There is no denying that in Cam Newton the New England Patriots now have a very different type of quarterback. Don’t recall Tom Brady looking as flash as he rocked up at the Gillette Stadium.
And the first touchdown of the night goes to the Colts as new Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers hands off to Nyheim Hines to break a couple of tackles and run in from around 15 yards.
It’s a big day for the Raiders as they play their first game after taking a gamble by relocating to America’s betting capital Las Vegas.
They will hope for a change of fortunes after just four play-off appearances in 25 years as an Oakland franchise – but it’s also a period of change for their hosts, the Panthers, as Carolina stalwarts Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and Luke Kuechly all departed in the off-season.
But they still have elite running-back Christian McCaffrey as a big offensive weapon for Newton’s quarterback replacement Teddy Bridgewater.
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Two first fixtures stand out there, and they are Cam Newton’s first game for the New England Patriots and later on we’ll see the man he’s replaced – six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady – play his first NFL game for someone who’s NOT the New England Patriots.
After 20 years at Foxborough, Brady moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season and the player with the most Super Bowl wins ever will start his Bucs career against the only man who has made more passing yards than him in NFL history – the New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
BBC pundits Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora see Newton and Brady’s new starts as two of this season’s biggest talking points.