When the NFL unveiled NFL has decided to go all-in on Saturday games by giving us a schedule that could include two triple-headers in 2020, and we say "could," because the NFL has given itself the option to schedule double-headers if there aren't enough enticing games to fill the Saturday slots., there was one small twist that you might not have noticed: The league decided to beef up its Saturday schedule by adding two triple-headers for the upcoming season. After giving us one triple-header in 2019, the
The Saturday games will take place in Weeks 15 and 16, and for each week, the NFL has left the three slots open on the schedule so that they can flex in the best possible games. The NFL will be playing at least two games on each Saturday but has given itself the room to flex three, if needed. If there are three games, the kickoff times will be spread out over roughly seven hours, with the early game kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, the second game kicking off at 4:30 p.m. ET and the final game kicking off at 8:15 p.m.ET. If there are only two games, the 1 p.m. ET kickoff time will be eliminated.
All games will air exclusively on the NFL Network, with the exception of one game, which will stream exclusively on Amazon. The game on Amazon will mark just the second time in NFL history that a game has been only available through streaming (you).
Of course, the NFL won't be completely ditching its television audience for that Amazon game as it will be available on over-the-air TV in the markets of the two teams that are playing (for instance, if the Amazon game is Texans at Colts, then fans in Houston and Indianapolis would be able to watch on TV without streaming it).
Although we don't know which teams will be playing in the Saturday games, we do know that the NFL will be picking two or three games from the following five options for Week 15 (Saturday, Dec. 19):
The games that aren't selected will be played on Sunday, Dec. 20.
For Week 16, the NFL will be picking two or three games to be played on Saturday from the following five options:
The games that aren't selected out of that group will be played on Sunday, Dec. 27.
If you're wondering when those Saturday announcements will be made, the NFL has revealed that the flex games will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day, so fans will be waiting until at least mid-November to learn whether or not their team will be playing on a Saturday.
If the NFL plays six Saturday games, that will mark the most games the league has played on that day of the week since 1995, not including any year where Christmas is on a Sunday (When that happens, the entire NFL schedule is moved to Saturday, Dec. 24). Whether it's a single-header, double-header, or triple-header, Saturday NFL games in late December have basically become an annual tradition. This season will mark the 49th time in the past 50 years that there's been at least one Saturday game on the regular-season schedule.