The NFL is appears to have rescheduled the Week 4 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. Several reports say the game will take place Monday night — so long as both teams continue to clear continued rounds of COVID-19 tests happening on Sunday.
Here is how the story has developed through Sunday morning:
If Chiefs get same results on their tests today, the KC-NE game looks like it will he played Monday night. https://t.co/hPelNII1kj— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2020
The #Chiefs latest round of point of care COVID-19 tests are clear, source said. With the #Patriots also clear, another indication the game is Monday night.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2020
With the Patriots and Chiefs both having positive tests they are now subject to game-day testing. So even with them scheduled to play on Monday that would be pending the results of those tests.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 4, 2020
During a Patriots' team meeting that started at 10am, the team was informed as of right now they will be playing their game against the Chiefs on Monday per sources. They were told they will fly tomorrow morning.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 4, 2020
Monday night doubleheader....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2020
Falcons-Packers 8:50 https://t.co/P2WD6xTCkK
October 4, 2020
Despite the day and time change, the game would remain on CBS, still covered by Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. Essentially the NFL has created a kind of Monday Night Football doubleheader — albeit on two different networks. This is likely because of existing contract provisions they have with ESPN for Monday night games — and of course, the league wants to keep CBS happy, too.
The game was previously set for at 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Sunday but was postponed when Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (and Chiefs practice-squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu) tested positive for COVID-19.
So presuming the teams continue to test negative through Monday’s round of testing, the Chiefs will play on Monday night in two consecutive weeks.