“Seven of hours of commercial-free football starts now!”. Those are the words that many NFL fans have been waiting for for three and a half years. This weekend it’s finally here: The NFL on Sunday — and with it NFL Redzone — kicks off. Despite the fact that the season has not yet started and the proportions are unknown, there are already some squatters on the program. Take, for example, the Browns visiting the Chiefs and the Steelers visiting the Bills. In addition, Miami and New England have a division meeting and Darnold plays with the Panthers against his old employer.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
NRG Stadium | 19.00
The Houston Texans are almost unanimously named as the worst team in the NFL. That makes them a nice baptism of fire for rookie quarterback and number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence. However, it is not a foregone conclusion that the talented Jaguars just beat the Texans. The guys from Houston are not the best, but they are a seasoned formation with Tyrod Taylor under center. Prediction: Jaguars.
LA Chargers @ Washington Football Team
FedEx Field | 19.00
The Washington Football Team is stringing together one scandal after another, but surprisingly won the NFC East last season. This year’s selection looks promising and there is cautious talk of division wins with a winning record. The chance of a division win is high, but it is a bit too much to expect a victory over Justin Herbert and his followers. Even Chase Young and Ryan Fitzpatrick are not enough for that. Prediction: Chargers.
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium | 19.00
There can hardly be a greater quarterback contrast than the one in this game. Russell Wilson has been the celebrated man at Seattle for years and with the Colts it is hoped that Carson Wentz will return to his pre-2020 level. In that case, preferably also without injuries. This duel could potentially go either way, but there is little chance that Wentz has enough chemistry with his receivers for that. Prediction: Seahawks.
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium | 19.00
The New York Jets visit the boss of their former first round pick. Quarterback Sam Darnold is with the Panthers under center this season and hopes to revive his career there. A gamble for both sides as Carolina let Justin Fields and Mac Jones run for a future with Darnold. The Jets want to show that they chose the right QB this time with Zach Wilson. Prediction: Panthers.
Minnesota Vikings @ Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium | 19.00
Besides the Bills and the Colts, the Vikings are one of the teams whose vaccination problems are on the street. Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins refuses to vaccinate, much to the frustration of his coach Mike Zimmer. Back in Cincinnati, Joe Burrow is eager to connect with Tee Higgins and Jamarr Chase by air. On the ground, Joe Mixon is ready for one hell of a comeback season, but on the Vikings side, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson are also ready for another season. Prediction: Vikings.
Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans
Nissan Stadium | 19.00
Kyler Murray ‘s 2020 will forever be signed by the Hail Murray against the Bills. A bandage on the wound, because the Bills made the play-offs and the Cardinals did not. 2021 should improve, but the division is the toughest in the league and the season kicks off against Derrick Henry ‘s Titans. The defense may drop a stitch, but the offense is capable of unbelievable production. Prediction: Titans.
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
Ford Field | 19.00
Jimmy G starts the season for the San Francisco 49ers and against the Detroit Lions that is a pretty safe start for him. This season they have Goff under center, but defensively it is not enough in Detroit. Especially not if the 49ers are on the program. That means little risk for Garoppolo in week 1, but Trey Lance will knock hard on the door every week. Prediction : 49ers.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills
Highmark Stadium | 19.00
The Bills and Steelers met in the second half of last season and then the Bills were the parent. Defensively, the Steelers are once again very strong, but with Ben Roethlisberger in his current state and a rookie running back, there is too little output offensively. You’ll fall short against the firepower of Buffalo with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs . Especially if you also have to play in the lion’s den. Prediction: Bills.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
Mercedes-Benz Stadium | 19.00
These two rosters are not inferior to each other in terms of lack of quality. Not long ago, these teams were in a Super Bowl and the Eagles even managed to win it. It goes to show that nothing is more fleeting than success in the NFL. However, with Matt Ryan under center and targets like Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts, the Falcons have a slight advantage over Philadelphia. Prediction: Falcons.
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium | 22.25
Here’s the bill for round one: the Browns with a roster bursting with talent against the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s nice to be extremely well occupied on both sides of the ball, but in the end it’s all about the quarterback. Patrick Mahomes is arguably the greatest talent ever in that position and Baker Mayfield is still very much in doubt. That’s exactly why this battle is decided in favor of the Chiefs. Read here the detailed preview of the Game of the Week! Prediction: Chiefs.
Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints
EverBank Field | 22.25
After Drew Brees’ retirement, the Saints seem to be having a hard time. The cap has been blown up to try to make a shot at a Super Bowl with Brees so now LASIK Jameis Winston is under center. The Packers are just rejoining good old Aaron Rodgers and should normally have little trouble with New Orleans. Were it not for the fact that Winston can sometimes surprise and that the guys from the Big Easy are very talented on both sides of the ball. Prediction: Packers.
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants
MetLife Stadium | 22.25
The Drew Lock experiment in Denver ended with Teddy Bridgewater being appointed as the starting quarterback. This means that the most important position will not be filled in a sustainable way and that is a shame; the rest of the roster is of a good standard. The New York Football Giants do not yet have a final verdict on their man under center, Daniel Jones. His weapons are good, but the offensive line leaves much to be desired. Basically, Big Blue has just one edge, but Bridgewater can do some serious damage with his army of targets. Prediction: Giants.
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium | 22.25
The Dolphins finished above the Patriots for the first time in years in 2020, but that could just be short-lived. The roster is bursting with talent, of course, but Tua is still in doubt and New England has invested heavily. Mac Jones mainly has a strong group of tight ends at his disposal and the Patriots defense is back up to strength thanks to recurring COVID opt-outs. A serious aptitude test for both teams in Week 1. Prediction: Patriots.
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams
SoFi Stadium | Sunday night | 02.20
If you say Chicago Bears, you say Justin Fields, but still the Red Rifle — Andy Dalton — starts under center against Sean McVay’s Rams. Aaron Donald will be licking his fingers at the prospect; especially with that O-line. That’s probably also the reason Matt Nagy keeps Fields on hand. This will be an easy win for LA as Matthew Stafford makes his Rams debut. Prediction: Rams.