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Hype videos across the NFL set the tone for Week 1 action

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The 2021 NFL season is finally upon us, and title-hungry franchises are quite ready to kick it off.

Seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady will lead the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys, who will have Dak Prescott under center Thursday for the first time since Week 5 of last season.

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Prescott, who signed a $160 million contract extension this offseason, hopes to reignite the Cowboys’ hopes for their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1995-96 campaign.

Tampa Bay enters this season seeking to become the first repeat Super Bowl champion since Brady led the New England Patriots to back-to-back rings in 2003-04 and 2004-05. The 44-year old GOAT will make more history by becoming the first NFL player to start 300 regular-season games.

Brady enters Week 1 with a 5-0 career record against the Cowboys, making Dallas 1 of 4 teams he has faced but never lost to — Falcons, Vikings and Buccaneers are the others.

Matching Brady’s individual success is a tough task for most other NFL franchises, but that doesn’t negate the excitement and opportunities of a new season.

Let’s take a look at the most notable hype videos as the Week 1 action takes shape.


Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers returns for possibly his final campaign as a Packer after demanding a trade during the offseason.

With Rodgers under center, Green Bay has a solid shot at extending its mark of six straight season-opening victories. Hall of Famer Charles Woodson, who won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers, should certainly help with getting the crowd excited.


The Rams will welcome new quarterback Matthew Stafford, who joins them after spending his first 12 pro seasons with the Detroit Lions.

Stafford’s new fans got a quick look at him in the Rams uniform in the team’s hype video for Week 1. For what it’s worth, head coach Sean McVay has a 4-0 mark in season openers since becoming Rams coach.


The Bengals enter this season with a streak of five consecutive losing campaigns, including three straight last-place finishes in the AFC North. Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill projects an over/under of 6.5 wins, but Cincy fans could be hungry for more after watching the team’s hype video.

It should help to have 2020 No. 1 pick Joe Burrow back in the fold after he missed the final six games of his rookie season with a left knee injury.


Staying in the AFC North, the Browns are hoping to build on their first playoff run since 2002. The key to that will be the return of three-time Pro Bowl Odell Beckham Jr., who tied a career-low with three touchdown receptions last season. Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb held down the offense with Beckham out of the fold as Cleveland registered its first 10-win season in more than a decade.

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Head coach Frank Reich has led Indy to two playoff berths in three seasons. In the team’s hype video, he explained the team’s philosophy in pursuing a Super Bowl title coming off its first 11-win campaign since 2014.

Week 1 will be key in the team making good on Reich’s ambitions. The Colts’ seven straight Week 1 losses mark the longest active such streak in the NFL.


The Vikings’ 7-9 record last season marked the team’s worst since 2014, head coach Mike Zimmer’s first season in Minnesota. Fans are hoping this season could be the one to result in the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl win.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.



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