The 2018 NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6 with a matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

It concludes Monday, Sept. 10 with the New York Jets at the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland Raiders.

Which teams will start the season with a victory?

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The Heat Index takes a quick look at the NFL Week 1 matchups. Check local TV listings for games in your area.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Falcons at Eagles, 5:30 p.m., Channel 12 (NBC): Will there be a Super Bowl hangover in Philadelphia? Matt Ryan and the Falcons would love to rain on the city’s parade in the NFL season opener.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens, 10 a.m., Channel 5 (CBS): The Bills have a lot of questions, including at quarterback. Keep an eye on former Cardinals receiver John Brown, who turned heads in Ravens camp.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants, 10 a.m., Channel 10 (FOX): Saquon Barkley has been hyped all offseason. How will he fare in his NFL opener? We’re pretty sure the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey has an opinion.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 10 a.m., Channel 10 (FOX): Former Gilbert Highland standout Ryan Fitzpatrick will get a chance to add to his record 173 NFL touchdown passes by an Arizona high school or college quarterback.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 10 a.m., Channel 5 (CBS): Deshaun Watson makes his return from injury eager to start where he left off. Easier said that done in New England against the Patriots.

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 10 a.m., Channel 10 (FOX): A lot of eyes will be on the quarterbacks in this game, with Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins looking to justify their huge contracts

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins, 10 a.m. Channel 10 (FOX): How will Ryan Tannehill look in his return from injury? Will Marcus Mariota continue to progress? This could be an intriguing first week game.

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 10 a.m., Channel 5 (CBS): A lot of people will be watching Andrew Luck in this game. Can he return to being an elite quarterback in the league?

Pittsburgh Steelers at Clevland Browns, 10 a.m., Channel 5 (CBS): After not winning a game last season, could the Browns actually start the year with a victory (and open the Victory Fridges)? Cleveland wants free beer.

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m., Channel 5 (CBS): The Patrick Mahomes era begins in Kansas City as the Philip Rivers era continues in Los Angeles. Count us intrigued about this one.

Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, 1:25 p.m., Channel 10 (FOX): The Broncos went just 5-11 last season. Can Case Keenum and company start 2018 off on the right foot? Pete Carroll will have other ideas.

Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers, 1:25 p.m., Channel 10 (FOX): The Cowboys know drama. The 2018 season promises to provide a lot more of it for Jerry Jones and company.

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals, 1:25 p.m., Channel 10 (FOX): Both of these teams added veteran quarterbacks in the offseason. Which one of them (Alex Smith or Sam Bradford) will make the fewest mistakes?

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 5:20 p.m., Channel 12 (NBC): The Mitchell Trubisky era enters its second season and we can’t wait to see what kind of progress he has made (assuming he has made progress).

Monday, Sept. 10

New York Jets at Detroit Lions, 4:10 p.m., ESPN: The Lions have a new coach after going 9-7 a year ago but missing out on the playoffs. Will they take a step forward in the 2018 season? 

Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders, 7:20 p.m., ESPN: The Rams have very high hopes for 2018. What can we expect from the Raiders? We’ll get a good idea as the first week of the NFL season comes to a close.



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