- The NFL will commence its 102nd season on Thursday with the return of full capacity stadiums even as Covid cases continue to surge.
- Sports betting firms will capitalize on the upcoming season, with a record 45.2 million Americans expected to bet on NFL games and wager more than $20 billion.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandon Smith during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville JaguarsMatthew Pearce | Icon Sportswire | Getty Images
The National Football League is on the clock and ready to commence its 102nd season on Thursday.
The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Dallas Cowboys in what should be a highly rated opener among two popular quarterbacks — Tom Brady and Dak Prescott. Meanwhile, the NFL's overall opponent remains Covid, with more variants developing and fears of another wave of cases in the fall.