Modern ensembles take middle stage as first NFL Sunday of 2021 unfolds


The primary Sunday slate of the 2021 NFL season has lastly arrived.

In fact, the season kicked off with the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 on Thursday night time.

NFL Sundays are completely different, although — particularly opening weekend. Groups are reigniting their hopes for their very own Tremendous Bowl runs, so it is solely proper for gamers, coaches and followers to look their finest earlier than getting a brand new season underway.

In order right this moment’s motion will get underway — and as New York Vogue Week attracts to a detailed — let’s check out among the finest pregame seems to be.

QB Joe Burrow

The 2020 No. 1 draft decide’s rookie season lasted solely 10 video games due to damage. In line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, his 2,688 passing yards via 10 profession video games ranks fifth in NFL historical past.

Judging by his kickoff weekend threads, Burrow seems prepared to select up the place he left off.

CB Chidobe Awuzie

The fifth-year veteran spent his first 4 NFL seasons with the Cowboys earlier than signing a three-year deal to change into a Bengal in March.

Together with being fairly sharp for his Bengals debut, Awuzie already appears fairly aware of his new workforce’s “Who Dey” chant.

Head coach Dan Campbell will make his workforce debut as Detroit hosts San Fran. Operating again Jamaal Williams, who joined the Lions after 4 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, submitted an early favourite for Week 1’s finest bag with a powerful Pokemon design.

The 49ers, who’re celebrating their seventy fifth season in franchise historical past this yr, put collectively a powerful montage of their gamers’ finest threads and jewellery.

RB Derrick Henry, WR Julio Jones, WR A.J. Brown and QB Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee enters this season in search of a 3rd straight playoff berth for the primary time because it made seven straight appearances (because the Houston Oilers) from 1987 to ’93. To bolster their possibilities, the Titans acquired Jones from the Atlanta Falcons, the place the two-time All-Professional ranks first all time in receiving yards.

Jones went for a delicate look forward of his debut with Tennessee, which ranked fourth in factors per recreation final season (30.7). His new teammates Henry, Brown and Tannehill look simply as able to bolster one of many league’s most explosive offenses.

Talking of prepared, right here is the primary official shot of Jones taking the sphere in his new No. 2 after the league amended its rule on jersey numbers through the offseason. He wore No. 11 throughout his 10-year stint with the Falcons.

QB Trevor Lawrence

This yr’s prime draft decide will lastly make his long-awaited NFL debut when the Jaguars go to the Houston Texans. Lawrence’s head coach, City Meyer, can even be showing in his first official professional recreation.

Historical past will not be on Lawrence’s aspect, although. The final 13 QBs taken No. 1 general are winless of their first begins, with David Carr (2002) being the final to win.

Lawrence and his teammates look fairly prepared to offer Jacksonville soccer a brand new look in additional methods than one.

Lawrence seemed fairly snug on NRG Stadium’s subject as he inched nearer to lastly taking his first snap in a professional recreation.

WR DK Metcalf

The third-year Professional Bowl receiver completed seventh within the league with 1,303 receiving yards final season. He added 10 touchdowns to tie Tyler Lockett for the workforce lead.

Metcalf channeled his inside GOAT together with his Week 1 threads.

ESPN Stats & Data contributed to this story.