The Return: Gameday foods to celebrate Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough


The GOAT himself returns to his old stomping grounds as the Buccaneers head north to play the Patriots in Foxborough (Sunday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. ET, NBC | STREAM HERE).

Buying a last-minute seat to the big game could put you back thousands of dollars, but fans can still join in on the fun with NBC’s special menu of foods inspired by New England, Tampa and the Greatest of All Time himself. Check out these GOAT Cheese Croquettes, Tampa Bay Mini Cuban Sandwiches and New England Lobster Rolls, courtesy of NBC Sports Grill & Brew.

Lobster Salad (yields 1¼ cups)


  1. 6 tablespoons of lobster tail meat
  2. 6 tablespoons of mayo heavy duty
  3. 1 tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning
  4. 1 tablespoon of chopped curly parsley
  5. 2 tablespoons of diced celery
  6. 2 tablespoons of diced red onion
  7. 2 tablespoons of diced red pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon of grated fresh garlic
  9. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the Celery, red onion, red pepper in small dice and place it in a bowl.
  2. Add the grated garlic and chopped parsley
  3. Add the mayo and season with the old bay, salt and pepper.
  4. Lastly chop the lobster tail in medium dice/cubes and mix with in the bowl. Try to not over mix or the salad won’t have texture.


Goat Cheese Spread (yields ½ cup)


  • ½ cup soft goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon basil fresh
  • 1 teaspoon chives fresh


  1. Leave the goat cheese at room temperature
  2. Once the cheese is soft, add it to a mixing bowl
  3. Chop basil and chives and fold into the cheese
  4. Add the olive oil on a slow stream and mix everything together


Bacon Jam

Ingredients (yields 4 cups):

  • 2 cups of applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, about 3 cups, finely chopped (approximately ¼-inch pieces)
  • 2 large shallots, about 1 1/2 cups, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup  maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, optional but highly recommended


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy
  2. Place cooked bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel, and break the bacon into approx. 1-inch pieces to be added later
  3. Keep about 4 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan and carefully remove the rest
    • Bacon fat is hot! Mason jars are recommended for storage
  4. Add the onion and diced shallots to the pan with the bacon grease, reducing heat to medium-low
  5. Cook until the onions are caramelized (about 15-20 minutes), stirring often
  6. Mix in the garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chili powder and pieces of cooked bacon
  7. Simmer for 7-10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened to the consistent of a jam
  8. Serve warm or cold (but you may want to warm slightly if it has been refrigerated)


Goat Cheese Croquettes (makes 7 portions, 2 oz. each)


  • 1 cup mash potatoes
  • ¾ cup goat cheese
  • 1½ cup panko break
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. Make a regular mash potato and cool
  2. Once the mash potatoes are cool, add goat cheese
  3. In a separate bowl, combine panko, flour and eggs
  4. Portion the mash/goat cheese in 2 oz. pieces
  5. For the portion in cylinders or small round cakes
  6. Go from dry to wet then dry (flour-eggs-panko)
  7. Place the croquettes in the cooler for a more consistent and firm croquette
  8. Add vegetable oil to a pot (at least a couple of inches deep) and heat it over medium high heat
  9. Fry in batches of no more than 3 to 4 at a time, then place on a towel lined bowl to cool a little


Cuban Sandwich (makes 10)


  • 1 ea. Cuban bread
  • 5 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 4 tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • 20 ea. pickles
  • 10 ea. shaved ham from the deli
  • 10 slices of roasted pork


  1. Cut bread/split in two halves
  2. Spread the mustard on both sides
  3. On the bottom half/base of the bread add
    1. The pickle
    2. Ham, pork
    3. Top it off with the Swiss cheese
  4. Cut the bread in ten equal slices
  5. Place it on a panini toaster and cook until the cheese is melted or until the inside of the bread is warm and the outside looks crispy


Plate presentation:


  • 1 ea. Lobster roll
  • Chives – Pinch
  • Kettle Chips Fried – 5 ea. with salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ea. fried croquettes
  • 1 tablespoon of  goat cheese spread
  • 1 tablespoon of bacon jam (room temperature)
  • Mini Cuban Sandwich – 1 ea.
  • Black Bean Soup – ½ cup


  1. Make a cut on the lobster roll right on top/middle of the bread and add the lobster salad place it of the corner of the plate and garnish with chopped chives, surrounded by kettle chips
  2. Take 1 spoon of the goat spread and place if in the middle of the plate and spread it upwards, then place both croquettes next to each other
  3. Top off the croquettes with the onion/bacon jam and drizzle excess sauce over the top
  4. On the corner of the place, add the black beans.
  5. Place the pressed Cuban sandwich on the top of the beans

Watch the Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers against the Patriots in New England this weekend on Sunday Night Football. The action begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, and the NBC Sports app.

NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

RELATED: Mike Florio gives an inside look into the Lamar Jackson deal

And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

RELATED: Peter King’s latest offseason NFL power rankings

Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

13. Dak Prescott (DAL)

12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)

11. Daniel Jones (NYG)

10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)

9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)

8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)

7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)

6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)

4. Justin Herbert (LAC)

3. Josh Allen (BUF)

2. Joe Burrow (CLE)

1. Patrick Mahomes (KC)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

RELATED: Click here for full analysis on Rounds 1-7 of the 2023 NFL Draft

When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

RELATED: NFL’s 2023 international games full of “star power”

When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

Be sure to follow ProFootballTalk for the latest news, updates, and storylines about the upcoming NFL season!