The consensus was that the NFL kickoff game last night was the favored New England Patriots to lose – and lose the defending Super Bowl champions did to the Kansas City Chiefs.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Americans across the country do not support the blatant disrespect shown when NFL players remain seated during either our Pledge of Allegiance or the playing of our National Anthem. This has nothing at all to do with color, race or ethnicity and everything to do with dishonoring the brave men and women of all colors who have given their lives in service to this nation. NFL, if you are reading this story, I solemnly pledge to turn off every game where any player of any colors sits during our Anthem.
In a 42-27 win over Tom Brady and crew in a game that went to midnight on the East Coast, the Chiefs brought some real drama to the start of the 2017-2018 season. The Kansas City team also took some hits with cornerback Marcus Peters getting blowback on social media and more for sitting for the national anthem in protest and Erin Berry suffering a potential torn Achilles tendon in the match-up at Gillette Stadium.
Still, with a 14.6/25 in meter-market ratings, the beginning of the new NFL season was not exactly a winner for the league and NBC.
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While better than anything on any of the Big 4 have done in the overnights in months, those numbers are down a sobering 12% from the early results of the Denver Broncos’ tight 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in last year’s kickoff on September 8, 2016.
Long season short, that’s not a good start for either the NFL or networks hoping to gain some traction from last year’s ratings blows.
To put some greater context, the 2016 kickoff game, which was down from both the 2015 and the 2014 openers, went on to snare a 9.4/33 rating among adults 18-49 and 25.19 million viewers. With the Super Bowl 50 champs 10-points down at one point before surging for the win, the Broncos vs. Panthers opener was the fourth year in a row that a NFL kickoff game topped 25 million viewers. With 27.5 million sets of eyeballs, the 2010 kickoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings still holds the record for most watched season opener since the Thursday traditional started in 2002. source