The NFL has released their schedule and Week 1 provides plenty of reason to start your countdown now until kickoff on September 8th. We’re going to look at some of the key match-ups as the draft is less than two weeks away. Everyone has their mock drafts ready. For the most part we know who’s going to be suiting up Week 1 aside from the rookies. Plenty of match-ups from a reunion of Rex Ryan and Ed Reed going back to Baltimore, a Super Bowl 50 rematch, and a potential Super Bowl match with the Patriots traveling to Glendale.
Panthers @ Broncos
If we weren’t discussing the Broncos Super Bowl victory we were dissecting how Cam Newton handled his post-game conference and how that affects his legacy moving forward. A few pieces have changed since that February game including a new QB for Denver and the Panthers getting Kelvin Benjamin back into the lineup. The defending Super Bowl winner has won the previous two years on kickoff weekend. An interesting way to start the season is with either the Broncos showing why they won the Super Bowl or the Panthers beating Denver in a game with not nearly as much merit.
Bills @ Ravens
Not only an AFC match-up, this game holds a lot of history between the two teams with Rex Ryan and Ed Reed returning to Baltimore. Joe Flacco coming off his ACL injury has a lot to prove with how bad the Ravens were last year. Breshad Perriman has been running on the first day of off-season training for the Ravens and hopefully we see some production from him as he was a ghost his rookie year. Bills Nation has to hold their breath as LeSean McCoy’s bar fight could cause a suspension which can hurt this offense. Come Week 1 we’ll see if Ed Reed can bring some of his magic back to Baltimore, even if it’ll be for the opposing team.
Patriots @ Cardinals
If we’re not talking about Denver and Carolina then the next two teams could arguably be Arizona and New England. Brady will not be playing a game that might be a Super Bowl match-up due to the deflate-gate scandal. One of the most interesting match-ups may be when Chandler Jones and Jonathan Cooper now line up on the opposite team they closed last season with. After trading for Jones the Cardinals have an even better defense and they get Tyrann Mathieu back from his injury. There are plenty of weapons on this Arizona defense to possibly give Jimmy Garoppolo his 1st opening week loss ever.
Plenty of great match-ups this season and this was just a few of the games that we at Ronin provided history and excitement for as we have a few more months until kickoff. We have the Rams opening at Levi Stadium and the Steelers traveling to Washington for Monday Night. Whether a casual fan or a fantasy football expert, you’ll have more than enough reasons to turn on your TV come September and remember why we truly love Sundays.