Week 1 will showcase two multibillion-dollar stadiums that opened in 2020 however will host N.F.L. followers for the primary time this season. On Sept. 12, a Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams and their new quarterback, Matthew Stafford, will open the $5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., towards the Chicago Bears in a night recreation.
The Raiders will host followers on the $2 billion Allegiant Stadium the following day, after they face the Baltimore Ravens on “Monday Evening Soccer.” The jet-black venue, nicknamed the Dying Star, opened in 2020 however didn’t have followers in attendance for N.F.L. video games due to restrictions final yr. The workforce will make up for it in Las Vegas trend with a lower-level part that gives a “nightclub expertise” with bottle service, DJ cubicles and enormous tv screens. Followers have already proven a need to attend. Early knowledge compiled by SeatGeek, a ticket-purchasing firm, present the Raiders as its top-selling workforce.
Different fascinating video games in Week 1 embody a matchup between the Inexperienced Bay Packers, presumably led by the disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the New Orleans Saints within the first recreation of their post-Drew Brees period. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns can even face off, in a rematch of a division-round playoff matchup final season.
Maybe essentially the most anticipated matchup will occur three weeks after the beginning of the season. On Oct. 3 at 8:20 p.m., Brady will do what he did many occasions over 20 seasons — play a recreation at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. However this time, he will likely be an opponent because the Buccaneers (the workforce Brady simply led to a Tremendous Bowl title over Kansas Metropolis) face the Patriots (the workforce Brady led to 6 Tremendous Bowl titles).
If Brady wins, he could have defeated each N.F.L. workforce in his profession. Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre are the one different quarterbacks in league historical past to perform that feat. If the Patriots win, will probably be a big victory for the workforce, which struggled to a 7-9 document and missed the playoffs final season. Attending won’t be low cost. The common worth of a bought ticket on Wednesday was over $1,300, in response to the web ticket market Vivid Seats.