Week 1Posted: September 10, 2015
Most of the offseason, it appeared Tom Brady would miss the season opener due to suspension.
That ruling has been deflated.
Brady and the Patriots open the new season – which features new safeguards on air pressure in game balls – against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Patriots’ run for “one for the thumb” begins under the cloud of Deflategate, while the Steelers try to defend their AFC North title with a goal of a seventh Super Bowl title at the 50th anniversary event in February.
CBS carries the Redskins’ opener with Miami at 1 p.m., followed by the Ravens and Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Fox in Harrisonburg will offer the Packers and Bears at 1 p.m. while the D.C. affiliate will show the Saints and Cardinals at 4 p.m.
The Giants meet the Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday night opener at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has its opening weekend doubleheader Monday, with the Falcons facing the Eagles at 7 p.m. before the Vikings take on the 49ers at 10:15 p.m.
The college weekend starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 with Louisiana Tech visiting Western Kentucky. Miami meets Florida Atlantic Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Utah-Utah State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame comes to Charlottesville Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, after Michigan meets Oregon State at noon. In primetime, Oregon tangles with Michigan State at 8 p.m.
Wake Forest takes on Syracuse in the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
Iowa and Iowa State meet on Fox at 4:45 p.m. while CBS offers Vanderbilt-Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida State hosting South Florida. Oklahoma faces Tennessee at 6 p.m. and there’s a big battle in the SEC West between LSU and Mississippi at 9:15 p.m.
Penn State battles Buffalo on ESPN2 at noon, then it’s Rutgers-Washington State or Mississippi against Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. and East Carolina facing Florida at 7 p.m. Boise State and BYU match up in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Texas San-Antonio takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU-Stephen F. Austin. Central Florida and Stanford try to bounce back from opening losses at 10:15 p.m.
MASN2 has UTEP-Texas Tech at 3 p.m. and Lamar against Baylor at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles host the Royals Friday on MASN, Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. The Nationals visit Miami Friday on MASN2, then Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
Fox also offers Reds-Cardinals and Blue Jays battling the Yankees Saturday. The Tigers take on the Indians Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS brings Blue Jays-Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women’s championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and men Sunday at 4 p.m. The women’s semifinals are Thursday at 7 p.m., and the men take the court Friday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond Saturday in the final race before the Chase for the Cup. NBC Sports network has race coverage at 7:30 p.m., after qualifying Friday at 5:30 p.m. and practice at 10 a.m.
The Xfinity series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m., with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and practice Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Everton takes on Chelsea Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Sunderland faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Aston Villa.
Toronto tangles with New England Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 offers Kansas City at Orlando City at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the semifinals in the women’s soccer league, with Chicago-Kansas City at 1:30 p.m. and Seattle facing Washington at 9:30 p.m.