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Tom Brady-Dak Prescott duel to kick off NFL season on Sept. 9

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, center, passes in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 3 in Detroit. (AP file photo)

The NFL is returning to London in October and Tom Brady begins his pursuit of an eighth Super Bowl title against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys when Tampa Bay hosts the league’s annual kickoff game on Sept. 9.

The first game in London since the coronavirus pandemic will be played on Oct. 10 as the Atlanta Falcons face the New York Jets. A week later, the Jacksonville Jaguars meet the Miami Dolphins.

The NFL’s first 17-game season opens on the same field where the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs to become the first team to win a Super Bowl at home. It’ll be Prescott’s first game since sustaining a gruesome ankle injury last October.

Brady returns to New England to face Bill Belichick and the Patriots in a Sunday night game on Oct. 3.

Other highlights from opening weekend include Matthew Stafford playing his first game for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears with SoFi Stadium hosting fans for the first time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half on Jan. 3 in Tampa, Fla. (AP file photo)

Most teams are expected to be at full capacity following a season played before limited crowds because of COVID-19.

The Green Bay Packers open the season with or without Aaron Rodgers at New Orleans minus the retired Drew Brees.

Detroit, Dallas and New Orleans host games on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions face the Bears in the first game. The Cowboys play the Raiders in the second one. The Bills visit the Saints in the prime-time matchup.

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