With the schedule having been released, the anticipation of the 2023 NFL season is building. Fans are now able to work out who, where, and when their favorite team is playing as they look to reach Super Bowl LVIII.
Fans who need to know all of the important dates and information that they need to know in order to have the best experience possible will be able to find all of it here, as we have got every key detail covered!
When does the 2023 NFL Season start?
On September 7, 2023, the inaugural game of the 2023 American football season will kickoff – known as the NFL Kickoff Game – featuring last year’s Super Bowl champions, Kansas City Chiefs versus Detroit Lions at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday Night Football, streaming live via Amazon Prime.
Preseason will take place before the regular campaign kicks off, with teams typically playing three fixtures throughout August to prepare themselves for what lies ahead. New coaches can implement playing changes while each team can see how its 2023 NFL Draft rookies fare and whether or not they are ready to be starting players come opening day.
Who are the favorites to win Super Bowl LVIII?
American football is a highly popular sport for bettors, as it provides players with the opportunity to place a bet across a variety of different markets while enhancing the overall experiences that can be obtained when enjoying one of their favorite pastimes.
Following the release of the schedule, betting enthusiasts are now able to get a better idea about the latest NFL odds that are available when wagering on markets such as the favorites to be the next Super Bowl winner.
Ahead of the upcoming 2023 season, the current top five favorites with bookmakers looks a little like the following:
- Kansas City Chiefs (+550)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+800)
- San Francisco 49ers (+800)
- Buffalo Bills (+800)
- Cincinnati Bengals (+900)
The current champions are clearly expected to retain their title this season, although this is not something that can always be guaranteed. The preseason favorite has only been able to reach the Super Bowl on six occasions, with the Buffalo Bills failing to do so after being many people’s pick last season.
Will the Kansas City Chiefs retain the Super Bowl?
Given the statistics around the preseason betting favorite, it would not be a surprise if many had felt that the Kansas City Chiefs did not have too much of a chance of retaining and keeping their status as the Super Bowl champion.
However, there is a lot of confidence around the Arrowhead Stadium franchise, with many believing they are creating their own dynasty, much like the New England Patriots did during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.
Patrick Mahomes has been an unstoppable and unplayable quarterback for the Chiefs since he arrived at the franchise, while Andy Reid has been an incredible coach during his time at the helm. Many expect there to be no letup around the franchise, as they attempt to win their third title since 2019. Travis Kelce has also been unstoppable for the organization, with the tight end being the best in the game at that position.
A number of key players have since left the team in the offseason, which does naturally cast some doubts over what they can achieve. However, the team has managed to fill in a number of gaps with quality additions all over the field, with some being exceptional backups as they add depth to the roster, while some could potentially jump straight in and be a starter.
The 2023 NFL season is the biggest yet
With a number of changes having been taken to the schedule, this year’s season does promise to be the biggest the league has ever had.
Eyes will certainly be fixed upon the NFL once the 2023 season gets underway on September 7, with many cheering on their team and hoping they will be one of the teams fighting for Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024.
Will the Kansas City Chiefs be there? Many feel they will, but it might be worth seeing just how well the season pans out for them.