The 2018 NFL schedule was released on Thursday and the season starts with a bang when reigning Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons go head-to-head on September 6.
It will be a rematch of the 2017 divisional round between the Eagles and the Falcons following the NFL's announcement.
There are plenty of interesting storylines this upcoming season but here are 10 games you need to watch.
TOP 10 NFL GAMES TO WATCH IN 2018
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, September 16 — Jon Gruden will just be getting his feet wet in the coaching ranks (again) and will get to take on rivals the Denver Broncos. Denver may not be quite as good on defense this year, but they will be significantly better at quarterback with the addition of Case Keenum.
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers, September 16 — The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the best running games in all of football last season and the Pittsburgh Steelers had an underrated defense that took a hit when linebacker Ryan Shazier went down. This one will be a knock-down, drag-out fight against two of the best teams in the AFC.
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars, September 16 — The Jacksonville Jaguars were one quarter away from beating the New England Patriots and going to the Super Bowl last season. "Sacksonville" will have it out for Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense, especially now that Nate Solder has moved on.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills, October 7 — Two surprise playoff teams from 2017 face off and the Buffalo Bills have a new QB in AJ McCarron. He will not have it incredibly easy though as Tennessee's defense improved last season.
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans, October 7 — The battle for Texas. The Dallas Cowboys will be moving fully into the Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott era this year following the departure of Dez Bryant. Those storylines, and the emergence of Deshaun Watson as the Houston Texans' QB will be ones to watch.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, October 15 — It is the highest paid QB in the NFL (AAV) Jimmy Garoppolo against the quarterback who should be the highest paid in Aaron Rodgers. Whoever should get the money will not matter here. It is an up-and-coming San Francisco 49ers team versus a perennial NFC title contender.
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles, October 21 — Two great defenses and two huge quarterbacks. Need we say more? Also, the teams faced each other last season with Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz throwing for three touchdowns.
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings, October 28 — The last time these two teams faced off it came down to the final play. This may not happen again, but it still pits Drew Brees against new Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, and two of the better defenses in the NFL against each other. This will be one of, if not the best game, of the year.
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams, November 11 — The Los Angeles Rams took over the NFC West under Sean McVay in 2017 and Jared Goff is expected to take an even bigger step this season. Russell Wilson is still one of the best in the league and the Seattle Seahawks will surely want to show they deserved to be considered as a playoff team.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, November 25 —The Cleveland Browns will likely have a new highly drafted QB on their roster and they will be playing their arch-rival as well. Whether Tyrod Taylor is still starting remains to be seen, but with the additions Cleveland have made this year it is likely they could look a lot better than they did over the last two, but that is not that difficult is it?
12. Dezember 2018
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|PSG had to change mentality - Thiago Silva|
|Rockets make change, pick up win over Trail Blazers|
|Everything´s easier when you´ve got Messi – Miranda|
|From George Cross to Arsenal – Montemurro´s rise to make Gunners great again|
|Koulibaly challenges Napoli to win Europa League|
|Raptors star Leonard out against Clippers, may miss matchup with Warriors|
|Butler opens up about heated Timberwolves practice|
|Spurs achieved ´mission impossible´, says Pochettino|
|Dembele stunner pleases Barca boss Valverde|
|Van Dijk lauds ´fantastic´ Alisson|
|Van Dijk´s tackle on Mertens worthy of red card – Ancelotti|
|Klopp ´would have paid double´ for Alisson|
|Klopp: I don´t care about Madrid revenge mission|
|Tension and anxiety got to Inter, laments Spalletti|
|Tuchel hails magnificent PSG as Red Star win seals last-16 spot|
|Mbappe admits frank discussions inspired PSG´s Champions League progress|
|Klopp: Napoli had no answers to outstanding Liverpool|
|Pochettino proud of ´massive, massive achievement´ for Spurs|
11. Dezember 2018
|Barcelona equal Champions League record|
|Composed and controlled Liverpool see off Napoli to progress|
|Tenerife back to winning ways, AEK beat Hapoel|
|Howedes ´hurt´ after emotional Schalke return ends in defeat|
|Kane ´buzzing´ over ´not bad´ draw at Barcelona|
|Robertson hails Alisson´s ´unbelievable´ save as Liverpool progress|
|Red Star Belgrade 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Neymar brilliance helps secure Group C top spot|
|Inter 1 PSV 1: Icardi header not enough for the Nerazzurri|
|Liverpool 1 Napoli 0: Superb Salah sends Reds through|
|Club Brugge 0 Atletico Madrid 0: Simeone´s men miss out on top spot|
|Barcelona 1 Tottenham 1: Lucas rescues Spurs late on to secure progress|
|Monaco 0 Borussia Dortmund 2: Guerreiro double snatches top spot from Atletico|
|Butler´s groin strain ´nothing significant´ – 76ers coach Brown|
|Woakes, Curran among leading lights at IPL auction|
|Blue Jays release five-time All-Star Tulowitzki|
|Mourinho: Professionals care more than the fans|
|Casillas reaches 100 Champions League wins|
|Expansion franchise Cincinnati sign Garza, send Kamara to Rapids|
|Manchester City sign United States goalkeeper Steffen for reported £7m|
|Schalke 1 Lokomotiv Moscow 0: Russians miss chance for Europa League reprieve|
|Galatasaray 2 Porto 3: Terim´s men into Europa League after penalty drama|
|Jackman leaves Dragons role|
|Tottenham boosted as Barcelona bench Messi|
|Mane and Henderson in Liverpool XI to face Napoli|
|Mourinho shoots down question over how to get the best from Pogba|
|Ronaldo to start as Allegri aims to avoid Champions League big guns|
|Odriozola: I´m in love with Benzema, he´s the best number nine in the world|
|Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after loss to Seahawks|
|Marcelino suggests Valencia open to Batshuayi departure|
|Bottas to make rally debut in title-winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta|
|Kovac dismisses Pavard speculation|
|Yaya Toure leaves Olympiacos after just five appearances|
|Riise challenges Liverpool to banish Champions League disappointment against Napoli|
|We rallied around it - Durant on Green confrontation aftermath|
|Valencia ´p****d off´ with Fellaini´s controversial Young Boys winner - Soler|
|More must be done to combat racism at Premier League grounds – Chalobah|
|Napoli will not sack ´big signing´ Ancelotti if they miss Champions League qualification, says De La|
|Guardiola not interested in ´exceptional´ Saul|
|Shai gives Windies hope with thrilling ODI run chase|
|Ten Hag unsure whether to risk Ajax stars against Bayern|
|Erasmus to work with Bulls as Springboks assist Super Rugby sides|
|Paul Gascoigne pleads not guilty to sexual assault|
|Joshua is ´begging´ for unification fight, claims Wilder|
|Silva, Fernandinho add to Guardiola´s injury woes|
|Hosszu storms to 14th gold, Seto smashes Le Clos´ world record|
|Raheem is an incredible human being - Guardiola rallies behind City star Sterling|
|Sexton pens IRFU extension until 2021|
|Ajax boss Ten Hag can do big things, says Bayern chief Rummenigge|
|He´s good at basketball – Kerr running out of superlatives for Curry|
|Green thrilled to make Warriors return in victory over Timberwolves|
|Madrid squad great and humble - Solari responds to Ronaldo|