Ah, opening week of the NFL. It brings with it an intense heat, both from the waning summer months and the heat-glare of thousands of cameras eager to catch the first moments of a new season. Tomorrow night, millions will watch an AFC playoff rematch of the Broncos and Ravens, with the other thirty teams commencing their season on Sunday and on Monday night in front of many millions more.
Indeed, we have waited a long time since the Ravens’ improbable Super Bowl run to see professional football again. After a seven month period of NFL starvation, we will again be free to feast on football in a festive form.
At least, until half of the league’s 32 teams lose and many fans return to a state of wailing and gnashing of teeth, combined with an ominous sense of doom.
In the list here, get a preview of each of the 16 games on the Week 1 docket, and see the lines put forth for each game as we begin another (hopefully memorable) NFL season.