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2024 NFL schedule release: Ranking every Week 1 game, including Ravens vs. Chiefs in season opener

2024 NFL schedule release: Ranking every Week 1 game, including Ravens vs. Chiefs in season opener


The 2024 NFL schedule is finally and officially live. 

All 272 regular season showdowns were announced Wednesday night, and Week 1 is full of top shelf matchups. The Green Bay Packers facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Brazil on a Friday (Sept. 6) will be the NFL’s first international game in South America as well as the league’s first Friday night game in Week 1 since Sept. 18, 1970 — the first season of the AFL/NFL Merger in which the Rams and Cardinals faced off. 

The question of “which of the NFL’s 16 Week 1 games should be prioritized?” shall be answered here by yours truly. Every 2024 season opener is ranked below. Cheers to another year of football. 

Date: Sunday, Sept. 8 | Time: 1 p.m. ET | TV: CBS

Longtime New England Patriots head coach/emperor Bill Belichick is gone after 24 seasons, six of which ended with Super Bowl titles, following the worst year of his reign in 2023 in terms of losses (13) and scoring offense (13.9 points per game). In his place is one of his former players in retired linebacker Jerod Mayo, who spent the last five seasons (2019-2023) as a Patriot assistant coach in the roles of inside linebackers coach (2019-2021) and linebackers coach (2022-2023). 

New England also has a new No. 10 at quarterback in 2024 third overall pick Drake Maye, but he might not start this game as Mayo said Maye “has a lot to work on.” If Maye isn’t the starter, then it would be veteran journeyman Jacoby Brissett, whom the team signed to a one-year deal in free agency this offseason.

The Bengals return with much of the same team in 2024 minus offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, who is now the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Head coach Zac Taylor returns as the team’s offensive play caller hoping for better health for quarterback Joe Burrow — who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11 — and wide receiver Tee Higgins — who missed five games with hamstring and rib injuries. 

This game could get out of hand quickly if a recharged Bengals squad finds its groove early. 

Date: Sunday, Sept. 8 | Time: 4:05 p.m. ET | TV: CBS

Jim Harbaugh returns to the NFL as the Los Angeles Chargers head coach after spending the last nine seasons leading the Michigan Wolverines, a tenure that culminated with a College Football Playoff national championship in 2023. 

The Chargers enter 2024 with a brand new supporting cast around Pro Bowl…

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