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The LA Rams are hoping to be able to open SoFi Stadium in September

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The big news of the NFL offseason is not over just because the draft is concluded and summer practices are postponed indefinitely. Get yourselves ready for another big day on Thursday as the NFL prepares to announce the 2020 schedules for all 32 teams on the NFL Network. The announcement will be at 5 PM PT and can also be viewed on the NFL app and NFL.com.

The Los Angeles Rams have been considered likely to host a Week 1 primetime game because of the debut of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. As of now, there have been no reported delays in the opening of SoFi in time for next season — should next season start on time. We will find out shortly if the NFL is already planning for a different start date than the previously expected opener on September 10.

We do know the Rams 2020 opponents already:

Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Haskins

New York Giants

Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New England Patriots

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals 2x

San Francisco 49ers 2x

Seattle Seahawks 2x

The order of those games is what we’re looking to find out, as well as how many are on primetime. The Rams hosting the Buccaneers or Patriots or Cowboys or Eagles or even Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 would not be surprising, although there are probably logistical issues with some of those options that narrow the choices even more.

John Clayton reported that it will be strictly AFC-NFC for the first quarter of the season, so that would mean that the Rams would play Patriots, Dolphins, Bills, and Jets to open the year with one of those games being Week 1 obviously. Are any of the three other teams a bigger sell right now than New England, even if Tom Brady is gone and the Patriots could be the worst team in the division? I highly doubt that Tua Tagovailoa is starting Week 1.

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