HBO 'Hard Knocks' Teams for 2020

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins looks on in the second quarter against the New York Giants at FedExField on December 9, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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In case you missed it, the Oakland Raiders were selected as the team to appear this year on HBO's popular show "Hard Knocks", which follows an NFL team through training camp in a reality TV setting.

The Raiders were one of five teams that could have been forced by the NFL to be on the show.

While any NFL team can choose to appear on the show, it's not exactly something head coaches hope for. However, there are sets of rules that disqualify teams from being forced to appear on HBO's hit show.

The rules to avoid being on "Hard Knocks" are as follows:

- If the team made the playoffs either of the last two seasons.

- The team has a new head coach.

- The team has appeared on "Hard Knocks" in the past 10 years.

Looking ahead, there are some teams that could be in line to be in contention for next year's show, on top of the four that weren't chosen this season (Giants, Lions, Redskins, 49ers). A couple of NFC North teams in the Packers and Vikings could be candidates if they both fail to make the playoffs and retain their head coaches.

While this list of teams can always change based on the guidelines and what happens during this upcoming NFL season, there's already a growing list of teams who are halfway there.

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