NFL-2021 Schedule....Former Vikings and Iowa Coach Jerry Burns Dies
May 13, 2021
Bucs to kick off season vs Cowboys
UNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin their Super Bowl title defense when they kick off the 2021 season against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 9.
The game could see the return of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of last season. The Cowboys have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
Other highlights from opening weekend include Matthew Stafford playing his first game for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears with SoFi Stadium welcoming fans for the first time.
Most teams are expected to be at full capacity following a season played before limited crowds because of COVID-19.
The Las Vegas Raiders host the Baltimore Ravens in the first Monday night game.
The NFL also announced it will return to London in October for its first games in the city since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Atlanta Falcons will play the New York Jets on Oct. 10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins a week later. The NFL says it is ready to return to London following a successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Britain.
Also in the NFL:
— Former Vikings and Iowa head coach Jerry Burns has died at 94, according to the team. Burns became Minnesota’s head coach in 1986 and compiled a 55-46 record, including 3-3 in the postseason. He helped the Packers win the first two Super Bowls as defensive backs coach, then joined iconic Vikings coach Bud Grant as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator in 1968. Prior to that Burns was head coach at Iowa for five seasons and compiled a16-27-2 record.