It's the first NFL Sunday since the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what you should know

The 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with the Chiefs defeating the Texans 34-20.

(CNN)It's the first NFL Sunday of the season, which typically signals the start of tailgating, fantasy football trash talk and Scott Hanson of "NFL Red Zone" gracing your television screen.

However, things will be very different this year.
There will be no fans in most stadiums to start the year, and you may not see some of your favorite players suit up due to the pandemic.
    With most teams playing today, here's what you need to know with the first NFL Sunday.

    Social justice initiatives

    Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a series of social justice initiatives the league has planned, including helmet decals, a voter activation push and phrases stenciled in the end zones.
    Teams will have the phrases "It Takes All of Us" and "End Racism" painted in each team's end zones all season long.
    The NFL will play the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" -- known as the Black national anthem -- before games on opening weekend, while airing footage that showcases the social justice work of players and teams.
    Goodell said that a number of players told him voting was the number one issue that was important to them, which helped spur NFL Votes, a voting initiative the league launched in July.
    It's a league-wide, nonpartisan initiative that Goodell said "supports and encourages civic engagement and voting of fans, players, legends and club and league personnel."
    The initiative will focus on three pivotal parts of the electoral process: voter education, registration and activation. Education programs have been conducted with players on all 32 teams, and Goodell said that the league encouraged teams to offer their stadiums as polling centers.
    Goodell, who said last month that he wished the league had "listened earlier" to Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the National Anthem back in 2016, also announced that the league's players will be able to "shine a spotlight on and honor victims of systemic racism and police brutality" with decals on their helmets that bear the victims' names.
    Players will wear those decals all season long.

    Chiefs begin title defense

    The Kansas City Chiefs began their Super Bowl title defense by waxing the Houston Texans 34-20 on Thursday.
    Quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked as sharp as ever, and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will only bolster one of the league's highest-scoring offenses.
    The Chiefs look like they haven't missed a beat, and are the favorite to win it all again this year and repeat as Super Bowl champions.

    Tom Brady in Tampa Bay

    Tom Brady will be wearing a different jersey for the first time in his career.
    Quarterback Tom Brady shook up the football world when he decided to leave the New England Patriots and sign with the Ta