With the sports calendar frozen due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NFL schedule release, which is set for Thursday night, is taking up all the oxygen.
There's no doubt that once the full schedule is unveiled, media and fans alike will have weeks worth of content dissecting each matchup. What else is there to do?
We already know the 49ers' opponents, and there have been rumors of what the schedule order could look like.
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Follow along below for all the schedule rumors and news ahead of the official announcement.
May 7 at 9:28 a.m.: Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football is reporting the 49ers will face the Saints in Week 10.
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) May 7, 2020
May 6 at 12:06 p.m.: John Clayton reports the first four games of the NFL season will feature AFC vs. NFC meaning the 49ers would open against the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills in some order.
.@JohnClaytonNFL tells @937theFan that the NFL schedule will be NFC vs AFC for the 1st 4 weeks of the season. Steelers play the NFC East. So 1st 4 games would be Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins, and Giants.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 6, 2020
Then Clayton reports teams will go into their non-common games, which for the 49ers would be at the Saints and at home against the Packers. Clayton then reports there will be a round of division play, followed by the inter-conference cross over (NFC East) and then the second round of division play to finish out the season.
Meaning the 49ers' road to Super Bowl redemption could look something like this:
Weeks 1-4: Dolphins, Bills, at Patriots, at Jets
Weeks 5-6: Packers, at Saints
Weeks 7-9: NFC West opponents
Weeks 10-13: Eagles, Washington, at Cowboys, at Giants
Weeks 14-16: NFC West opponents
49ers 2020 schedule: Tracking leaks, rumors ahead of announcement originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area