“In preparing to play the season as scheduled, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in compliance with government regulations, and with appropriate safety protocols to protect the health of our fans, players, club and league personnel, and our communities,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement.
- The first four weeks of every team’s schedule includes two away games and two home games. That seems to be a measure in the event the NFL wants to move or remove those first four weeks for a delayed start or a 12-week season.
- During Weeks 3 and 4, every team has one road game and one home game. There are also no divisional games during that two-week period. Essentially, the NFL could eliminate those two weeks without any repercussions to make a 14-game season.
- Every team shares the same bye week as their Week 2 opponent. In the event the NFL wanted to shorten the season by one week — and the NFLPA allowed it — the league could cancel Week 2 and have each team play its Week 2 opponent during the bye week.
The NFL is also mulling a handful of precautions beyond a shortened or delayed season, according to the Washington Post. The league may conduct games in empty or partially filled stadiums. The NFL may also have to relocate or reschedule games based on local conditions or restrictions. By August, different states may have vastly different policies and measures in place amid the pandemic. If one area is a hub for the disease, perhaps they’ll find ways to move a team safely out of that area to continue the season. FULL STORY