The NFL has an unusual Sunday schedule for Week 10 due to the Masters: Here’s how things will differ


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The NFL schedule is going to look a little different this week, and that’s because the league has decided to change a few things as the Masters is also being played this weekend.

The iconic golf tournament, usually played in April, was pushed back this weekend due to the COVID-19 epidemic. CBS has been the broadcasting 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 so that CBS could air both the Masters and the NFL.

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

  • No 1 pm ET NFL game on CBS. For the first time since 1998, CBS will not air a single game in the afternoon time slot. With the final round of the Masters until 3pm on Sunday, this means CBS will not have a place to air any 1pm NFL game. All five games in the afternoon window will be broadcast on Fox.
  • 4 games over 4pm. Except for Week 17, the NFL never has more than 4 games on Sunday compared to the 1pm game on Sunday, but that will happen this week. All three CBS games will close at 4:05 pm, while three late games on Fox will close at 4:25 pm. This means that there will be six games in the window at 4 pm compared to the 1 pm window. Outside of any Week 17, this is the first time in at least 10 years that more than 4pm games have taken place during the regular season, from 1pm games.
  • Tony Romeo and Jim Nantz will not be at the NFL game this week. Nantz will remain at the Augusta Nationals for the 33rd time as the chief announcer of CBS at the Masters, and since he cannot be ranked two at once, he will spend his NFL Sunday calling the final round of the Masters on CBS . For Romeo, although he will have a week off football, you can almost guarantee that the avid golfer will have CBS all weekend, so that he can watch both golf and football.

All of this means that you definitely want to keep your television with CBS this weekend. Not only do we have a Masters on Saturday and Sunday, but we also have a strong NFL slate during the late afternoon on Sunday including playing a 7-2 bill against the 5-3 Cardinals.

For TV coverage of the Masters, you can click here to find out the schedule, how to stream it, and what the featured groups will be each day. After Round 1 of the Masters, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey and Dylan Fritelli took a 7-under par lead. For a look at the live leaderboard, be sure to click here.

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

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