The NFL will look very completely different when the Chiefs and Texans kickoff in Kansas Metropolis
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The NFL kicks off its a hundred and first season of play Thursday night time when the Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs welcome the visiting Houston Texans to a sparsely stuffed Arrowhead Stadium.
The 8:20 p.m. ET contest, televised on NBC, will look and sound completely different than any in latest reminiscence.
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The Chiefs will solely permit a smattering of socially distanced followers into their stadium, lengthy considered one of many NFL’s loudest and most raucous. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, solely 17,000 spectators — largely a fortunate pool of season ticket holders — would be the stands, about 22 p.c of Arrowhead’s capability of greater than 76,000.
The final time Kansas Metropolis Coach Andy Reid may bear in mind stalking sidelines in entrance of so few followers was in 1985 as an assistant at San Francisco State, then a NCAA Division II program that now not exists.
“If we have been enjoying UC Davis, we’d have that. However it’s been some time,” Reid stated. “They’d the last word soar ball simply to get into the stadium, nevertheless, that was picked. So I do know they’re going to be revved up and able to go.”
The remainder of Week 1 will kickoff on Sunday, and followers will see a recreation that’ll look completely international to any ever performed earlier than this 2020 season.
That vacant feeling of followers
Fan-less video games will look notably jarring when the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angles Rams and L.A. Chargers all play of their glimmering, model new stadiums.
The Rams play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC) at glowing SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Rams’ housemates L.A. Chargers get their first probability to play at empty SoFi Stadium per week from Sunday towards Kansas Metropolis.
This 2020 season would be the Raiders’ first marketing campaign in Las Vegas, and their dwelling opener at Allegiant Stadium is about for “Monday Night time Soccer” on Sept. 21 towards the New Orleans Saints.
The New York Giants and Jets, enjoying in America’s largest metropolitan area, haven’t any speedy plans to permit any spectators into 10-year-old MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to open the season Sunday towards the visiting Arizona Cardinals, however league officers are holding a detailed eye on Bay Space air high quality that is been severely compromised by raging wildfires within the West.
San Francisco Coach Kyle Shanahan this week in contrast the setting to an apocalyptic state, straight out of “The Guide of Eli.”
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Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws whereas quarterbacks Matt Moore (8) and Jordan Ta’amu (9) watch throughout an NFL soccer coaching camp observe Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
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Hail to the Washington Soccer Staff
The Washington Soccer Staff will play 2020 below that generic moniker after saying in July it might take away its identify that had lengthy been recognized as racist towards Native Individuals.
Washington hopes to have a brand new identify by the 2021 season.
The Chiefs this off season additionally introduced they might ban followers from carrying faux-Native American headdresses or offensive face paint to dwelling video games.
Fewer followers, extra soccer in 2020
This would be the first season of a brand new playoff format that can now embrace 14 groups within the post-season event, up from 12.
The eight division winners, 4 in every convention, will qualify together with six wildcard entrants, three every in NFC and AFC.
The primary weekend of post-season play will embrace 12 groups — so all contending golf equipment, minus the No. 1 seed of each conferences — they usually’ll play down to 6 survivors. These remaining groups and the highest two seeds will play for 2 extra weekends to find out who performs in Tremendous Bowl LV.
That title recreation is about for Feb. 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Reuters and The Related Press contributed.