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HBO 'Hard Knocks' schedule 2020: How to watch, stream training camp with Rams & Chargers

HBO 'Hard Knocks' schedule 2020: How to watch, stream training camp with Rams & Chargers 1

There will be no NFL preseason games in 2020, but there will still be another season of “Hard Knocks.” Despite new safety measures in place for NFL training camps because of COVID-19, NFL Films’ documentary series is back for a 15th television season on HBO.

This time, for the first time, two teams will be featured — the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The two teams’ L.A. training camp stories will share the spotlight ahead of the teams starting play in their new joint venue, SoFi Stadium, for the 2020 NFL regular season.

So “Hard Knocks” is going bigger, but will it be better? On the surface, the Rams and Chargers are far from the league’s most compelling teams as borderline playoff contenders. With the entire preseason schedule wiped out, however, “Hard Knocks” will be the NFL’s only televised action before the Week 1 opener, helping their cases.

The Rams have lost some star power since their Super Bowl 53 run. Their most intriguing camp battle on the field is at running back, where rookie Cam Akers is trying to succeed Todd Gurley. They also have one huge defensive presence in Aaron Donald and a huge defensive personality in Jalen Ramsey. Coach Sean McVay’s smart-talking offensive mind also should provide a few gems.

The Chargers are undergoing a quarterback transition with their coach, Anthony Lynn, as Tyrod Taylor takes over from Philip Rivers with rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert waiting closely in the wings. They have some good offensive skill around QB, but like the Rams, their two brightest stars are on defense, Joey Bosa and Derwin James.

The “Hard Knocks” film crew and editors will need to figure out how to get the best out the 18-time Emmy-winning series over the next several weeks. Who will get more screen time, the Rams or the Chargers? NFL reality TV fans will be most interested to find out:

‘Hard Knocks’ schedule 2020

  • Episode 1: Tuesday, August. 11
  • Air time: 10 p.m. ET (HBO) 

The latest season of “Hard Knocks” begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes arrive once a week every Tuesday night during NFL training camp. Check back for weekly reviews for each episode before watching the new one.

EpisodeAir dateChannel/Stream
Episode 1Aug. 11, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAX
Episode 2Aug. 18, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAX
Episode 3Aug. 25, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAX
Episode 4Sept. 1, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAX
Episode 5Sep. 8, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO MAX

How to watch Hard Knocks

  • TV channel: HBO
  • Live stream: HBO Max

“Hard Knocks” airs exclusively on HBO, so you will need to subscribe to the service through a cable provider ($ 14.99 per month) in order to watch each episode live. HBO’s rebranded streaming service, HBO Max, also carries each episode and offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers. 

How have HBO’s featured teams fared?

The Rams are being featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ for the second time since 2016. The Chargers will become the 11th new NFL team featured on “Hard Knocks” over 15 seasons. Of all the individual teams appearing on “Hard Knocks” in any given year since 2001, only five have followed up by making the playoffs that season. Here’s how each team’s season went after its appearance on the show.

2001Baltimore Ravens10-6*
2002Dallas Cowboys5-11
2007Kansas City Chiefs4-12
2008Dallas Cowboys9-7
2009Cincinnati Bengals10-6*
2010New York Jets11-5*
2012Miami Dolphins7-9
2013Cincinnati Bengals11-5*
2014Atlanta Falcons6-10
2015Houston Texans9-7*
2016Los Angeles Rams4-12
2017Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-11
2018Cleveland Browns7-8-1
2019Oakland Raiders7-9
2020Los Angeles Rams?????
2020Los Angeles Chargers?????
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*Made playoffs 

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