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New England, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 26
Chicago at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8
Thursday, October 29
ATLANTA at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 1
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 2
Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9
Thursday, November 5
Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 8
Denver at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tennessee, 1 o.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 9
New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10
Thursday, November 12
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 15
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Miami, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 16
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11
Thursday, November 19
Arizona at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 22
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 23
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 26 (THANKSGIVING IN UNITED STATES)
Houston at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 29
Las Vegas at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Denver, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Chicago Bears at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 30
Seattle at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13
Thursday, December 3
Dallas at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 6
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 7
Buffalo at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14
Thursday, December 10
New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 13
ATLANTA at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 14
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15
Thursday, December 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 19
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 19 or Sunday, December 20 – Date/Time/Network TBD
Buffalo at Denver – Date, Time and Network TBD
Carolina at Green Bay – Date, Time and Network TBD
Houston at Indianapolis – Date, Time and Network TBD
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams – Date, Time and Network TBD
Detroit at Tennessee – Date, Time and Network TBD

Sunday, December 20
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 21
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16
Friday, December 25
Minnesota at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 26
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 26 or Sunday, December 27 – Date/Time/Network TBD
San Francisco at Arizona – Date/Time/Network TBD
Tampa Bay at Detroit – Date/Time/Network TBD
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers – Date/Time/Network TBD
Miami at Las Vegas – Date/Time/Network TBD
Cleveland at New York Jets – Date/Time/Network TBD

Sunday, December 27
ATLANTA at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 28
Buffalo at New England, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17
Sunday, January 3
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

* NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

She was the subject of many talk shows from Oprah to Dr. Phil. Her story has been told in every school of education in every college not just in the United States but worldwide. Her story was a case of lust and forbidden love and blurred (if not crossed) lines of relationships between students and teachers.

Mary Kay Letourneau, the woman that seduced her sixth-grade student in the 1990s, passed away Monday near Seattle, according to KOMO-TV, the Seattle Intellegencer and the Associated Press after a long bout with cancer. Her attorney David Gehrke, who represented her in her first trial, told the media that she had been ill for a long time. “(Her death) it was expected but sad anyway. She was a good person.”

This is not to say that she was an angel. She had her flaws as do we all.

She garnered world-wide attention after she admitted to a relationship with with Vili Fualaau, who was her sixth-grade student at the time. The relationship began when Fualaau was a 12-year-old boy and Letourneau, who was 34 years old at the time, was his sixth-grade teacher. They met when Fualaau was in the second grade and she taught at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien. Their relationship advanced when the married mother of four and her student began having sex. (She had children from that first marriage.)

Letourneau was charged with child rape and pled guilty. Under a plea agreement, she pledged that she would have no further contact with Fualaau. She broke that pledge after she was caught with him again, in an automobile and was sent to prison to serve seven years for her actions. In 2004, Fualaau made a request to the court to take back the no-contact order. The court agreed with Fualaau and they got married a year later, having two daughters before they filed to legally separate in 2017.

Her run-ins with the legal system was not limited to sleeping with minors. In 2015, she failed to appear in King County after her driver’s license was suspended. Prosecutors said that she was first pulled over for expired tabs a year ago and was found to have a suspended license for unpaid traffic tickets. She was ordered into a state re-licensing program which would require repayments of fines and help her work to get her license back and avoid a criminal charge. She failed to show for
that program and a criminal case was filed, prosecutors said and when she failed to appear in court for the criminal case hearing in September, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Fualaau filed for legal separation in early 2017, with sources telling People magazine at the time that he and Letourneau might not ultimately divorce. They were repeatedly spotted together around the Seattle area, where they have lived for years.

Two years ago, Letourneau, who lost her license to teach, was reportedly working as a paralegal while Fualaau was said to be working as a part-time DJ.

Like I said, she’s not perfect.

Neither are we.

