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SportsPulse: The games are finally here. And we are here to help you place the smartest bets for kickoff weekend. Lorenzo Reyes provides his locks for Week 1 in the NFL.

USA TODAY

The NFL is poised to return with the first of many football-filled Sundays, but the series of openers is sure to be anything but routine.

The majority of stadiums playing host to games in Week 1 won’t have fans in the stands amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many players could be looking to amplify their voices on social justice with protests or demonstrations during the national anthem. In all, there will be plenty of important developments that take place beyond the games themselves — though those will bear watching, too.

With that in mind, we asked USA TODAY Sports’ NFL reporters and columnists: What will be the biggest story coming out of Sunday’s games?

Their answers:

Tom Brady’s debut. For all that is uncertain and dramatic about the NFL’s 2020 season, the sight of TB12 playing quarterback in anything other than a New England Patriots uniform is so startling. After two decades (and six…