Through three weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the league was quite fortunate to avoid rescheduling any games due to COVID-19 positives. As we approach Week 4’s Sunday slate, there are two games that are now off the table.
By now you’ve already heard that the Tennessee Titans outbreak has led to moving the Pittsburgh Steelers game to Week 7, but Saturday morning’s big news was the positive COVID-19 test for New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton. That, in addition to the positive test for Kansas City Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu, has led the NFL to postpone this highly anticipated matchup to (most likely) Tuesday.
Now sounding like, Tuesday Night Football, Patriots at Chiefs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2020
The Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears has moved to the 1:25 PM PT slot in place of Pats-Chiefs, which incidentally was supposed to have fans in attendance so presumably there will be refunds available for those who can’t make Tuesday.
Just last week we had Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list but the NFL did not postpone the Chicago Bears game, and evidently no outbreak happened within the Falcons organization. The Minnesota Vikings are also fortunate that the Titans outbreak did not affect them, as they’ve had no positive tests this entire week.
As for Patriots-Chiefs, should the game be played on Tuesday then Newton won’t be the starter. Brian Hoyer will instead get the nod and just by default the interest in this game craters. But the bigger picture is that we knew that the NFL wouldn’t go a whole season without any positive tests or an unaffected schedule. The question is how much worse will this get and how much longer we’ll keep this season rolling along before there’s the real potential of pressing the pause button.