If nothing else, her case became case-study for law schools and schools of education nationwide. Her actions remind us of where the boundaries are and they should not be crossed. Her actions (or in actions) landed her in prison, cost her one marriage and ruined what some thought would be a promising teaching career. If nothing else, her story should become a cautionary tale, like Dickens’ Marley in “A Christmas Carol,” where he approaches Scoorge and reminds him that “these are the chains I forged in life, link by link, yard by yard.”

Her life was ruined and while there are some that will celebrate her death in a somewhat morbid manner. That’s their right. At the same time, Mary Kay Letourneau, the subject of many movies, books and talk shows, should be mourned and remembered for the person she was before her relationship (albeit eliicit) began. While she did cross the line, it made us think of where the line should be (or should have been).

One can hope that the children from Mary Kay’s first marriage and the two daughters she had with Fualaau will meet and come together, even if it’s only for a cup of coffee.

Let’s hope that happens.

In the end, Mary Kay Letourneau will known as a woman that became a cradle robber. In the end, her teaching career and freedom came crashing down like that cradle. It’s now time to put that chapter in a cradle and rock it to sleep.

(photo courtesy KOMO-TV and the Associated Press) 

 

Casey.

Casey!

It’s me. your conscience. I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Just because we’re under quarantine doesn’t mean we consciences can take time off. It doesn’t work that way. BTW…. Happy Anniversary of your accquital. It was a tough go and that trial could have gone either way.

Remember our last conversation? We first discussed getting the ducks in a row. Then there’s the issue of George and Cindy, your parents (remember them?). While they did try to throw you under the bus while the wheels were moving, they’re still your parents and that’s not gonna change anytime soon. They’re not Spring chickens, Casey. It’s time to make peace with them.

Then there’s the issue of your brother Lee. If nothing else, make peace with him as well as any potential nieces or nephews he may have. Granted, they need help and if anything they could use it.

Then there’s the issue of the tubes. You’re not getting any younger, the mommy track doesn’t seem to work for you, so tie those for your sake and menopause will be at your door before you know it. Before you start turning red in the face, I’m not saying don’t fall in love with anyone (male or female), just cut the tap off or make sure he’s wearing a rubber, if you know what I mean. We don’t want a repeat of history.

There’s also that book deal and the interviews. Start writing that book and tell your side of the story. Do that interview with Dr. Phil, even if you have to blow his cell phone up. Tell your story but tell the truth. Honesty is still the best policy and even if it was an accident and you tell us that you killed Caylee, there’s not a court on this Earth that can touch you because of Double Jeopardy.

Jose Baez, the man that got you out of trouble. Remember him? Casey, don’t bite the hand that’s been feeding you please. Jose’s no Perry Mason but he’s a damned good lawyer.

Then that tat. Really, girl? La Vida Loca? What were you thinking? Were you even thinking? Lose that thing ASAP. It makes you a target. Make friends with the nearest dermatologist and lose that thing.

Casey, you’ve been called cold. You’ve been called callous, a liar and that word that rhymes with itch (we won’t use that word). You’ve done that AP interview in 2017 since you’ve been set free and shown us some glimpes of your life since the “Trial of the Century.” That’s a start but it’s not enough. The world needs to know what really happened and it needs to come from you. Tell us what happened, the good, the bad and the ugly. We want to hear from you fairly and honestly. In the bigger picture, it’s time to get the ducks in a row, if not for you, then for Lee and your parents.

You’ve been found not guilty by a jury of your peers. It was a trial that not even Hollywood could have imagined. Granted, that jury came from Pinellas County instead of Orange County. That means that you can profit from any book sale you may have in mind. Set up more meetings with your parents and Lee while you still have them, even if those meetings last no more than five minutes. They’re not going to be around forever.

I don’t want to sound like Marley’s ghost in “A Christmas Carol,” dear. At the same time, you’ve forged a lot of chains in your life, link by link, yard by yard. Has your story been perfect? Not by a long shot. At the same time, it’s time to come forward and be truthful. I am sure that there are those that want to hear your side of the story. Time to tell it, regardless of how painful it may sound.

