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We’re now just a few weeks out from the start of the 2018 NFL season, and the anticipation is starting to heat up! Preseason has been good, but if you need a briefer on what to expect this year, then read on.
Thursday, 6th of September is the first game day of the season, and it’ll see last year’s Super Bowl winners the Philadelphia Eagles welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are again expected to be one of the top performing teams over the coming season, and will seek to become the first team to defend their title since the New England Patriots managed the feat in 2004. However, the Patriots, who were also the team the Eagles edged out in the 2018 Super Bowl, are slight favourites for the championship. That’s nothing new of course - the Patriots are evergreen contenders.
As is now becoming tradition, we’re lucky enough to be getting three NFL games in the UK this year. All three games are now to be hosted at Wembley due to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium being behind schedule, they take place on three Sundays in a row in October. The first game is on October 14th, with Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders providing the action. On the 21st, we’ll get the LA Chargers and Tennessee Titans, and finally on the 28th London will welcome Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles, who take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. At the time of writing, tickets are still available for the Seahawks vs. Raiders game.
If you can’t make it to one of these games, then don’t worry - we’ve been blessed with an excellent schedule this year, with must-see games every weekend. With plenty of coverage, including the NFL’s own Game Pass service, you’ll have no trouble catching most of the action.
And finally, the Super Bowl 2019 will take place on February 3rd, with a repeat of last year’s finalists, the bookies’ favourites to be involved. That’s still pretty unlikely of course, with the Green Bay Packers, LA Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers rounding out the top five favourites, according to betting sites and experts. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a thrilling season!
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