After one of the greatest NFL regular seasons and post seasons of all time, many fans are waiting with anxious anticipation and counting the days down until the beginning of the 2016 regular-season. Following a thorough analysis of the schedule, here’s a brief breakdown of things to not only watch out for, but get very, very excited about. For NFL schedules, fans can go to TicketProcess.com for tickets and schedule.
I Want a Rematch!
As has become custom, the Thursday Night Kickoff will feature a rematch of the two Super Bowl teams from last year. The Carolina Panthers will once again be hoping to reach the 60-minute matchup for Lombardi’s Trophy, and they are returning an array of players on both offense and defense.
Things won’t be as easy for the Denver Broncos, who will be without the services of recently-retired and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. They will also be without the services of Manning’s backup last year, Brock Osweiler, who cashed in with a new contract in Houston.
The game will begin a 16-week run featuring standoffs staged in all corners of North America. The aforementioned Houston Texans will travel into New England for a Thursday Night Week 3 showdown, and a Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field affair will unfold on Thursday, October 20.
The Sunday Night Football schedule is once again very tasty, featuring an array of the top-ranked teams and many of the most talented players in the league. Week 1 will involve a huge showdown between New England and the Arizona Cardinals, two squads who are still riding on the wings of seemingly ageless quarterbacks.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are two very interesting teams, and they will square off in a Week 8 game in The Big D the night before Halloween. The Oakland Raiders are now appearing on the national television radar after years of dormancy, and they will host defending-champion Denver on Sunday Night Football in Week 9.
Standing in the Spotlight
The spotlight is now shining brightly on a number of teams accustomed to achieving success, most notably the New England Patriots. Adding to the difficulty of a handful of games in an always-competitive AFC East division, the Patriots have a grueling nonconference schedule that culminates with them visiting Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver for a battle against the Broncos on Sunday, December 18.
Indianapolis Colts fans are already taking a peek at the upcoming schedule, hoping that Andrew Luck will be able to immediately earn the Fort Knox- type of cash that he is now being payed to quarterback what has quickly become a slightly shaky and uncertain team.
After decades in St. Louis, the Rams have arrived back home in Los Angeles, and are poised to make a huge impact in the wide-open NFC West. Not to be forgotten are the Minnesota Vikings, who will be opening US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to the public for the first time during the regular-season when they host the Green Bay Packers on the evening of Sunday, September 18. An array of affordable tickets to every regular-season game is currently only a few clicks away at TicketProcess.com.