NFL and NFL SUNDAY TICKET Opening Week Switch from cable and get every game, every Sunday, with NFL SUNDAY TICKET included at no extra cost, only on DIRECTV. The NFL kicks off the season September 7, 2017, on Thursday Night football with the New England Patriots taken on the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a national televised game, not part of the NFL SUNDAY TICKET. On Sunday September 10, 2017, DIRECTV customers can enjoy a free preview of NFL SUNDAY TICKET. Streaming is not included in the free preview.