The NFL season will begin with each team playing four live matches against teams from an opposing conference, according to a report from John Clayton from ESPN. Clayton delivered the news when it appeared on the Pittsburgh radio station.
If this report is credible – and Clayton certainly has credibility for that it seems legitimate – the Vikings will open the 2020 season by playing four matches against the AFC South as part of their normal rotation through each AFC division. They are scheduled to face the Colts and Texas on the road and host the Titans and Jaguar.
The reason for this is clear: with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic creating uncertainty during the season, this will allow for the possibility of the NFL shortening the season by cutting a few games at the front end if the virus continues into the fall. Intra-conference matches are the least important for seeding playoffs and as such will be the easiest to cancel without major consequences, so putting them first makes sense.
Following are the details on which the NFC and AFC divisions are scheduled to play with each other in 2020.
The Vikings last played AFC South in 2016, with a score of 3-1. They defeated the Titans, Texas and Jaguar, but were destroyed at home by the Colts at the end of the year.
The Titans are the defending champions of the division and made it to the AFC Championship last year by disappointing the Patriot and Ravens. The Texans traded the recipient of the DeAndre Hopkins star with this offseason, while the Colts signed Philip Rivers on a one-year contract to become their new quarterback.
The Vikings have played three consecutive Week 1 matches at home, so it looks like they will open with away matches in Houston or Indianapolis.
The full schedule will be announced on Thursday night.
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