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If Patriots fans need to separately sight the Patriots and Invoice Belichick and the Buccaneers and Tom Brady (and Steal Gronkowski) this year, they are able to stamp so as a minimum 14 times. As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the two groups don’t play at the identical time till slack within the 2020 season.

It happens on December 20, when the Patriots visit the Dolphins and the Buccaneers visit the Falcons, with the two games initiating at 1: 00 p.m. ET.

They’re moreover due to the play simultaneously in Week 17, when the Patriots host the Jets and the Buccaneers host the Falcons at 1: 00 p.m. ET. Assuming that Week 17 remains the closing Sunday of the customary season (capability changes due to the the pandemic would perhaps well well shift early-season weeks till after Week 17), there’s an different one amongst the games will remain at 1: 00 p.m. ET and the assorted will transfer to 4: 25 p.m. ET or later, given the league’s effort to configure the closing slate of games in a map that ensures contests with playoff ramifications are played at the identical time.

The NFL says that the quirk within the scheduling of the New England and Tampa Bay games used to be no longer deliberate.

“Placing together the 256-sport schedule is terribly complex — it’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inner an enigma,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy instructed Reiss referring to the Pats and Bucs schedules. “The minimal conflicts right here are coincidental.”

Coincidental or no longer, Patriots fans who moreover remain #Tommy fans will doubtless be in a position to point of curiosity exclusively on games played by the two groups for simply referring to the total season, with out having to divide their attention and/or TV screens. If the resolution wasn’t intentional, it need to were.