2020 NFL season: Everything you need to know ahead of kickoff

The 2020 NFL season is about to get underway. Here is everything you need to know about the start of new football year

The 2020 NFL season might be the most anticipated in recent memory.

The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a magical season in which Patrick Mahomes led the team to its second Super Bowl championship in dramatic fashion over the San Francisco 49ers.

Both teams got back to work after the clock hit triple zeroes in Miami. But along with the other 30 teams in the league, had to face the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed the lives of thousands and even affected some NFL players directly.

The pandemic forced the NFL to hold a virtual draft for the first time in history. Most of the seven rounds took place from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement. Fans got to peer into rookies’ homes to see how they were celebrating and even got to witness a few general managers at work.

After the draft was over, the NFL held virtual minicamps and eventually canceled the preseason in hopes of being more prepared to deal with the unknown come September when the Chiefs and the Houston Texans kick-off.

In the midst of the pandemic, there were also some offseason shakeups.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cam Newton joined the New England Patriots. Mahomes, Chris Jones, and Travis Kelce received lucrative contract extensions. Several coaches were fired and hired.

All roads have led to Sept. 10 – the first game of the 2020 season and the start of the journey to Tampa, Fla., where Super Bowl LV will take place.

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Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 season.

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2019 AWARDS RECAP

Can the Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl champs?. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Can the Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl champs?. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Super Bowl champs: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

AFC champs: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

NFC champs: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

NFL MVP: LAMAR JACKSON

NFL Coach of the Year: JOHN HARBAUGH

NFL Offensive Player of the Year: MICHAEL THOMAS

NFL Defensive Player of the Year: STEPHON GILMORE

NFL Offensive Rookie the Year: KYLER MURRAY

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: NICK BOSA

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GO DEEPER

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had to manage uncharted waters of the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the 2020 season. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had to manage uncharted waters of the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the 2020 season. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

HERE'S HOW THE NFL HAS HANDLED THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

- WHAT NFL PLAYERS OPTED OUT OF THE 2020 SEASON?

NFL COULD LOSE BILLIONS ON THE TICKET MARKET IF FANS ARE BARRED FROM STADIUMS

NFL VETERAN PLAYERS WHO WILL RESORT TO BACKUP ROLES IN 2020

7 NFL OFFICIALS TAKE CORONAVIRUS OPT-OUTS FOR 2020 SEASON BUT WILL BE PAID THIS MUCH

ROGER GOODELL: NFL PREPARED TO PLAY FEWER THAN 16 GAMES OVER CORONAVIRUS

ROGER GOODELL: NFL WILL SUPPORT PLAYERS WHO PROTEST THIS SEASON

SPORTS TEAMS SCRAMBLE TO CALCULATE MAGIC ATTENDANCE NUMBER

- NFL TO KEEP LIVE NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCES OUTSIDE STADIUMS OVER CORONAVIRUS FEARS: REPORT

- SUPER BOWL LOSS 'INGRAINED' IN 49ERS BRAINS

- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS TO LIMIT ATTENDANCE TO 22% OF STADIUM CAPACITY

 - COWBOYS STAR EZEKIEL ELLIOTT EXPLAINS WHY ALLOWING FANS AT GAMES IS AN 'ADVANTAGE' THIS SEASON

- GOODELL TELLS FOX SPORTS' ACHO 'I WISH WE HAD LISTENED EARLIER' ON KNEELING, RACE

- NFL TEAMS ADJUSTING FROM 80,000 DIE-HARDS TO 80 DECIBELS

- NFL WILL PLAY BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO WEEK 1 GAMES, REPORT SAYS

- VIACOMCBS SEEKS ABOUT $5.5M FOR 30-SECOND ADS IN 2021 SUPER BOWL

- NFL BETTING WILL BE 'BUSINESS AS USUAL,' ONLINE CASINO SOFTWARE CEO SAYS

- BUFFALO WILD WINGS OFFER NFL FANS 'SEASON TICKETS' TO RECREATE STADIUM EXPERIENCE

- PATRICK MAHOMES IS PROHIBITED FROM DOING THESE ACTIVITIES AFTER SIGNING NEW CONTRACT

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kyler Murray has targets on the outside. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Kyler Murray has targets on the outside. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

2019 record: 5-10-1

2019 finish: 4th NFC West

Coach: Kliff Kingsbury

Players of note: Budda Baker, Chandler Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Hicks, Kyler Murray, Larry Fitzgerald

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ATLANTA FALCONS

Matt Ryan leads the charge for the Falcons. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Ryan leads the charge for the Falcons. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 2nd NFC South

Coach: Dan Quinn

Players of note: Calvin Ridley, Dante Fowler, Deion Jones, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Todd Gurley

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BALTIMORE RAVENS

Lamar Jackson is the reigning NFL MVP. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Lamar Jackson is the reigning NFL MVP. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

