The first Sunday of the NFL season kicks off today, with a bevy of storylines in the early wave of games as Andrew Luck makes his regular-season debut with the Indianapolis Colts against the Chicago Bears. Fellow 2012 Draft selection Ryan Tannehill makes his first start for the Dolphins in Houston against the Texans, while second-overall pick Robert Griffin III begins his tenure with Washington as the Redskins head into New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints, who got some good news earlier in the week when all four of the players involved in the bounty scandal had their suspensions lifted via an appeal. A pair of playoff teams from a season ago highlight the afternoon games, as the San Francisco 49ers head into Lambeau Field to take on reigning league MVP Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers. In the nightcap, Peyton Manning, who missed all of 2011 with a neck injury, looks to rejuvenate his career in Denver, as his Broncos host Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, who were ousted by the Tim Tebow-led Broncos in overtime in the AFC Wild Card game last season.
St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis signed a five-year contract extension on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Laurinaitis, voted team captain earlier this week, will be under contract until 2017. A 2009 second-round draft choice, Laurinaitis tallied 142 tackles and three sacks last season. Over the course of his three-year career, the 26-year-olOhio State product has posted 376 tackles and eight sacks. way.
The Kansas City Chiefs open the 2012 season at Arrowhead as The Atlanta Falcons and former Chief superstar Tony Gonzalez come to town. This will mark the first time Gonzalez appears at Arrowhead since becoming the Falcon’s tight-end in 2009. Kick-off at noon.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as Number 7 Georgia spoiled Missouri’s SEC debut in a 41-20 victory last night. The Bulldogs trailed 17-9 early in the third quarter before finishing with 32 second-half points to disappoint a sellout crowd of over 71,000 fans in Columbia.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Aramis Ramirez had a home run to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Adron Chambers had an RBI triple for St. Louis. Jake Westbrook went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits to take the loss at Busch Stadium.
CHICAGO – Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko each homered to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The Royals have dominated the season series against the first-place White Sox, winning nine of 14 against Chicago even after yesterday’s loss at U.S. Cellular Field.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Clint Bowyer won the final Sprint Cup regular season race at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Gordon finished second and earned the final wild card spot among the 12 drivers who made it into the Chase for the Championship that starts next Sunday at Chicago Speed