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NFL Preseason 2018: 5 Games actually worth watching

Every diehard NFL fan thinks that every game their favorite team plays should be one of the top games to watch. While every week there are exciting games being played, there are always a few notable games that are played throughout the NFL’s regular season. Regardless of your favorite team, the game we will talk about promise to deliver some great football to be played, which can be looked forward to by the truest of NFL fans.

NFL Preseason 2018 top games

The NFL preseason delivers a full range of games each week, but many NFL watchers do not spend much time or energy on the preseason as many starting positions do not play more than the first quarter of each game. The goal of most preseason games is to determine who will be starting players and who will not make the team come the start of the regular season. There are, however, some games that are always notable during the NFL preseason. The top 5 notable preseason games will be discussed below.

Preseason Week 1: Minnesota Vikings versus Denver Broncos

This game will prove interesting as both teams are beginning the 2018 season with new quarterbacks. Filling the quarterback position correctly could be the key to both teams ending up in the playoffs, and this game will be the first time everyone can see the quarterbacks in action. Kirk Cousins will be playing for the Minnesota Vikings and Case Keenum will be the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. With the fact that this is the first week of the preseason, both of these players will not see much playing time, but it is a great opportunity to see both of them in action for the first time. Tune in to the start of the game, as neither will play much more than past the first quarter.

Preseason Week 2: Buffalo Bills versus Cleavland Browns

Anyone who follows football would not think of these two teams playing each other as a must see football game. The Cleavland Browns have continually had disappointing seasons, and the Buffalo Bills have not had much better records. The reason this game is notable is the fact that both teams are on the hunt for new quarterbacks. This game will likely see both quarterbacks playing longer than normal in a preseason game. There are several quarterbacks vying for the position, and it promises to be an interesting game, since it is an opportunity for all the quarterback to prove themselves.

Preseason Week 3: New York Giants versus New York Jets

Anytime the Giants and the Jets play, it is always an interesting game. They share a stadium and always bring a level of excitement and competitiveness when they play. The Jets are another team in the market for a new quarterback, and will use this game as an opportunity to give their picks time to prove themselves. The Giants are also on the hunt for another quarterback to back up Eli Manning, as he is nearing the end of his playing career. The Giants will also use this game as an opportunity to showcase their draft pick in both the running back and defensive end positions, which will provide some good, quality football to watch, even in the preseason.

Preseason Week 3: San Francisso 49’ers versus Indianapolis Colts

This game is another game where the quarterback position will be highly watched. The Colts are deciding if Andrew Luck or Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback, and by week 3 of the preseason, the answer should be a little bit clearer. If Andrew Luck starts the game, it will be likely that he will be the staring quarterback for the season. If Jacoby Brissett starts, Colts fans may be panicked, as a brand new quarterback could be running the team when the regular season starts. The 49’ers have a new quarterback in place, and by this point in the preseason, he should be be showing true potential in the position. This game will also allow fans to get a glimpse of Richard Sherman, the very popular and talented cornerback that the 49’ers acquired in the off season.

Preseason Week 4: Dallas Cowboys versus Houston Texans

Not only is this game a matchup of the Texas teams, is it also a chance for the teams to show their rivalries on the field. Dak Prescott was one of the notable quarterbacks from last year, and fans have eagerly been waiting to see him in action again. The Texans will have Deshaun Watson back after suffering a bad knee injury last season, and by this point should be showing how he is going to hold up returning from that injury. Many fans will tune in to also see the rivalry between the two teams. Football is big in Texas, and when two Texas teams play each other, preseason or regular season, it always proves to be an exciting matchup between the teams.

While all die hard football fans will always intently watch their favorite teams in the preseason, preseason games normally do not have the fan base that regular season games have. The games that we did mention above are sure to have more people tuning in to watch than others, as fans are ready to see what changes were made during the offseason and how players look on the field.

The preseason is a good way to judge how the regular season will look. Players always give their all as they know this is their opportunity to show what they can offer the team, and some players are working to obtain a spot on the team or to secure a starting position. A team that struggles or shines during the preseason will normally follow that trend into the regular season. Keeping your eyes on the preseason will be a good indicator of what is to come when the regular season kicks off, and any opportunity to have a football party, is a good opportunity, so get your friends and family together and tune in to get your football fix during the preseason.

