Week 1 of the NFL is almost here and all teams will be looking to start off the season on the right track. The start of the season has some okay matchups and some really really good ones. Here are the big matchups, trades and everything that’s happened recently:
Bears vs. Packers (Thursday)
This is a really good game to start off the season. The Bears were a great defense last year and the team made it to the playoffs. Week 1 will be against division rival Packers, a team that has made some coaching changes to get back on track.
Patriots vs. Steelers (Sunday)
The Super Bowl Champions will go up against the Steelers in Week 1. The teams have put up great games in the past and this could be another classic. The Steelers missed the playoffs last year and lost some stars in the offseason but the team is still considered a strong candidate for the division.
Saints vs. Texans (Monday)
The Saints were close to reaching the Super Bowl last season and the teams remain strong, with stars such as Brees and Thomas, who recently signed a big extension to remain with the team for many more years. The Houston Texans had a nice 2018/19 season and they will be looking to repeat that. The team recently traded Clowney to the Seahawks and then traded for Stills and Tunsil.
Cowboys vs. Giants (Sunday)
The NFC East will open with two division matches, Cowboys vs. Giants and Eagles vs. Redskins. The Cowboys come in with a few questions, including those contract extensions that have been rumored for weeks. The Giants are not favorites for the division but this is an NFC East matchup, which could make things a bit more difficult for the Cowboys.
Jaguars vs. Chiefs (Sunday)
The Jaguars had a disappointing campaign last season, ending at the bottom of the division after a great season the year before. The Jaguars still have a very solid defense so this matchup is a great test for them. The Chiefs come in after a great campaign last season in which Mahomes became one of the best QBs in the league. Kansas City recently signed LeSean McCoy, adding another big name to its already super talented roster.
Notable Players Available
- Demaryius Thomas: The wide receiver was cut by the Patriots just a few days ago. Thomas played for the Texans last season and joined New England earlier this year. Reports say the Broncos are interested in bringing him back.
- Dez Bryant: The former Cowboys wide receiver is reportedly preparing for a return to the NFL. Bryant joined the Saints last season but suffered an injury before he debuted with the team.
- Jay Ajayi: The former Eagles running back continues to be a free agent. He missed part of last season with an injury and it was reported back in July that he had been medically cleared to return.
- Eric Berry: The safety was released by the Chiefs back in March. Since then, reports have revealed big interest from the Cowboys but Berry remains a free agent.
Week 1 begins this Thursday with the matchup between the Packers and Bears. The rest of the matches will take place on Sunday and Monday.