100 Reasons To Be Excited About Week 1

One hundred reasons that I'm excited to watch NFL football again

Miami at New England

1. Cam Newton, New England Patriot

2. Patriots rematch against the Dolphins, who beat them last time out in Week 17 to force them to play the next week against the Titans, who ended the Brady/Belichick era

3. New England's first pick of this year's draft, safety/returner Kyle Dugger, who didn't look that much different in his first camp than he did at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, a potentially special player

4. The Dolphins have the best and most expensive outside cornerback duo in the league after they signed Byron Jones to join Xavien Howard and #30 pick Noah Igbinoghene has been getting rave reviews while Howard was on the COVID list. The Patriots wide receiver group might be the worst in the league. Your move, McDaniels

5. Damien Harris will get a chance to leave Sony Michel in his rearview mirror on the depth chart.

6. The scary Patriots defense from 2020 lost all three starting linebackers, one of which plays for the Dolphins now - Kyle Van Noy - and their top run-stuffing tackle Danny Shelton. His replacement, Beau Allen, hasn't practiced yet. Jordan Howard and Matt Breida should get lots of opportunities.

7. Fitzmagic! Condolences to Ryan Fitzpatrick and his family after he lost his mother. He makes every season that he plays in more fun to watch.

NY Jets at Buffalo

8. Admit it, if you aren't a Jets fan, it's fun to hate watch Adam Gase and Gregg Williams. And if you are a Jets fan, good luck figuring out what you did in a past life to earn that. Does 2020 have anything in store lower than three weeks of starting quarterback Luke Falk for the 2019 New York Jets? Get out your popcorn.

9. What exactly is Gase going to do with his running backs? Le'Veon Bell is not shy about expressing his feelings. More popcorn.

10. Buffalo's 2020 first-round pick, Stefon Diggs

11. Ed Oliver is a bad, bad man on the football field and he's going to face a rebuilt Jets offensive line,

12. How are the Jets going to slow down the Bills offense without CJ Mosley or Jamal Adams?

13. Will Zach Moss and Chris Herndon live up to the summer hype?

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

14. Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colt

15. Gardner Minshew's first start as an established starting quarterback

16. DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis Colt

17. Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker, Bobby Okereke, the best trio of off-ball linebackers in the league and all still on their rookie contracts.

18. Laviska Shenault Jr in the slot and D.J. Chark Jr's highwire act outside

19. Jonathan Taylor, meet an NFL defense. An NFL defense, meet Jonathan Taylor

Houston at Kansas City

20. Deshaun Watson throwing to David Johnson, Randall Cobb, and Brandin Cooks (and Will Fuller V and many other returning Texans targets), but not DeAndre Hopkins.

21. Seeing how Bill O'Brien gets his team up after they were humiliated the last time they played in this stadium, the last time they played, period.

22. Watson could get more time to throw with Laremy Tunsil on one end on the line and the looking like a hit right tackle Tytus Howard on the other.

23. Patrick Mahomes II, even if he was just playing a football video game

24. Clyde Edwards-Helaire!!!

25. J.J. Watt, coming off of no offseason surgeries

Tennessee at Denver

26. Drew Lock throwing to an offense that got a lot better

27. Watching Jerry Jeudy and seeing if he'll be ahead of Courtland Sutton for targets

28. The Gordon/Lindsay backfield

29. Bradley Chubb back on the field

30. Derrick Henry, Jonnu Smith, and A.J. Brown marauding through the defense

31. Corey Davis with no excuses entering year four since his toe was surgically repaired

Cleveland at Baltimore

32. Lamar Jackson every time he takes the field

33. J.K. Dobbins, Patrick Queen, Devin Duvernay, the Ravens did it again

34. A healthy and football-player sized Marquise Brown

35. Baker Mayfield with paint-by-numbers play-calls and two good offensive tackles

36. The Chubb/Hunt backfield in the Stefanski offense against a Ravens defense that added Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe to keep from getting run out of town like they were in the playoffs vs Tennessee.

37. A healthy Odell Beckham Jr

38. Myles Garrett every time he takes the field

LA Chargers at Cincinnati

39. Joe Burrow!!

40. Saying a prayer for A.J. Green before every play

41. Joe Mixon assuming he's over his "migraines"

42. The Bengals actually spent money on free agents in the offseason

43. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III welcoming Burrow and Jonah Williams to the league

44. Chris Harris Jr, Los Angeles Charger

Pittsburgh at NY Giants

45. The return of Roethlisberger against a Giants secondary already down two starters

46. Devin Bush, year two

47. The Steelers pass rush hunting Daniel Jones while he is doing Jason Garrett offensive scheme math in his head

48. Minkah Fitzpatrick hiding in the weeds any time Jones throws

49. Saquon Barkley every time he takes the field

50. Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton

Las Vegas at Carolina

51. Teddy Bridgewater is the #1 quarterback for a team four years after his knee spontaneously combusted

52. Christian McCaffrey every time he takes the field

53. Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards debuts

54. Josh Jacobs with a non-broken shoulder

55. Maxx Crosby, Trayvon Mullen, and a young, aggressive Raiders defense

56. What does Joe Brady have up his sleeve for the Carolina offense?

57. How does a Matt Rhule NFL team perform?

Philadelphia at Washington

58. Chase Freakin Young - and four other first-round picks against an Eagles line already down two starters.

59. Darius Slay against Terry McLaurin

60. Seeing what Washington has planned for Antonio Gibson

61. DeSean Jackson against his old team after hanging 8-154-2 on them in the opener last year

62. Washington Football Team with a real program and head coach

63. Was gonna say Jalen Reagor, but let's just say J.J. Arcega-Whiteside redemption tour instead

Dallas at LA Rams

64. SoFi Stadium!

65. CeeDee Lamb!!

66. The return of Aldon Smith

67. How will any defense slow down this Cowboys offense?

68. Aaron Donald every time he takes the field

69. Cam Akers, hopefully behind a functional offensive line, unlike last year

Chicago at Detroit

70. Seeing who the Bears quarterback competition "winner" is

71. Cordarrelle Patterson running back touches

72. Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack on opposite ends of the pass rush

73. A healthy Matthew Stafford throwing to Kenny Golladay and a healthy Marvin Jones Jr and TJ Hockenson

74. Jeffrey Okudah and Desmond Trufant against Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller

Green Bay at Minnesota

75. Aaron Rodgers in his first game after the Packers drafted his replacement

76. Aaron Jones in his first game after the Packers drafted his replacement

77. The Packers pass rush with a healthy Rashan Gary added to the "Smith brothers"

78. Yannick Ngakoue, Minnesota Viking and a hopefully healthy Danielle Hunter on the other side.

79. Seeing how many first and second downs Matt LaFleur runs on even though the Vikings have three new starting corners.

80. The Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen hookup

Tampa Bay at New Orleans

81. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneer

82. Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneer (and not retired!)

83. Ronald Jones II, undisputed starting running back

84. Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saint, catching balls from Drew Brees

85. Devin White, year two

86. Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins against Mike Evans and Chris Godwin

Seattle at Atlanta

87. DK Metcalf begins year two

88. Todd Gurley returns to Georgia as a home player

89. Jamal Adams, Seattle Seahawk

90. Russell Wilson every time he takes the field

91. Hayden Hurst, it's your time

92. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley

Arizona at San Francisco

93. Kyler Murray, year two

94. Isaiah Simmons, year one

95. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinal

96. Kenyan Drake, undisputed starting running back

97. Raheem Mostert, undisputed starting running back?

98. Chandler Jones against Trent Williams

99. Jimmy Garoppolo after the most disappointing quarter of his career

100. Fred Warner should be a household name soon

Sponsored by Footballguys Season Long Pro Game Plan

Losing Sucks. You Need The Footballguys Season Long Pro Game Plan Subscription

Winning fantasy football can be difficult. And time-consuming. Winning’s rad but losing sucks. With a Footballguys Season Long Pro Game Plan Footballguys Game Plan subscription customized just for you, you’ll make winning decisions, save time, and crush your competition.

Matthew Berry of ESPN says, "Footballguys is the best premium fantasy football only site on the planet." And we agree.

Let us do the legwork and deliver you the "need to know" info to help you dominate. News, Cheatsheets, Stat Projections, Strategy, Drafting Tools, In-Season Waiver Wire advice, Podcasts, and much much more.

Plus, we have a Money Back Guarantee so there’s zero risk. Hop on board and let's crush this season.

Sign Up Here


More articles from Sigmund Bloom

See all

More articles on: Analysis

See all