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Who does Tampa Bay play week 1?  

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The first game seems to always be a rematch of a playoff matchup from the previous year so I would lean the Saints.  However, if Brees is gone it will lose some of its shine so i could see it being the Bills because of that.  

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Do they ever do out of conference games week 1? Seems like it’s always a rival or a playoff rematch, both of which the Saints are. 
 

Even without Brees, and maybe even more so without him, that team will be competent. 

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Is it a given they'll be playing a home game in Week 1? Is that 'a thing' (if it is, I get it, and I like the idea of the Super Bowl Champion playing their 1st game of the new Season in front of their home crowd)?

In case it's not set in stone, then for the sake of discussion, 2021 non-Divisional road opponents include: WFTskins, Eagles, Bears, Rams, Patriots, Jets, and possibly one of the Ravens, Colts or Raiders (one of these 3 could possibly be a home opponent OR a road opponent), if the NFL likely goes through with a 17-game, 18-week schedule for the 2021 Season.

Week 1 reigning Super Bowl Champion Brady-led Bucs traveling to NE for a prime time clash with the Patriots would be an absolute ratings bonanza.

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6 minutes ago, nittanylion said:

Is it a given they'll be playing a home game in Week 1? Is that 'a thing' (if it is, I get it, and I like the idea of the Super Bowl Champion playing their 1st game of the new Season in front of their home crowd)?

In case it's not set in stone, then for the sake of discussion, 2021 non-Divisional road opponents include: WFTskins, Eagles, Bears, Rams, Patriots, Jets, and possibly one of the Ravens, Colts or Raiders (one of these 3 could possibly be a home opponent OR a road opponent), if the NFL likely goes through with a 17-game, 18-week schedule for the 2021 Season.

Week 1 reigning Super Bowl Champion Brady-led Bucs traveling to NE for a prime time clash with the Patriots would be an absolute ratings bonanza.

Pretty sure its a thing. It was a big deal when the Ravens had to open in Denver after their SB because they share a parking lot with the Orioles and the O's wouldn't move their game. 

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2 minutes ago, Wise Old Owl said:

Pretty sure its a thing. It was a big deal when the Ravens had to open in Denver after their SB because they share a parking lot with the Orioles and the O's wouldn't move their game. 

Yeah, I was just researching this, and it appears to be a tradition, at least...but, man, that Bucs/Pats matchup is so...JUICY!!! It makes me wonder if the NFL won't at least approach the Bucs about the idea...although it's pretty much a certainty that opening night of the NFL is going to already be a ratings bonanza, regardless, so it could make sense to save that matchup to run opposite a major event on the calendar of one of the other networks.

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1 hour ago, Capella said:

Do they ever do out of conference games week 1? Seems like it’s always a rival or a playoff rematch, both of which the Saints are. 
 

Even without Brees, and maybe even more so without him, that team will be competent. 

2007 and 2016.

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1 hour ago, MAC_32 said:

2007 and 2016.

So not very often then. I’ll stick with New Orleans as 90% guess and Dallas for 10%.
 

Appeal of Dallas on the season opener may be too much for the nfl to overcome. 

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4 minutes ago, Capella said:

So not very often then. I’ll stick with New Orleans as 90% guess and Dallas for 10%.
 

Appeal of Dallas on the season opener may be too much for the nfl to overcome. 

Well, yeah - there's only 2 options each season.

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1 minute ago, MAC_32 said:

Well, yeah - there's only 2 options each season.

Well 13/15 times or whatever it is that they stick with the same conference makes it seem likely for that to continue though. 

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3 minutes ago, Capella said:

Well 13/15 times or whatever it is that they stick with the same conference makes it seem likely for that to continue though. 

Of course, 6 of a team's 8 home games each season are against their own conference and generally speaking there is more appeal for matchups featuring teams in the same conference. 

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Just now, MAC_32 said:

Of course, 6 of a team's 8 home games each season are against their own conference and generally speaking there is more appeal for matchups featuring teams in the same conference. 

Right. I feel like we’re saying the same thing here. 

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18 minutes ago, Capella said:

Right. I feel like we’re saying the same thing here. 

I'm just contextualizing. I think there is a vast difference between Bills/Bucs '21 and the non-c options the NFL usually has. It doesn't mean they will pick it for opening night, but it's a much more serious contender than usual. 

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21 minutes ago, MAC_32 said:

I'm just contextualizing. I think there is a vast difference between Bills/Bucs '21 and the non-c options the NFL usually has. It doesn't mean they will pick it for opening night, but it's a much more serious contender than usual. 

Yea imagine two final-four teams from different conferences is a rare matchup. That would certainly be the best game. 

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On 2/11/2021 at 11:05 AM, Ministry of Pain said:

Dallas all day long, ratings BONANZA and especially with the Dak Prescott situation. 

They were almost a playoff team last season ;)

Show 'em what he's won Johnny

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