NFL Kicks Off
The 2022-23 NFL season kicked off last night with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs falling to the Detroit Lions in an upset, 21-20. Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for two touchdowns and 226 yards, but also tossed a pivotal interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. The Chiefs had enter the season as the favorites to win Super Bowl LVIII, with Mahomes favored to be named MVP.
The rest of the league gets underway beginning Sunday (see schedule). Notable matchups include the Washington Commanders first game under new ownership versus the Arizona Cardinals (1 pm ET, FOX), last year's runner-up Philadelphia Eagles visiting the New England Patriots (4:25 pm ET, CBS), and a divisional clash between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants (8:20 pm ET, NBC).
Monday night features New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers hosting the Buffalo Bills (8:15 pm ET, ABC/ESPN). The game is Rodgers' first after spending 18 years in Green Bay, a tenure that included four MVP awards and a Super Bowl title in 2011.
Separately, Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow agreed to a five-year, $275M extension (with $220M guaranteed), making the Ohio native the league's top-paid quarterback.