Week 1 is here with a full slate Sunday. Due to a wild offseason, a pandemic, and the upcoming election, the NFL season came out of nowhere. As a result, this weekend’s blockbuster matchups are not getting enough attention.
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Here are the top five games of the weekend:
5. Cowboys (-3) at Rams — 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
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On-field, it’s Mike McCarthy’s debut with the Cowboys’ star-studded offense. CeeDee Lamb is getting Offensive Rookie of the Year. And the Rams are bouncing back with a Wild Card berth.
4. Packers at Vikings (-2.5) — 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
Green Bay is the hardest team to figure out. Last season, the Packers kept winning and winning and winning but never looked good. In the offseason, they ignored all their weaknesses. Every single one.
If the Aaron Rodgers revenge tour is real, it launches Sunday — against a better team.
3. Dolphins at Patriots (-6.5) — 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
Usually, early-season Patriots’ games have no interest. And nothing about the Dolphins is worth watching. But all eyes are on Cam Newton in Bill Belichick’s system.
New England’s offense is atrocious; its defense is still next-level.
Miami plays New England tough — give me a good, close game with Newton leading a game-winning drive.
They. Won. Again.
2. Browns at Ravens (-7.5) — 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
If the next game didn’t come with the must-see, built-in storylines, Browns-Ravens would be No.1.
Lamar Jackson is a video game. I cannot wait to see his follow-up from last season’s historical ride that ended with a shocking playoff exit.
On the other side, the Browns are one of the NFL’s most interesting teams. In addition, they are loaded on both sides of the ball.
2020 is wacky. Expect a wacky season of upsets.
Browns, 37-33 in OT.
1. Bucs at Saints (-3.5) — 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.
This Sunday, it’s hard to believe, Tom Brady will not suit up for New England. He’s a Buc without Belichick.
This matchup has it all: top teams; legendary QBs; Brady’s debut; potentially Drew Brees’ final season; division rivals.
The Saints cover as the Bucs struggle to click early.