NFL says Tom Brady-Buccaneers schedule quirk is ‘coincidence’
Some were quick to notice an unusual quirk in the 2020 NFL schedule. Tom Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, don’t play at the same time as his old team, the New England Patriots, until Week 15. Conspiracy theorists wondered if that was a subtle move from the NFL that would allow Patriots fans to follow their former quarterback without missing any of their team’s games.
Not so, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. The scheduling quirk is a total coincidence.
“Putting together the 256-game schedule is very complex — it’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” McCarthy said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “The minimal conflicts here are coincidental.”
McCarthy is probably right. A big reason why this is the case is that both teams have five primetime games. That’s ten weeks in which it is impossible for both teams to play at the same time.
Even if this was intentional, there are reasons that Patriots fans should probably be more concerned about their own team than anything Brady is up to in 2020.