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Fashionable ensembles take center stage as first NFL Sunday of 2021 unfolds

The first Sunday slate of the 2021 NFL season has finally arrived.

Of course, the overall season kicked off with the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 on Thursday night.

NFL Sundays are different, though – especially on kickoff weekend. Teams are reigniting their hopes for their own Super Bowl runs, so it’s only right for players, coaches and fans to look their best before getting a new season underway.

With a new season upon us — and New York Fashion Week drawing to a close — let’s take a look at some of the best pre-game looks for this season’s first NFL Sunday.


QB Joe Burrow

The 2020 No.1 overall pick’s rookie season lasted only 10 games last year due to injury. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his 2,688 passing yards are the fifth-most through 10 career games in NFL history.

Judging by his kickoff weekend threads, Burrow appears ready to pick up where he left off.

CB Chidobe Awuzie

The fifth-year veteran spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cowboys before signing a three-year deal to become a Bengal in March.

Along with being quite sharp for his Bengals debut, Awuzie already seems quite familiar with his new team’s ‘Who Dey’ chant.


Head coach Dan Campbell will make his team debut as Detroit hosts San Fran. Running back Jamaal Williams, who joined the Lions after four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, submitted an early favorite for Week 1’s best bag with an impressive Pokemon design.

The 49ers, who are celebrating their 75th season in franchise history this year, put together an impressive montage of their players’ best threads and jewelry.


RB Derrick Henry, WR Julio Jones, WR A.J. Brown and QB Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee enters this season seeking a third straight playoff berth for the first time since seven straight appearances from 1987-93. To bolster such chances, the Titans acquired Jones from the Atlanta Falcons, where the two-time All-Pro ranks first all-time in receiving yards.

Jones went for a subtle look ahead of his debut with Tennessee, who ranked fourth in points per game last season (30.7). His new teammates Henry, Brown and Tannehill look just as ready to bolster one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

Speaking of ready, here is the first official shot of Jones taking the field in his new no. 2 after the league amended its rule over the offseason. He wore no. 11 over his 10-year stint with the Falcons.


QB Trevor Lawrence

This year’s top pick will finally make his long-awaited NFL debut when the Jaguars visit the Houston Texans. Lawrence will be led by head coach Urban Meyer, who will also be in his first official pro game.

History won’t be on Lawrence’s side, though. The last 13 QBs taken no. 1 overall are winless in their first starts, with David Carr (2002) being the last to win.

Lawrence and teammates look quite ready to give Jacksonville football a new look in more ways than one.

Lawrence looked quite comfortable on NRG Stadium’s field as he inched closer to finally take his first pro snap.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.


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