Thanks to the Patriots’ facility being shut down forward of their rescheduled Monday night time sport in Week 5, they’re now additional rescheduled to host the Broncos on Sunday of Week 6, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
New England was in a position to journey and play Kansas City in Week 4, regardless of its late-week COVID-19 constructive take a look at, most importantly for quarterback Cam Newton. But with one other constructive take a look at on Sunday morning, the NFL had no selection however to push again the Denver sport one other six days.
Unfortunately, that call means one other staff, the Dolphins, who had been set to play on the Broncos on Sunday of Week 6, will likely be disrupted from their 2020 regular-season schedule. Now the league should work out when to place Miami at Denver again on the slate.
With the developments of Week 5, the Patriots and Broncos have been pushed into an unofficial bye week. The NFL needs to keep away from taking part in video games in a created Week 18, as a result of it might push again the playoffs. The Broncos’ authentic bye was in Week 8. The Dolphins’ bye is not taking place till Week 11. So which means a minimum of a 3rd further staff will must be disrupted to discover a resolution.
The Broncos are scheduled to host the Chargers in Week 11; the Dolphins are scheduled to host the Chargers in Week 7. That frequent opponent is the trail to rescheduling the Miami-Denver sport, with Los Angeles additionally needing to regulate due to New England.
That means Jacksonville, scheduled to play at Los Angeles in Week 7, must be the fourth staff concerned. Unlike the Pittsburgh-Tennessee postponement that triggered solely a 3rd staff, Baltimore, to be disrupted by every week, New England has now tousled a minimum of 4 different groups.
But wait: There’s additionally the Jets. New York is scheduled to play at Los Angeles in Week 6. There’s even an answer for that additional complication.
Here then is the five-step repair involving the 5 non-Patriots groups:
1) Jaguars at Chargers strikes from Week 8 to Week 7, with the Jaguars’ bye now in Week 8.
2) Chargers at Broncos strikes from Week 11 to Week 8, with the Chargers’ bye now in Week 6.
3) Dolphins at Broncos strikes from Week 6 to Week 11, with the Broncos’ bye now in Week 5.
4) Chargers at Dolphins strikes from Week 7 to Week 10, with the Dolphins bye now in Week 6.
5) Jets at Chargers strikes from Week 6 to Week 11, with the Jets bye now in Week 6.
When placing all of it collectively, the reply is that this:
Week 6: Broncos at Patriots; Chargers, Dolphins, Jets byes
Week 7: Jaguars at Chargers
Week 8: Chargers at Broncos, Jaguars bye
Week 10: Chargers at Dolphins
Week 11: Jets at Chargers
The NFL schedule has a versatile set of byes and several other groups with frequent opponents to avoid wasting itself from such conditions when involving two AFC groups. What will likely be more difficult, nonetheless, if this occurs within the second half the season — when there could be much less wiggle room — or with interconference matchups, the place it is a lot more durable to reschedule an AFC-vs.-NFC affair.
For now, it is one other postponement, one other favorable rescheduling — and yet one more warning for groups to get their acts collectively to play within the yr of COVID-19.