The NFL has already cut the 2020 preseason in half, cancelling the first and fourth preseason game. The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. The 2020 season is still in currently proceeding as scheduled, but will it actually actually take place without a hitch or will the Covid-19 pandemic continue to chip away at the year?
Despite major league baseball players offering to play a longer season, MLB was adamant the league should not continue into November. Similarly, with the NBA getting ready to re-start, the NBA too made it a point to not be playing in November. With November being viewed as peak flu season, it makes sense for professional sports leagues to try to avoid large gatherings of fans and/or players during that time.
But the NFL has not made any indication that the thought of playing in November should cause any worry.
In 1987, a players strike shortened the NFL season by two weeks. In 1982, an earlier players strike caused the NFL to shorten its season from 16 games to only nine. With a nine-game schedule, “divisions” were essentially thrown out of the window and eight teams from each conference made the playoffs, seeded 1-8 based off of overall records.
Washington won both the ‘82 and ‘97 Super Bowls, and when history looks back at the Washington franchise, their total of three championships is rarely given an asterisk or two due to the shortened years. The shortened years are simply resigned to football history books and sports trivia.
Knowing this, the league is surely prepared for the possibility of a shortened season in 2020. Now that the two preseason games have already been kicked to the curb, how many regular season games could see a similar fate? When all is said and done, how many regular season games do you think each team will play in 2020? Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. Send me presents.
How many regular season games will the Saints play in 2020?
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Zero - the season gets cancelled
16 - they play a full year