Sunday’s early slate of games includes the NFL debut of No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence, whose Jacksonville Jaguars hit the road to play the Houston Texans. Last season’s offensive and defensive rookies of the year – Justin Herbert and Chase Young – square off when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Washington Football Team.
In the Sunday afternoon games, the Kansas City Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns in arguably the best matchup of the week. In Jacksonville, the New Orleans Saints “host” the Green Bay Packers as Jameis Winston takes over at quarterback for Sean Payton’s team.
Follow along here as USA TODAY Sports provides updates of the moments from NFL Week 1.
Fantasy football advice for Week 1
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For your convenience, we’ve updated our position-by-position rankings for this week’s games. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
NFL Week 1 picks
There are 32 teams hoping to use the opening weekend of the season as a springboard to Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Bills RB Zack Moss among Week 1 inactives
Running back Zack Moss, was an unexpected addition to the Bills inactive list on Sunday morning. There was no reason listed for his absence on the Bills’ game-day roster against Pittsburgh. Devin Singletary will likely get the start.
In addition, rookie running back Trey Sermon is inactive for the San Francisco 49ers at Detroit. Raheem Mostert is the starter, but the third-round pick was expected to have a significant role. Also, Falcons running back Wayne Gallman is inactive against the Eagles and Washington wide receiver Curtis Samuel is inactive for today’s game against the Chargers.
On Chargers side, running back Austin Ekeler is active after missing practice time during the week with a hamstring injury.
Tom Brady did his thing in NFL kickoff game
For the 49th time a regular-season game, Tom Brady led a winning drive.
Brady put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into position for Ryan Succop’s go-ahead field goal with two seconds left to give the defending Super Bowl champions a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL’s kickoff game on Thursday night.
NFL 2021 season predictions
There are numerous storylines to monitor throughout the league. In that spirit, USA TODAY Sports‘ panel of NFL experts weighed in with their predictions for team and individual success in 2021. Which teams will make the playoffs? Of those teams, which will advance to square off in Super Bowl 56? Who will be the MVP? Offensive and defensive rookies of the year?
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