Lovie Lee Smith (birthed May 8, 1958) is an American football train who is the associate head train and defensive planner for the Houston Texans of the National Football Organization (NFL). He was formerly the head instructor of the Chicago Bears (2004– 2012) and also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014– 2015), along with the Illinois Battling Illini. Smith has been to the Super Bowl two times, as the protective coordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2001 and also as the head trainer for the Bears in 2006.
The wait has an end, the first Sunday full of NFL football is here! In Week 1, Washington comes to a true monster matchup. For the Kansas City Chiefs, a bilom game is immediately on, while Quarterback Sam Tarnold meets his old team. In Tennessee is a shootout in the air, in New England two former Alabama quarterbacks meet each other.
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The game of the week:
Kansas City Chiefs – Cleveland Browns (Sun, 22:25)
The preferred AFC Championship Game? For such a few observers could rise exactly to the season opener in Kansas City. The Chiefs are as a favorite on the renewed profit of the AFC, the Browns at least as an outsider candidate on the title in their conference. Whether the two teams can meet the high demands, will show the first game of the new season.
In the field of view, among other things, the highly changed defense of the Browns stand. Cleveland has generously invested in his defense, Jadeveon Clovney, John Johnson, Troy Hill, Greg Newsome, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Malik Jackson and Andrew Billings should play a lot as newcomers. On the paper, the defense looks ready to work, but how does it keep yourself in the duel with the perhaps the best offense of the NFL? It is a brutal task for the unidentified unit of defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
But also on the other side, there is question marks: Kansas City has his offensive line in Super Bowl after the evil presentation in the Super Bowl and goes into the new season with five new starters. Orlando Brown Jr. is likely to meet directly often on Myles Garrett, also the other four starters – Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang – must prove that they work immediately and are a clear upgrade to the preseason.
In the duel of the Browns offense against the Chiefs defense, many eyes should be directed to Odell Beckham Jr.. The Wide Receiver returns after a long injury break and could – if it is fit and immediately in his role in the Cleveland’s offense, which has not lost any of its power carriers, to lift a new level. KC Bangs defensively around Safety Tyrann Mathieu, which could miss the game because of a Corona risk margin. The 29-year-old must be tested twice negatively from the start of the game to play.
Indianapolis Colts – Seattle Seahawks (Sun, 19.00 clock)
The good news for the Colts in advance: Quarterback Carson Wentz will be able to play despite foot injury. One question, however: To whom will he throw the ball? T.Y. Hilton falls out, Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. So, are called the nominell options for Wentz. Against the Seahawks with the perhaps weakest cornerback group of the league, one of the receivers could play in the limelight.
On pages Seattles, the new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron wants to prove directly that he can fully retrieve the potential of Russell Wilson and Co.. The Seahawks are likely to work more with rollouts and possibly with other personnel groups than in the preseason. How often Wilson against Deforest Buckner, Kwity Paye and Co. will be able to play from a clean pocket, could be playful.
Houston Texans – Jacksonville Jaguars (Sun, 19.00 clock)
Trevor Lawrence gives his NFL debut! After a few more or less spectacular preseason performances, the first regular season game of the super talent is finally here. Against the Texans – for many of the favorite to the number one-pick in the coming year – is expected by the Jaguars at the beginning. With D.J. Khark, Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault has several dangerous weapons in Jacksonville. The question is, which of his receivers of the rookie already fully familiar.
On the pages of the Texans, Deshaun Watson will not play, the quarterback wants to continue to be warm. Thus, Tyrod Taylor, who play behind a solid offensive line and should have at least a good receiver on his sides with brandin Cooks. Almost everything else is a question mark in Houston. Can the Texans punish their critics at the start of the season and take care of the Jaguars for a (small) surprise? As a reminder, Jacksonville defeated the Colts in the previous year – and then lost 15 games in series.
Atlanta Falcons – Philadelphia Eagles (Sun, 19.00 clock)
In Atlanta, a new time breaks. Arthur Smith is the new Head Coach and Kyle Pitt as a tight-end megataler there, Julio Jones went from board. Whether Smith will be able to implement his efficient openness from Tennessee, as well as the falcons, should be exciting to be observed. With Matt Ryan is an experienced quarterback available, Calvin Ridley should also make the jump to a real superstar receiver. Question marks are still behind the offensive line, which is likely to be properly checked against the D-Line of the Eagles.
At the Eagles, the eyes of course focus on quarterback Jalen Hurts, who will probably play their future as a starter in the NFL this season. The offensive line from hurts should be good, question marks are still behind the RECEIVING CORPS. Can Devonta Smith immediately hatch in the role of number one? Opportunities should give it against the falcons some: Atlanta Secondary counts – at least on the paper – to the weakest of the NFL.
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Washington Football Team – Los Angeles Chargers (Sun, 7 pm)
The chargers also go to the season with a new head coach. Brandon Staley should have brought some ingenious defensive tricks from Los Angeles. How much of this will be visible against Washington? With Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Football Team has got an upgrade on the QB position, but in Receiving Corps, however, Curtis Samuel’s new entry. Thus, a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Terry McLaurin should be desired (again).
On the other side, it comes to one of the most exciting matchups of the first matchday: Los Angeles’ offensive line with Corey Linsley, Bryan Bulaga and Rashawn Slater against Washington’s defensive front with Chase Young, Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat. The chargers have invested in their o-line in the offseason, these investments should now be paid right now. Keeping the Protection, Justin Herbert Washington’s Secondary could face William Jackson III and Kendall Fuller equally properly.