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No ‘Thursday Night Football’ NFL game for Week 13. Here’s why.

The Baltimore Ravens were supposed to have a full week of preparation following their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers before kicking off NFL Week 13 tonight against the Dallas Cowboys.

However, due to a coronavirus outbreak that forced the league to postpone their game against the Steelers until Wednesday (which the Steelers won, 19-14), the Ravens will have a game moved for a second consecutive week.

Instead of playing the Cowboys at home tonight, the game has been pushed to 8 p.m ET on Tuesday, with Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.

It’s the second time this season the NFL has been forced to move a Thursday game due to COVID-19 complications. It also happened to the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills in Week 6.

The Week 12 shuffle will also affect the Steelers’ Week 13 schedule. The NFL has postponed their game against the Washington Football Team from Sunday to 5 p.m ET Monday afternoon on Fox.

That creates a Monday doubleheader, with the Buffalo Bills-San Francisco 49ers already set for an 8:15  p.m ET start on ESPN. But of course, it wouldn’t be 2020 without yet another adjustment to that game.

Originally scheduled to be played in Santa Clara, California, at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, the game has been moved to Glendale, Arizona (home of the Cardinals), after Santa Clara County issued a three-week ban on contact sports due to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Niners will become semi-permanent residents of suburban Phoenix for the next two weeks, with home games against the Bills on Dec. 7 and the Washington Football Team on Dec.13 at State Farm Stadium.

 

Read from source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/12/03/thursday-night-football-nfl-week-13-game-scrapped-heres-why/3798493001/