The 100th NFL season kicks off tonight with the Packers and Bears. On Sunday, the Bruce Arians era begins against the San Francisco 49ers at Ray-Jay.
Here are some things to keep an eye on: not just on Sunday, but as the season moves along:
OFFENSE: Can Jameis Winston finally have the breakout season we’ve been expecting from a former No. 1 overall pick? Will there actually be a running game? And as a sidebar to that, can the offensive line open up holes in the ground game, and protect Winston? If the preseason is any indication, this could be a big area of concern.
DEFENSE: Everything has changed here. Todd Bowles is the new coordinator, and he’s showing a lot of different looks. This until simply cannot have a repeat of the past several years, which were nothing sort of dreadful. We saw promising signs in the preseason. Can they carry over to Sunday?
SPECIAL TEAMS: All eyes on rookie kicker Matt Gay, who won the kicking job over Cairo Santos. Gay has been sensational in preseason and training camp. He needs to continue that success, or he’ll be considered the next coming of Roberto Aguayo.
Kickoff is on Sunday a 4:25. The game is not televised here, because FOX is sticking us with the Cowboys and Giants. But that’s why NFL Redzone was created. Your announcers are Kenny Albert and former Buc Ronde Barber.
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