The opening week of the NFL 2023 season continues on Sunday when we have a full slate of games in the early kick off slots as 26 teams get their campaign up and running and looking for that perfect start to the year.
It would appear that the Sunday schedule is the same for us in the UK with two live matches for us to enjoy in full while RedZone has the best bits of all of the other matches. Certain bookmakers will also stream the non-TV games in the UK.
1pm Kick Offs (6pm UK time)
The televised action in the first kick off slot on Sunday comes from Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers look to set their stall out for the campaign when they host the team who are the pick for many to win the Super Bowl this season in the San Francisco 49ers. There are seven other matches in the first time slot with three of them being divisional battles. The pick of those would be Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Cleveland Browns in the AFC North. In the NFC South the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium while in the AFC South the Indianapolis Colts host the favourites Tennessee Titans.
That leaves four other matches with plenty of eyes no doubt on the Baltimore Ravens as both Lamar Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr will be on show when they play host to the Houston Texans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin life without Tom Brady with a trip to the Minnesota Vikings, who need to show their worth in a much more open NFC North this season. New Orleans Saints will begin the Derek Carr era with a home match against the Tennessee Titans while the Washington Commanders take on an Arizona Cardinals who are being touted for the number one draft pick at the end of the year.
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4.25pm Kick Offs (9.25pm UK time)
That all leaves us with five matches in the second of the two Sunday slots and we see two sides who are expected to be challenging for playoff spots in the AFC meeting at the Hard Rock Stadium when the Miami Dolphins welcome Justin Herbert and his Los Angeles Chargers side to Florida. The other game in focus in this set of games is the one at Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears host a Green Bay Packers side beginning a season without either Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers on their roster for the first time in 30 years.
Two of the other three matches are divisional clashes with the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos meeting in Nevada with the aim of showing that the AFC West isn’t all about the other two teams this season. Los Angeles Rams head to Lumen Field to take on the Seattle Sounders with both teams hoping to put a challenge up to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West this term. The other match sees the Super Bowl losing Philadelphia Eagles making the trip to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots.
I can’t say I particularly rate the Chicago Bears but they do look to match up well to a Green Bay Packers side whose dominance in this rivalry might finally come to an end here. To be fair to the Bears, it has largely been the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers which has beaten them in a number of recent matches but the Packers don’t have that luxury to fall back on and his replacement Jordan Love is missing one key target and might see the other one injured.
Justin Fields has been around long enough now to be able to lead a Bears offense which has had a significant piece added to it this season in DJ Moore and that, along with his own wheels against a Green Bay defence which struggled against the run last term, could well be enough to lead the Bears to an opening win. If the Chicago defence start strongly and have Love and the offense questioning itself Chicago should be able to pick up a relatively comfortable win.
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