The NFL Season finally kicks-off this week with a Super Bowl sized matchup between the defending champion Chiefs and Houston Texans. That is the first of 16 games as all 32 teams are in action. Keep reading for the must-watch games for Week 1 of NFL action.
Must Watch Games NFL Week 1
Thursday, Sep 10
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs -11
The opening NFL game for what promises to be one of the most interesting seasons in history? We had better check out Texans-Chiefs on Sep. 10. There’s also a football reason to watch this battle. Are the Chiefs destined to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl winners since the Patriots did it in 2004 and 2005? Will Deshaun Watson have as much success without security blanket DeAndre Hopkins? Your guesses are as good as ours!
Sunday, Sep 13
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens -9 ½
It’s a make or break season for Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield, which, in a lot of ways doesn’t seem fair. Baker must play behind an offensive line with four opt-outs. The interior of the line could be a mess because 3-of-4 O-line opt-outs are guards.
Lamar Jackson has a groin injury. So, he could struggle. If he doesn’t, pay attention to how the Browns defend against the NFL MVP. That could set the tone for how other teams will prevent Lamar from dominating them this season.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions PK
Matthew Stafford is healthy. Staff should ensure the Lions score points while if the D puts it together, Detroit could roar in the NFC North. Chicago declined to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s contract but he’s still the starter. Trubisky must perform right away.
Philadelphia Eagles -6 at Washington Football Team
Philadelphia believes they can win the Super Bowl. The Eagles should try to make the playoffs first. Washington could be the most intriguing team this season. The DCers had played under the cloud of “the name” forever. Without “the name”, who knows? Maybe, Washington’s talent, and the team does have some talent, unleashes.
Indianapolis Colts -7 ½ at Jacksonville Jaguars
Philip Rivers now sits under center for the Colts. Rivers is a big improvement over Jacoby Brissett. Is he a big enough improvement for the Colts to make it to the Super Bowl? On the other sideline, Gardner Minshew III is the unquestioned starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Both quarterbacks have something to prove, which should make for an interesting game.
L.A. Chargers -3 at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals hope that LSU Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow is the answer at the most important position on the field. Burrow faces one of the best defenses in the NFL in Week 1, though. Not only that but quarterback Tyrod Taylor is underrated. TT rarely throws picks and he can run with the football.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers -7 ½
Call us skeptics. Not about the Arizona Cardinals but about the San Francisco 49ers offering -7 ½.
Arizona should be one of the most improved teams in the NFL. The Cardinals went 5-10-1 SU last season, which isn’t good. But they went 9-5-1 ATS, which is good.
Quarterback Kyler Murray gets to throw to Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins while Kenyan Drake was a revelation after the Cards acquired him from Miami. Don’t be surprised if the Cards push SF for the win deep into the fourth quarter.