2019 record: 14-2

2019 finish: 1st AFC North

Coach: John Harbaugh

Players of note: Chuck Clark, Derek Wolfe, J.K. Dobbins, Lamar Jackson, Marcus Peters, Mark Andrews, Mark Ingram, Marlon Humphrey, Marquise Brown, Matthew Judon

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BUFFALO BILLS

Josh Allen received a new target to throw to in the offseason. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

Josh Allen received a new target to throw to in the offseason. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

2019 record: 10-6

2019 finish: 2nd AFC East

Coach: Sean McDermott

Players of note: A.J. Epenesa, Jerry Hughes, Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs

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CAROLINA PANTHERS

Christian McCaffrey is one of the best players in the NFL. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Christian McCaffrey is one of the best players in the NFL. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

2019 record: 5-11

2019 finish: 4th NFC South

Coach: Matt Rhule

Players of note: Christian McCaffrey, D.J. MooreShaq Thompson

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CHICAGO BEARS

Khalil Mack returns as the anchor of the Bears' defense. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Khalil Mack returns as the anchor of the Bears' defense. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

2019 record: 8-8

2019 finish: 3rd NFC North

Coach: Matt Nagy

Players of note: Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, Khalil Mack, Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles, Robert Quinn

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CINCINNATI BENGALS

The Joe Burrow era officially begins in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

The Joe Burrow era officially begins in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

2019 record: 2-14

2019 finish: 4th AFC North

Coach: Zac Taylor

Players of note: Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd

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CLEVELAND BROWNS

Myles Garrett is returning from suspension and hungry for another stellar season. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Myles Garrett is returning from suspension and hungry for another stellar season. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

2019 record: 6-10

2019 finish: 3rd AFC North

Coach: Kevin Stefanski

Players of note: Austin Hooper, Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr.

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DALLAS COWBOYS

Dak Prescott will again have to prove himself to be the Cowboys' franchise quarterback. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Dak Prescott will again have to prove himself to be the Cowboys' franchise quarterback. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

2019 record: 8-8

2019 finish: 2nd NFC East

Coach: Mike McCarthy

Players of note: Amari Cooper, Andy Dalton, CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

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DENVER BRONCOS

Drew Lock is the Broncos' full-time starting QB. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Drew Lock is the Broncos' full-time starting QB. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 2nd AFC West

Coach: Vic Fangio

Players of note: Courtland Sutton, Drew Lock, Jerry Jeudy, Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay, Von Miller

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DETROIT LIONS

Matthew Stafford is looking to lead a recharged Lions team. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Matthew Stafford is looking to lead a recharged Lions team. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

2019 record: 3-12-1

2019 finish: 4th NFC North

Coach: Matt Patricia

Players of note: Adrian Peterson, D'Andre Swift, Danny Amendola, Jamie Collins, Jeff Okudah, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Matthew Stafford

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GREEN BAY PACKERS

Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers under more pressure than ever (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers under more pressure than ever (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

2019 record: 13-3

2019 finish: 1st NFC North

Coach: Matt LaFleur

Players of note: Aaron Jones, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Amos, Allen Lazard, Davante Adams, Kevin King

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HOUSTON TEXANS

Deshaun Watson is the best hope for the Texans to win the AFC South again. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Deshaun Watson is the best hope for the Texans to win the AFC South again. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

2019 record: 10-6

2019 finish: 1st AFC South

Coach: Bill O’Brien

Players of note: Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Kenny Stills, Whitney Mercilus, Will Fuller V

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Darius Leonard is one of the best linebackers in NFL. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Darius Leonard is one of the best linebackers in NFL. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 3rd AFC North

Coach: Frank Reich

Players of note: Darius Leonard, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Gardner Minshew takes the reins of the offense this season. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Gardner Minshew takes the reins of the offense this season. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

2019 record: 6-10

2019 finish: 4th AFC South

Coach: Doug Marrone

Players of note: Dede WestbrookGardner Minshew, Joe Schobert

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

What's next for the Chiefs? (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

What's next for the Chiefs? (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

2019 record: 12-4

2019 finish: 1st AFC West

Coach: Andy Reid

Players of note: Anthony Hitchens, Charvarious Ward, Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyrann Mathieu, Tyreek Hill

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LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Derek Carr has said he's tired of being disrespected. It is now time to put up or shut up. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Derek Carr has said he's tired of being disrespected. It is now time to put up or shut up. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 3rd AFC West

Coach: Jon Gruden

Players of note: Cory Littleton, Darren Waller, Derek Carr, Erik Harris, Henry Ruggs III, Josh Jacobs, Maxx Crosby

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Joey Bosa is the Chargers' best defender. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Joey Bosa is the Chargers' best defender. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