There’s the saying that you can catch more flies with vinegar than honey. Get the ducks in a row. Lose the tat, tell the truth, tie the tubes and make peace with the ‘rents and your brother, if not for your sake, then for theirs and for Caylee’s memory.

The clock is STILL ticking, Casey.

The ball is now in your court.

(photo courtesy The Associated Press, The Orlando Sentinel and WESH-TV)

NFL clubs voted to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season. Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl.

The vote took place during a league meeting held remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14.

Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. Eastern. The game will also be available via a livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

​The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be presented across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network, April 23 through April 25 – the second straight year that The Walt Disney Company has worked with the National Football League to offer a multi-network presentation for all seven rounds. The 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefitting six charities that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need. The National Football League, ESPN and ABC hope the 2020 NFL Draft will bring fans a small but welcome diversion in the middle of a difficult and unprecedented time.

ESPN and NFL Network will combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks, while ABC will present its own distinctive, prime-time telecasts for rounds 1 through 3, in addition to simulcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of rounds 4-7.

The 2020 NFL Draft telecasts – originally scheduled to be on-site in Las Vegas, Nevada – will now originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut., studios and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules due to COVID-19. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio while a majority of the analysts, reporters and other experts will contribute remotely from home studios. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce the picks from his home.

As previously announced, the NFL Draft will also feature a “Draft-A-Thon” which will pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways – including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts.

“We recognize the challenging times we are living in but we are looking forward to presenting the 2020 NFL Draft and providing some hope for football fans everywhere,” Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, production told USA Today and the Hartford Courtant. “For the past couple of years, ESPN’s NFL and college teams have worked together on our draft coverage, and it has been a win for our viewers. This year, we are further excited to collaborate with the NFL Network creating an All Star broadcast. We are also committed to producing the ESPN/NFL Network and ABC shows in the safest possible environment for our announcers and production teams.”

“We are excited to partner with ESPN to present a unique and collaborative broadcast of the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Mark Quenzel, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, NFL Network. “By bringing the exceptional on-air talent and production staffs of both ESPN and NFL Network together, we hope to deliver a unified presentation of the draft that not only helps raise awareness and funds for the COVID-19 relief efforts but also provides entertainment that millions of sports fans have been craving.”

NFL Draft Schedule (April 23-25, all times Eastern):

Thursday April 23 (8 – 11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Round 1 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday, April 24 (7 – 11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday, April 25 (Noon – 7 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 4 through 7 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

ESPN and NFL Network: Trey Wingo will host all three days of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage for the fourth consecutive year, based in Bristol. Wingo will be joined remotely by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. (37th draft), Louis Riddick (sixth) and Booger McFarland (third). NFL Network host Rich Eisen (17th), Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah (eighth) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin (Ninth) and Kurt Warner (10th) will also contribute remotely all three days. ESPN NFL host Suzy Kolber will conduct remote interviews with NFL draftees from an ESPN studio and ESPN Senior NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will again be part of the three-day telecast, providing updates from their respective homes.

ABC: Hosts Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will lead ABC’s unique prime-time presentation of the NFL Draft on April 23rd and 24th. Featuring NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay (12th draft, first commentating on all seven rounds) and college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit (third), Desmond Howard (third), David Pollack (third), and correspondent/feature reporter Tom Rinaldi, ABC will focus on storytelling and the journey draft prospects and their families have taken to get to the NFL. Davis, Palmer, Taylor and Rinaldi will be in-studio in Bristol.

McShay will join Wingo and the ESPN/NFL Network crew for Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 25.

ESPN reporters will cover the NFL Draft remotely for ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Assignments include:

Josina Anderson (covering Minnesota, Washington, Cleveland and San Francisco)
Jeff Darlington (Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Kansas City)
Dan Graziano (Green Bay, Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina and Las Vegas)
Sal Paolantonio (New York Giants, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York Jets)
Mike Reiss (New England)
Dianna Russini (ATLANTA, Tennessee, Cincinnati and New Orleans)
Ed Werder (Denver, Seattle, Dallas and Arizona)

Digital: The 2020 NFL Draft will also be streamed live via a number of NFL and ESPN digital properties across devices (Phone, PC, tablet and connected TVs). NFL Network or ESPN authentication may be required.

