Football is finally back! From the moment James White dove into the end-zone to win Super Bowl 51, we have been waiting for Week 1 to get here. A new season is upon us and Week 1 has no shortage of hot storylines to focus on while getting back into the football groove.

Blitz for 6 Begins

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Tom Brady, and the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, take the field tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs as they embark on their “Blitz for 6”. The Patriots will be without star wide receiver, Julian Edelman, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, but with the key additions of Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, and Rex Burkhead, I think Brady will be just fine. Not only will Opening Night feature the unveiling of Banner #5, but the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, will be in attendance, and there will be no shortage of boos and Clown Face towels to welcome him.

Watt and Texans Return Home

Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst storms this country has ever seen, had left thousands upon thousands of people in dire need of help. While the entire country is doing what they can, Texans star defensive end JJ Watt went above and beyond. Starting his campaign on Twitter, Watt has been able to raise over $27 MILLION for the relief efforts.

The Texans return home this week to take on the Jaguars, and while Houston is still recovering, fans should find a certain solace in watching their hometown team play. I expect the building to be similar to when the Saints returned to the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina, and what a sight that was.

Playoff Previews?

It may be too early to crown a Super Bowl 52 Champion, but we can’t help thinking that some of these Week 1 matchups could be playoff previews. First, you have the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans squaring off with both teams getting their star QBs, Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, back from leg injuries. Both teams are looking to compete with the Patriots and Steelers for the AFC’s top spot and what better way to start.

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Next, you have two teams who not only have been their before, but plan on getting back to the Super Bowl this season. The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are poised for playoffs runs this season, and we could very well be seeing an NFC Championship preview in Week 1.

Dolphins/Bucs PostponedΒ 

As the severity of Hurricane Irma continues to increase while heading up to Florida, the NFL has decided to postpone the Tampa Bay Bucs and Miami Dolphins game in Miami until Week 11 when both teams have a bye. This postponement forces the Bucs and Dolphins to play 16 consecutive games during the season without a bye week. Can’t imagine a newly out of retirement Jay Cutler is too pleased with that decision.

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When the NFL makes you play 16 straight games

Zeke Can Play?!

While Giants fans scream at the TV, Cowboys fans will rejoice because Zeke can play Week 1! As these two NFC East rivals face off on Sunday Night Football, fans have to wonder how Zeke Elliot is allowed to play after the NFL suspended him six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. This ruling will make Sunday Night Football an even more of a must watch than it already was!

 

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Get your popcorn ready because it is time for some football!