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The offseason is officially over. After 213 days between meaningful games, football is finally back and the fun starts with Thursday night’s season-opening matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles and the NFC Super Bowl representative in 2016, the Falcons.

It’s Week 1, so every fanbase has hope and every game has interesting storylines, from the “Hard Knocks” Browns possibly being something other than terrible to the return of Deshaun Watson in Houston, Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, to the new faces under center for the Chiefs and Jets.

Alright, let’s get to our Week 1 picks.

Atlanta at Philadelphia

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

The Eagles may be without Carson Wentz, a legit contender for MVP honors last season until he suffered an ACL injury in December, but they can trot out Nick Foles, Super Bowl MVP in his place. Up until as recently as a month ago, that was as solid a Plan B as you’ll see in the NFL but if we learned anything in the preseason it’s that Foles is more replacement-level backup than franchise quarterback. The Eagles are hoping those struggles are more about knocking the rust off after a long offseason than indicative of bigger problems.

The Falcons may have finished third in the NFC South last season but they still won 10 games and made the playoffs. They’re also entering Year 2 with Steve Sarksian as the offensive coordinator, and quarterback Matt Ryan has another big-play weapon in first-round pick Calvin Ridley, who joins Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Hooper, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

Pick: Falcons 20, Eagles 17

Buffalo at Baltimore

1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Last season the Bills broke a 19-year drought and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

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