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.
The preseason is slated to kick off on the week of August 13th. It will include the following games:
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
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
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
Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers