The football world was rampant with excitement as the 2021 NFL regular season schedule was released on Wednesday. Fans began scheduling their weekend plans months in advance to not miss out on the action.
Here are some of the most thrilling contests on the season calendar:
1. Baltimore Ravens vs. Las Vegas Raiders – Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 14
The bout will commence the “Monday Night Football” game collection for the 2021 season. A packed house is expected in Las Vegas for the first time in NFL history.
The Allegiant Stadium is yet to host an NFL crowd, the COVID-19 pandemic ruining their hopes of doing just that last season.
Fortunately, that changes with the Baltimore Ravens visiting Sin City to get the ball rolling at the Raiders home ground.
2. Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 9
All eyes will be on the 2020 Champions Tampa Bay to see how they commence their title defence on the season’s kick-off game.
The Bucs couldn’t fill in the stadium amid the pandemic; hence it will be exciting to see the home crowd welcoming the team.
The return of Dak Prescott, who averaged 422.5 passing yards per game over the first four weeks of the 2020 season, will declare the Cowboys a force to be reckoned with.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 30
The Jaguars enter the game with a thirst for vengeance since the last time these two clashed in 2019 where Burrow’s Tigers were dominating Lawrance’s Clemson Tigers.
The contest marks Urban Meyer’s first prime-time game as an NFL head coach in a state where he is honoured as an icon following his stunning run at Ohio State.
4. Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are predicted to be the two leading candidates for the league’s MVP title.
Stefon Diggs spearheaded the NFL in catches (127), receiving 1,535 yards during his first season in Buffalo. Cole Beasley fell short of his first 1,000-yard season.
On the other hand, Kansas City features the most explosive wideout and tight end combo in football, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Buffalo’s can knock off Kansas City in the Arrowhead Stadium.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots – Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3
There is no denying that this will be the game of the year. Tom Brady will face Bill Belichick for the very first time.
New England comes into the competition with a productive off-season campaign, having bolstered the squad with an abundance of talent to challenge the defending champions.
Belichick is renowned as the greatest coach in sports history. The real question being, will Brady find his antics too hard to handle? Or will the quarterback rip through the veteran’s tactics.
Whatever the outcome, we’re indeed looking forward to the classic.