Hut. Hut. Hike! The 2016 NFL season kicks off on Sept. 8 and football fans are hyped! If you don’t know when the season starts or what major changes happened in the off-season, here’s all the need-to-know info.
When does the 2016 NFL season start?
The NFL Season kicks off with a Super Bowl 50 rematch, as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8. Most of the remaining teams play on Sept. 11 at 8:30 PM ET. For the season’s inaugural edition of Monday Night Football, not one but two games will take place: the Pittsburgh Steelers play Washington at 7:20 PM ET, while the San Francisco 49ers take on the Los Angeles Rams.
Yes, Los Angeles has a team – again.
Sorry, St. Louis. Your team now lives in Thousand Oaks. Actually, the Rams first began in Cleveland in 1936 before moving to L.A. in 1946. They would stay there until 1994, when they were moved to St. Louis. Now, they’re back in Cali and ready to rock, as they won all of their preseason games.
It’s A “Who’s Who” of who’s no longer here.
It’s almost like everyone decided to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, 30, walked away from the game, dashing the hopes of many Detroit Lions fans. Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch, 30, literally hung up his cleats in the middle of Super Bowl 50. Tom Couglin, 70, who led the New York Giants to three Super Bowl victories, retired after a 30-year career. And, Peyton Manning, 40, decided to go out on top, ending his incredible Super Bowl 50 run by announcing his retirement. Speaking of someone who’s not going to play the start of the season…
Tom Brady will ride the pine for a month.
After fighting (and almost winning) his “Deflate-gate” suspension, Tom Brady, 39, will serve his 4-game punishment and sit on the bench until the New England Patriots play the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Jimmy Garoppolo, 24, will start, per NESN, while Tom shows that no matter how hard one tries, everyone has to follow the rules.
There are plenty of new rules in 2016.
Chop blocks (two man, high-low block) are now totally illegal in 2016, per the Los Angeles Times. If a player gets penalized twice in one game for “unsportsmanlike conduct,” he will be automatically disqualified. Horse-collar tackles, when a player grabs the inside collar of the back of side of an opponent’s shoulder pads, are still illegal, but now people can’t grab above the player’s nameplate on the jersey.
Defenders also now can’t make “forcible contact” with the crown of their helmets. Hopefully, this reduces the amount of injuries, but Tony Romo, 36, who suffered a broken back in a preseason game against Seattle, might argue otherwise. Dak Prescott, 23, will start for Dallas when they play the Indianapolis Colts.
Are you excited for the 2016 NFL season, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think will make it to the Super Bowl?