NFL Week 1 Preview: Jameison Suspension, Season Opener Game
After an intense summer of sports including the World Cup in Russia, and the ongoing MLB season, not to mention Wimbledon and the US Open, sports fans are in for a another treat with the start of NFL in early September. Training camps are currently underway and the football preseason is set for August, which should ease the wait until the regular season.
Let’s look into some of the games on schedule for week 1, particularly the season starter game between the Eagles and the Falcons, not to mention Tampa Bay starting without star quarterback Jameis Winston.
Jameis Winston is out for the first few games
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have a rough start as they begin their 2018-2019 season thanks to a suspended Jameis Winston. The suspension will last for the first three games of the season and is due to violating the league’s personal conduct policy thanks to an incident that happened with an Uber driver back in 2016.
Tampa’s first three games without Jameis Winston:
- New Orleans Saints (Away)
- Philadelphia Eagles (Home)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (Home)
As of now, Nitrogen’s spreads for Tampa’s first game vs. the Saints game suggests Saints as favorites.
Announced by coach Dirk Koetter, Ryan Fitzpatrick will lead the Bucs in their opening game. Fitzpatrick has a 60% completion percentage to show for a 13-year NFL career. Their third stringer, Ryan Griffin, has never played a regular season snap, and will now serve as Fitzpatrick’s backup if needed.
Expect a clear picture on Tampa Bay’s current state sometime in the 4th week of the regular season once Winston can be considered in their lineup.
Carson Wentz will return to guide the Eagles
It’s always interesting to watch the defending Super Bowl champions at the start of a new season. The Eagles are up against Julio Jones and the Falcons and it’s going to be a tough start for both teams. Philadelphia has Carson Wentz back in uniform after a late-season knee injury that resulted in Nick Foles guiding the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl. Wentz is all set for week 1 and based on training camp reports he’s looking good. Despite his return, the odds show that this could be anybody’s game.
The Falcons offense
Last season, Matt Ryan had a dip in yardage with 4,095 yards and a total of 20 TD’s. In 2016, he tallied 4,944 passing yards with 38 TD’s. Ryan seems optimistic and may run in ‘MVP talk’ circles this year but with Julio Jones on the field, the Falcons still have one scary offensive core.
Falcons have first round pick Calvin Ridley coming in, and the coaches and players are eager to see what he can do. It’s reported that Ridley is fitting in well and is working with Julio Jones to secure a great season for the Falcons.
Back in January, the Atlanta Falcons went to Philly to face the Eagles and were able to hold a 10-9 lead at halftime. But the Eagles’ defense shone through and they denied a potential late touchdown sealing their 15-10 win. How will this match up fair for their next meet?
Place your wagers today! NFL lines for week 1 are now available, as well as futures as to who will win the next Super Bowl.