Jake Locker will have another opportunity to show that he can be a proficient starting QB, and he should have an opportunity to get off to a decent start against Kansas City’s porous pass defense.
The Vikings may not be among the elite teams in the NFL, but the attitude on the team should be much improved under demanding rookie head coach Mike Zimmer.
The lowly Browns attracted a lot of attention during training camp as a result of the duel for the starting quarterback position between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
The Redskins begin the first year of the Jay Gruden regime with quite a bit to prove. That includes quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had a difficult second year after playing like a star through much of his rookie season.
Gus Bradley knows that his quarterback of the future is anxious to get started, but the head coach does not want to throw rookie Blake Bortles into the fire just yet.
The AFC North title may very well come down to these two teams, so this opening game should be among the hardest hitting and most entertaining on the schedule.
For those who have followed this team through the decades, it may seem counter-intuitive to realize that the Saints have become one of the most consistent teams in the NFL.
The Bills are hoping that second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel can stay healthy and make significant progress this season. He flashed his athletic ability and skills last year, but he had a hard time saying healthy. Manuel is a powerful man who can shake off the pass rush and throw the ball with power. If he can increase his consistency, the Bills could develop into a dangerous offensive team.
The Packers figure to be one of the primary challengers to Seattle for the NFC dominance this season, and they should have an excellent chance if Aaron Rodgers can remain healthy.
Just like last year, the Atlanta Falcons opened up the regular season against their bitter NFC South rival the New Orleans Saints.