What day does the NFL season start? Date, teams, TV schedule for 2023 season-opener
What day does the NFL season start? Date, teams, TV schedule for 2023 season-opener
What day does the 2023 NFL season start?

And on the seventh day of September, the NFL will give us the start of a new season. It's an early holiday gift to football fans everywhere. Summer will be stepping aside for the start of fall, much like the leaves on the trees that are soon to be departing as well. 

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Pumpkin-flavored everything returns to menus and stores and those early sunsets grace us with their presence again. The feeling is familiar, much like watching Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs play in primetime –– which is what NFL fans will be doing on that first Thursday night in September. 

Per tradition, the reigning Super Bowl champion hosts the opening game of the following season, so get ready for Mike Tirico to be in the NBC booth at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium for the Week 1 kickoff between the Chiefs and Lions.

#NFLKickoff is SET! 🗓

It's the Detroit Lions vs. the Kansas City Chiefs to open the season. 🏈 pic.twitter.com/qmX9bQsShZ

— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) May 11, 2023

Here everything you need to know about the 2023 NFL season opener including date, start time, teams, TV channels and live streaming options. 

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What day does the NFL season start?

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 7
  • Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET 
  • Teams: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions

The 2023 NFL regular season will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 7 as the Chiefs host the Lions in a matchup of Super Bowl champion and contender on the rise. 

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How to watch NFL 2023 season opener

The tradition of the season opener being broadcast on NBC continues to start the 2023 NFL season. However, all of the remaining Thursday Night Football games will once again return to Amazon Prime Video. 

For you cord cutters out there, you're in luck. Fubo is the place to be. The streaming service carries NBC and also offers a free trial to new subscribers. 

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