When does the 2018 NFL Regular Season Open?

For NFL lovers, the start of regular season football games is something that is looked forward to as soon as the previous season ends. For months NFL players spend the offseason prepping for the start of the next season and teams and coaches start their work to try to become the next Super Bowl Champions.

2018 NFL Regular Season

The 2018 NFL Season will start on September, 6th. This season will be the 99th season of the NFL. The first game of the season is always referred to as the kickoff game, and always has one team be the defending Super Bowl Champions. This year, the kickoff game will be played by the Super Bowl champs, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. This game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The last game of the season, the Super Bowl, will be on February 3, 2019 and will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2018 NFL Regular Season runs from Septermber 6, 2018 to December 30, 2018. The playoffs start on January 5, 2019 and concludes with the Super Bowl that is played on February 3, 2019. This season’s Pro Bowl will take place on January 27, 2019 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The 2018 NFL season is made up of 256 games that are played over 17 weeks. The NFL consists of 32 teams, and each team plays 16 games per season. Each team is give a bye week, which is a week where the team does not play a game. NFL games are played on Sundays, Monday nights and Thursday nights. The majority of the games are on Sunday, with a Sunday night game each week as well. The last week of the season, each game is an intra-division matchup, which has been the tradition since 2018.

There are some notable games that will take place during the 2018 regular season. The regular season will begin the the Kickoff Game which will be played on September 6th at 8:20 pm eastern time. This game can be seen on NBC. For the past several seasons, the NFL has played games in London. The 2018 season will be no different, as three games will take place in London. The NFL has signed an agreement with Tottenham Stadium in London, stating that for the next ten years, at least one game of the NFL regular season will be played there. This year, the Oakland Raiders will face the Seattle Seahawks at the stadium on October 14th at 1:00 pm eastern time. Two games will be played at Wembley Stadium in London. The Los Angeles Chargers will play the Tennessee Titans on October 21st at 9:30 am eastern time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley Stadium on October 28th at 9:30 am eastern time. The NFL will also play a game in Mexico this year. The game will take place at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game will be on November 19th adn will pair the Los Angeles Rams against the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL has signed an agreement to play at least one game per season at this stadium through the year 2021.

There will also be regular season NFL games on holidays. The tradition of three games on Thanksgiving continues this year. The early game, played at 12:30 pm eastern time, will feature the Detroit Lions playing the Chicago Bears. The afternoon game, played at 4:30 pm eastern time, will put the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins. The night game will be played at 8:30 pm eastern time and will put the Atlanta Falcons up against the New Orleans Saints. For the second time in Monday Night Football history, a game will be played on Christmas Eve. The Denver Broncos will play the Oakland Raiders at the normal Monday Night Football game time.

Week 15 and 16 of the NFL regular season will have Saturday games played. Week 15 will have a 4:20 pm eastern time game and an 8:20 pm eastern time game. One game will feature the Houston Texans against the New York Jets and the other game will feature the Cleavland Browns and the Denver Broncos. The decision of who will play at which time will be made no later than week 8 of the regular season. Week 16 will move two games to Saturday, December 22nd and leave the other two to be played on Sunday as scheduled. The four games that have the potential to move to Saturday are the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Diego Chargers, the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants versus the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins taking on the Tennessee Titans. The decision of which two games will be moved to Saturday will be made no later than week 8 of the regular season.

The 2018 regular season could be the end of the current stadiums for the Carolina Panthers and the Oakland Raiders. Both teams enter into the final year of their agreements with their current stadiums, and at this time the future of where they will play after this season is currently undecided. The Oakland Raiders will be moving to a new stadium in Las Vegas starting with the 2020 regular season, so where they will be for the short term between this regular season and the 2020 regular season is up in the air.

The 2018 regular season will be the first season to address the players who choose to kneel for the National Anthem. Players, coaches and staff now have the option to stay off the field while the National Anthem is played, or if they are on the field, they must stand. If a player, coach or staff member who comes to the field decides to not stand, the league will fine the team and the team can decide on fines or discipline for each individual player or coach who does not stand.

The 2018 regular season is quickly shaping up to be an exciting year for football fans. Teams are already preparing and the pre season will be a good indication of what you can be prepared to see come the start of the regular season in September. It is safe to say that every NFL fan is counting down until kickofff in September.