NFL Digital Platforms

NFL App
NFL.com
ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN App
ESPN.com

ESPN Deportes: ESPN Deportes will also provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft. Commentators include Monday Night Football voices Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega. In addition, ESPNDeportes.com will have a team dedicated to covering the draft, providing pre-draft analysis, pieces written by Sebastian Martinez Christensen and videos of every selection.

Radio/Audio: Radio coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft will be provided by SiriusXM, Westwood One and ESPN Radio. Digital audio coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft will be available via the TuneIn app.

Following is the 2020 NFL Draft first round order.

2020 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

# Team (W-L-T, Pct.; Opp W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cincinnati (2-14-0, .125; 141-114-1, .553)
2. Washington (3-13-0, .188; 128-127-1, .502)
3. Detroit (3-12-1, .219; 129-126-1, .506)
4. New York Giants (4-12-0, .250; 120-134-2, .473)
5. Miami (5-11-0, .313; 124-132-0, .484)
6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11-0, .313; 131-124-1, .514)
7. Carolina (5-11-0, .313; 140-115-1, .549)
8. Arizona (5-10-1, .344; 135-120-1, .529)
9. Jacksonville (6-10-0, .375; 124-132-0, .484)
10. Cleveland (6-10-0, .375; 136-119-1, .533)
11. New York Jets (7-9-0, .438; 121-135-0, .473)
12. Las Vegas (7-9-0, .438; 123-132-1, .482)
13. Indianapolis (7-9-0, .438; 126-130-0, .492)
14. Tampa Bay (7-9-0, .438; 127-127-2, .500)
15. Denver (7-9-0, .438; 130-125-1, .510)
16. ATLANTA (7-9-0, .438; 139-116-1, .545)
17. Dallas (8-8-0, .500; 122-133-1, .479)
18. Pittsburgh (traded to Miami)(8-8-0, .500; 128-127-1, .502)
19. Chicago (traded to Las Vegas)(8-8-0, .500; 129-125-2, .508)
20. Los Angeles Rams (traded to Jacksonville)(9-7-0, .563; 136-118-2, .535)
21. Philadelphia (9-7-0, .563; 116-139-1, .455)
22. Buffalo (10-6-0, .625; 118-138-0, .461)
23. New England (12-4-0, .750; 120-136-0, .469)
24. New Orleans (13-3-0, .813; 124-131-1, .486)
25. Minnesota (10-6-0, .625; 121-133-2, .477)
26. Houston (traded to Miami)(10-6-0, .625; 133-123-0, .520)
27. Seattle (11-5-0, .688; 135-119-2, .531)
28. Baltimore (14-2-0, .875; 126-129-1, .494)
29. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563; 125-131-0, .488)
30. Green Bay (13-3-0, .813; 115-139-2, .453)
31. San Francisco (13-3-0, .813; 128-126-2, .504)
32. Kansas City (12-4-0, .750; 130-125-1, .510)

The National Football League announced the Arizona Cardinals as the home team for the NFL’s game in Mexico in 2020.

The Cardinals will return to Mexico for the first time since they played in the NFL’s inaugural international regular-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. It will be the fifth regular-season game played in Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

“​We are incredibly excited to be returning to Estadio Azteca where we had such a positive experience in 2005,” Cardinals Chairman and President Michael Bidwill told NFL Network, the Arizona Republic and USA Today. “The Cardinals are very appreciative of the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to a tremendous experience.”​

​Additional game details, including the visiting team, date and kickoff time, will be released at a later date.

