The five games we wish we could see this instant. Only 140 Days Until Kickoff…
Packers @ Bears – Thursday Night Kickoff – Week One
Bears/Packers. Mack/Rodgers. Soldier Field. The first game of the season is as football as football can ever get. The Bears look to capitalize off of one of their best seasons in recent years with another great season, while the Packers look to rejuvenate their franchise after a solid offseason. Green Bay finally looks like it has a defense to help Aaron Rodgers out; adding Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, and Za’Darius Smith to their young defense this offseason. The Bears’ defense is guaranteed to make Rodgers’ life difficult, and Matt Nagy will have his offense firing at all cylinders on the Packers’ new D. There is literally no better way to kickoff the season.
Steelers @ Patriots – Sunday Night Kickoff – Week One
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason has been an eventful one (to say the least). The often-criticized Ben Roethlisberger and co. will get the chance of a lifetime to silence any and all criticism when they march into New England for the first Sunday Night Football matchup of the year. While Pittsburgh is trying to prove it’s still a relevant franchise in the league, the Patriots look to continue their run of domination and excellence as they kickoff their third title-defense run in five seasons. Both teams have a knack for showing up in primetime, and consistently provide unforgettable matchups on a yearly basis. With all that in account, what else is there to say except epic?
Saints @ Rams – Regular Sunday Game – Week Two
We all know why this matchup is circled on every fan’s calendar this year. League-altering calls aside, Saints/Rams is the top of the top in the NFC facing off for what’s sure to be a great one. Two of the most exciting offenses with the best players on both sides, and mastermind head coaches in Sean Payton and Sean McVay calling plays. Both defenses are mediocre, but make enough stops and have stars of their own that create big plays (as evidenced above). This game would make our list even if there wasn’t controversy going in, but their playoff matchup has made the buildup to this one that much better.
Steelers @ Browns – Thursday Night Football – Week Eleven
The tale of two offseasons. Cleveland finally thinks they have a team worthy of contending for the AFC North crown, but to be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. When Pittsburgh comes into town for a Thursday night primetime matchup, all eyes will be on Cleveland to see if they can prove themselves as the cream of the crop in the north. While the game could be a potential changing of the guard, it also acts as a chance for Pittsburgh to show the rest of the division that they’re still big dogs of the north. The Browns will undoubtedly be must-see TV in 2019 with their loaded offense, but the Steelers won’t give up the keys to their division easily.
Chiefs vs. Chargers – Mexico City Monday Night Football – Week Eleven
The “Mexico City” game of 2018 was an unparalleled event. From the narrative of the game being relocated because of poor field conditions, to the actual game being the best of the year, Chiefs/Rams was one of the best overall stories in recent years in the NFL. While this years’ game might not be as incredible as last year’s, it’s still a pretty promising matchup. The Chargers and Chiefs combine for two of the best five rosters in the entire league, with stars on both sides. The Chargers and their electric defense will be rocking their powder blues in Mexico City against the most exciting offense in the league, featuring reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes. If their two matchups in 2018 were any indication of how these games go, we’re all in for a treat on Monday the 18th.