How good should each team feel about its netminders? We rank them here, with insights analyst Steve Valiquette.
The playoffs are here! Get caught up with position-by-position breakdowns of all the first-round series before the puck drops Saturday.
- Walker, Smart out for short-handed C's vs. Cavs
- Brady, chasing Brees, returns to NE in Week 4
- Finally at '100%,' Ovechkin returns in Caps' win
- Celts' Brown done for season due to wrist injury
For the first time in 2021, L.A. is not at the top of our list.
Hundreds of players found new teams through free agency and the draft. But every team still has at least one need.
With a victory Thursday night, Colorado will win the West Division and be the top seed in the playoffs. Get caught up on everything here.
Which games should you circle on your calendar? Which rookie debut will be the most interesting? Our panel weighs in.
Atlanta has the inside track for the No. 4 seed in the East, while Boston's play-in status is sealed.
— Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points, Collin Sexton added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 102-94 win in their home finale over Boston on Wednesday night, locking the Celtics into a spot in the NBA's...
— James Kaprielian got the victory in his first major league start with five innings of one-run ball, Matt Olson homered and the Oakland Athletics held off the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Wednesday night.
— Kacper Przybylko scored in the 88th minute and the Philadelphia Union tied the New England Revolution 1-1 on Wednesday night.
New England's favorite son returns for what promises to be one of the hottest tickets and most memorable nights in Gillette Stadium history.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
The Patriots are the only team in the league that will face three teams coming off a bye. They have the worst net rest differential compared to their opponents in the league at -15 days.
Tim Hasselbeck and Dan Graziano join the NFL crew today to discuss the week 1 schedule. As well as, what matchups they are looking forward to in the season. With the Packers vs the Saints set for week 1, it has us pondering both teams' QB situation, especially Rodgers'. We will also take a look at some QBs in new environments.
Already missing All-Star forward Jaylen Brown because of a serious wrist injury, the Celtics also will be without Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart when they play the reeling Cavaliers on Wednesday night in a game with playoff implications.
The Bucs open against the Cowboys on Sept. 9, but all eyes will be on Tom Brady's return to Foxborough in Week 4.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
With the NFL announcing this year's London games -- Jets-Falcons and Dolphins-Jaguars -- it highlights that the Patriots won't be playing in London in 2021. So lock it in, the Patriots-Falcons game will be played in Atlanta. The last time the Patriots visited the Falcons in Atlanta was Sept. 29, 2013 -- in a 30-23 win at the Georgia Dome. The Patriots' performance was highlighted by a 47-yard TD run by LeGarrette Blount and included DT Vince Wilfork sustaining an Achilles injury.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
The Patriots open the 2021 regular season at home against the Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on CBS. The announcement of the opener was first made by the "CBS This Morning" program, which previewed the full schedule release tonight (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET). This marks the second straight year the Patriots open the season at home against the Dolphins, having beaten them 21-11 last year.