Two Super Bowl contenders open the NFL season on Thursday night, even though only one of them has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in the last two years.
The Atlanta Falcons will face the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night in the NFL Kickoff Game at Lincoln Financial Field, but the Eagles’ troubling preseason might not bode well for a repeat campaign. They’re already depleted as injured QB Carson Wentz hasn’t returned from his knee surgery that cut his 2017 season short, and so the Eagles will roll out Super Bowl hero Nick Foles under center. They’ll also be without wide out Alshon Jeffery.
The Falcons, knocked out by the Eagles in last year’s playoffs, have a renewed motivation to get back to the Super Bowl after their embarrassing collapse vs. the New England Patriots two seasons ago. This year’s Super Bowl will be hosted in Atlanta, and Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman have been a trendy pick to return.
TIME: 8:20 p.m. ET (pregame coverage starts at 5 p.m. ET on NFL Network)
TV: NBC and NFL Network
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COMPLETE WEEK 1 SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
New York Jets at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)
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