The wait is finally over. The 2018 season begins in 6 days, so let's get this started.
2018 Kickoff Game 9/6
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday Night Football
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Monday Night Football, 9/10
New York Jets at Detroit Lions
Los Angeles Rams at "Oakland" Raiders
Week 1 predictions are pretty simple. The Eagles are going to struggle a bit at QB (for a few weeks), but I still think they start 2018 with a bang. The Saints were really good last year, and I think they'll be really good this year. The Bears are better than most will give them credit, but The Man got paid, he's back, and the Pack are at home. Games to watch? 49ers/Vikings is going to be good. Jimmy G could easily pull of an upset against one of the top NFC teams. Also keep an eye on Cleveland, as I don't think the Browns were an 0-16 team last year (more on that below).
Season long storylines/predictions to watch include Andrew Luck's return. My Colts could have drafted one of the many QB's taken in the first round, but instead they traded down (twice), so my guess is that Luck is going to be fully recovered (physically) and it will be Coach Reich's job to keep him safe and fix that team's awful, awful defense.
Remember Cleveland's 1-31 record over 2 years? That ends this year...I'm not saying they win the division (because getting through Pittsburgh AND Baltimore will be tough), but they win several (6 to 9) games. Any bets on when they win their first?
The NFC East is a tough division, but I think the closest and/or most competitive division this year is the NFC North. Vikings? Good. Packers? Great when Aaron is healthy. Lions? Well, they've had one of the best QBs in the league, and now they have a new coach. Bears? Underrated. Their QB got the benefit of low expectations in his rookie season, and I think they'll have a decent all-around team.
Keep an eye on the Giants. They were another team that was (should have been) better than their 2017 record, but now that they've dumped the terrible HC, this team should do better. I don't think they beat the Eagles in the NFC East, but they might make a WC spot...
Moving West, I see a ton of people hyped about the Rams, but I said all last year that they were overrated, bolstered by low expectations and playing in a weak division. This year, the Cards look better, and the 49ers are due for a breakout now that they have their QB troubles handled. The 49ers will win the NFC West.
Finally...this is going to be a crazy QB year. Besides Luck and Rodgers coming off injury, Alex Smith, Kirk Cousins, and Case Keenum all have new jobs. Brees is coming up on the end of his career. Wentz is due back some time this year, and his backup/temporary starter is SB LII's MVP. And after all that, we have a ton of rookie/sophomore QBs with expectations.
On second thought, let's not go to TechReport. Tis a silly place.