The NFL has unveiled its preseason calendar. You can check all the matches here.
Those four weeks of August, plus the previous match of the Hall of Fame, which every year we say that they are not worth anything but that we just caught more eagerly than El Tenazas a sausage and bacon pie. We know it’s a placebo, they’re just there to calm our monkey after six long months without football, and we do not care.
In the same way, it is very likely that next week the league will make public its calendar of the regular season 2018, and there we will have a moment of immense excitement counting the worst and best streaks of each team, little less than putting the result to all the franchises. So what we have today, with the calendar of the preseason, is an innocuous advance.
Still, it is a stupendous burning nail to grab onto. To think that in August we will see football matches … mmmmm … and what games! Here I leave the five that I think are more interesting:
1- All week 3
Each year is the same but, just in case there are clueless, it is good to remember that the third week of the preseason of the NFL is good. It is when the holders play at least half a half and when the general rehearsal is made before the start of the regular season. The positions will be more or less profiled, the battles of quarterbacks settled and far more aggressive in the field. The Cleveland Browns, renewed after a stellar draft (that’s for sure, for the choices they have), against the Philadelphia Eagles, the champions, appears as the most exciting.
2- New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns, week 1
The team that has the number one in the draft and the one with the number two collide with each other in the first week of the preseason. Wonderful. If the fact that both choose quarterback, something likely, we will see them face to face for the first time in their professional careers this day.
3- Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings, week 1
Case Keenum returns to Minnesota. I imagine a sensational ovation. In addition, it will be the debut of the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL, Kirk Cousins, before his new parish. It will not play more than a couple of drives, it can be speculated, but something is something. By the way, I say “now better paid” because the summer is very long and Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers want theirs.
4- New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles, week 2
The repetition of the Super Bowl. Man, being two veteran teams as they are is not likely to see many starters and stars on the field. However, there are two templates of great depth that will give us a good show. And, in addition, what has been said, which is the repetition of the Super Bowl, and that has a clear value in itself.
5- Los Angeles Rams vs. Oakland Raiders, week 2
The return of Jon Gruden will give us great television moments. Yes, even in the preseason. I can imagine it looking like “Chucky”. And, hey, that this party has its morbid, because both franchises are “twinned” by their relationship with Los Angeles and because the Rams won the Raiders in the race of the relocation. Also, seeing the Rams as much as possible this year is mandatory, and that includes the preseason.