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What NFL teams are playing primetime games in 2020?
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What NFL teams are playing primetime games in 2020?

After seemingly weeks of speculation and waiting, the NFL released the full 2020 regular-season schedule. We already knew who teams were playing, but we did not know when and where. One of the first things we all look for when browsing the schedule is which team will be playing in primetime, as those are some of the best matchups the NFL has to offer. I went ahead and saved you the time and have compiled a list of all NFL primetime games for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. 

There are some extremely intriguing matchups, and one takes place on Thanksgiving as AFC North rivals Baltimore Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anytime we can see an electric player like Lamar Jackson on primetime is a treat. 

Related | 2020 NFL Schedule: Team-by-team schedules for the 2020 NFL season

Sticking with the Ravens, who have five primetime games overall, Baltimore will face the defending Super Bowl Champions in a Week 3 matchup when Partick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs visit Charm City. 

While never said publicly, the NFL tries not to schedule subpar teams for primetime games, which holds true in 2020. The Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins only have one primetime game. The Washington Redskins will be featured even less, as they have no games scheduled for primetime.

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One of the more surprising teams is the Indianapolis Colts. Even after adding former Chargers QB Philip Rivers, they still only have one game scheduled for a national audience under the lights.

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2020 NFL Prime-Time Game Schedule

There are some dates listed as TBD in Weeks 15 and 16 due to possible flexing to Saturday and are being excluded from this list.

All times listed are eastern standard time and are subject to change.

Arizona Cardinals (2019 record: 5-10)

  • Week 6 at Dallas Cowboys – Monday, October 16th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 11 at Seattle Seahawks – Thursday, November 19th at 8:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons (2019 record: 7-9)

  • Week 4 at Green Bay Packers – Monday, October 5th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 8 at Carolina Panthers – Thursday, October 29th at 8:20 PM

Baltimore Ravens (2019 Record: 14-2)

  • Week 3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Monday, September 28th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 10 at New England Patriots – Sunday, November 15th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 12 at Pittsburgh Steelers – Thursday, November 26th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 13 vs. Dallas Cowboys – Monday, December 7th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 14 at Cleveland Browns – Sunday, December 13th at 8:15 PM

Buffalo Bills (2019 record: 10-6)

  • Week 6 vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Thursday, October 15th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 13 at San Francisco 49ers – Monday, December 7th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 14 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, December 13th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 16 at New England Patriots – Monday, December 28th at 8:15 PM

Carolina Panthers (2019 record: 5-11)

  • Week 8 vs. Atlanta Falcons – Thursday, October 29th at 8:20 PM

Chicago Bears (2019 record: 8-8)

  • Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Thursday, October 8th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 10 vs. Minnesota Vikings – Monday, November 16th at 8:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals (2019 record: 2-14)

  • vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, December 20th at 8:15 PM

Cleveland Browns (2019 record: 6-10)

  • Week 2 vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Thursday, September 17th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens – Monday, December 14th at 8:15 PM

Dallas Cowboys (2019 record: 8-8)

  • Week 1 at Los Angeles Rams – Sunday, September 13th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 6 vs. Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, October 18th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 13 at Baltimore Ravens – Thursday, December 3rd at 8:20 PM
  • Week 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, December 20th at 8:20 PM

Denver Broncos (2019 record: 7-9)

  • vs. Tennessee Titans – Monday, September 14th at 10:10 PM
  • Week 4 at New York Jets – Thursday, October 1st at 8:20 PM
  • Week 13 at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, December 6th at 8:20 PM

Detroit Lions (2019 record: 3-12)

  • Week 12 vs. Houston Texans – Thursday, November 26th at 12:30 PM

Green Bay Packers (2019 record: 13-3)

  • Week 3 at New Orleans Saints – Sunday, September 27th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons – Monday, October 5th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 9 at San Francisco 49ers – Thursday, November 5th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 12 vs. Chicago Bears – Sunday, November 29th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 16 vs. Tennessee Titans – Sunday, December 27th at 8:20 PM

Houston Texans (2019 record: 10-6)

  • Week 1 at Kansas City Chiefs – Thursday, September 10th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 12 at Detroit Lions – Thursday, November 26th at 12:30 PM

Indianapolis Colts (2019 record: 7-9)

  • Week 10 at Tennessee Titans – Thursday, November 12th at 8:20 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars (2019 record: 6-10)

