2018 NFL Season Kicks Off

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

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. EST

Sunday, September 9

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. EST

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. EST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. EST

Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. EST

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. EST

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. EST

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. EST

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. EST

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. EST

Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. EST

Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m. EST

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. EST

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. EST

Monday, September 10

New York Jets at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m. EST

Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders, 10:20 p.m. EST

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