A look at the previous regular-season games played in Mexico:​

Date – Opponents & Score (Attendance)
November 18, 2019 – Kansas City 24, Los Angeles Chargers 17 (76,252)
November 19, 2017 – New England 33, Oakland 8 (77,357)
November 21, 2016 – Houston 20, Oakland 27 (76,473)*
October 2, 2005 – San Francisco 14, Arizona 31 (103,467)**

* first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the U.S.

** first regular season game to be played outside the U.S.

Dear Seniors:

You’ve had a trying year this year. What started out as the best year of your young lives has been turned asunder (torn apart) before your eyes. Sports cancelled, college visits cancelled, proms cancelled. COVID 19 has been the bully on the playground you had to deal with in kindergarden. This virus was not your fault by any means. We didn’t ask for the disease either, not to mention the doctors, nurses, EMTs, let alone the people that got the virus and have somehow made a recovery and the people that got the disease that no longer with us. They didn’t ask for this.

It’s my hope that some of you that are going into the health care profession would be the one (or ones) that find a cure for COVID 19 and send it back from the darkness from whence it came. Then when you’re accepting that Noble Prize for medicine for taking this thing down and beating it up like Popeye beats up Bluto after the spinach, we can say, “I knew that child when they were in kindergarden or middle school.”

Your sports season’s pretty much gone too. All that hard work you did in hopes of winning a state title and perhaps getting the attention of college scouts… gone. All that time in practice, getting on buses and going on road trips for games… gone. Add to that the fact that the GHSA has cancelled all Spring sports for the rest of the year and it’s going to be a season that will be talked about for years to come. You’re mad, you’re upset, you’re angry as Hell. We get it.

Next August, you’ll be moving into your dorms and meeting new people at your new schools. You’ll probably be wearing your class rings and your diploma and wonder why. Again, this was not your doing. You are not at fault. Take comfort in that.

As far as proms go… here’s my suggestion. If you still have your prom dress and tux, have a prom during the Summer or have a group photo of everyone dressed up. In time, when you’ve graduated from college and grad school and your kids one day ask, “what was your Senior year like?” Be honest with them and tell them about your experience.

This was to be your year. It’s not the end of the world; instead, it’s what we adults are calling the “new normal.” Ask your grandparents about the Second World War or your parents about 9/11. Things change and sometimes we can control what has happened and sometimes we can’t.

In the last few weeks, here are some other suggestions….

Write a letter to a family member or friends (yes, we old people still write letters). It doesn’t have to be long, just enough to tell them how you’re doing and what your plans are for the future.

Cook a meal for your family. This is good practice for those of you that will be living on campus and your dorm has a kitchen.

Learn how to do laundry. Those clothes are not going to wash themselves and you can’t always bring your dirty laundry home on the weekends, especially if you are at a school that has football.

Look after your pets. While they can’t talk, they are family.

Look after your family, especially your younger siblings. They’re probably scared and confused. If they ask questions (and they will), explain it on a level that they get but don’t scare them.

Look after you. It’s okay to scream and yell. It’s also okay to be angry, it’s a part of being human. Remember that. We’re not asking you to be Superman and if you need to go into your own Fortress of Solitude, so be it. Just be ready reach out for help from your parents, teachers, coaches and clergy if you need it.

You’ve driven us crazy over the years. We’ve probably driven you bonkers too. Don’t take it personally. In time, this will pass, we’ll be back at church, shopping and doing what we wanted to do before COVID 19 cut in. It’ll be strange and won’t feel the same. Things will be different. If nothing else, we hope you learned a little something about how disease works and look back on what could have been.

Be kind.

Mind your manners.

Use your inside voice.

and…

WASH YOUR HANDS!

To my student-athletes at Howard:

First off, let me say that you’ve been troopers through this event with the COVID 19 virus that has not only struck our state but the nation and the world. You’ve been patient, you been a bit on the antsy side wanting to get back on the field, tennis court, track or golf course.

Friday in an office in Thomaston, the home of the Georgia High School Association, the governing body of all the sports in the state, will have a meeting. That meeting will be to decide if we are to pick up where we stopped, start over or call things off for the year. The third option is not one that is liked. and that’s the option to cancel the season that you started in January with tryouts, then practices, long bus rides on the road, playing in the wind, weather and rain.