  • Week 3 vs. Miami Dolphins – Thursday, September 24th at 8:20 PM

Kansas City Chiefs (2019 record: 12-4)

  • Week 1 vs. Houston Texans – Thursday, September 10th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 3 at Baltimore Ravens – Sunday, September 27th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 6 at Buffalo Bills – Thursday, October 15th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 11 at Las Vegas Raiders – Sunday, November 22nd at 8:20 PM
  • Week 13 vs. Denver Broncos – Sunday, December 6th at 8:20 PM

Las Vegas Raiders (2019 record: 7-9)

  • Week 2 vs. New Orleans Saints – Monday, September 21st at 8:15 PM
  • Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, October 25th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 11 vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, November 22nd at 8:20 PM
  • Week 15 vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Thursday, December 17th at 8:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers (2019 record: 5-11)

  • Week 5 at New Orleans Saints – Monday, October 12th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders – Thursday, December 17th at 8:20 PM

Los Angeles Rams (2019 record: 9-7)

  • Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, September 13th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 6 at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, October 18th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 7 vs. Chicago Bears – Monday, October 26th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Monday, November 23rd at 8:15 PM
  • Week 14 vs. New England Patriots – Thursday, December 10th at 8:20 PM

Miami Dolphins (2019 record: 5-11)

  • Week 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Thursday, September 24th at 8:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings (2019 record: 10-6)

  • Week 5 at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, October 11th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 10 at Chicago Bears – Monday, November 16th at 8:15 PM

New England Patriots (2019 record: 12-4)

  • Week 2 at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, September 20th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 9 at New York Jets – Monday, November 9th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 10 vs. Baltimore Ravens – Sunday, November 15th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 14 at Los Angeles Rams – Thursday, December 10th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 16 vs. Buffalo Bills – Monday, December 28th at 8:15 PM

New Orleans Saints (2019 record: 13-3)

  • Week 2at Las Vegas Raiders – Monday, September 21st at 8:15 PM
  • Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers – Sunday, September 27th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers – Monday, October 12th at 8:15 PM
  • Week 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, November 8th at 8:20 PM

New York Giants (2019 record: 4-12)

  • Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Monday, September 14th at 7:15 PM
  • Week 7 at Philadelphia Eagles – Thursday, October 22nd at 8:20 PM
  • Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Monday, November 2nd at 8:15 PM

New York Jets (2019 record: 7-9)

  • Week 4 vs. Denver Broncos – Thursday, October 1st at 8:20 PM
  • Week 9 vs. New England Patriots – Monday, November 9th at 8:15 PM

Philadelphia Eagles (2019 record: 9-7)

  • Week 4 at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, October 4th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 7 vs. New York Giants – Sunday, October 25th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 12 vs. Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, November 29th at 8:15 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers (2019 record: 8-8)

  • Week 1 at New York Giants – Monday, September 14th at 7:15 PM
  • Week 12 vs. Baltimore Ravens – Thursday, November 26th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 14 at Buffalo Bills – Sunday, December 13th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 15 at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday, December 20th at 8:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers (2019 record: 13-3)

  • Week 4 vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, October 4th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 6 vs. Los Angeles Rams – Sunday, October 18th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 9 vs. Green Bay Packers – Thursday, November 5th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 15 at Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, December 20th at 8:20 PM

Seattle Seahawks (2019 record: 11-5)

  • Week 2 vs. New England Patriots – Sunday, September 20th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 5 vs. Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, October 11th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 11 vs. Arizona Cardinals – Thursday, November 19th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 12 at Philadelphia Eagles – Monday, November 30th at 8:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019 record: 7-9)

  • Week 5 at Chicago Bears – Thursday, October 8th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 7 at Las Vegas Raiders – Sunday, October 25th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 8 at New York Giants – Monday, November 2nd at 8:15 PM
  • Week 9 vs. New Orleans Saints – Sunday, November 8th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 11 vs. Los Angeles Rams – Monday, November 23rd at 8:15 PM

Tennessee Titans (2019 record: 9-7)

  • Week 1 at Denver Broncos – Monday, September 14th at 10:10 PM
  • Week 10 vs. Indianapolis Colts – Thursday, November 12th at 8:20 PM
  • Week 16 at Green Bay Packers – Sunday, December 27th at 8:20 PM

Washington Redskins (2019 record: 3-13)

Washington has no primetime games in 2020.

Tommy Garrett is a writer for PFN covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him at @TommygarrettPFN on Twitter.

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