Week 1 of the season is here in full force with 13 games on Sunday
The 2019 NFL season is here and in full force with 13 games on Sunday, Sept. 8. The NFL kicked off its 100th anniversary season on Thursday night as Green Bay beat Chicago. For the rest of the Week 1 action, there are two games on Monday night (Houston at New Orleans, Denver at Oakland), but the bulk of the games are on Sunday.
The NFC East opens up in divisional play, two of four such games on the Sunday slate. Elsewhere, several rookies (both players and head coaches) will make their debuts, some old faces will suit up for their new teams for the first time, and the first Sunday of the season will conclude with the defending Super Bowl champions at home against a familiar foe.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 13 scheduled for today, Sunday, Sept. 8.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Browns have an opportunity to show they are ready to live up to the hype after being the most talked-about team during the offseason. The Titans would like to make a statement of their own, especially quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is trying to silence his own critics.
Baltimore at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Lamar Jackson enters his first full year as the Ravens' starting quarterback with several new weapons, but it's the remade defense that could hold the key to the team's outlook. On the other side, Brian Flores makes his head coaching debut for a Dolphins team that will feature plenty of young players, if you don't count Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Atlanta at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
For the Vikings, most of the attention will be on their revamped offense, which has a new coordinator, a re-tooled offensive line, and, hopefully, a healthy Dalvin Cook to carry the load. For the Falcons, it's how will their offense fare against a usually stout Minnesota D. (And how well will an Atlanta D with a clean bill of health and run by head coach Dan Quinn perform?
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Jets added some big-name free agents and made upgrading the supporting cast around Sam Darnold a priority. Now it's up to Darnold and new head coach Adam Gase to put it all together. Their first challenge should be a stiff one against a Bills D that was No. 1 against the pass last season. The key for Buffalo is how much improvement will their second-year quarterback show
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Eagles are hoping a healthy Carson Wentz and beefed up roster can produce another Super Bowl run. The Redskins have a sneaky-good defense but plenty of questions on offense, starting with the quarterback position.
Los Angeles Rams at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Rams are ready to unleash Todd Gurley but the return of Cooper Kupp could be what helps get the offense back on track after a no-show in the Super Bowl loss. The Panthers are hoping Cam Newton is 100 percent after another offseason shoulder surgery and suffering a sprained ankle in the preseason. Los Angeles also has a guy named Aaron Donald on defense.
Kansas City at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
The reigning NFL MVP looks to pick up where he left things off on the road against a Jaguars team that wants to wash the taste of last season from their mouth. New quarterback Nick Foles also make his debut for Jacksonville against a Chiefs D that features several new faces.
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Jacoby Brissett will lead the Colts in the first game of the post-Luck era but gets a tough draw against the Chargers on the road. Brissett and the rest of the team want to show everyone that they don't need Luck to be a threat in the AFC. Los Angeles is a team with Super Bowl aspirations of their own but to get there must overcome the absences of two of their best players – running back Melvin Gordon (holdout) and safety Derwin James (foot injury).
Cincinnati at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Zac Taylor makes his head coaching debut with the Bengals in one of the league's toughest home environments. The 12s will be in full throat at CenturyLink Field to welcome back Russell Wilson and company and may make a little extra noise for the newest Seahawk, Jadeveon Clowney.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Ezekiel Elliott got paid but how much will he play on Sunday? And what about Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper? Will they continue to take the high road with their own contract negotiations? As far as on the field goes, the pieces are in place for the Cowboys to make a run at the Super Bowl. That's not the case for the Giants, who have Saquon Barkley, several new faces on defense, and the makings of a protracted QB controversy depending on how Eli Manning plays early on.
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury make their highly anticipated debuts at home. How will the Cardinals' version of the Air Raid fare against an NFL defense in a game that counts? Matt Patricia's Lions would no doubt love to start the Kyler and Kliff era with an L.
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Bruce Arians makes his debut as Tampa Bay's head coach with much of the attention being on whether he can be the one to unlock Jameis Winston's potential. On the other side, Jimmy Garoppolo makes his return from a torn ACL looking to put an uninspiring preseason behind him.
Pittsburgh at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC (Sunday Night Football)
The defending Super Bowl champs didn't get to kick off the season on Thursday night, but it won't matter when they raise yet another banner at Gillette Stadium on national TV. After that, the Patriots will turn their attention to showing they are still the team to beat despite the departures. The Steelers know all about roster turnover and this gives Ben Roethlisberger and company a golden opportunity to show they will be just fine without a certain running back and wide receiver.