This hasn’t been easy. Your personal life has been on hold, not to mention your academic life. You’ve missed friends, family, teammates, your coaches and your boosters. To say I’ve missed you is an understatement. It’s been a strange two weeks trying to figure out what the rest of your year would be. Like I said, you’ve been troopers, you’ve supported each other as well as your family and friends despite not being able to be near them with the social distancing thing. You’ve grumbled under your breath wondering why this had to happen and why now, especially if you have a winning record.

There are questions that need to be asked and you have every right to ask them. You have every right to be angry with this virus that has been a disruption to your lives. I’ve been inconvienced as well, not being able to see you face to face, not being able to do the announcing and calling your scores in to the media, not to mention your coaches fans and the officials that call our contests.

Personally, I’m hoping that we do play. While I would love to start at the point where we stopped, starting from scratch is not a bad thing. Even the possibilty of the powers that be say we are ending things early and going to the post-season is a good thing. The other option of cancelliing the rest of the season is one that is out of our hands. This virus was not your fault, it was not your doing, so please do not take that burden on yourselves. The people that have this virus and died from it didn’t want it, either. In fact, it’s my hope that one or more than one of you in the future finds a cure for this thing.

Thomas Paine once said “these are the times that try men’s souls.” In this case, ladies, your souls are being tried, too. You missed games, practices, team meetings, taking the SAT, dates, proms, college visits, going to church, et al. Some of you will graduate in May and that may be taken from you as well. It sucks. It’s not fair. But sometimes you have to do what’s best for the greater good.

I urge patience first. Then, get your school work done. After all, there a reason why we call you student-athletes. Then take care of your family and those younger siblings that may need you and check on those family and friends that are far away, using social media sensibly. Listen to the medical experts. They know more about this than we do. Prayer doesn’t hurt either.

Tommorow our fates will be decided, not just at Howard but state-wide. Remember, it’s not just players and public address people that will be affected. It’s gonig to be boosters, fans, officials and coaches. Some of you have never experience post-season play and it’s my hope you get to experience it. It’s a great time to be a student-athlete. It means that your season gets to continue to wherever it leads you, whether it’s a state title or elimination.

Friday is our D-Day. Our coaches need to be like Eisenhower attacking Hitler. Whatever happens, as much as I’ve wondered why you did what you did on the field and as many times as you’ve driven your parents, coaches and me crazy, we’ve gone to Crazytown together. We’ve gone through the good times. We’re now in a time of uncertainty as to pick up where we stopped, start over or pull the plug. Whatever happens, we’ve been through this together as a team. It hasn’t been easy; in fact, it’s been somewhat frustrating not knowing what’s going to happen next. The unknown is scary, whether it’s Columbus sailing toward the new world, even with people telling him that the world is flat and he could sail off the edge, a monster under your bed when you were little, the first day of school or COVID 19. What we do next is up to the powers that be in Thomaston and us.

The National Football League announced the names of 99 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft and 16 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 23-25 draft in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following 16 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

Name, Position – College

1 Eno Benjamin, RB – Arizona State
2 Oluwole Betiku, DE – Illinois
3 Lloyd Cushenberry, C – Louisiana State
4 Quartney Davis, WR – Texas A&M
5 Alohi Gilman, DB – Notre Dame
6 Matt Hennessy, C – Temple
7 Darnay Holmes, DB – UCLA
8 Keith Ismael, C – San Diego State
9 Jaylon Johnson, DB – Utah
10 Tony Jones, RB – Notre Dame
11 Terrell Lewis, LB – Alabama
12 Jordan Love, QB – Utah State
13 Elorm Lumor, DE – Rutgers
14 Houston Miller, DE – Texas Tech
15 Kenneth Murray, LB – Oklahoma
16 Isaiah Simmons, LB – Clemson

