The Coronavirus has had a major impact on life in the United States, and the National Football League is no exception. The draft this weekend took place in a virtual setting, for example, and the same holds true for offseason workouts which will also take place via electronic communication to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Despite all those developments, however, the league is still planning to move forward as usual from a long-term perspective.
Just earlier on Wednesday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy reaffirmed that the league plans to release its schedule by May 9:
Should be out by May 9th as we've said. Kickoff slated for Sept. 10 and the 101th season concludes w/ Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Feb. 7, 2021. https://t.co/8YizywybGJ— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) April 29, 2020
From the New England Patriots’ perspective, this year’s regular season will see the team go up against the following slate of teams — one that includes both Super Bowl participants from a year ago as well as three cross-country road trips:
Home opponents: Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins
Road opponents: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins