A ‘must-see’ game for each week of 2018 NFL season

Posted Apr 20, 2018

The 2018 NFL schedule is out and there are so many great games to look out for in the coming campaign.

But which ones are the greatest? An NFL season is always so hard to predict, but here is one ‘must-see’ game from each week of the 2018 campaign that immediately jumps off the page.

Week 1                 San Francisco at Minnesota                        Sun Sep 9            6pm KO

The two highest-paid players in NFL history will go head to head in the season opener as Kirk Cousins’ Vikings play host to a 49ers team that has still not lost a game with Jimmy Garropolo under center.

Week 2                 New England at Jacksonville                      Sun Sep 16          9.25pm KO

This re-match of the 2017 AFC Championship Game will offer the upstart Jags the chance to finish the job they started against Tom Brady and the Patriots in January. This has the makings of a real cracker.

Week 3                 New Orleans at Atlanta                                 Sun Sep 23          6pm KO

There has never been any love lost between these NFC South rivals and it will be no different in 2018. Every game matters in this competitive division. And who doesn’t love a bit of Drew Brees and Matt Ryan?

Week 4                 Minnesota at LA Rams                                   Thur Sep 27        1.20am KO (Friday 28th)

The stars will come out to play for this Thursday night clash. Both teams are balanced on offense and loaded with defensive talent. This could very well be an early NFC title game dress rehearsal.

Week 5                 Jacksonville at Kansas City                          Sun Oct 7             6pm KO

The Chiefs were so sold on second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes that they shipped Alex Smith to Washington. This should be a strength on strength battle – KC’s explosive offense vs. the Jags elite D.

Week 6                 Seattle at Oakland                                          Sun Oct 14           6pm KO

The first NFL regular season game to be played at the brand new Tottenham Hotspur stadium has the potential to be a lively and feisty affair as both clubs come with passionate, global fan bases.

Week 7                 LA Rams at San Francisco                             Sun Oct 21           1.20am KO (Mon 22nd)

When you get home from the Titans and Chargers at Wembley, settle down and watch two of the most promising and exciting young teams in the NFL led by stud coaches in Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan.

Week 8                 Green Bay at LA Rams                                    Sun Oct 28           8.25pm KO

Watching the Super Bowl champion Eagles take on the Jags at Wembley is going to be a real treat. But how about seeing Aaron Rodgers take on Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh when you get home? Tasty!

Week 9                 Green Bay at New England                          Sun Nov 4            1.20am KO (Mon 5th)

Short of a Super Bowl meeting, this might be one of the last occasions – if not the final time – we see Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers go head to head. This could be a ‘last one with the ball wins’ kind of game.

Week 10              Carolina at Pittsburgh                                    Thur Nov 8          1.20am (Fri 9th)

If you like big-bodied quarterbacks who are tough to bring down, this game is right up your alley as Cam Newton takes on Ben Roethlisberger. This one should feature two teams in the thick of the playoff race.

Week 11              Philadelphia at New Orleans                      Sun Nov 18         6pm KO

Lots to choose from this weekend as Pittsburgh visit Jacksonville and the Rams and Chiefs meet in Mexico. But this Eagles-Saints contest promises to be a high-scoring affair with huge playoff meaning in the NFC.

Week 12              Washington at Dallas                                     Thur Nov 22        9.30pm KO

Who doesn’t love a bit of bonus Thanksgiving Day football? It screams tradition and you cannot get more traditional than the Cowboys playing host to the Redskins on Turkey Day. Pass the cranberry sauce!

Week 13              San Francisco at Seattle                                 Sun Dec 2            1.20am KO (Mon 3rd)

Tough one to call as Minnesota at New England (Sunday at 9.25pm) might have more riding on it. But I am fascinated to see how this one plays out as Richard Sherman makes his return to Seattle as a 49er!

Week 14              Atlanta at Green Bay                                      Sun Dec 9            6pm KO

At this late stage of the season, I expect this game to have massive playoff implications. Matt Ryan vs. Aaron Rodgers is an obvious headline, but which team will get the most out of their defense?

Week 15              New England at Pittsburgh                          Sun Dec 16          9.25pm KO

The NFL has loaded the cannon with Philadelphia at the Rams and New Orleans at Carolina. But over in the AFC, they don’t come much bigger than the Steelers seeking revenge for a game played about this time last year.

Week 16              Houston at Philadelphia                              Sun Dec 23          6pm KO

There might not be two brighter young stars in the game than Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson and Philadelphia passer Carson Wentz. Both playoff-chasing teams won’t want to slip up this late in the year.

Week 17              Jacksonville at Houston                                Sun Dec 30          6pm KO

It’s division games all the way in Week 17 and this one has a strong probability of being the most meaningful. The AFC South should go down to the wire and could be decided by Watson vs. Jacksonville’s D.

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