Each of the 99 players listed below have met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and have renounced their college football eligibility by submitting written notification to the league office on or before the January 17 deadline. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

The players granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft:

Name, Position – College

1 Salvon Ahmed, RB – Washington
2 Cam Akers, RB – Florida State
3 Grayland Arnold, DB – Baylor
4 Devin Asiasi, TE – UCLA
5 Trajan Bandy, DB – Miami-Florida
6 Mekhi Becton, T – Louisville
7 Tyler Biadasz, C – Wisconsin
8 Ross Blacklock, DT – Texas Christian
9 Lynn Bowden, WR – Kentucky
10 Marcus Brown, DE – Missouri Western
11 Hunter Bryant, TE – Washington
12 Quintez Cephus, WR – Wisconsin
13 K’Lavon Chaisson, LB – Louisiana State
14 Saahdiq Charles, T – Louisiana State
15 Ezra Cleveland, T – Boise State
16 Nick Coe, DE – Auburn
17 Trystan Colon-Castillo, C – Missouri
18 Isaiah Coulter, WR – Rhode Island
19 Kamren Curl, DB – Arkansas
20 DeeJay Dallas, RB – Miami-Florida
21 Cameron Dantzler, DB – Mississippi State
22 Gabriel Davis, WR – Central Florida
23 Kyle Davis, WR – Florida Atlantic
24 Grant Delpit, DB – Louisiana State
25 A.J. Dillon, RB – Boston College
26 J.K. Dobbins, RB – Ohio State
27 Jacob Eason, QB – Washington
28 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB – Louisiana State
29 Jordan Elliott, DT – Missouri
30 A.J. Epenesa, DE – Iowa
31 Darrynton Evans, RB – Appalachian State
32 Jake Fromm, QB – Georgia
33 Jonathan Garvin, DE – Miami-Florida
34 Willie Gay, LB – Mississippi State
35 Yetur Gross-Matos, DE – Penn State
36 Pete Guerriero, RB – Monmouth-New Jersey
37 Javelin Guidry, DB – Utah
38 K.J. Hamler, WR – Penn State
39 Harrison Hand, DB – Temple
40 C.J. Henderson, DB – Florida
41 Tee Higgins, WR – Clemson
42 Isaiah Hodgins, WR – Oregon State
43 Noah Igbinoghene, DB – Auburn
44 Austin Jackson, T – Southern California
45 Trishton Jackson, WR – Syracuse
46 Justin Jefferson, WR – Louisiana State
47 Jerry Jeudy, WR – Alabama
48 Dalton Keene, TE – Virginia Tech
49 Solomon Kindley, G – Georgia
50 Cole Kmet, TE – Notre Dame
51 CeeDee Lamb, WR – Oklahoma
52 Javon Leake, RB – Maryland
53 James Lynch, DT – Baylor
54 Justin Madubuike, DT – Texas A&M
55 Cole McDonald, QB – Hawaii
56 Anthony McFarland, RB – Maryland
57 Xavier McKinney, DB – Alabama
58 Thaddeus Moss, TE – Louisiana State
59 Netane Muti, T – Fresno State
60 Tomas Newman, DB – Virginia-Lynchburg
61 Jeff Okudah,DB – Ohio State
62 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE – Missouri
63 Colby Parkinson, TE – Stanford
64 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Michigan
65 Jacob Phillips, LB – Louisiana State
66 James Pierre, DB – Florida Atlantic
67 Patrick Queen, LB – Louisiana State
68 Jalen Reagor, WR – Texas Christian
69 Debione Renfro, DB – Texas A&M
70 Amik Robertson, DB – Louisiana Tech
71 Kenny Robinson, DB – West Virginia
72 Kendrick Rogers, WR – Texas A&M
73 Henry Ruggs, WR – Alabama
74 Cesar Ruiz, C – Michigan
75 Darnell Salomon, WR – South Florida
76 Stanford Samuels, DB – Florida State
77 Josiah Scott, DB – Michigan State
78 Laviska Shenault, WR – Colorado
79 Arryn Siposs, P – Auburn
80 Geno Stone, DB – Iowa
81 D’Andre Swift, RB – Georgia
82 Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama
83 Jonathan Taylor, RB – Wisconsin
84 Tabyus Taylor, RB – Virginia Union
85 A.J. Terrell, DB – Clemson
86 Andrew Thomas, T – Georgia
87 Jeff Thomas, WR – Miami – Florida
88 Michael Turk, P – Arizona State
89 Michael Warren, RB – Cincinnati
90 Quez Watkins, WR – Southern Mississippi
91 Curtis Weaver, DE – Boise State
92 Cody White, WR – Michigan State
93 Jedrick Wills, T – Alabama
94 Isaiah Wilson, T – Georgia
95 Antoine Winfield, DB – Minnesota
96 Tristan Wirfs, T – Iowa
97 David Woodward, LB – Utah State
98 Chase Young, DE – Ohio State
99 Toren Young, RB – Iowa

