The NFL calendar is usually a time that excites excitement, planning, desire and many other emotions.
This year is different. This year is a matter of hope.
With the official release of the program, the question now is whether the whole season is played or not, from the beginning of September, because of the coronavirus. We hope so, but no one knows for sure.
This is why the usual joy that accompanies the release of the calendar is a little tempered this time. How can fans plan road trips when they don’t even know if the games will be played?
What if the first games were played without fans? What if the whole season is played without fans?
We hope that things have returned to normal in early September and that the season is going as planned. There are 256 games, but I’ve selected 10 that I can’t wait to see, most of which feature the best teams in the league, including Super Bowl chiefs, Kansas City Chiefs.
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They’re featured in three of my 10 games here, once against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, once against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and once against Lamar Jackson – the reigning MVP – and the Baltimore Ravens . Patrick Mahomes against one of these guys will be fun to watch.
Let’s just hope – the main idea of this year’s calendar release date – that it can happen.
Kansas City Chefs at the Baltimore Ravens
This is the game that many expected to see in last year’s AFC Championship game with the Ravens at home. But they lost as a seed to the Tennessee Titans, which allowed the Chiefs to play at home in the title game, then win and win the Super Bowl. It should be fun to watch Lamar Jackson’s Ravens offensive against Patrick Mahomes and his passing game.
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It will be Aaron Rodgers against Tom Brady for the third time in their careers. They each won a game, Brady having won in 2018 for the Patriots. There was a good chance that would have been the last meeting between the two with Brady at the age of 43, but now we get it again for what could be the last time. Bring it on.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
This is a rematch of the NFC title game, which was won in a blowout by the 49ers. They pushed the Packers all over the field with their rushed play, traveling more than 285 yards on the ground. It is demoralizing for a team. This one will be in San Francisco. If this racing defense plays the way it did in January, it doesn’t matter where it plays.
San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans Saints
These two played a regular season classic in 2019, won 48-46 by the 49ers at the Superdome. Now they will find themselves in a match between two of the best teams in the league. I imagine that they will not get close to this type of offensive production this time, but it is always a confrontation that will come with a lot of intrigue.
Kansas City chefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is Tom Brady’s great all-time quarterback against a guy from Patrick Mahomes who has a chance of being. Mahomes still has five Super Bowl rings to go to catch Brady, but he’s still young and the Chiefs are my favorites to win the Super Bowl this year. Can the young secondary Bucs manage Mahomes and his game of high flying passes? Bruce Arians vs Andy Reid is ideal for those of us who love the passing game.
Cincinnati Bengals at the Miami Dolphins
It could be Joe Burrow against Tua Tagovailoa. Burrow will start the Bengals from the start, but the question is whether Tagovailoa will start at this point. Will he be healthy enough to take on the job of Ryan Fitzpatrick? Burrow was the first choice overall, while Tagovailoa was fifth. Their careers will be compared because of this, so why not start here in this one?
Buffalo Bills in San Francisco 49ers
What is this game doing on the list? It’s because I think the Bills have a real chance at being a playoff team this season and the 49ers are the defending NFC champions. Josh Allen will be the key to the Bills season, but he will also be the key here in how he plays against this good defense of the 49ers. The 49ers were the young rising team in 2019 that reached the Super Bowl. Can the Bills be this team this year?
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens
Dak Prescott versus Lamar Jackson. What not to love? These are two of the rising stars in the quarter position. Both teams can also manage football, which will put a lot of pressure on both defenses. The Ravens had an excellent draft and will count on their rebuilt defense to try to slow down Prescott and the Cowboys’ attack, while the Dallas defense had better prepare for a physical slugfest from the better precipitation team noted a year ago.
Kansas City chefs at New Orleans Saints
Unless they meet in the Super Bowl, it will likely be the only meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. He’s the young rising star smuggler against the veteran with record cargoes. Seeing the Chiefs attacking inside on a fast track will be fun.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
The Vikings went to New Orleans and upset the Saints in the NFC Wild-Card round last January. They did it with a fierce run that limited the Saints’ attack, winning the overtime game on a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph. Can this rush pass start again? The Saints have lost two playoff games to the Vikings in the past three years. With the return of Drew Brees, it may perhaps be a game to get some type of buyout.