The Thursday night kickoff game on NBC has evolved into a tradition and it’s always a difficult matchup for the road team. That could be especially true this year, as the Patriots have spent the offseason loading up on talent after winning their fifth Super Bowl title. The Patriots will unveil their latest championship banner, assuming they find room for it.
The game is a rematch of a Divisional Round contest that Kansas City lost after the 2015 season. Led by Alex Smith, Travis Kelce and Justin Houston, the Chiefs have acquired a reputation as a good-but-not great team that can’t get over the hump. This matchup is an early chance to disprove that reputation, although not the last. Kansas City is in prime time five times in the first eight weeks of the season.
Sunday Night Football, 8:30 p.m. ET: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys — This game has turned into a Week 1 tradition of its own. It’s the third consecutive year the two teams have played the opener, and the second time it’s happened on NBC. Tony Romo leading a game-winning drive to start the 2015 season feels like an awfully long time ago. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott face one of the toughest schedules in football, something that won’t help them avoid a sophomore slump.