2019 record: 5-11

2019 finish: 4th AFC West

Coach: Anthony Lynn

Players of note: Austin Ekeler, Joey Bosa, Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams

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LOS ANGELES RAMS

Jared Goff is only a season removed from making a Super Bowl appearance. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Jared Goff is only a season removed from making a Super Bowl appearance. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

2019 record: 9-7

2019 finish: 3rd NFC West

Coach: Sean McVay

Players of note: Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp, Jalen Ramsey, Jared Goff, Robert Woods

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MIAMI DOLPHINS

Brian Flores has a few new players to work with this season. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Brian Flores has a few new players to work with this season. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, File)

2019 record: 5-11

2019 finish: 4th AFC East

Coach: Brian Flores

Players of note: DeVante Parker, Kyle Van Noy, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tua Tagovailoa,

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Dalvin Cook looks to help the Vikings to even more surprises in 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Dalvin Cook looks to help the Vikings to even more surprises in 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

2019 record: 10-6

2019 finish: 2nd NFC North

Coach: Mike Zimmer

Players of note: Adam Thielen, Anthony Barr, Anthony Harris, Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins, Yannick Ngakoue

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

All eyes will be on Cam Newton. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)

All eyes will be on Cam Newton. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)

2019 record: 12-4

2019 finish: 1st AFC East

Coach: Bill Belichick

Players of note: Cam Newton, Devin McCourty, Julian Edelman, Sony Michel, Stephon Gilmore

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Drew Brees is looking to rectify last season's disappointing finish. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Drew Brees is looking to rectify last season's disappointing finish. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

2019 record: 13-3

2019 finish: 1st NFC South

Coach: Sean Payton

Players of note: Alvin Kamara, Cameron Jordan, Demario DavisDrew Brees, Janoris Jenkins, Jared Cook, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Davenport, Marcus Williams, Michael Thomas

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NEW YORK GIANTS

A healthy Saquon Barkley could do wonders for the G-Men. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A healthy Saquon Barkley could do wonders for the G-Men. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

2019 record: 4-12

2019 finish: 3rd NFC East

Coach: Joe Judge

Players of note: Blake MartinezDaniel Jones, Logan RyanSaquon Barkley

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NEW YORK JETS

Le'Veon Bell is leading the rushing attack for the Jets. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Le'Veon Bell is leading the rushing attack for the Jets. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 3rd AFC East

Coach: Adam Gase

Players of note: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Can Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to another division title? (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Can Carson Wentz lead the Eagles to another division title? (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

2019 record: 9-7

2019 finish: 1st NFC East

Coach: Doug Pederson

Players of note: Brandon Graham, Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Jalen Hurts, Jalen Reagor, Miles Sanders, Rodney McLeod

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Mike Tomlin is looking to get back to the Super Bowl.

Mike Tomlin is looking to get back to the Super Bowl. (AP)

2019 record: 8-8

2019 finish: 2nd AFC North

Coach: Mike Tomlin

Players of note: Ben Roethlisberger, Bud Dupree, Cameron Heyward, Diontae Johnson, James Conner, Joe Haden, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds, T.J. Watt

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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Nick Bosa, left, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year last year. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Nick Bosa, left, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year last year. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

2019 record: 13-3

2019 finish: 1st NFC West

Coach: Kyle Shanahan

Players of note: Fred Warner, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

DK Metcalf could have a breakout sophomore season. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DK Metcalf could have a breakout sophomore season. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

2019 record: 11-5

2019 finish: 2nd NFC West

Coach: Pete Carroll

Players of note: Bobby Wagner, DK Metcalf, Jamal Adams, Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tom Brady made the shocking move to join the Bucs in the offseason.

Tom Brady made the shocking move to join the Bucs in the offseason. (Getty Images)

2019 record: 7-9

2019 finish: 3rd NFC South

Coach: Bruce Arians

Players of note: Carlton DavisChris Godwin, Devin White, Lavonte DavidLeonard FournetteMike Evans, Ndamukong SuhRob Gronkowski, Shaq Barrett, Tom Brady

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TENNESSEE TITANS

Derrick Henry was a powerhouse rusher last season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Derrick Henry was a powerhouse rusher last season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

2019 record: 9-7

2019 finish: 2nd AFC South

Coach: Mike Vrabel

Players of note: A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, Derrick Henry, Jadeveon Clowney, Rashaan Evans, Ryan Tannehill

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WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Chase Young, right, is looking to make a significant impact in his rookie season. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chase Young, right, is looking to make a significant impact in his rookie season. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2019 record: 3-13

2019 finish: 4th NFC East

Coach: Ron Rivera

Players of note: Alex Smith, Chase Young, Dwayne Haskins, Jon Bostic, Landon CollinsSteven Sims Jr., Terry McLaurin, Thomas Davis

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