NFL schedule: Week 5 game between Patriots and Broncos moved to Monday night

The NFL is having to change things up big time during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Vincent Frank
Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after a touchdown scored by defensive end Deatrich Wise (not seen) against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is having to change things up big time during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the early portion of the season was pretty much virus-free around the NFL, recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have to be seen as concerning.

This forced the NFL to push Week 4’s game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs to Monday night after former NFL MVP Cam Newton tested positive for the virus. One day later, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore also tested positive.

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It’s now going to impact this weekend’s NFL schedule.

NFL schedule: Week 5 game between Broncos and Patriots moved to Monday night

The good news here is that we get another doubleheader on “Monday Night Football.” It will be the third time in five weeks. Fans continue to push for this to become a permanent thing. However, there’s obviously bad news on this front, too.

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NFL schedule continues to be impacted by COVID-19

Patriots QB Cam Newton during game against the Raiders
Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after a touchdown scored by defensive end Deatrich Wise (not seen) against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans’ Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed for later in October after multiple members of the organization tested positive for the virus. Said outbreak now includes north of 20 individuals within the organization.

As for the Titans’ Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills, that’s not looking too great. The NFL is currently investigating the Titans for potentially breaking league-mandated protocols. Tennessee has not practiced all week and its facilities remain closed.

Despite all of this, the NFL is not considering moving the remainder of its 2020 schedule to bubble cities, much like what we saw with the NBA and NHL.

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It remains to be seen if that’s going to be the case moving forward. Further outbreaks of COVID-19 could have a damaging impact on the remainder of the 2020 NFL season. This is just the latest example.

As for the Patriots, Newton and Gilmore are highly unlikely to be available this week. That obviously has an impact on competitive balance around the NFL as the league forges ahead with its schedule.