What, you thought Mitch Trubisky was the only quarterback playing on Sunday?
While we obsess over the fourth-year pro’s every move, Bears-Lions will be just a rumor to the rest of the country as the No. 4 game on FOX in the noon time slot. The 91% of viewers who get Packers-Vikings, Eagles-Washington or Seahawks-Falcons won’t know what they’re missing.
Bigger picture: As the NFL plows into Week 1, it’s surrounded by questions about how players will stay safe in a pandemic, how teams will look after no preseason games and how fan-free football will come across on TV.
But there’s another storyline of considerable scale that presents itself, and this one is all about quarterbacks. Over the week to come, it’ll be screaming right in our faces.
Tom Brady, 43, will make his Buccaneers debut against Drew Brees, 41, and the Saints. That game immediately follows Bears-Lions, in case you’re so inclined. How could you not be?
The Cowboys’ Dak Prescott has a Sunday-night date with the Rams. Prescott recently opened up about the depression he felt even before his brother’s suicide in April. Somewhere, FS1’s Skip Bayless — after hitting a new low by criticizing Prescott on his clownish show — will be watching and, if he’s capable, feeling ashamed.
On Monday, the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will play after missing nearly all of last season with an elbow injury. On Thursday, No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow will make his prime-time debut for the Bengals. And don’t forget about that Trubisky guy.
We could go on. We will.
Here’s what’s happening:
Bears at Lions (noon, Fox-32)
If Trubisky can’t beat stinkin’ Detroit? Matt Nagy’s QB competition was a joke, the season’s a disaster, all hope is lost, the sky is falling — whoa. Perhaps we got a tad ahead of ourselves there.
U.S. Open tennis, men’s final (3 p.m., ESPN)
Austria’s Dominic Thiem or Germany’s Alexander Zverev will become the first new Grand Slam singles champion in the men’s game in six years. That’s worth at least a flip-over from football during commercials, isn’t it?
Buccaneers at Saints (3:25 p.m., Fox-32)
Brees and Brady rank 1 and 2 all-time in passing yards and touchdowns. Somehow, that seems like underselling them.
Cowboys at Rams (7:20 p.m., Ch. 5)
No fans? Probably not how they drew it up when $5 billion SoFi Stadium was planned. Still, it’ll be cool to see the Rams’ (and Chargers’) new digs.
Steelers at Giants (6:15 p.m., ESPN)
Speaking of Roethlisberger, he has a nice new target in Notre Dame rookie Chase Claypool. Joe Judge makes his coaching debut for the G-Men.
Stars at Golden Knights, Game 5 (7 p.m., NBCSN)
A lengthy Robin Lehner shutout streak in the rearview, the top-seeded Knights just want to survive this grueling defensive series by any means necessary.
Titans at Broncos (9:10 p.m., ESPN)
Forget the action on the field. How will it sound in the booth with new “MNF” team Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick?
Sky vs. Sun (6 p.m., ESPN2)
It’s single-elimination time. Win or go home. Now or never. Do or die. OK, you get the idea.
Islanders at Lightning, Game 5 (7 p.m., NBCSN)
Too soon for Conn Smythe talk? Because Tampa’s Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov are neck-and-neck with Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen. That’s right, you heard it here first.
Indians at Cubs (7:15 p.m., MSN)
Will Yu Darvish — coming off only his second loss of the season — get back on the Cy Young track? Will any of his teammates help the cause by actually hitting the ball?
Twins at White Sox (7:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
Lucas Giolito lines up to oppose Kenta Maeda, who has been the Twins’ best pitcher. If this were a movie, it would be time for the young protagonist to pop a bully right in the nose.
U.S. Open golf, first round (1 p.m., Ch. 5)
Brooks Koepka has won this event twice in the last three years, but Dustin Johnson goes off as the betting favorite at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Which reminds us: What’s worse, having a winged foot or a mamaroneck?
Twins at White Sox (1:10 p.m., NBCSCH)
This is it, the 10th and final game between these teams this season — until the playoffs, that is. You know they’re not done with each other yet.
Bengals at Browns (7:20 p.m., NFL)
If form holds, LSU’s Burrow will still be the only rookie starting QB in the league as Week 2 gets underway. There’s a joke somewhere about how well the Browns would fare in the SEC, but we’re not quite seeing it.
Twins at Cubs (7:15 p.m., MSN)
After four high-stakes games at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Twins hit Wrigley for a weekend series and run straight into Kyle Hendricks? Class is in session.
South Florida at Notre Dame (1:30 p.m., USA)
Brian Kelly’s fake-punt call in the opener against Duke got the sluggish Irish going. It shouldn’t take a fake anything to hammer USF.
Celtics at Heat, Game 3 (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Boston’s Jayson Tatum has such polish to his young game, it’s almost hard to believe. That and some brass knuckles will give him a chance against Jimmy Butler and locked-in Miami.