NFL Week 1 Schedule 2023: NFL’s Opening Weekend and Every Team’s First Game

Opening weekend is right around the corner. The NFL's Week 1 schedule has fans excited for what should be an excellent season.

The NFL preseason is over, and fans are already clamoring for the regular season to get underway. Before we start thinking about potential playoff and Super Bowl-contending teams, let’s take a look at the Week 1 schedule for opening weekend and highlight some of the biggest matchups.

NFL Week 1 Schedule: When Is Week 1 in the NFL?

The first NFL game will be played on Thursday night, Sept. 7, 2023. Then, an entire 14-game slate will be played on Sunday, with the last Week 1 game on Monday. Here is the NFL’s opening weekend lineup.

Thursday Night Football | Sept. 7

  • Detroit Lions at Kansas City
    NBC | 8:20 p.m. ET

Sunday, Sept. 10 | Week 1

  • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
    FOX | 1 p.m. ET
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
    CBS | 1 p.m. ET
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
    CBS | 1 p.m. ET
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
    FOX | 1 p.m. ET
  • San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers
    FOX | 1 p.m. ET
  • Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints
    CBS | 1 p.m. ET
  • Arizona Cardinals at Washington Commanders
    FOX | 1 p.m. ET
  • Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
    CBS | 1 p.m. ET
  • Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
    CBS | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
    CBS | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers
    CBS | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
    FOX | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
    FOX | 4:25 p.m. ET

Sunday Night Football

  • Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
    NBC | 8:20 p.m. ET

Monday Night Football | Sept. 11

  • Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
    ESPN | 8:15 p.m. ET

NFL Week 1 Schedule Packed With Exciting Games

Obviously, some of the crown jewels of the first week of the 2023 NFL season will play in prime time. The Thursday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions should be the perfect way to start the year.

Two high-powered offenses dueling it out under the bright lights. Patrick Mahomes looking to defend the team’s Super Bowl victory against a young, scrappy Lions team looking to make a name for themselves.

On Sunday, the daytime slate has a couple of divisional games that should be fun to watch. The Carolina Panthers will face NFC South foes, the Atlanta Falcons.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Bryce Young, will start his first regular-season game and will play against the Falcons’ young QB Desmond Ridder. More importantly, though, will be the debut of Atlanta’s first-round pick, running back Bijan Robinson.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots have already announced that their home game will be in honor of Tom Brady as they celebrate the numerous championships he brought to the city.

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“The greatest player in the history of the game played right here in Foxborough, and I’m happy to tell you … I invited him back to come here and be with us at the opening game,” team owner Robert Kraft told Good Morning Football in May.

NFL’s Week 1 schedule and opening weekend comes to an end with Monday Night Football, and did the schedule makers give us a good one? Aaron Rodgers, now a New York Jet, will host the defending AFC East champion Buffalo Bills. Will Rodgers shine when the lights are the brightest? Or will Josh Allen and crew put a damper on the veteran QB’s first game as a Jet?

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