The NFL schedule for Week 1 already started. But today’s NFL schedule in Week 1 truly starts the year, as the NFL schedule allows 26 teams to start things off through the day. Most of the games are at 1 pm, with a few games at 4 pm, followed by the first Sunday night battle of the season. Super Bowl favorites will get to make big opening statements, while would be contenders try to start taking the next step, and the year’s surprise teams will start to emerge. Yet no matter what, today’s NFL schedule on Week 1 is the real return of pro football, despite Thursday night’s kickoff.
For the first time in months, millions of football fans will gather around CBS, FOX, NBC and the NFL Redzone to see football on a Sunday. It all begins with nine 1 pm games, with six on CBS and three on FOX.
The 1 pm NFL schedule for Week 1 is highlighted by the Bengals vs Patriots, Colts vs Texans, Falcons vs Steelers, and Panthers vs Giants. The Patriots try to stop the Terrell Owens/Chad Ochocinco show from starting strong, while the Colts attempt to foil the Texans’ dreams yet again. The Steelers start their tough four weeks without Ben Roethlisberger, as the Giants open the New Meadowlands and try to escape the Jets’ shadow.
The other early matchups have the Browns facing the Buccaneers, the Dolphins heading to Buffalo, the Broncos visiting the Jaguars, the Titans hosting the Raiders, and the Bears taking on the Lions. After that, the NFL schedule on Week 1 gets a little less crowded.
Since CBS is carrying the US Open final, FOX carries three games at 4 pm. The headliner is in Philadelphia, as the NFL schedule for Week 1 has the Eagles’ first game without Donovan McNabb on the roster. But Kevin Kolb has a difficult task against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who come in with Super Bowl hype.
Another big debut is in St. Louis, as Sam Bradford attempts to restore the Rams, against the troubled Cardinals. In addition, Pete Carroll returns to the NFL with the Seahawks, as they host the NFC West favored 49ers.
The first Sunday night game on the NFL schedule offers another Week 1 debut. In this case, Donovan McNabb officially puts on a Redskins uniform, against a Cowboys team that ended his Eagles tenure on a rotten note. While Washington tries to put an ugly offseason behind them, and start the Mike Shanahan era off right, Dallas starts to endure a year with heavy Super Bowl expectations.
The NFL schedule for Week 1 won’t end until tomorrow, with Monday night battles in New York and Kansas City. Yet the bulk of it comes today, as the first Sunday of football officially begins four months of drama, touchdowns and tailgating.
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