Your Jet-free Sunday early games thread

A relaxing Sunday is in store with the Jets not kicking off their season until tomorrow.

Here's what to watch out for in the early games:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - Le'Veon Bell's absence might be the ultimate test of the Steelers famed next-man-up philosophy. James Conner might need to have a big day on the road against a Browns team that figures to be more competitive this year having added the likes of Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde and Jarvis Landry to their offense.
  • San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings - The Kirk Cousins era gets underway as the Vikings host another of last year's basement dwellers that figure to be more competitive this year. Can Jimmy Garoppolo continue from where he left off now that the games actually count?
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck makes his return for the Colts, but the Bengals will be looking to establish themselves as being in the postseason mix in the AFC with an early road win. Will a healthy Tyler Eifert and John Ross afford AJ Green some freedom to produce?
  • Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens - Having finally broken their postseason drought, the Bills don't look to have done much to build on that success and face a tough task on the road against a Baltimore team that is banking on its defense to carry them. At least Nate Peterman can't possibly do as poorly as he did last time he was named as a starter, can he?
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants - The Giants can get their new era off to a strong start by beating one of last year's best AFC teams at home. Saquon Barkley's debut will be worth watching, but Jalen Ramsey vs Odell Beckham is the main event.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - The Saints are a big favorite, mainly because Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting for the suspended Jameis Winston. On offense, New Orleans will lean heavily on Alvin Kamara because Mark Ingram is also suspended.
  • Houston Texans at New England Patriots - Ugh.
  • Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins - Two former Patriots with plenty of experience of beating up on Miami - Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler - should bolster the Titans' chances of opening with a road win. Ryan Tannehill makes his return for Miami, without his favorite target, Landry.