The regular season has a first weekend with exciting games between teams that arrive as contenders
The season 2021 of the NFL kicked off Thursday night with the thrilling victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-28 on Dallas cowboys that was defined in the final seconds.
The action continues this Sunday with duels that promise to be just as exciting and there are even games between teams contending for a playoff spot.
We will also see the beginning of a new era in the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots with the rookie quarterbacks Trevor lawrence and Mac Jones, respectively, who make their debut as headlines this weekend.
On the other hand, players like Saquon barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. and Nick bosa They return to activity after missing most of last season due to various injuries.
These are the reasons why you should not miss any of the remaining matches of Week 1:
The Falcons start a new era without Julio Jones as their main wide receiver, Matt Ryan comes under pressure to explode soon with Calvin Ridley and must take advantage of the porous defense of the Los Angeles. Eagles to find a fast pace. For Philadelphia It is the first test to know if Justin Fields really is the future of the franchise in the quarterback position or is he just one of the many bad decisions that the past administration made.
This is the first game with a playoff aroma on Sunday, Steelers and Bills They could meet again in January, but first they must show that the great season they had in 2020 was not a mirage, especially for Pittsburgh that benefited from one of the simplest calendars in the NFL and this year will have one of the most complicated. It’s also the opportunity for Josh Allen to seize the spotlight to begin making his case for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
The main story of this game is the reunion of the now quarterback of the Panthers, Sam Darnold, with his former team, will undoubtedly want to show that the Jets they were wrong to give up so early on him and he has in his favor the weapons that are at his disposal in Carolinaincluding running back Christian McCaffrey, who is returning from an injury-plagued season.
The Bengals They will finally be able to have quarterback Joe Burrow back on the field, who last year was having a record rookie season and ended up suffering a devastating knee injury, on the other side is wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who is shaping up to be the next. great star in his position and to achieve it he must have a performance similar to that of 2020.
Carson Wentz has the opportunity to shine with a team that he knows they trust him, that’s good news for the Colts, the bad thing is that they face some Seahawks led by Russell Wilson who look like solid candidates to win their division and go far in the playoffs.
The 49ers they find a familiar face in this game when they face Jared Goff, who reached the Lions In the offseason in exchange for fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford, the difference is that Goff does not have the backing of a talented squad, as he did in The Angels. Now in Detroit he finds a fairly limited roster in talent and it will be difficult for him to stand out, especially with some Niners thirsty for revenge after a 2020 thrown away by injuries.
Trevor Lawrence gets his first real shot at the NFL against some Texans full of doubts, after his recent talent purge and the uncertainty surrounding his best player, quarterback Deshaun Watson. There is a probability that Lawrence will debut as a professional with a victory and that would only give a boost to his figure as a ‘savior’ of Jacksonville.
The move to a 17-game season gives Derrick Henry the opportunity to become the first running back in history to break the 2,000 rushing yard barrier in consecutive years and even set a new record in that department, but it won’t be easy. less when he starts the campaign against a dangerous defense like the one assembled by the Cardinals with the presence of pass rushers JJ Watt and Chandler Jones, who can allow the rest of the defense to focus on closing the lanes for Henry.
Ryan Fitzpatrick brought his magic to Washington and there probably wasn’t a team that needed more of his presence this year, the WFT is in a constant struggle to change his image and connect with the aftion and Fitzmagic it could have the aura necessary to achieve the latter; on the defensive side Chase Young carries the pressure of turning the unit on again in the face of a dangerous attack such as that of the Chargers, where Justin Herbert can put anyone in serious trouble.
Surely there are pending accounts after meeting last year in the playoffs and it will be interesting to see this game so early in the season, we will see if they Browns can really carry the tag of contenders that many have hung on them and if they Chiefs they still have that hunger for success after their painful loss in Super Bowl LV.
The Saints start a new era without Drew Brees away from home due to the havoc Hurricane Ida wreaked on New orleans, with Jameis Winston under center and a roster that had to be adjusted to fit under the salary cap, the Saints they arrive as victims in front of the Packers, favorites not only to win this game, but to represent the National Conference in the Super Bowl, but also faced with their own doubts over Aaron Rodgers’ long absence this offseason.
Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones meet for the first time at a professional level after competing as collegians in Alabama, although unlike what they had at the Crimson Tide with rosters loaded with talent in all their lines, the Dolphins and Patriots are trying to build winning teams for the future and history goes that New england you are more likely to get it with Jones than Miami with Tagovailoa.
The Giants They are looking forward to the return of running back Saquon Barkley, who played just two games last year before getting injured. With Barkley in the field the chances of New York increase considerably, although that will not be enough if Daniel Jones continues to show inconsistency in the quarterback position, for his part the Broncos They expect Teddy Bridgewater to be the answer to a position that has not found stability since Peyton Manning’s retirement.
Matthew Stafford hopes to have a great home presentation with the Rams before a team that knows perfectly how the BearsSo you probably already know what will happen to Khalil Mack on the prowl if he can’t find his wide receivers quickly.