While defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay were not selected for the Thursday night game, they did play a nationally-televised game at Philadelphia four nights later on MNF.
The tradition began that the kickoff game would be hosted by the defending Super Bowl champions. The game opposite the first weekend of World Series games was once again removed to compensate.
The Monday night game at the end of the season, however, was not revived. Instead, after an impromptu experiment in , a Monday night doubleheader was scheduled for the same weekend as the kickoff game.
The league and NBC agreed to move up the opening kickoff of the kickoff game, to 7: That game featured the Redskins and Giants.
The game was also be the first to be carried by Internet television in the United States, as were all Sunday Night Football games in the season. There was consideration of a match-up against the Steelers to create a contest between the last two Super Bowl champions but it did not come to fruition due to various logistical reasons.
They defeated the New Orleans Saints , a match-up of the winners of the two previous Super Bowls, the first time this has occurred.
The Saints are only the second team to have played in two consecutive kickoff games, and the first to do so not by winning two consecutive Super Bowls.
In the third quarter, the Packers' Randall Cobb returned a kickoff yards for a touchdown, tying the NFL record for the longest such return.
Similar to the situation in , the NFL was faced with the prospect of having to compete with a national political convention, this time the Democratic National Convention.
Instead of moving the kickoff to 7: The Orioles could not move their game to the afternoon, because they and their opponent were playing night games in other cities the preceding day.
He added to this feat by doing it without throwing an interception, something that has only been done once before by Y.
Tittle during the NFL season. The Ravens also had the most points scored against them in franchise history.
They also suffered the biggest margin of defeat by a defending Super Bowl champion on opening day in NFL history. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was originally not going to play due to his four-game suspension as a result of his involvement in the Deflategate scandal, but a court threw out the suspension on September 3, and ordered the league to let him play.
As the Republican and Democratic conventions were both scheduled for July , there was no scheduling conflict with them as there was in and , nor were there conflicts with any other sports team in Denver that night.
The Broncos debuted Trevor Siemian as their new starting quarterback after both quarterbacks who started games in left the team; Peyton Manning who played the entirety of Super Bowl 50 retired and Brock Osweiler left as a free agent.
Goodell visited Gillette Stadium for the Kickoff Game, having been absent from the venue since the season. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Retrieved September 8, Retrieved September 1, The league's ratings were in the spotlight last season after President Trump slammed players who took a knee during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice.
The president repeatedly cited the anthem protests, which were started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in , as the reason for the NFL's ratings drop.
Kaepernick and the protests were in the news again this week after Nike released a controversial ad that featured the former quarterback for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign.
The company said Wednesday it would air another ad starring Kaepernick during Thursday's opener. Then there is the windfall that could come with legalization of sports betting.
The Supreme Court in May struck down a ban on sports gambling, prompting several states to legalize betting.
New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island could join them before the end of the year. The American Gaming Association believes that a majority of states will have some form of legal sports betting within two to three years.
Marc Ganis, a sports marketing consultant who works with a number of NFL teams, said that sports gambling won't be enough to recapture all the viewers that the sport has lost in the last couple of years, but he expects it will be a factor in halting the decline.
It's the nature of the beast. The idea of sitting in front of big screen TV isn't as appealing to younger generation.