NFL 2020 Schedule: Week 2 Games, Where to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channel

After a seven-month wait and concerns the coronavirus pandemic would wreak havoc on the sport, the NFL made its long-awaited return this weekend. While the lack of fans and the precautions taken because of the COVID-19 outbreak painted a surreal background for the opening weekend, on the field Week 1 games lived up to expectations.

The Kansas City Chiefs picked up where they had left off in Super Bowl LIV, defeating the Houston Texans 34-20 in the season opener on Thursday night as Patrick Mahomes set a new NFL record by becoming the first quarterback to pass for at least three touchdowns and no interceptions in three consecutive season openers.

If the reigning Super Bowl champions got off to a flying start, the same cannot be said for Super Bowl LIV runners-up as the San Francisco 49ers lost 24-20 at home against the Arizona Cardinals, who lived up to the tag of potential dark horses in the NFC West with star wideout DeAndre Hopkins recording a career-high 14 catches and 151 receiving yards in his debut for the Cardinals.

The 49ers are the only NFC West to end Week 1 without a win, after the Seattle Seahawks won 38-25 on the road against the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams inaugurated the SoFi Stadium with a 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

The post-Tom Brady era in New England began with a win, as Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns as the Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 21-11. Legitimate concerns over Newton's fitness—the 2015 MVP played just two games last season because of injuries to his foot and his shoulder—dominated the conversation during the offseason, but the first overall pick of the 2011 draft looked back to his best, rushing for 75 yards over 15 carries and completing 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards.

Brady, meanwhile, threw two interceptions - including a pick-six - in his debut as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer as the Bucs lost 34-23 in New Orleans against the Saints. While Brady struggled, fellow veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers rolled back the years, throwing for four touchdowns and 364 yards as the Green Bay Packers won 43-34 in Minneapolis against the Vikings.

Elsewhere, reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens hit the ground running, thrashing the Cleveland Browns 38-6, while the Chicago Bears and the Washington Football Team both mounted significant comebacks. The Bears won 27-23 in Detroit after outscoring the Lions 21-0 in the fourth quarter thanks to three late touchdowns, while Washington erased a 17-0 deficit against Philadelphia to win 27-17 and the Buffalo Bills cruised to a 27-17 win over the New York Jets.

The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off a surprise 27-20 over the Indianapolis Colts, while the Raiders marked their first game as Las Vegas Raiders with a 34-30 road win over the Carolina Panthers and Joe Burrow's NFL debut ended in disappointment as the Cincinnati Bengals lost 16-13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The first overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft and the Bengals get their first taste of primetime football in Week 2 when they travel to Cleveland to face the Brown in an AFC North matchup on Thursday Night Football while the Chargers host the Chiefs in an AFC West rivalry.

Sunday Night Football sees the Seahawks host the Patriots, while the Raiders open Allegiant Stadium when they host the Saints on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, on Sunday afternoon Brady makes his home debut for the Bucs as Tampa Bay faces Carolina.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Week 2.

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Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Packers won 43-34. Hannah Foslien/Getty

Week 2 TV Schedule (All times ET)

Thursday, September 17

  • Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns—8:20 p.m., NFL Network

Sunday, September 20

  • Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans—1 p.m., CBS
  • Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers—1 p.m., FOX
  • Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers—1 p.m., CBS
  • Los Angeles Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles—1 p.m., FOX
  • San Francisco 49ers @ New York Jets—1 p.m., FOX
  • Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins—1 p.m., CBS
  • Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts—1 p.m., FOX
  • Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers—1 p.m., FOX
  • Atlanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys—1 p.m., FOX
  • New York Giants @ Chicago Bears—1 p.m., CBS
  • Washington Football Team @ Arizona Cardinals—4:05 p.m. FOX
  • Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers—4:25 p.m. CBS
  • Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans—4:25 p.m. CBS
  • New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks—8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, September 21

  • New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders—8:15 p.m., ESPN

TV coverage

The current season marks the seventh year under the current broadcast contract with ESPN, CBS, FOX and NBC.

The latter will broadcast the opening game on September 10, as well as Sunday Night Football.

ESPN will broadcast Monday Night Football, while FOX will air Thursday Night Football, which will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Amazon Prime.

FOX and CBS will also carry the Sunday afternoon games, with the latter broadcasting Super Bowl LV.

Live Stream

Live streams will be available through the four broadcasters' digital platforms, which include apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs. Similarly, NFL Network's game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices.

Fans can also live stream via NFL Game Pass, which is currently offering annual subscription for free, with no credit card details required for sign up.

The Pro option allows users access to the NFL RedZone, where every Sunday they can watch every touchdown of the afternoon games.

A live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV, with Amazon Prime carrying a live stream of each Thursday Night Football game.