NFL Week 1 Schedule 2024: Ranking the NFL’s Opening Weekend Games

Opening weekend of the 2024 NFL season is officially set. Here are the top storylines from every game on the Week 1 schedule.

There is nothing quite like getting hyped about football games that are set to take place over 100 days now. But what can I say? NFL fans getting excited when the league officially releases the Week 1 schedule for the 2024 season is all we have to keep us entertained until training camp.

The combatants are set. The schedule is official. It’s time to rank every game of the opening weekend of the 2024 NFL season, starting with the most intriguing matchups.

NFL’s Opening Week Schedule

  • Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
    NBC | 8:20 p.m. ET (Thursday)
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Brazil)
    Peacock | 8:15 p.m. ET (Friday)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons
    FOX | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills
    CBS | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago Bears
    FOX | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
    CBS | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts
    CBS | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins
    CBS | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
    FOX | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
    FOX | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
    CBS | 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks
    CBS | 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Washington Commanders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    FOX | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns
    FOX | 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
    NBC | 8:20 p.m. ET
  • New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers
    ESPN | 8:20 p.m. ET (Monday)

Ranking Every Week 1 Game From Best to Worst

1) Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Could there realistically be any other game to top this list?

The star power in this game is almost overwhelming. Patrick Mahomes’ career is on a GOAT-type trajectory, and he is starting his quest for the first three-peat of the Super Bowl era.

Lamar Jackson is the reigning league MVP looking to avenge his loss in last year’s AFC Championship Game.

Travis Kelce is quite possibly the best tight end to ever play the game, which means Taylor Swift could be in the house at Arrowhead to start the season.

Derrick Henry could be the missing piece to taking this offense to whole new level.

And we’ll get our first glimpse at how Chiefs rookie WR Xavier Worthy improves this Kansas City offense.

Sept. 5, 2024, can’t come soon enough.

2) Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions

The first matchup between Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff against their former teams didn’t disappoint with the Detroit Lions narrowly escaping with a 24-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card matchup.

Goff just received a lucrative contract extension and has another opportunity to best his former team to start the 2024 NFL season.

3) Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

The 2023 NFL Draft’s quarterback class certainly looks very promising through the first year of action.

Houston Texans QB CJ Stroud had a historic rookie year, while Indianapolis Colts QB Anthony Richardson flashed elite dual-threat upside during his brief time under center in the NFL.

These two teams faced off with a playoff berth at stake in the season finale last year, where the Texans escaped with a 23-19 victory. Yet, Richardson was not in the lineup for that contest, meaning this game could be a statement game for what could turn into a great QB rivalry in the AFC South for years to come.

4) Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Do we have any data on how cold-weather teams perform when they are in São Paulo, Brazil, in September? Well, we are about to get an answer to that question with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Philadelphia Eagles as the two teams travel south of the equator to start the 2024 NFL season.

Both teams have ascending young quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts and Jordan Love — with plenty of explosive talent on the perimeter, which could make for an exciting contest in a brand-new environment for the league.

Plus, we’ll get our first look at Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs as the feature backs of their new teams in this contest.

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5) Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins

Two top-five picks of the 2021 NFL Draft will square off in the Sunshine State with Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence looking to bounce back from a rough finish to the 2023 season when he goes up against Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, who will aim to put the disappointment of the 2023 AFC Wild Card Round in the rearview mirror.

Both quarterbacks are looking for new deals in the future, which makes this an important matchup in the AFC early in the season.

6) Washington Commanders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Jayden Daniels era in the nation’s capital is set to begin in Tampa Bay, Fla., when the Washington Commanders take on the Buccaneers.

Daniels is an electric dual-threat quarterback who could possibly create issues for a Bucs defense that is still in search of an elite pass-rushing option after parting ways with Shaq Barrett this offseason. Yet, the Commanders’ revamped defense under new head coach Dan Quinn should be tested by the Bucs’ QB-WR duo of Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans to start the 2024 NFL season.

7) Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills

The Arizona Cardinals addressed a plethora of positions during the 2024 NFL Draft, but arguably got the best WR in the draft with Marvin Harrison Jr. out of Ohio State to become the new go-to guy for quarterback Kyler Murray.

