NFL Football Returns Thursday Night on NBC

9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, September 05 2018 Sep 5, 2018 Wednesday, September 05, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT September 05, 2018 in Sports
By: By Keegan Hartman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

PHILADELPHIA - Its been a solid 214 days since Sunday afternoons included the sounds of pads popping and helmets cracking and the sight of “creative” end- zone dancing. Thursday brings the return of one of the NFL on NBC.

Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, look to show why they were worthy of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy last season when they face off against conference rivals the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles will be led into battle by the quarterback who helped them defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII, Nick Foles.  

Carson Wentz will be watching from the sideline while still trying to rehabilitate his ACL and LCL, which he tore in Los Angeles in Week 14 of the 2017-’18 season.

Wentz started 13 games for the Eagles last year, and some say his stats line was pivotal to the Eagles’ success. Wentz tallied 33 passing touchdowns, 3,296 yards and a pass-completion percentage of 60.2 percent..

In place of Wentz, Foles took over the reigns of the Eagles’ offense, along with the help of the #4 overall ranked Eagles defense, and would cap off a remarkable 2017-’18 season, winning seven of the team's last eight games, including the shocking Super Bown win.

As for the Atlanta Falcons, they are looking for redemption against the team that knocked them out in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2017. The Eagles barely held on in that game, winning just 15-10. The Falcons finished their season on a record of 10-6, finishing 3rd in the NFC South.

Coverage of the 2018 NFL Kickoff begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT and will feature a live concert from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Festivities will begin with multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes. Kickoff is slated for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC.

The official start to the 2018 NFL Football Season Week 1 kicks off on Sunday, with games starting at 12:00 p.m. CT. NBC will have coverage of Sunday Night Football, in which division rivals Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers clash in primetime. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT.

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