The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in a battle of NFC East rivals on Sunday Night Football.
Despite going 13-3 and earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs last year, the Cowboys lost twice to the Giants in 2016, including a loss in Week 1. Dallas hopes to not have a repeat of last year and will rely on sophomores Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load. Don’t be surprised if Elliott gets even more carries in this game because there is a possibility his six-game suspension is upheld and he will have plenty of time to rest up before he sees game action again.
The Giants will rely on their strong defense led by DB Landon Collins and DE Jason Pierre-Paul to try and get after Prescott and bottle up Elliott. On offense, New York is all about Eli Manning and the passing attack. Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to suit up, but it remains to be seen how big of a role he will have after injuring his ankle in the preseason. As a result, look for new additions WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram, to go along with sophomore WR Sterling Shepard to step up for Manning.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs to kick off the 2017 NFL season.
On the heels of a miraculous Super Bowl victory, the Patriots start off their championship defense with a few new weapons at their disposal. The additions of Brandin Cooks, Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead in the offseason, to go along with a healthy Rob Gronkowski will certainly lessen the blow of losing Julian Edelman for the season with a torn ACL.
The Chiefs will rely on their strong defense led by CB Marcus Peters and LB Justin Houston, but they will have their hands full. QB Alex Smith looks to methodically move the ball on offense by relying on TE Travis Kelce and Hill, who is one of the most electrifying players in the league and a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands.
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC, the only network with two primetime NFL packages, recently put the finishing touches on new Thursday Night Football theme music, which will be used throughout its TNF game telecasts.
The music will be featured throughout the nine NBC-produced TNF games, beginning tomorrow Thursday, November 3, when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on NFL Network.
Composed and produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer and songwriter Jimmy Greco, the new music – entitled “Can’t Hold Us Down” – is a high energy, melodic piece combining a modern pop musical arrangement, mixed with a traditional anthemic feeling found in classic sports themes.
The theme music was performed by the string section from the orchestra of Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Hamilton under the direction of violinist and Hamilton concertmaster Jonathan Dinklage. Dinklage’s brother, Peter, the award-winning actor of Game of Thrones fame, narrated NBC Olympics’ primetime show open for its presentation of the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Games. The TNF theme music was recorded at New York’s legendary Avatar Studios.
“It’s a thrill to have such a talented group of musicians write, conduct, and perform our theme music as we kick off a new night of the NFL on NBC,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football. “We’re excited to introduce viewers to our new Thursday Night Football music.”
“It’s an honor to work with NBC Sports on such a high-profile TV show,” said Greco, the CEO of Airgo Entertainment, who has worked with Carlos Santana, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Train. “My career has primarily been producing in the pop music business, but now I am embracing all the exciting film and TV opportunities that may arise from it. I’m thrilled to be a part of Thursday Night Football!”
NBC’s Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on Thursday, November 17 as the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers host the division rival New Orleans Saints. NBC’s TNF then has a four-week run of games beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1 with a blockbuster matchup as the first-place Dallas Cowboys visit the first-place Minnesota Vikings at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all of NBC’s Thursday Night Football games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s TNF broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)
The piece will serve as theme music for the following Thursday Night Football games:
Thurs. Nov. 3
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thurs. Nov. 10
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Thurs. Nov. 17
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
NBC, NFLN **
Thurs. Dec. 1
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
NBC, NFLN **
Thurs. Dec. 8
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
NBC, NFLN **
Thurs. Dec. 15
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
NBC, NFLN **
Sat., Dec. 17
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Thurs. Dec. 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
NBC, NFLN **
Sun., Dec. 25
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
** Live streamed on Twitter, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app