NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The NFL, America’s favorite sport, roars back into action this week! The
next five months will boast an action-packed ride of competitive
rivalries and what better way to start the games than with a Super Bowl
rematch on Thursday night, September 8th (NBC / Entravision
Radio, 8:30 PM EDT), the first game of NFL Kickoff 2016 Weekend.
The opener features the reigning Super Bowl 50 Champion DENVER BRONCOS
hosting the CAROLINA PANTHERS. This season is sure to be as
unpredictable as ever as all teams compete to make it to Super Bowl LI
in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017.
Here are some highlights and storylines to look
out for during Kickoff weekend:
SUPER BOWL 50 CHAMPION BRONCOS TAKE ON THE REINVIGORATED PANTHERS:
The 2016 NFL season starts in Denver with a Thursday night rematch of
Super Bowl 50. With TREVOR SIEMIAN leading the Broncos, the
defending Super Bowl champions will face a fierce Carolina Panthers
defense led by Pro Bowl linebacker LUKE KEUCHLY.
On offense for the Panthers, CAM NEWTON looks to shake off his
Super Bowl performance with a rematch against the stellar Broncos
defense which is anchored by last year’s Super Bowl MVP, VON MILLER.
The Panthers’ offense will get a boost with receiver KELVIN BENJAMIN
returning to the field for the first time in over a year after missing
Can the Super Bowl Champion Broncos repeat? It’s tough. It’s happened
only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967.
OPENING MATCHUPS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS:
BROCK OSWEILER and the HOUSTON TEXANS host JAY CUTLER
and the CHICAGO BEARS in an AFC-NFC cross conference showdown
(FOX, Sunday, 9/11 1:00 PM EDT).
Latin superstar wide receiver, VICTOR CRUZ, and the NEW YORK
GIANTS look to put last season behind them quickly as they face off
against the NFC East rival DALLAS COWBOYS to kick off the season
(FOX, Sunday, 9/11, 4:25 PM EDT).
The ARIZONA CARDINALS host the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS in a
battle of Super Bowl contenders on Sunday Night Football (NBC /
Entravision Radio, Sunday, 9/11, 8:30 PM EDT).
A new “California rivalry” begins when Los Angeles returns to the
gridiron for the first time in more than two decades as the LOS
ANGELES RAMS visit the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (ESPN / ESPN
Deportes, Monday, 9/12, 10:20 PM EDT).
NEW COACHES / PLAYERS IN NEW PLACES:
There are seven new head coaches hired to lead their teams in 2016 – ADAM
GASE in Miami, HUE JACKSON in Cleveland, CHIP KELLY in
San Francisco, DIRK KOETTER in Tampa Bay, BEN MC ADOO with
the New York Giants, MIKE MULARKEY in Tennessee and DOUG
PEDERSON in Philadelphia.
And there are a lot of well-known players with new teams, including
quarterbacks ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Cleveland) and BROCK OSWEILER
(Houston), running backs MATT FORTÉ (New York Jets), ARIAN
FOSTER (Miami), CHRIS IVORY (Jacksonville) and DE MARCO
MURRAY (Tennessee), wide receivers ANQUAN BOLDIN (Detroit), ANDRE
JOHNSON (Tennessee) and MOHAMED SANU (Atlanta), tight end COBY
FLEENER (New Orleans), defensive backs JOSH NORMAN
(Washington) and ERIC WEDDLE (Baltimore), pass rushers DWIGHT
FREENEY (Atlanta), CHANDLER JONES (Arizona), OLIVIER VERNON
(New York Giants) and MARIO WILLIAMS (Miami) and offensive
linemen ALEX BOONE (Minnesota), RYAN CLADY (New York
Jets), ALEX MACK (Atlanta) and RUSSELL OKUNG (Denver).
The 2016 NFL season will be more unpredictable than ever and it all
begins with an action-packed Kickoff weekend!
For NFL Communications
Edgar Otero-Chaparro, 212-367-9800 ext. 311