N.F.L. Week 1 Live Updates: What to Look for Today

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08 September 2019 16:00

The N.F.L. began its 100th season with a defensive slugfest between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on Thursday night that reminded people a bit too much of what football looked like 100 years ago. There should be quite a bit more offense today. Come back here all day for highlights, injuries, top performances and (presumably) even more drama from Antonio Brown.

The Los Angeles Rams are seeking to avoid the Super Bowl hangover that has plagued so many N.F.L. teams in recent years. Fresh off signing quarterback Jared Goff to a contract that guarantees him $110 million, they open on the road against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. (1 p.m., Fox)

How does Patrick Mahomes follow up winning the N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player Award in his first season as the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs? Can Nick Foles, reunited with the offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, give the Jacksonville Jaguars the offense they’ve lacked in recent years? We’ll get a glimpse of both when the Chiefs take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. (1 p.m., CBS)

We will get our first glimpse of Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s modified version of the Air Raid offense when the Arizona Cardinals host the Detroit Lions (4:25 p.m., Fox) in a clash between the N.F.L.’s offensive revolution and a Lions team led by Coach Matt Patricia that seems determined to stick to a game plan more popular 20 years ago.

The Cleveland Browns have not had a winning season since 2007, but optimism began to skyrocket after they closed the 2018 season strongly thanks to Coach Freddie Kitchens opening up the offense for Baker Mayfield. Now the team has added Odell Beckham Jr. to its promising young core, and the hyperbole has been off the charts. They’ll get started by hosting the Tennessee Titans, a team that became known last year for dragging teams into ugly battles of will. (1 p.m., CBS)

Ezekiel Elliott will be back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys after holding out in a salary dispute throughout training camp. He and Dak Prescott will be running a new offense, designed by the team’s boy genius offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore. Even if they are rusty there’s little reason to believe they’ll have any trouble when they host the Giants. (4:25 p.m., Fox)

The Sunday night game always has plenty of drama, and an A.F.C. battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots was sure to be exciting regardless, but the subplot of the former Steeler Antonio Brown agreeing to sign with the Patriots will add a major talking point even if the enigmatic wide receiver will not be able to officially join New England until Monday after his messy divorce with the Oakland Raiders. (8:20 p.m., NBC)

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