The other feature game of the week will be on Sunday night, also on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET, when Peyton Manning returns to the NFL with the Denver Broncos after sitting out the 2011 season with a neck injury. The Broncos will be hosting AFC North foe the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As for the games across the NFC South, here is their Week 1 schedule:
The Falcons head out to Arrowhead Stadium and face the Chiefs in an early season test against a possibly much improved Kansas City team. With the NFC South being a solid division, a win over the inferior Chiefs would be a good way to start the season.
This is the only game that features two NFC South teams, and Panthers are hoping that quarterback Cam Newton will have a sophomore slump. As for the Bucs, they are kicking off the Greg Schiano era in hopes to turn around the teams losing ways and get them back as a winner.
The Saints have Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles to lead the way, but this will be a long road for them with replacement coaches due to suspension from the bounty scandal. The Redskins get to show off their new shiny toy in their rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.