2015 NFL Schedule: Week One Match Ups for Wisconsin Badgers Alumni


The 2015 NFL schedule was released Tuesday night. Currently, 31 Badgers are on an NFL roster. Here’s a look at each former Badgers’ week one NFL match up.


NFC North:

Jared Abbrederis — Green Bay Packers, #84, wide receiver

Scott Tolzien — Green Bay Packers, #16, quarterback

• Abbrederis, Tolzien and the rest of the Green Bay Packers open the season on the road against division rival Chicago.

DeAndre Levy — Detroit Lions, #54, outside linebacker

• Levy and the Detroit Lions head to the west coast to take on the San Diego Chargers in week one.

Ryan Groy — Chicago Bears, #79, offensive guard

• Groy will face fellow Badgers alums Abbrederis and Tolzien when the Bears host the Packers week one.

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NFC East:

Beau Allen — Philadelphia Eagles, #94, defensive tackle

Chris Maragos — Philadelphia Eagles, #42, defensive back

• Eagles defensive players Allen and Maragos open the season on Monday night football, taking on a Badgers-heavy squad in Atlanta.

Travis Frederick — Dallas Cowboys, #72, center

Nick Hayden — Dallas Cowboys, #96, defensive tackle

• Frederick, Hayden and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys will host the first Sunday Night Football contest of the yea against the New York Giants.

NFC South:

Gabe Carimi — Atlanta Falcons, #68, offensive tackle

Peter Konz — Atlanta Falcons, #66, center

Dez Southward — Atlanta Falcons, #41, free safety

• A trio of Badgers in Atlanta will host the first half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader when Beau Allen, Chris Maragos and the Eagles head to town.

Nick Toon — New Orleans Saints, #88, wide receiver

• Toon and the Saints open the season on the road at Arizona.

Brad Nortman — Carolina Panther, #8, punter

• Nortman and the Panthers head to Jacksonville to open the season.

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NFC West:

Russell Wilson — Seattle Seahawks, #3, quarterback

David Gilreath — Seattle Seahawks, #6, wide receiver

Mike Taylor — Seattle Seahawks, #46, linebacker

O’Brien Schofield — Seattle Seahawks, #93, linebacker

• After falling in the Super Bowl last season, Wilson and the rest of the Badgers in Seattle open the 2015 campaign on the road against division opponent St. Louis.

Marcus Cromartie — San Francisco 49ers, #35, cornerback

• Cromartie and the 49ers host the late game in the Monday Night Football doubleheader, hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

Lance Kendricks — St. Louis Rams, #88, tight end

• Kendricks and the Rams host division rival Seattle to open the season.

Matt Shaughnessy — Arizona Cardinals, #91, outside linebacker

• Shaughnessy and the Arizona Cardinals host the Saints to open the 2015 season.


AFC North

Joe Thomas — Cleveland Browns, #73, offensive tackle

• Thomas will lock down the blind side to open the season on the road against the New York Jets.

Owen Daniels — Baltimore Ravens, #81, tight end

Rick Wagner — Baltimore Ravens, #71, offensive tackle

• Daniels and Wagner head west to open the season at Denver.

Ethan Hemer — Pittsburgh Steelers, #79, defensive tackle

• Hemer will be a part of opening night festivities when the Patriots host the Steelers in the first action of the season.

Kevin Zeitler — Cincinnati Bengals, #68, offensive guard

• Zeitler and the Bengals head to Oakland to open the 2015 season.

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AFC East

Jonathan Casillas — New England Patriots, #52, outside linebacker

James White — New England Patriots, #28, running back

• Super Bowl champions Casillas and White host the Pittsburg Steelers to open the 2015 season.

Kraig Urbik — Buffalo Bills, #60, offensive guard

• Urbik and the Buffalo Bills host the Colts in their first action of 2015.

AFC South

J.J. Watt — Houston Texans, #99, defensive end

Garrett Graham — Houston Texans, #88, tight end

• Watt, Graham and the Texans host the Chiefs to open the 2015 season.

AFC West

Montee Ball — Denver Broncos, #28, running back

• The Ravens visit Ball and the Broncos to open the 2015 season.

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