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The Best Week One Games In The NFL

A list of the top games to tune into during week 1 of the NFL season

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A brand new NFL season kicks off September 6th. Week one offers a great slate of match-ups featuring returning players and coaches. Football is finally back, and week one will set the stage for 2018.

11. Steelers vs. Browns 

The Browns and Steelers may not seem like a great game on paper, but these two AFC North foes have a lot more to offer than fans realize. Could we see first overall pick Baker Mayfield in week one? The Browns newest quarterback might have to start on the bench but he is eager to play. Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown arrived to training camp in a helicopter. What other sorts of headlines will he make this year? The Browns and Steelers rivalry goes way back; but the rivalry has been one-sided for decades. The Browns roster hopes to reverse Cleveland's fortunes.

10. Seahawks vs. Broncos 

The Broncos and Seahawks are coming off down years in 2017. Both teams hope to rebound in 2018. Seahawks' quarterback Russel Wilson has consistently been one of the leagues best quarterbacks. Broncos' linebacker Von Miller has been one of the league's best pass rushers since he entered the league. This week one match-up has star power if anything.

9. Chiefs vs.  Chargers 

The Chargers and Chiefs should make for an excellent week one match-up in the AFC West division. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are poised to make a playoff push in Los Angeles. Patrick Mahomes will make his first start with the Chiefs at quarterback. Second year running back Kareem Hunt hopes to repeat his rookie sucess.

8. Jets vs. Lions 

The Lions and Jets will play the first of two Monday games in week one. Matthew Stafford is entering his 10th season as the Lions starting quarterback. The Lions have had little playoff success this decade. The Jets have a new starting quarterback. Rookie Sam Darnold was named the week one starter last Wednesday. The Jets hope the 3rd overall pick will be their franchise quarterback. Two talented quarterbacks on Monday night football is more than enough for a week one match-up.

7. Jaguars vs. Giants 

Everyone wants to see what rookie Saquon Barkley can do at the NFL level. His remarkable college career made him the Giants first-round selection in this year's NFL Draft. New York went 3-13 last season and they hope Barley can turn their fortunes around. The Jaguars are coming off one of their best seasons in team history. They were one Tom Brady miracle away from the Super Bowl. And everyone in Jacksonville, Florida thinks their team can get over the hump. They will field one of the best defenses in the league and week one will provide a good showcase against Eli Manning and the Giants.

6. Cowboys vs. Panthers 

Week one of 2018 will be the first time in 15 years the Cowboys will take the field without Jason Witten. The future Hall of Famer called it a career earlier this year. The Cowboys offense and its success lie on the shoulders of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. The Cowboys also lost pass-catcher Dez Bryant. Dallas has a lot to prove after missing the playoffs last season. The Panthers have had one of the most talented rosters for years. Cam Newton and company will look for another fast start against the Cowboys. When two good quarterbacks face off, it's almost always a good game.

5. Rams vs. Raiders 

Rams vs Raiders on Monday football has so many headlines, it's the perfect week one match-up. Rams head coach, Sean McVay, lead his team to the playoffs after a break out year in 2017. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is returning the sidelines for the first time since 2008. What kind of success will he have after leaving the game a decade ago? Both quarterbacks, Derek Carr and Jared Goff, have solidified themselves as premier passers. The Rams can kay calim to last year's defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald. Both the Rams and Raiders have star power and they belong on Monday night.

4. 49ers vs. Vikings  

The Vikings were one game away from the Super Bowl. They had one of the NFL's best defenses and a fantastic year from quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum departed for Denver. In the Offseason the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins. The Minnesota faithful want another Super Bowl run. The expectations for Cousins are off the charts for his new team. The 49ers also have a hyped-up quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers won 5 straight games with Jimmy G under center at the end of last season. That makes a hug difference considering San Francisco only 6 games in 2017. Garoppolo and the 49ers will have a huge task ahead of them when they face Cousins and the Vikings.

3. Texans vs. Patriots 

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl loss for the first time since 2011. That being said, the Patriots have been to 7 straight AFC Championship games. The Texans are coming off a 4-12 season. The return of both J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson will put Houston back on track. These teams met in week 3 last season and the Patriots prevailed in a 36-33 shootout. If it's anything like last year, this game could be the most entertaining.

2. Bears vs. Packers 

The Bears and Packers will play each other for the 197th time on Sunday night. The most storied and fierce rivalry in the league will have fans energized for week one. Aaron Rodgers will play after being sidelined for most of 2017. The rivalry has been one-sided for several years, but Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears look to start off 2018 the right way. The Bears and Packers will have two of the highest paid players in league history on the field, Rodgers and linebacker Khalil Mack. The rich history of the rivalry is why fans love football. The Bears and Packers will add another chapter September 9th to a legendary rivalry.

1. Falcons vs. Eagles 

The past two NFC champions will kick off 2018 on Thursday night September 6th. The Eagles and Falcons met in the divisional round last season where the Eagles prevailed over Atlanta and would go on to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles road to repeat as champions begin against Atlanta. The Falcons are just two years removed from appearing in the Super Bowl. These NFC juggernauts will match each other blow for blow in week one, a game that could have playoff implications.

Football is back! Fans can rejoice and break out the tailgating gear. All 32 teams will be back in action the second weekend of September. Week one is where it all begins.

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