100 things to know ahead of the 2024 NFL season

The 2024 NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 5, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 p.m. ET. The Eagles and Packers will meet on Friday, Sept. 6, in São Paulo, Brazil, in the first of five International Series games this season. The NFL will also host three games in London and one in Munich, Germany. The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions and are looking to become the first team in NFL history to win three straight championships. The San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are among the teams considered top contenders for the 2024 season. The Giants acquired two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Brian Burns from the Panthers, and the Texans acquired four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Bills. The Bears spent the No. 1 overall draft pick on USC quarterback Caleb Williams, replacing Fields with the consensus top signal-caller of the 2024 class. Five different quarterbacks drafted in the last four years changed teams, including Justin Fields (Bears to Steelers), Mac Jones (Patriots to Jaguars), Kenny Pickett (Steelers to Eagles), Desmond Ridder (Falcons to Cardinals) and Sam Howell (Commanders to Seahawks). The Texans acquired Pro Bowl running back Joe Mixon from the Bengals, and the Panthers acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver Diontae Johnson from the Steelers. Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2023, and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has led his team to two straight AFC Championship appearances. The Giants hired Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to replace Joe Judge, and the Ravens hired Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to replace Mike Macdonald. The Patriots hired Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to replace Josh McDaniels, and the Raiders hired Patriots executive Dave Ziegler to replace Mike Mayock. The Titans hired Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to replace Shane Bowen, and the Saints hired Colts offensive coordinator Gus Bradley to replace Dennis Allen. The Bears hired Ravens defensive coordinator Sean Payton to replace Matt Nagy, and the Steelers hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to replace Mike Tomlin. The Cardinals hired Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to replace Kliff Kingsbury, and the Raiders hired former NFL MVP Josh McCown to replace interim coach Tom Cable. The Buccaneers hired Packers offensive coordinator Luke Getsy to replace Byron Leftwich, and the Packers hired Patriots offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to replace Nathaniel Hackett. The Chiefs signed former Ravens wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, giving Mahomes a potential new top target alongside All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. The Titans signed former Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley, making the ex-Falcons standout roughly one of the top 10 highest-paid players at his position. The Jets signed two veteran starters: wide receiver Mike Williams and offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Notable defensive moves included the signings of pass rushers Danielle Hunter and Haason Reddick and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Patrick Queen.

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