Opening weekend in the NFL kicks off on Thursday night with a Super Bowl rematch, and ends with two Monday Night Football Games.
|Panthers at Broncos||8:30 PM||NBC|
|Bills at Ravens||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Packers at Jaguars||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Chargers at Chiefs||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Raiders at Saints||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Bears at Texans||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Browns at Eagles||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Vikings at Titans||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Buccaneers at Falcons||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Bengals at Jets||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Dolphins at Seahawks||4:05 PM||CBS|
|Giants at Cowboys||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Lions at Colts||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Patriots at Cardinals||8:30 PM||NBC|
|Steelers at Redskins||7:10 PM||ESPN|
|Rams at 49ers||10:20 PM||ESPN|
Eagles related items
The Giants and Cowboys again open the season against each other, just like last year. This is good news for the Eagles as it all but guarantees that one divisional rival will start 0-1 (a season opening tie would be so fitting in the NFC East), but it’s also bad news at it also all but guarantees that one of these teams starts 1-0.
The Redskins start their NFC East title defense against a team many feel is a Super Bowl contender when they visit the Steelers on Monday night. The Steelers will be without Le’Veon Bell, but Pittsburgh will hope that DeAngelo Williams can ably fill in for Bell just as he did last year. Prized Redskins signing Josh Norman will be tested right away against Antonio Brown.
The Bears, who the Eagles play in Week 2 on Monday night, visit the revamped Texans, who are expected to have JJ Watt available. We’ll get our first look at Bears 2015 1st round pick WR Kevin White, who missed all of last season with a shin injury, and how the Bears offense will do without Matt Forte, who signed with the Jets, Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Patriots, and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who is now the head coach of the Dolphins.
Jared Goff Watch
As back-to-back picks at the top of the draft, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff will forever be linked. Since the Eagles drafted 2nd, however Goff performs doesn’t really matter to them, but for the Rams it is hugely important. His progress will be something to monitor over the next few years, so we'll keep an eye on him from week to week.
Jared Goff will be inactive on Sunday. The Rams could have drafted a kicker 1st overall and he would have had a bigger impact in this week’s game. About the relegation to 3rd string, Jeff Fisher said:
That’s just how it goes. And then next week we’ll flip them. I just want him to feel and sense and absorb the pressures of Week 1. He’s going to be a great player. As we’ve said from Day One, we’re not rushing him. We don’t have to rush it. I’m really happy with where he is right now. It’s unfair to compare him to anybody else. I know Philly has got their situation, it’s a little different and trading Sam so Carson is going to start, but you know Jared is in a good place right now. He’s done some really good things, so I’m really pleased with his progress.
Jeff, they're entirely comparable situations. The Eagles had a QB in Sam Bradford that is better than Rams starter Case Keenum and 2nd stringer Sean Mannion and felt so good about Carson Wentz's ability that they traded Bradford away. Meanwhile you're not even dressing Goff because you're concerned about his nerves. It's extremely early, but advantage Eagles.
Vikings 1st Round Pick Status
The quarterback the 2015 Eagles had may face off against the quarterback the 2015 Eagles wanted as the Vikings visit the Titans. Sam Bradford is not expected to start after arriving just days ago, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play. The Titans look to be terrible again this year, so the Vikings should start the season 1-0 regardless of who is their QB.