The Cardinals need a fast start after flopping early in 2016 and not being able to rally back to get a postseason berth. This roster is not that much different from the one that made the NFC title game for 2015.
Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times for the visiting Chiefs.
Coming off their sensational Super Bowl rally to a fifth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots faded badly in the second half.
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What a juicy matchup to help kick off the NFL's opening week. The two best teams in the NFC, Green Bay and Seattle — sorry Atlanta, but that Super Bowl meltdown remains too fresh — face off at Lambeau Field.
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Philadelphia at Washington
Jacksonville at Houston
Lots of folks point to the Titans as a team to watch, and with Derek Carr healthy, we know the Raiders are a contender. So this sets up as the best opening matchup in the AFC.
Unlike the AFC, where New England appears a hefty favorite, the NFC seems wide open. While clarity for a season that lasts 17 weeks isn't going to come in Week 1 — sometimes it doesn't come until December — it's fair to label the Packers and Seahawks as prime contenders.
The Giants tend to play well at Dallas, going 5-3 in AT&T Stadium, and they have the defense to slow down the Cowboys' Elliott, Dak Prescott, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. But will wideout Odell Beckham Jr. be recovered enough from his ankle injury to catch passes from Eli Manning?
Jacksonville will bring a tough-guy mentality to the field under coach Doug Marrone and overall boss Tom Coughlin. What the Jaguars probably don't bring is enough talent to move up much in the standings.
That malaise referred to with the Falcons hit the Panthers hard last year. So did injuries. If Cam Newton can return to anything close to his MVP form and the defense is stout, especially the secondary that leaked in 2016, Carolina will be a factor in the NFC South.
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"It's not really the case, so there's not that many teams that have those squads that could do it. Us and Seattle are usually in the mix. They have been and we have been for a long time. You know it's going to be two teams that expect to be there in the end."
There appears to be some separation in the NFC East, with Dallas and New York at the top, then these clubs. So a win even this early could be a key for Washington or Philly.
A tough game to get excited about, although Indy has Frank Gore to run the ball and L.A. has Todd Gurley.
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Hunt finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving, and Smith went 28 for 35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Tom Brady, the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40, struggled mightily in the second half and didn't throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards.
Carolina at San Francisco
Also, the opener between the Buccaneers and Dolphins that was scheduled for Sunday was postponed by the NFL until Nov. 19 because of Hurricane Irma.
Seattle's defense could be the league's best. Aaron Rodgers has plenty of targets on offense. Yep, a classic matchup in Week 1.
The Luckless Colts — Andrew Luck's shoulder has not healed enough for him to play — do have some luck. After all, they open against the Rams, who are missing their best player, holdout DT Aaron Donald.
That D will mix it up with what will be a well-balanced offense if Ty Montgomery fully makes the adjustment from receiver to starting running back.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Will the Falcons fall victim to it? They insist not, having gotten rid of all the angst and disappointment from that collapse well before they gathered for training camp.
While San Francisco won't push the top two in the NFC West, new coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch have brought an aggressive approach that, in time,Jerseys NFL China
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