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Broncos-Patriots Rescheduled Again; This Is Becoming a Complicated Puzzle for the NFL

The Broncos-Patriots game, which had been rescheduled from today to Monday, is getting moved to next week per Adam Schefter:

This comes after the news that a Patriots coach tested positive for Covid-19; previously, Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton had tested positive.

The Patriots were scheduled to have a bye next week; as Schefter said, the Broncos were scheduled to play the Dolphins. How the NFL maneuvers the jigsaw puzzle from here is anyone’s guess. Denver’s bye was originally supposed to be Week 8 and Miami’s is Week 11.

It also remains to be seen what is happening with Titans-Bills. They are slated to play Tuesday, but another Titans employee just tested positive. This game affects Bills-Chiefs, which is supposed to be played Thursday but would be moved to Sunday if Titans-Bills indeed happens on Tuesday.

It’s clearly time for the NFL to add Week 18 to the schedule so there is a buffer space for these types of events.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. This is dumb. The NFL needs to step back and reassess their approach and policy on Covid, or they’re not going to finish the season. Just because a handful of players or coaches on the team get Rona doesn’t mean cancel a game. You isolate those and keep trucking. There’s no need to cancel the game unless you have a true outbreak. Again, they have to re-examine their approach or we are not going to make it through the season.

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