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NFL Week 1 Schedule: Game times, how to watch Illini players

Hoomanawanui, Wilson set to play for Patriots on Thursday night.

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The NFL kicks off its regular-season Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. Former Illinois players Michael Hoomanawanui and Tavon Wilson will be in action for the Patriots.

Hoomanawanui and Wilson both played in Super Bowl XLIX. Hoomanawanui hauled in one reception for four yards, while Wilson didn't record any statistics.

Here's a full list of former Illinois players in the NFL:

  • Jeff Allen (OT, Chiefs)
  • Jon Asamoah (OL, Falcons)
  • Alan Ball (DB, Bears)
  • Arrelious Benn (WR, Jaguars)
  • Michael Buchanan (DE, Bills)
  • Jeff Cumberland (TE, Jets)
  • Vontae Davis (CB, Colts)
  • Michael Hoomanawanui (TE, Patriots)
  • Corey Liuget (DE, Chargers)
  • Whitney Mercilus (DE, Texans)
  • Akeem Spence (DT, Buccanneers)
  • Hugh Thornton (OG, Colts)
  • Tavon Wilson (FS, Patriots)

Here's the full schedule with games featuring Illini players in bold:

Matchup TV Time Date
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots NBC 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears FOX Noon Sunday
Kanas City Chiefs at Houston Texans CBS Noon Sunday
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets CBS Noon Sunday
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills CBS Noon Sunday
Miami Dolphins at Washington CBS Noon Sunday
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars FOX Noon Sunday
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams FOX Noon Sunday
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals FOX 3:05 p.m. Sunday
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers FOX 3:05 p.m. Sunday
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers CBS 3:25 p.m. Sunday
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders CBS 3:25 p.m. Sunday
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos CBS 3:25 p.m. Sunday
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys NBC 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons ESPN 6:10 p.m. Monday
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers ESPN 9:20 p.m. Monday