The 2020 NFL schedule was released Thursday night and we finally found out that, for the first time in a long time, the New York Giants won’t be opening against the Dallas Cowboys or even playing against them at all in the month of September.
But while that’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual week 1 or week 2 trip to Dallas, a report — with a side of speculation — from ESPN’s Adam Schefter could put the Cowboys back in play for the Giants’ season opener.
Super Bowl LV could provide the NFL a pandemic scheduling solution, sources tell ESPN.https://t.co/shne8uQx1Q— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2020
Schefter is reporting that the NFL could move Super Bowl LV to later in 2021 to create a cushion if the start of the season needs to be delayed.
If the league does need scheduling help that science cannot provide for the coronavirus pandemic, and delays to the season’s start eventually become necessary, sources around the league indicated that Super Bowl LV could be pushed back by weeks or even a couple of months, potentially, while not having to make significant matchup changes to the regular-season schedule.
Consider this option: Say the start of the season had to be pushed back four weeks — again, not the league’s plan and not what it wants, but a hypothetical — then the NFL simply could push the Super Bowl back four weeks. It then could take regular-season Weeks 1 through 4 and turn them into, essentially, regular-season Weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21.
In other words, if the NFL needs to delay the start of the season, they could move games from the beginning of the schedule to the end of the schedule by moving the Super Bowl back. While the NFL obviously wants to stick to their calendar as normal, the COVID-19 pandemic could force a delay in the start of the season.
As it so happens, if the NFL needs to act on this hypothetical delay, the Giants are playing the Cowboys in a national game in Week 5. This might mean donning the old tinfoil cap, but it seems the NFL schedule makers put in an emergency plan that could still get us the Giants at Dallas to open the season. The NFL loves that game to start the season. It’s a historic rivalry between two of the league’s biggest markets, and this year will feature two new head coaching regimes.
What you did there, NFL Schedule Makers, we see it...