These NFL facts will prepare you for the kick-off
The NFL season begins tonight with Super Bowl champs, Kansas City Chiefs, and Houston Texans.
There’s a lot to talk about with the start of the season during the global pandemic, but here are five things we’ll want you to know about going into the season:
1. Big time money
Chiefs Vs. Texans is an important game, and not only because it is the NFL season opener.
Patrick Mahoms, who signed the biggest and second largest deals in NFL history this off-season, signed quarterback for Chiefs and quarterback Deshan Watson for Texans.
Mahoms deal $ 503 million over a ten-year period, and Watson is valued at $ 177 million over four years.
Deshan Watson, left, and Patrick Mahoms, have signed deals worth big money this off-season. (Image credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images, Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
It’s true, the two most expensive cubes in NFL history are going to the opening night.
Who values that money?
2. The cop is back (well, sort of)
Quarterback Colin Kipernick He has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, after which he became a free agent.
Many experts believe he is fit to make multiple NFL teams, but since he started Taking the knee On the occasion of the national anthem and protesting the repression Police brutality Against blacks, no team has signed up to play him.
Colin Kipernick has emerged as a leading figure when it comes to athletes solving racial justice issues. (Image credit: Cameron Mandato / Getty Images)
Madden21, A new football video game from EA Sports, has included Kepernick as a free agent and playable character for the first time since 2016.
In a news release, EA Sports said Kipernick was “one of the top free agents in football and an early-caliber quarterback”.
“The fans want to see him back in our game,” the company said.
3. The player will support the protests
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would support players protesting racial injustice next season.
But the problem Protesting the national anthem Still messy.
Members of the Buffalo Bills will not kneel during the national anthem before the 2019 game. (Image credit: Brett Carlsen / Getty Images)
In May, the NFL and team owners agreed to allow players to stand on the field during the national anthem, but were allowed to stay in the locker room if they protested.
League players will be fined for protesting on the field.
The solution seems to have left no one happy, with people on both sides criticizing the policy.
4. Brady on the bucks
Quarterback Tom Brady And the New England Patriots is one of the longest and most successful partnerships in NFL history.
After 20 seasons with the Patriots and six Super Bowl victories, Brady and the Patriots split and he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tom Brady practiced in training camp in August 2020. (Image credit: Douglas P. Defellis / Getty Images)
Question: Can Brady, who many consider to be the greatest player to have played quarterback, bring his winning streak to Tampa Bay?
5. COVID-19 rules
Unlike other pro sports leagues, the NFL does not Play in a balloon.
Teams play home and distance games, although there are limits on the number of free players and staff they can take on the road.
Coaches and staff are required to wear masks at all times during games, while players are encouraged.
Most NFL stadiums will be without fans at the start of the 2020 season. (Image credit: Jason Miller / Getty Images)
Six of the 32 NFL teams announced Plans to allow fans To attend games, the crowd is smaller than usual.
The proposed numbers range from 6,000 to 17,000 depending on the team. This is far from the league’s average stadium capacity of 69,444.
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