With an offseason that featured a lockout and a flurry of free agent signings the likes of which none of us has ever seen the NFL finally returns starting on Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers hosting the 2009 champion New Orleans Saints.
Thursday night’s opener is just the appetizer to get us all warmed up for Sunday’s full slate of action. The NFL is a sport unlike any other in this country because every year all 32 teams have hope.
There is so much parity that you can’t declare any team out of it right now. (Well, maybe the Cincinnati Bengals. But even they have two exciting rookies in A.J. Green and Andy Dalton worth watching.)
The Packers will have their work cut out for them if they want to repeat, because no team since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004 has been able to successfully defend their championship.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who were the unquestioned winners of the free agency period and one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, will start their season against a upstart Rams team that is looking to build off a surprising 7-9 season that saw them miss out on the playoffs by one game.
We will have the latest odds, predictions and analysis for all 16 week 1 games to get you ready for the triumphant return of the NFL.
|WEEK 1 Schedule |
|New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers (Thursday Night)|
|Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears|
|Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns|
|Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ St. Louis Rams|
|Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans|
|New York Giants @ Washington Redskins|
|Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers|
|Minnesota Vikings @ San Diego Chargers|
|Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals|
|Dallas Cowboys @ New York Jets|
|New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins (Monday Night)|
|Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos (Monday Night)|