It's Week 1 of the #NFL schedule and that means football is back on Sundays! Among the teams competing in early afternoon action as the first full day of games takes place will be the Atlanta Falcons. They'll visit a Chicago Bears team hoping for at least a few more wins than last season. Meanwhile, the Falcons are hoping they can get back to "the big game" and this time make sure they leave with the trophy. It all starts today as the Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears game kicks off their last NFL season.

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The famous "28 to 3" score continued to haunt the Atlanta Falcons and their fans throughout the offseason, after the Patriots were able to achieve an amazing comeback to win the #Super Bowl against the "dirty birds." Now Matt Ryan and company are looking to put the past behind them, or at least use it for incentive in their latest season.

There are some analysts who believe Atlanta may suffer a Super Bowl loss hangover, but others feel they will be just as good if not better than the prior season. They get a chance to start off 1-0 against a Chicago Bears team that wants wins but isn't expected to contend for the playoffs.

The Chicago Bears were able to trade up in the most recent NFL Draft and picked the guy they hope is the future leader of their franchise. However, rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be studying from the sidelines as Mike Glennon appears to be the starter for now. Trubisky was able to impress a bit during the preseason, but as a veteran, John Fox will rely on Glennon to lead the offense. That includes last season's No. 2 rushing yards leader in Jordan Howard. Unfortunately, it won't include Cam Meredith as the wide out tore his ACL during the preseason and will be out for this game and the entire season.

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According to Odds Shark, the visiting Atlanta Falcons are favored by up to a touchdown on various sportsbooks' point spreads offered. The moneyline has Atlanta priced at -265 or higher, with Chicago priced as a +225 underdog or higher. Today's over/under points total is 48 points for the complete game. In terms of their head-to-head meetings, Chicago is 5-3 historically against Atlanta.

How to watch it live

Game time for the Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. The game will be televised live via the FOX sports network and their affiliated channels around the United States. For live streaming, cable and satellite customers who have the game available in their viewing region may be able to log into Fox Sports Go website or mobile apps.

In addition, the game may be available for live streaming via NFL Game Pass and Verizon NFL Mobile. Each of these are specific subscriptions services which allow fans to watch a variety of each week's NFL games on #live stream feeds. See more details via the NFL.com website or through Verizon apps.