NFL Week 1

The first week of the NFL season gives teams an opportunity to show what they have learned after an offseason of reflection.

While a good or bad result in the season opener doesn’t make or break the season, this is a good chance for players and teams to build goodwill with the fanbase and the league at large. 

NFL Games of the Week

Thursday, Sept. 8

Buffalo Bills Logo

Buffalo Bills

vs

Los Angeles Rams

Game Information

Time: 2:20 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, Sept. 11

New Orleans Saints

vs

Atlanta
Falcons

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Cleveland Browns

vs

Carolina Panthers

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

San Francisco 49ers

vs

Chicago Bears

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs

Cincinnati Bengals

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Philadelphia Eagles

vs

Detroit Lions

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Indianapolis Colts

vs

Houston Texans

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

New England Patriots

vs

Miami Dolphins

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Baltimore Ravens

vs

New York Jets

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Jacksonville Jaguars

vs

Washington Commanders

Game Information

Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Kansas City Chiefs

vs

Arizona Cardinals

Game Information

Time: 4:25 p.m. (ET)

Las Vegas Raiders

vs

Los Angeles Chargers

Game Information

Time: 4:25 p.m. (ET)

Green Bay Packers

vs

Minnesota Vikings

Game Information

Time: 4:25 p.m. (ET)

New York Giants

vs

Tennessee Titans

Game Information

Time: 4:25 p.m. (ET)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

vs

Dallas Cowboys

Game Information

Time: 8:20 p.m. (ET)

Monday, Sept. 12

Denver Broncos

vs

Seattle Seahawks

Game Information

Time: 8:15 p.m. (ET)

Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 1 matchups.

The Champs are Here

The NFL Kickoff game, the Thursday night game to start the season, began in 2002 as a way to generate income for Washington and New York, which had been adversely impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2004, the game was shifted to be hosted by the team that won the Super Bowl.

This year’s event will feature the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Buffalo Bills. The Bills had a strong season in 2021 that was ended by a brutal loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. The defending champion has won the previous three games in the series. The Chiefs beat the Patriots to open the 2017 season after New England won the Super Bowl the year before.

Other Important Matchups

  • The defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals open the season against long-time rival Pittsburgh. The Bengals, who are 6.5-point favorites, are seeking their fourth straight victory against the Steelers. Cincinnati hasn’t won four straight against Pittsburgh since the Bengals won six straight from 1988 to 1990.
  • Tom Brady returns, again, following a lengthy 39-day retirement. Tampa Bay will open the season against the Dallas Cowboys for the second straight season. The Buccaneers squeaked out a two-point victory in the season opener last year. Tampa Bay will be eager to see if Brady can match his performance from last season, where he led the NFL in passing yards.
  • Kliff Kingsbury, despite taking Arizona to the postseason last year, may be a coach who is on the hot seat. The Cardinals enter their season opener as a 2.5-point underdog to the Chiefs. Kansas City will also be looking to bounce back following a crushing loss to Cincinnati in last year’s AFC Championship.
  • Fresh face, new place. Barring injury, 12 teams will have the same starting quarterback in place as last season. However, due to the activity of the quarterback carousel, there could be as many as 20 teams with new starts.
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