PHILADELPHIA, PA — The National Football League isn’t changing its plans for the 2020 season, despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis and uncertainty regarding when existing health restrictions might be lifted.
The NFL released its full 2020 season schedule Thursday night, including the dates for all the Eagles' matchups in the upcoming season. Highlights of the Birds' hypothetical schedule include a season opener in Washington against the Redskins on Sept. 13, a Week 4 battle in San Francisco against the defending NFC Champion 49ers, and home matchups against AFC teams that don't come to town often, like the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals (see full schedule below).
They also host three nationally televised night games: a Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants in Week 7, a Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8, and a Monday Night Football Game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.
The league unveiled its 2020 schedule without any major changes to its timeline, even though play in every major sports league in the United States is still suspended. Even Major League Baseball, which, unlike football, naturally incorporates social distancing, has not been able to settle on a return date. And even their tentative plans for returns do not involve any fans in stadiums any time soon.
Regardless of when, or if, the season begins, the Eagles will look to improve on a rollercoaster of a 2019 season that saw them make an improbable last season charge into the playoffs. Despite countless injuries to key personnel, the team rallied to the NFC East title, and waged a hard fought losing battle to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.
Here is the full 2020 schedule for the Eagles. All games are Sunday unless indicated otherwise.
- Week 1, Sept. 13, 1 p.m.: away at Washington Redskins
- Week 2, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.: home vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Week 3, Sept. 27, 1 p.m.: home vs. Cinicinnati Bengals
- Week 4, Oct. 4, 8:20 p.m.: away at San Francisco 49ers
- Week 5, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.: away at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Week 6, Oct. 18, 1 p.m.: home vs. Baltimore Ravens
- Week 7, Oct. 22 (Thursday night), 8:20 p.m.: home vs. New York Giants
- Week 8, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m.: home vs. Dallas Cowboys
- Week 9: Bye week
- Week 10, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.: away at New York Giants
- Week 11, Nov. 22, 1 p.m.: away at Cleveland Browns
- Week 12, Nov. 30, 8:15 p.m.: home vs. Seattle Seahawks
- Week 13, Dec. 6, 4:25 p.m.: away at Green Bay Packers
- Week 14, Dec. 13, 4:25 p.m.: home vs. New Orleans Saints
- Week 15, Dec. 20, 4:05 p.m.: away at Arizona Cardinals
- Week 16, Dec. 27, 4:25 p.m.: away at Dallas Cowboys
- Week 17, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.: home vs. Washington Redskins
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 7, 2020
NFL preseason games are set to start in August. Training camps open in July. The regular-season opener is slated for Sept. 10, and the Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. However, training camps would
“We plan to start on time,” NFL League spokesperson Brian McCarthy told ESPN. “If we have to make adjustments, we will be prepared to do so based on the latest guidance from our medical experts and public health officials and current and future government regulations.”
The NFL is also moving forward with the assumption that fans will be in stadiums for the first game, even as gatherings as large as school classrooms remain in doubt.
Even with Thursday’s schedule release, the NFL has been considering a number of contingency plans if it needs to adjust the schedule.
The league has put together a plan that would schedule regular-season games starting in mid-October, would include no bye weeks, and would have the Super Bowl on Feb. 28, according to multiple reports.