Theand kick off another season of Sunday Night Football in Glendale in a matchup of two teams who almost met each other in last season. Both teams made it to their respective conference championship games, only to come up short.
The Patriots will have to go without their future Hall of Fame quarterback for this game and beyond. After over a year of appeals, counter-appeals and mindless drama,finally put an end to the DeflateGate sage and accepted his four-game suspension. In his place is , making his first NFL start. He'll have a tough task going up against the Cardinals' defense, which added in a trade with the Patriots earlier in the offseason.
Arizona is also getting backfrom injury and returns to anchor one of the league's best secondaries. And while Garoppolo will have reliable weapon Julian Edelman to throw to, he won't have to throw to.
The Cardinals looked like the best team in football for large stretches last year, only to come apart in the, when threw four interceptions in the 42-15 loss to the . Palmer will try to put that performance behind him, and he has just the supporting cast to do so. , , and might be the best collection of offensive playmakers in the league right now, and they'll be eager to tear through the NFC West once again.
How to watch
When: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya