There will be eight games broadcast on ESPN channels to Brazil in this first week of the 2017 NFL season. 8? Yes! The first week of the regular season counts with two Monday Night Football, since Week 17 – the last of the season – does not count with a second match in the evening so as not to harm any team that plays in the Playoffs.
The week (and season) begins on Thursday, September 7. As usual, the champion of the previous season hosts the first match of the year, the Kickoff. This season, the New England Patriots hosts the Kansas City Chiefs of Brazilian Cairo Santos. The Chiefs’ kicker has been ruled out for much of the preseason because of a groin injury and should not do kickoffs – just kicks for field goals . On the other side, Tom Brady returns for another season – at age 40, there are no signs that the Patriot commander shows signs of a performance drop.
On Sunday, the novelty is four games in the afternoon (not counting Sunday Night Football). In the first window, at 2 pm, a duel that could have deep ramifications in the classification of NFC East with Washington and Philadelphia (ESPN). At the same time on ESPN +, a showdown that can be repeated in the post-season: Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, a full plate for those who like offensive lines and young quarterbacks (Derek Carr vs. Marcus Mariota).
The second window, at 5pm, has as its main course, on ESPN + for the final of the US Open, which may be the best game of the round and potential final of the National Conference: nothing less than Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. Yet at ESPN Extra, Cam Newton promises to return to high productivity against a defense in San Francisco 49ers rebuilding.
We closed Sunday with another NFC East duel, repeating a New York Giants clash last year: Giants and Cowboys. Whoever wins in the game among the favorites of this division, already puts a strong step towards a potential division title and vacancy in the playoffs . Recalling that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for the match – at the moment, he is out of the first six games of the season. On the other side, after ankle injury in Week 2 of the preseason, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is doubtful.
Monday night are two games and two clashes with interesting stories. First, at 8:10 pm, the New Orleans Saints travels to Minnesota where they face the Vikings. Who travels together in a potential Ex-Law is running back Adrian Peterson – cut by the Vikings and signed to New Orleans. Then, at 11:20 pm, the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Denver to catch the Broncos. In an AFC West that promises to be balanced from start to finish, a game not to be missed.
Below is the full ESPN game and broadcast table for this Week 1. All times are in Brasilia.
Thursday, September 7
20h – Open Game: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (ESPN)
21: 30h: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (ESPN +)
Sunday, September 10
14h – Philadelphia Eagles at Washington (ESPN)
14h – Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans (ESPN +)
17: 25h – Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (ESPN +)
17: 25h – Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers ( ESPN Extra)
9:30 PM – New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (ESPN)
Monday, September 11
20: 10h – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (ESPN)
23: 20h – Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (ESPN)