The NFL has released the schedule of games for its 2020 season.
With not so much to look forward to because of the outbreak of the coronavirus around the world, the NFL gave us something to cheer about when they unveiled the complete schedule of games for the 2020 season.
After winning it all in 2019, the Kansas City Chiefs will be the main attraction of the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also among the teams to watch after they acquired Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
The Chiefs will play the Buccaneers in November and that is one of the most anticipated games of the 2020 NFL campaign. Nine other games stand out as the games to look forward to when the NFL resumes its campaign later this year.
Here are the 10 must-watch games for the 2020 NFL season:
1. Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
- (Sep 28, 2020 – ESPN)
Because they are the defending Super Bowl Champions, every game of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2020 NFL season is a must-watch. However, if one game stands out from the rest, it’s this Week 3 duel against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.
Anytime you have Patrick Mahomes vs Lamar Jackson, you’re going to have one of the most explosive games ever. The evolution of the Ravens’ offense under Jackson was a sight to behold last season. Although they didn’t go all the way, Lamar won the MVP and took it from Mahomes.
A lot of experts are saying that this is the preview of the 2020 AFC title game and with the last two NFL MVPs playing under center, this should be a classic. The Chiefs beat the Ravens 33-28 last season in a game that featured nearly 1,000 yards of total offense, close to 60 first downs, and a 23-point second quarter from Kansas City. This Monday Night Football showdown should be just as explosive.
2. Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- (Nov 29, 2020)
These teams are two of the biggest stories in the league from the upcoming season. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a Super Bowl victory while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski during the offseason. Who would’ve thought that we’d see Travis Kelce and Gronk face off again?
However, this matchup is still booked for Week 12 and we have to see first whether the Buccaneers are for real this season or are they just getting a shadow of the great Tom Brady. The Bucs still have to answer any questions before we get here but this should be a juicy matchup.
The last time these QBs met in the playoffs was in 2018 when Brady and the Patriots beat the Chiefs on their way to winning a sixth Super Bowl title. Brady still leads his head-to-head match-up against Mahomes at 2-1. If Tampa Bay is indeed very good, this could be a preview of the Super Bowl.
3. Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints
- (Dec 20, 2020)
Some People are calling this a possible Super Bowl match-up. Anytime you put Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees in an indoor venue, it has the makings of a wild shootout. With two dangerous offenses going up against each other, we could see a game with a fantastic finish here, just like the 49ers vs Saints game last season and the Chiefs vs Rams Monday Night Football game in 2018.
4. Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- (Oct 18, 2020)
Let’s keep this simple. When you have Aaron Rodgers going up against Tom Brady, that’s a special game. These two future Hall of Famers have been in the NFL for as long as we can remember but they have faced each other only twice before. Both men have a win over the other, and this one should be the decider given that this may be the last time we’ll see them play against each other in the NFL. Let’s savor this one while we still can.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
- (Sep 13, 2020)
Number four above is just one of the matchups between the future Hall of Famer. This game features a similar match-up with two over-40 years old legends going at it one more time. Drew Brees is the NFL’ career passing yards and touchdowns leader while Tom Brady is the man behind him on both lists. These teams play later in the season in Tampa Bay but this one’s one Week 1 so it should be the better one.
6. Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints
- (Dec 25, 2020)
The Saints were eliminated in the last two seasons via controversial pass interference no-calls. The latest one happened against the Minnesota Vikings where Sean Payton’s team dropped a 20-26 overtime loss. Well, Santa is giving Payton and his crew a shot at revenge on the Vikings on Christmas Day. This game will take place late in the year and because of that, there could be playoff implications here, making it more exciting.
7. San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots
- (Oct 25, 2020)
If you can still remember, the New England Patriots traded Jimmy Garropolo to the San Francisco 49ers three years ago. Well, since then, Jimmy G has turned the 49ers into a legit title contender, leading the team to the Super Bowl last season. Meanwhile, the Patriots will be playing their first season without Tom Brady. Jarrett Stidham should be the starter for New England in Garropolo’s first game back at the Gillette Stadium in a San Francisco uniform. Expect fireworks here.
8. San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys
- (Dec 20, 2020)
Anytime you have this classic NFC rivalry on primetime TV, this matchup between these two old rivals are always exciting. Dallas still leads the all-time head to head matchup between these two franchises but by only one game. You bet San Francisco knows that. I’m reminded of the matchup between George Teague and Terrell Owens at the Star. Now it’s going to be about Jimmy G versus Dak Prescott. The legends from both teams should be in attendance too.
9. Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs
- (Sep 10, 2020)
This one has the right to be higher on this Top 10 list but I have my personal favorites. Not only is this going to be a match-up between Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes which is going to be fantastic but it will also mark the first NFL game of the season. The COVID-10 pandemic has shut down all of the sports for the last two months. And this is the NFL’s first game back since the outbreak of the virus. It should be a celebration. Keep your fingers crossed though.
10. Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins
- (Dec 6, 2020)
This game has the potential to be a Top 5 game of the year but because of the uncertainty surrounding one of the team’s key players, this one falls to #10. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL draft and he is expected to start for the team right away. The Miami Dolphins picked Tua Tagovailoa 5th overall in the same draft but he isn’t expected to start for the Dolphins. But if by some stroke of luck that he gets the start here, it’s going to be a battle between the top two quarterbacks drafted this year.