NFL Cancels First Game of 2020

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The National Football League has yet to begin their preseason however that didn’t stop the league from going ahead with their traditional preseason opener ahead of their years Hall of Fame Game.

This high-profile preseason opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers that was slated to go ahead in Canton, Ohio has now been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that is having devastating results in the U.S. The NFL also postponed its enshrinement ceremony with those now scheduled for the 5th to the 9th of August 2021.

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers has been scheduled to play in the 2020 Hall of Fame Game due to the fact that several former coaches, Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson were to be inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame as part of the Hall of Fame’s Centennial Slate.

The president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker commented on the decision stating; “The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority. The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’”

This news however means that NFL teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will be reporting for training camp at the same time versus an earlier date since the cancellation of the Hall of Fame game.

Preseason Schedule

The preseason is slated to kick off on the week of August 13th. It will include the following games:

August 13th:

Philadelphia Eagles vs Indianapolis Colts

Detroit Lions vs New England Patriots

New York Giants vs New York Jets

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Carolina Panthers

Las Vegas Raiders vs Seattle Seahawks

August 14th:

Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Houston Texans vs Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams

August 15th:

Cleveland Browns vs Chicago Bears

Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers

Tennessee Titans vs Washington Redskins

Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos

August 16th:

Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers