Pandemic Forces NFL to Change Sunday Night Football Matchup

The pandemic has just shown it has the power to move football games.

The NFL announced that the Tampa Bay at Las Vegas Raiders’ game, originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football, has been moved to Sunday afternoon. The SNF game now features Seattle at Arizona.

The move is due to concern over the spread of COVID-19 among the Raiders. The entire offensive line, for instance, has been sent home after one player, Trent Brown, was identified as a close contact.

The move is due to the league being concerned the game might not need to be postponed, and the NFL wants a game on Sunday night.

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“These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football,” the league said in a statement. “We expect the Buccaneers-Raiders game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Scheduling decisions are made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.”

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