This week’s trade deadline was one of the more active in recent years. We saw Jay Ajayi join the Philadelphia Eagles, and Jimmy Garoppolo left the Patriots to become the future of the 49ers franchise. Read on to see what else week 9 has in store.
October’s rolled around, and across the league, contenders are separating themselves from the pack. There’s an exciting slate of games to watch over the holiday weekend:
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh: Sunday, October 8th 1:00 PM on CBS
Leonard Fournette and a revamped Jacksonsville defense have the Jaguars looking competitive in the AFC South. This week will give them an opportunity to win a statement game against the Superbowl favorite Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jacksonville secondary versus Pittsburgh’s strong passing attack should be a fun matchup.
As someone who loves the game of football, I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the events of this past weekend – the national anthem protests which spread across the league. I’ve struggled to decide what, if anything, to say about the controversy that’s erupted.
In truth, I was tempted to say nothing. After all, I’m a middle class white male. And, frankly, I believe that there have been more than enough middle class white males offering their thoughts on the ongoing demonstrations. But, I also realize that to confront these events with silence – to present the next week’s slate of games with no reflection – would be a statement in itself. It would suggest that X’s and O’s are more important than the issues weighing on our country’s conscience.
Here are some exciting matchups for next week.
- Minnesota at Pittsburgh: Sunday, September 17th at 1:00 PM on FOX
This early matchup will pit the up-and-coming Vikings in the NFC North against the perennial contenders AFC North Steelers. The Minnesota defence, led by cornerback Xavier Rhodes, will look to make a statement against the vaunted Pittsburgh offense which features Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh will look to bounce back from last week’s surprisingly narrow 21-18 victory over the Cleveland Browns. One or both of these teams is likely to make the playoffs this year, and this game could be a preview of things to come.
The wait is over. After months of trade rumors, mock drafts and off-the-field theatrics, the 2017 NFL season kicks off this Thursday.
Here are the games I’ll be watching this week:
- Chiefs at Patriots, Thursday, September 7th at 8:30 PM on NBC
The Kickoff Game of the 2017 season promises to be a good one. These two teams are in the playoff hunt again, and yet, both have serious questions to answer on Thursday. For the Patriots, who will replace Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount? For the Chiefs, how will rookie Kareem Hunt hold up in his first start at running back? The outcome of this game will depend on how each team rises to face their challenges. As an added bonus, on Thursday, the NFL is hosting a special noontime concert (with rumored guest Bon Jovi) at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston to celebrate the start of the 2017 season.