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The games aren’t always the juiciest match-ups, but the NFL has established a routine where the new week begins with a Thursday night contest.
Except this week, there is no Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes showdown on “Thursday Night Football.” How come?
On the NFL’s original schedule, the Buffalo Bills were set to host the Kansas City Chiefs to kick off Week 6. However, the Bills had their Week 5 game against the Tennessee Titans postponed until Tuesday because of the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak.
One of the complaints about the Thursday night games in general is that teams don’t have enough time to prepare after playing the previous Sunday. With the Bills having their game moved to Tuesday, the NFL decided that playing again two days later would be impossible.
As a result, the Bills-Chiefs game was pushed to 5 p.m. ET on Monday, with the regularly scheduled Monday night game — Arizona at Dallas — at its regular time, 8 p.m. ET.
The Bills and Chiefs weren’t the only teams affected by multiple changes that were needed to rearrange the NFL schedule. Six other teams had their future schedules adjusted on Sunday.
The NFL also announced earlier this week that it’s canceling this season’s Pro Bowl, which was scheduled to be played the week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. That could provide one additional week to use if more regular-season games need to be postponed later in the year.
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