The 2018 NFL schedule has been confirmed and there is plenty to whet the appetite even over four months out from the big kick-off on September 6.
For the first time in the Super Bowl era, the Philadelphia Eagles have a title to defend and will face enticing rematches of some of the memorable matchups from their run to a maiden Lombardi Trophy.
Bragging rights will be up for grabs in a couple of local rivalry games, while the Eagles will contest arguably the best London game in the history of the International Series.
Here we run you through some of the key games on the 2018 schedule.
Rematches - Patriots @ Jaguars (Week 2), Vikings @ Eagles (Week 5), Saints @ Vikings (Week 8), Rams @ Saints (Week 9) Steelers @ Jaguars (Week 11), Patriots @ Steelers, Eagles @ Rams (both Week 15)
Both of last season's Conference Championship games will be contested again in regular season rematches. The Minnesota Vikings will hope to fare better with marquee free agent signing Kirk Cousins at quarterback than they did in January's 38-7 humbling at the hands of the Eagles.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will try to avenge the comeback defeat to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, while revenge will also be on the mind of the New Orleans Saints when they face the Vikings after being undone by the 'Minneapolis Miracle' in the playoffs.
Memories of their dramatic and controversial defeat to the Patriots and a shootout loss to the Jaguars in the playoffs will be fresh in the memory of the Pittsburgh Steelers when they face each of those teams in 2018.
Speaking of shootouts, the Los Angeles Rams featured in two memorable ones last year and will renew acquaintances with the Eagles and Saints in contests again likely to be high-powered offensive duels.
Jimmy Garoppolo has already been anointed as the 49ers' saviour, but his burgeoning reputation will grow even further if he can delight the San Francisco fanbase and send the Raiders packing with a defeat.
A Wembley Super Bowl preview? - Eagles @ Jaguars (Week 8)
London has seen plenty of disappointing International Series games, but Wembley could be treated to the best one yet in November.
The defending champion Eagles will make their International Series debut and do so against a Jaguars team that has turned Wembley into a fortress and shook off their perennial also-ran status.
If the Eagles and Jaguars maintain their form from last season, this could be a potential Super Bowl preview.
Rodgers v Brady - Packers @ Patriots (Week 9)
9 - The @Patriots will host the @packers in Week 9 of the 2018 #NFL season on @SNFonNBC . It will be their first meeting since a 26-21 Packers win on Nov. 30, 2014. Showdown. #NFLSchedule pic.twitter.com/eIjSJJyIYy— OptaJerry (@OptaJerry) April 20, 2018
You didn't think we were going to leave out this one, did you?
It's Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, arguably the two best quarterbacks in history, for the first time since 2014 and, if you believe the growing rumblings surrounding the latter, probably the last time.
It's one not to be missed, and it should be spectacular.
23. Oktober 2018
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|Bartomeu: Barca still competitive without Messi|
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|Raiders place Marshawn Lynch on IR|
|Emery calm over title talk after another Arsenal win|
|Green: Warriors have to clean up defensively|
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|Proud captain Ozil revels in Arsenal´s ´sexy football´|
22. Oktober 2018
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|Allegri expecting Old Trafford battle against Mourinho´s United|
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|Returning Ronaldo expecting ´tough´ game against Manchester United|
|Cristiano Ronaldo confident of clearing his name amid rape allegation|
|Osaka looking to learn from losing start in Singapore|
|Kovac expects tough test against AEK Athens|
|Whyte gives Chisora deadline over rematch|
|Spartak Moscow sack Massimo Carrera|
|Atletico Madrid confirm fresh injury issue for Gimenez|
|Dolberg extends Ajax contract after Real Madrid links|
|Ronaldo an example for Lukaku to follow|
|Bertens battles back to blast past Kerber|
|Ramos apologises for training ground fracas|
|Raikkonen should take heed of Alonso misfortune as F1 career winds down|
|Guardiola wants Manchester City fans to push team to Champions League glory|
|Isco not interested in departed Ronaldo - he didn´t want to be here|
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|Neymar focus bad for football - PSG´s Maxwell|
|Marco Ianni charged by FA over Jose Mourinho touchline row|
|Stephens sees off Osaka in see-saw Singapore battle|
|I´m happy at Manchester United - Mourinho dismisses Real Madrid reports|
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|Australia make Short work of run chase in T20 win|
|Brotherly g-love! Tommy Fury follows Tyson into the pros|
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|If you sack Lopetegui, you have to sack us all – Isco|
|Lopetegui defiant amid Real Madrid sack reports|
|Sri Lanka spinner Herath to retire after Galle Test|
|Ronaldo returns for Old Trafford welcome amid disquieting noise|
|Garcia claims third Andalucia Valderrama Masters title|
|Ex-England international Waldrom retires|
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