The NFL is back!
It’s officially Week 1, so buckle up for the five-month journey that will end in Arizona next February. The Rams and Bills kick off the season tonight in Los Angeles, and that showdown headlines today’s busy sports slate. Also on the docket: U.S. Open semifinals featuring the top-ranked player in the world, a win-or-go-home game in the WNBA postseason and much more.
Here’s what I’m watching today.
A quick note: Due to COVID-19, sports schedules are fluid and subject to change.
Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams
Could you ask for a better opener than this? The Rams are running it back after winning it all in 2021–22, so opposing teams will have to deal with another year of Matthew Stafford finding Cooper Kupp on offense and Aaron Donald terrorizing offensive lines on defense. Their competition to open the new season is formidable: a Bills team that is SI Sportsbook’s favorite to win the Super Bowl thanks to MVP candidate Josh Allen and an elite defense that got stronger by adding Von Miller this offseason. Which team will get off to a 1–0 start to the new season? I can’t wait to tune in.
8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, watch on fuboTV
- Aaron Donald’s Case As the Greatest Defensive Player of All Time (Conor Orr)
- The Moment Josh Allen Took Over As the Leader of the Bills (Albert Breer)
- 2022 NFL Predictions: Super Bowl LVII, Playoff Picks, Award Winners and More (MMQB Staff)
• U.S. Open: Women’s Semifinals | Both spots in Saturday’s women’s singles final are on the line tonight. Caroline Garcia plays her first Grand Slam semifinal against Ons Jabeur at 7 p.m. ET before top-ranked Iga Świątek takes on Aryna Sabalenka. 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, watch on fuboTV
• Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees | These teams played 21 innings of baseball yesterday after the first game of a doubleheader went 12 innings, but the Yankees swept the twin bill behind some outstanding pitching (including 14 strikeouts for Gerrit Cole). The Yanks go for the four-game sweep tonight over a Twins team trying to keep up with the Guardians at the top of the AL Central. 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network/YES/Bally Sports North, watch on fuboTV
• Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics | Dylan Cease has been remarkable on the mound for the White Sox this season, including carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last start. Watching him pitch is a treat, and the White Sox need to stack wins down the stretch to make a playoff push. 8:40 p.m. ET, NBC Sports California/Chicago, watch on fuboTV
Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky
There are few things better than single-elimination basketball games. That’s exactly what we get tonight in the Windy City when the defending champion Sky look to keep their season alive against the Sun. Connecticut won Game 4 behind a 104-point explosion that included 66 points in the paint, but the Sky had done a great job in the series slowing down the Sun’s offense until Tuesday’s game. Plus, Candace Parker has been hard to stop all postseason as she looks for a second straight championship.
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, watch on fuboTV
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