NFL Football is Almost Here
Summer is a fantastic season. Kids are out of school, the weather is warmer and people are generally nicer. There is one downfall to summer however; there is no football. Sure there’s all the talk and free agency, but there is no actual football games. Until the beginning of August that is. That is when preseason football begins. One of the more interesting games set for preseason is the Green Bay Packers against the New England Patriots. This will be the first game that the Patriots will have to prepare for without Tom Brady. Of course preseason football is just a tease. When the actual regular season starts, it’s going to start off with a bang.
The first game of the season puts the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots against the Pittsburg Steelers. This game is not only kicking off the season, but it also starts the first of a four-game suspension on Tom Brady. After that exciting game, the first NFL regular season Sunday starts off with arguably the biggest rivalry in sports. The Green Bay Packers travel to Chicago to take on the Bears to kick off the season. Now I’m not a fan of this. This is one of the biggest games of the season and they have it starting off the season. I understand that it’s meant to start the season off strong, but I much prefer when the games are filled with pressure. Sure this starts off the season, but I much prefer when the season has them playing the last game with playoff implications.
Some of the more notable matchups of the season include a thanksgiving matchup between the Bears and Packers. Another matchup that should be interesting is the New England Patriots vs. the Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of the now famous “deflategate” game. This season will feature another installment of the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry. That game will be more interesting considering that Brady came out and said that Manning only has two seasons left while Brady himself has at least five. That rivalry will continue in which Brady has an 11-5 lead in the all time series. And finally, even though it’s not part of the schedule, people are wondering if this might be Roger Goodell’s last season as commissioner of the National Football League. He has made some extremely questionable decisions in the past and most of them are starting to come back to bite him (the Ray Rice incident). Most of the general public doesn’t care for Goodell, and in the most recent draft, they started giving him the David Stern treatment. That is the people at the draft booed Goodell every single time he was on stage. Just a few short weeks and our Sundays (and Mondays) will be filled with NFL Football.