The NFL schedule comes out tonight at 8pm, of course with a special on NFL Network and ESPN, where commentators will hammer out every game of the season for like, sixteen hours straight. I'm just gonna cut to the chase, and give you my top games I'm looking forward to this season.
Obviously this one is gonna be a big one that you will hear talked up and drilled into your heads nonstop leading up to the actual game. Saints fans might wanna look away, cause you'll see "the play" more times than you'll want to. The Cundiff kick/Lee Evans drop still makes me shut my eyes when I see it. Things to keep in mind: Will this ~actually~ be Drew Brees' last season? Will the Rams stop being so damn sketchy with Todd Gurley? How big of an impact will Clay Matthews have for the Rams? No matter what the outcome of this one is, it won't erase what happened last season.
This one is rumored to be the Sunday Night opener, and it's sure to be a good one. I'll be watching through my finger binoculars to spot the first sign of age on good ol' Tom Brady. I won't rest until I find it. Patrick Mahomes is coming off of a monster season, obviously. The Pats don't have Rob Gronkowski anymore, but don't worry -- Brady can throw to me or you and be fine. I hope this is a passing-of-the-torch game from Brady to Mahomes as the GOAT. I'm just so tired of it.
Baker Mayfield is becoming one of my favorite players in the NFL, and we all know the true test is beating Brady (bonus points if you beat him at home). The Browns can pass this test from being known as "just a good team on paper" to "an actual good team, who can be a threat."
As currently the biggest Denver Broncos fan of all time, this is a game on the schedule that Joe Flacco can show he's officially back (I already know he is, but he has to make the rest of you feel stupid as well). Not only could the Browns be actually good, but this is a team Flacco knows how to play, or at least, he used to. I still can't shake Baker, but maybe Von Miller will be able to.
Super Bowl rematch Twitter will be so alive for this one. There are some differences with this particular game, though. Carson Wentz will (hopefully) be healthy this time around with Nick Foles heading to Jacksonville. And of course Gronk is no more. Both teams are still good, and I think this one will be closer than most think.
The drama is sure to be at an all-time high for this one, with Le'Veon Bell facing his former team. This is a game you'll be tired of hearing about before it even happens. I think the Jets will be better than they were last season, but this is one of the games where they're gonna have to prove it.
Jalen Ramsey and Antonio Brown need to be miked up for this one, or the NFL has failed us all.
Earl Thomas is facing his former team, hopefully proving he's healthy and hopefully not flipping off Seattle anymore to give them any more bulletin board material. Russell Wilson said on Tuesday that he's ready to win more Super Bowls -- this is a good start. The Ravens are going to be missing Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, and Eric Weddle this season -- the core of that good defense of last year.
This may be one of the most unpredictable games of the season. Both teams have their good reasons why they can win -- and have just as many reasons why they could lose. Jared Goff could morph into either 'good Jared' or 'bad Jared,' and the same can be said for Mitch Trubisky.
Two words: Bruce Arians. He may be Jameis Winston's last chance at redemption and the Cardinals could have a flashy new QB or stick with future Hall of Famer Josh Rosen. Arians and new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury should be a good matchup, no matter who the QB is.
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