NFL has unusual Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 10 due to the Masters: Here’s how things will be different


The NFL schedule is going to have a slightly different look this week, and that’s because the league has decided to alter a few things due to the fact that the Masters is also being played this weekend. 

The prestigious golf tournament, which is usually played in April, was pushed back to this weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBS has been the broadcast partner of the Masters for the past 64 years, and this year will be no different. With the final round of the tournament scheduled for Sunday, a few things had to be juggled around so that CBS could air both the Masters and the NFL

So what will be different? Let’s take a quick look. 

  • No 1 p.m. ET NFL games on CBS. For the first time since at least 1998, CBS won’t be airing a single game in the early afternoon time slot. With the final round of the Masters scheduled to air until 3 p.m. on Sunday, that means there won’t be room to air any 1 p.m. NFL games on CBS. All five games in the early afternoon window will be aired on Fox.  
  • More 4 p.m. games than 1 p.m. games. Besides Week 17, the NFL almost never has more 4 p.m. games on a Sunday than 1 p.m. games, but that will be happening this week. All three of the CBS games will kick off at 4:05 p.m. while the three late games on Fox will kick off at 4:25 p.m.  That means there will be six games in the 4 p.m. window compared to just five in the 1 p.m. window. Outside of any given Week 17, this is the first time in at least 10 years that there have been more 4 p.m. games than 1 p.m. games during the regular season.
  • Tony Romo and Jim Nantz won’t be at an NFL game this week. Nantz will remain at Augusta National as the lead CBS announcer at the Masters for the 33rd time, and since he can’t be two places at once, he’ll be spending his NFL Sunday calling the final round of the Masters on CBS. As for Romo, although he’ll have the week off from football, you can almost guarantee that the avid golfer will have CBS on the entire weekend so he can watch both golf and football. 

What all this means is that you’re definitely going to want to keep your television tuned to CBS this weekend. Not only do we have the Masters on Saturday and Sunday, but we also have a strong NFL slate during the late afternoon on Sunday that includes the 7-2 Bills playing against the 5-3 Cardinals

As for the TV coverage of the Masters, you can click here to find out the schedule, how to stream it, and the what the featured groups will be each day. After Round 1 of the Masters, Paul Casey was in the lead at 7-under par. There were a total of 11 players within three strokes of the lead heading into Round 2, including Tiger Woods, who shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday. For a look at the live leaderboard, be sure to click here

Finally, here’s a full rundown of the NFL schedule for Week 10. 

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