The NFL is scheduled to release the 2020 regular season slate on Thursday evening and that got me thinking: Which team would be the most fun/ideal week one matchup?
First off, you’d want the game to be at home in SoFi Stadium. No one wants to wait an extra week to see their team in their own stadium. But who would present the most entertaining game with equally fun storylines?
At first, I thought it’d be fun to get the Patriots in Week 1, but the glitz and glamour of potentially beating them wouldn’t be the same without Tom Brady under center. It’d still be cool to stick it to their fans, but that’s not enough for me.
In the end, I decided to go with a home tilt with the Atlanta Falcons.
In a matchup consisting of Julio Jones against a secondary with gushing with talent, that would be a heck of a contest to start the season with. It would give the Bolts a great first “test” for this cornerback group while also providing an intriguing match-up for the defensive front against Todd Gurley, the Rams’ new rushing threat.
The Falcons’ defense also isn’t a top-tier group right now which means it could serve as a decent first game for either quarterback. Aside from Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett, there isn’t a lot of star power on that side of the ball.
So that’s what my ideal week one looks like. Now tell me about yours.
Also, here’s some links.
Hayley Elwood details what WR Joe Reed is brining to the Bolts (Chargers.com)
Jason Hirschhorn talks Frank Reich and his familiarity with Philip Rivers (Sports Illustrated)
Gavino Borquez details three burning questions left for the Chargers to answer in 2020 (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed discusses how Easton Stick will benefit from having Justin Herbert on the team (Bolt Beat)
Faustino Felix takes a swing at predicting the 55-man roster (Bolt Beat)
Tim Daniels reports that DE Jadeveon Clowney is healthy and ready to sign with a team (Bleacher Report)
Matt Miller reveals a way-too-early big board for the 2021 draft (Bleacher Report)
Mike Florio speaks with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on why there should have been three more rounds of the draft (Pro Football Talk)
Charean Williams talks with CB Kareem Jackson about getting back to football amid this pandemic (Pro Football Talk)
Kevin Seifert discusses everything he knows about the NFL’s virtual offseason (ESPN)