The NFL kicks off tonight with a rematch of last year's Super Bowl: Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers. I won't lie - the Super Bowl rematch is always a bit of a let down for me, and I imagine it'll be even more of a let down without Peyton Manning on the Broncos this year.
I'm still super excited to have NFL football back in my life.
This weekend I'll be checking out:
- Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans (Sunday at 12:00pm CT)
- San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday at 12:00pm CT)
- Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday at 3:05pm CT)
- New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday at 3:25pm CT)
- Detroit Lions vs. Indianopolis Colts (Sunday at 3:25pm CT)
- New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals (Sunday at 7:30pm CT)
We also get 2 Monday night games this week (including the debut of the new Los Angeles Rams, which should be interesting).
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins (Monday at 6:10pm CT)
- Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers (Monday9:20pm CT)
This season should be interesting - there have been a few rule changes (touchbacks in the NFL will now go to the 25-yard line instead of the 20, etc.).
I'm hoping for the Texans to do well (my Houston allegiances run deep) but I also have some super random favorites including (at the moment) the Arizona Cardinals. That one came out of nowhere, but after watching Amazon's "All or Nothing" my love for the Cardinals (and particularly Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Patrick Peterson and a few others) has gotten strong.
Who will you be rooting for this season? I'm always going for former Texas players as well as a few personal favorites - curious who your favorites are!
Enjoy the NFL - I'll keep you updated throughout!