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will enter his first season since 2019 without the services of Stefon Diggs at receiver, so we’ll get our first glimpse as to whether or not Allen can continue to excel as a passer without a surefire WR1 to throw to.

8) New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers

It would be easy to say the story of this game is seeing how the San Francisco 49ers respond in their first game removed from their crushing 25-22 overtime loss in Super Bowl LVIII, but that would be too easy.

The return of New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, almost a full year removed from his torn Achilles just four plays into his first season with his new team, is far too intriguing of a storyline not to get invested in.

Rodgers will have a chance to conquer those injury demons from last season on Monday Night Football.

9) Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago Bears

No disrespect to Will Levis, the exciting young QB of the Tennessee Titans, but this game is all about 2024 No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams, who will make his pro debut in a Chicago Bears uniform.

The trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, and talented rookie prospect Rome Odunze make this one of the most exciting receiver trios in the league.

Levis also got some help this offseason in the form of Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd, which makes this an intriguing battle of two young quarterbacks early in the season.

10) Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns

The Dallas Cowboys’ encouraging 2023 NFL campaign went up in flames after an embarrassing 48-32 loss to the Packers in the NFC Wild Card Round, which has quietly positioned head coach Mike McCarthy on the hot seat.

Dallas had its fair share of struggles on the road last year and the Cowboys will start the 2024 season at the Dawg Pound to face off against a stingy Cleveand Browns defense that held opponents to just 13.9 points per game at home in 2023.

The Cowboys’ exceptional QB-WR duo of Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb are both still dealing with unresolved contract situations, which only adds to the drama surrounding America’s Team this upcoming season.

11) Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Jim Harbaugh era as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers will start with a good old-fashioned AFC West rivalry game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The departures of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler make this an interesting year for franchise QB Justin Herbert, who will be asked to turn the trio of Ladd McConkey, Quentin Johnston, and Joshua Palmer into a viable passing attack.

We’ll also get to see the professional debut of exceptional TE prospect Brock Bowers rocking the silver and black to help give the Raiders’ offense another elite passing option to work with alongside Davante Adams in 2024.

12) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Both of these teams are projected to start two veteran quarterbacks — Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson — while two younger and more physically dynamic options under center — Michael Penix Jr. and Justin Fields — wait in the wings.

This also is a potential revenge game for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, who spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

13) Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants

The New York Giants had the opportunity to select QB J.J. McCarthy in the 2024 NFL Draft, but decided to go with LSU WR Malik Nabers at No. 6 overall. This led to the Minnesota Vikings landing McCarthy at No. 10 overall.

That makes this a potential early opportunity to see whether or not the Giants made a mistake by giving Daniel Jones another season under center, which could ultimately determine the long-term fate of Giants head coach Brian Daboll in New York.

14) Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

We can say one thing for certain: Russell Wilson will not be the starting quarterback of either of these teams to start the 2024 NFL season.

Less than three years removed from making a blockbuster deal with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire Wilson, the Denver Broncos spent the No. 12 overall pick on Oregon QB Bo Nix to become the team’s next franchise quarterback.

This will also be Mike Macdonald’s head coaching debut in Seattle. Macdonald was a play-calling savant during his time as defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

15) New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals

If you could guarantee me that the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, QB Drake Maye, would be the starting quarterback for New England in its season-opening matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, this game would probably jump a few spots on this list.

There is some intrigue to this being the first game in over 24 years that the New England Patriots’ head coach will not be Bill Belichick, but there just isn’t firepower on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots to drum up a ton of excitement if Maye isn’t under center to start the season.

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16) Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

The Carolina Panthers made some intriguing moves this offseason with a new head coach in Dave Canales, acquiring two talented receivers in Diontae Johnson and Xavier Legette, and drafting running back Jonathon Brooks to help retool the offense around second-year quarterback Bryce Young. But that isn’t enough to move the needle super high up on the list for this NFC South showdown against a New Orleans Saints secondary that gave Young fits last year.

Young generated just 290 passing yards, one passing TD, and two turnovers combined over his two games against New Orleans during his rookie year, which could make this a tough game to watch if you value high-scoring games.

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