It’s never too early to start talking about the 2020 season, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do here. Thanks to the NFL scheduling formula, we can take a sneak peek at the home-and-away opponents that all 32 teams will be facing in 2020. 

The NFL landscape is going to have a slightly different look next season with the most notable change happening in Las Vegas. After playing the past 25 seasons in Bay Area, the Raiders will be ditching Oakland in 2020 for a new stadium just off the strip in Vegas. The Raiders initial home schedule in Sin City will include games against the Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, and Colts. 

Of course, the Raiders aren’t the only team that will be playing in a new venue next season. The Rams $5 billion stadium in Los Angeles is also scheduled to open and it will be hosting 16 regular season games per year with the Rams and Chargers both set to play there in 2020. Due to the way that the schedule is set up, the Patriots are one of two visiting teams that will be playing two games at L.A.’s new SoFi Stadium in 2020 (The Patriots and Jets both play away games against the Rams and Chargers). 

From an international standpoint, both the Dolphins and Falcons are giving up a home game to play abroad next season, which means your favorite team could be sent on an international trip if they’re scheduled to play at Miami or Atlanta next year (The NFL hasn’t announced any other teams that will be participating in the international games next year). 

One thing to keep in mind about the NFL schedule is that the formula keeps things as even as possible. Each team will play four games against a first-place team from 2019, four games against a second-place team from 2019, four games against a third-place team and four games against a fourth-place team for a total of 16 games. 

With that in mind, let’s check out the 2020 opponents for all 32 teams.

How it works

Here’s a brief explanation of the NFL scheduling formula, which was implemented in 2002. Each team will play:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
  • Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
  • Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions would not be required to make two West Coast trips (e.g., at Los Angeles and at Raiders), while other teams in their division had none (e.g., at Denver and at Kansas City).

Mark your calendars

The 2020 regular season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 10, and end after Week 17 is played on Jan. 2, 2021.

The 2020 NFL season will conclude on Feb. 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where the NFC champion and AFC champion will meet in Super Bowl LV.

2020 opponents

Here’s the complete home and away opponent list for each NFL team. The dates and times of each game will released at some point during the spring.  

AFC East
Home: Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals, 49ers, Ravens
Away: Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, Texans
Home: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, Bengals
Away: Bills, Jets, Patriots, Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals, 49ers, Jaguars
Home: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals, 49ers, Browns
Away: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, Colts
Home: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, Steelers
Away: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals, 49ers, Titans
AFC North
Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Giants, Chiefs
Away: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Texans, Redskins, Eagles, Patriots
Home: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Giants, Chargers
Away: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Texans, Redskins, Eagles, Dolphins
Home: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Colts, Texans, Redskins, Eagles, Broncos
Away: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Giants, Bills
Home: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, Colts, Texans, Redskins, Eagles, Raiders
Away: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys, Giants, Jets
AFC South
Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Patriots
Away: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Chiefs
Home: Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Jets
Away: Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Raiders
Home: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Bills
Away: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Broncos
Home: Colts, Texans, Titans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Dolphins
Away: Colts, Texans, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Chargers
AFC West
Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Titans
Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Steelers
Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars
Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Bengals
Home: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Colts
Away: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Browns
Home: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Texans
Away: Broncos, Raiders, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Ravens
NFC East
Home: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Seahawks, Rams, Ravens, Bengals, Panthers
Away: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals, Steelers, Browns, Lions
Home: Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals, Steelers, Browns, Buccaneers
Away: Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Seahawks, Rams, Ravens, Bengals, Bears
Home: Redskins, Giants, Eagles, 49ers, Cardinals, Steelers, Browns, Falcons
Away: Redskins, Giants, Eagles, Seahawks, Rams, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings
Home: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Seahawks, Rams, Ravens, Bengals, Saints
Away: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, 49ers, Cardinals, Steelers, Browns, Packers
NFC North
Home: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans, Eagles
Away: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Saints, Buccaneers, Texans, Colts, 49ers
Home: Bears, Lions, Packers, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys
Away: Bears, Lions, Packers, Saints, Buccaneers, Texans, Colts, Seahawks
Home: Packers, Lions, Vikings, Saints, Buccaneers, Texans, Colts, Giants
Away: Packers, Lions, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans, Rams
Home: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Saints, Buccaneers, Texans, Colts, Redskins
Away: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals
NFC South
Home: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders, Seahawks
Away: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Vikings, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Cowboys
Home: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals
Away: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Vikings, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Redskins
Home: Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers, Packers, Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, 49ers
Away: Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers, Lions, Bears, Broncos, Raiders, Eagles
Home: Panthers, Saints, Falcons, Packers, Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams
Away: Panthers, Saints, Falcons, Lions, Bears, Broncos, Raiders, Giants
NFC West
Home: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Packers
Away: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Saints
Home: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Vikings
Away: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Falcons
Home: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys, Patriots, Jets, Bears
Away: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Buccaneers
Home: Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Lions
Away: Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Panthers