The 2018 NFL season kicks off Thursday with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons in a playoff rematch. Opening night, recognizing the champs, is maybe the best night of the season. It’s like the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Here are some more reasons why we’re excited for the NFL season, along with the full week 1 schedule.
Star QBs returning to the field
Quarterback injuries were an epidemic last season. It’s the most important position in football and can really hamstring – no pun intended – a team if it is unsettled. Among others, those injured last year included MVP frontrunner Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and rookie sensation Deshaun Watson.
Rookie QBs on the field?
The 2018 draft saw five quarterbacks taken in the first round. Heading into week 1, only one – New York Jet Sam Darnold – is starting. Anticipation is building, as most believe fellow rookies Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson will see the field at some point this year, with their respective teams’ QB situations shaky in recent years.
Faces in new places
More than ever, star players are finding new zip codes in the prime of their careers as contract numbers rise and teams are forced to decide how much to invest in them. Kirk Cousins, Khalil Mack, Ndamukong Suh and Jarvis Landry are just a few of the big names playing in a different jersey this season.
Who wins the NFC?
Yes, the Eagles came out on top last season, and yes, plenty of people are picking them to repeat as NFC champions. But it’s far from a given, unlike the AFC has been most seasons. Along with the Eagles, the Rams, Vikings, Packers, Saints and Falcons are all viewed as legitimate possibilities to represent the conference in Super Bowl LIII. It’s anyone’s guess.
Thursday, September 6
Sunday, September 9
Monday, September 10
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