The NFL will release its schedule for the 2020 regular season Thursday afternoon, the first the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will be playing at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
Both teams’ schedules will be released at 4:30 p.m. The Chargers’ schedule release will be followed by a livestream reaction show available on YouTube, Chargers.com and the Chargers app.
Select single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public at 6 p.m. on Chargers.com.
NFL schedules are determined by a formula calling for one game against each team from a designated division in their own conference and one from the other conference, home-and-away series against each of the teams in their division and games against the teams that finished in the same place in the other two divisions in their conference.
Each team is assured of facing each other team at least once in a four-year period.
The Chargers finished last in the four-team AFC West in the 2019 season with a 5-11 record. The formula calls for them to play the four teams from the AFC East and the four from the NFC South, home-and-away series against the other AFC West teams and one game each against the remaining AFC fourth-place teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals.
The Chargers will play home games against the New England Patriots and New York Jets from the AFC East, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers from the NFC South, and Jacksonville, along with the other AFC West teams — the Denver Broncos, reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders.
The Patriots, Jets and Jaguars will be playing in the Los Angeles area for the first time since the league returned to the region in 2016.
The Chargers’ road games will be against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins from the AFC East, the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the NFC South, Cincinnati and the other AFC West teams.
The Rams finished third in the four-team NFC West in the 2019 season with a 9-7 record. The formula calls for them to play the four teams from the NFC East and the four from the AFC East, home-and-home series against the other NFC West teams and one game each against the remaining NFC third-place teams, the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay.
The Rams will play home games against the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants from the NFC East, the Patriots and Jets, Chicago along with the other NFC West teams — the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.
The Giants will be playing in the Los Angeles area for the first time since Oct. 18, 1992 when they lost to the Rams 38-17 at Anaheim Stadium.
The Rams’ road games will be against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins from the NFC East, Miami, Buffalo, Tampa Bay and the other NFC West teams.