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2020 NFL schedule release info, leaks, rumors

The NFL is releasing its 2020 regular season schedule on Thursday, May 7th. We break down all the news and rumors that are sure to leak ahead of the planned release time.

A general view of an end zone pylon in the stadium during sunset as the Cleveland Browns take on the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on November 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.  Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The NFL is set to release the 2020 regular season schedule at 8 p.m. ET this evening. The league will formally release it at that point, but in an unexpected twist, NFL teams are going to be allowed to release their individual schedules as early as 7:30 p.m. ET.

After the NFL announced an 8 p.m. release, some teams have been tweeting about a 7:30 p.m. release. League spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Big Lead teams have been approved to do that as long as they also, “prominently promot[e] the national NFL Network Schedule release show.”

Although the schedule will not be formally released until Thursday evening, the day will likely be filled with leaks about the schedule. It’s become an annual affair in which beat writers get tidbits to leak out. We’ll likely know at least one or two teams’ complete schedule before it is formally released.

The most notable rumor thus far is that the league plans on having teams play their four inter-conference games in the first four weeks of the season. There is the potential for a delay to the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The league has room to move the Super Bowl back as far as the end of February, but if there is an extended delay and weeks need to be cut, inter-conference games are viewed as the least important on the schedule.

Divisional games are always viewed as most important, and given the playoff tiebreaker set-up, intra-conference games are next on the list. There are some fun potential inter-conference matchups, but for purposes of playoff positioning, they hold the least value in the tiebreaker system.

We’ll follow along as more rumors arrive. There will be some random anonymous people on Twitter claiming to have leaked information. Some may prove right, but most will prove to be wrong. Your best bet is tracking beat writers across the 32 teams.

RUMORS

The rumor has now changed to some more traditional matchups to open the schedule, and then Week 2 would see the biggest run of inter-conference matchups.