When does the 2020 NFL schedule get released?

Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

The 2020 NFL schedule hasn’t come out yet, but we have a good idea of the range for when it will be released by the league.

The schedule? We haven’t hit free agency yet.

Sure, but every football fan wants to know when the NFL schedule is going to drop. While we don’t have an exact date and time, we have an idea.

Typically, the league announces the schedule drop 48 hours in advance of its big unveiling on ESPN and NFL Network. It is also usually a week before the NFL Draft, allowing some momentum to build before we head into the final offseason event.

If everything follows its usual script, the NFL schedule will likely be released on April 16.

We already know the opponents for each team, something that is determined on the last day of the previous regular season. We also know where each one of those games are going to be played, save for the international slate. The only thing we know about the London games is the Jacksonville Jaguars will be hosting two of them consecutively, something no team has ever done before.

Also, it’s likely the Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting the NFL’s opening night affair on Thursday Night Football.

Last season, the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosted on Sunday night because of the league’s centennial celebration taking precedent (the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears renewed the NFL’s oldest rivalry at Soldier Field). Expect a return to the normal routine this autumn.

The possible opponents for the Chiefs include the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Patriots. If Tom Brady returns to New England, you’d have to imagine Bill Belichick’s team is the frontrunner for that date.