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How the 2020 Masters is impacting the Week 10 NFL schedule

The final round of the 2020 Masters is airing on an NFL Sunday. We break down what that means for the Week 10 TV schedule.

A general view of Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed on the 2nd green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season brings a bit of an unexpected delight for football fans. The schedule includes five games at 1 p.m. ET, and six games in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. slot. This is notable because most weeks, the league will play eight or nine games in that early slot and only a handful in the late slot.

The reason for this change is the Covid-19 delay of the Masters tournament. Normally the CBS broadcast tournament airs in April, but the pandemic pushed it to November. Given the nature of the Masters, it’s not something CBS will push to CBS Sports Network or pass on, so it interferes with the normal NFL schedule.

For Week 10, that means CBS is not broadcasting any games during the 1 p.m. slot. The final round of the Masters has teed off and will run until approximately 3 p.m. That gives the network some wiggle room in case the tournament runs long so that they can get to their regular afternoon NFL coverage.

Here’s what the schedule looks like this week. All the 1 p.m. games are on FOX

1 p.m.

Texans @ Browns
Washington @ Lions
Jaguars @ Packers
Eagles @ Giants
Buccaneers @ Panthers

4:05/4:25 p.m.

Broncos @ Raiders — CBS
Chargers @ Dolphins — CBS
Bills @ Cardinals — CBS
Seahawks @ Rams — FOX
49ers @ Saints — FOX
Bengals @ Steelers — FOX