The following players inquired about their draft status and are eligible for selection without the need for special eligibility:

Name, Position – School
1 Deshawn McClease, RB – Virginia Tech
2 Carlos Strickland, WR – Texas-San Antonio
3 J.J. Taylor, RB – Arizona
4 Ty’Son Williams, RB – Brigham Young
5 Josh Uche, LB – Michigan

The number of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year – Players Granted Special Eligibility
2020 – 99
2019 – 103
2018 – 106
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56

The 2019 regular season has come and gone. The 2020 season? That gets underway September 10. The National Football League announced the opponents for the upcoming 2020 season.

The opponents for all 2020 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away match-ups was issued earlier by the NFL.

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
• Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
• The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
• The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
• Two intra-conference games based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation with the AFC and NFC West divisions. The official 2020 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring (PATIENCE, GRASSHOPPER!). NFL Kickoff 2020 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 10 and the regular season will conclude on Sunday, January 3, 2021 and the season concludes with Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Below are the 2020 opponents with each team placed in their division by order of finish in the standings.

AFC

AFC EAST

1. New England (12-4)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Arizona, Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

2. Buffalo (10-6)
Home: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Away: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Tennessee

3. New York Jets (7-9)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Miami (5-11)
Home: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Francisco

AFC NORTH

1. Baltimore (14-2)
Home: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, New England, Philadelphia, Washington

2. Pittsburgh (8-8)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tennessee

3. Cleveland (6-10)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tennessee

4. Cincinnati (2-14)
Home: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

AFC SOUTH

1. Houston (10-6)
Home: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England
Away: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh

2. Tennessee (9-7)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota

3. Indianapolis (7-9)
Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New York Jets
Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh

4. Jacksonville (6-10)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

AFC WEST

1. Kansas City (12-4)
Home: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Houston, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

2. Denver (7-9)
Home: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee
Away: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh

3. Las Vegas (7-9)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Cleveland, New England, New York Jets

4. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

NFC

NFC EAST

1. Philadelphia (9-7)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

2. Dallas (8-8)
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, ATLANTA, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Seattle

3. New York Giants (4-12)
Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Washington (3-13)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

NFC NORTH

1. Green Bay (13-3)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

2. Minnesota (10-6)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, ATLANTA, Carolina, Dallas, Jacksonville, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle, Tampa Bay

3. Chicago (8-8)
Home: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
Away: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee

4. Detroit (3-12-1)
Home: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington
Away: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Arizona, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Tennessee

NFC SOUTH

1. New Orleans (13-3)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, San Francisco
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia

2. ATLANTA (7-9)
Home: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Seattle
Away: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dalla, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

3. Tampa Bay (7-9)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York Giants

4. Carolina (5-11)
Home: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas
Away: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Washington

NFC WEST

1. San Francisco (13-3)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Buffalo, Green Bay, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Dallas, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, New York Jets

2. Seattle (11-5)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, ATLANTA, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
Home: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Washington

4. Arizona (5-10-1)
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets