The first schedule leak of the year is upon us and it just so happens it’s the first game of the season:
Week 1: Season Opener
8:20 – Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs (NBC)
— NFL Schedule Leaks 2020 (@nflschedule2020) May 6, 2020
Good for the Chiefs and Andy Reid. They deserve this banner ceremony.
But there is one crucial indicator that this leak reveals. The theory that has been floated around is that the first four games of the season will all be interconference games. That way, if the first month of the season needs to be scrapped, the first four games of cross-conference games will be scrapped with the least amount of repercussions.
The Panthers, albeit with a little pizzazz with new coach Matt Rhule, are not the most exciting Week 1 matchup for the defending Super Bowl champ. If the Panthers are the Week 1 opponent for the Chiefs, check your favorite team’s opponents this year for the respective AFC/NFC division.