NFL football is back.
That’s all there is left to say as fans anticipate the kickoff of the 2021 season.
Die-hard followers are preparing once again to cheer for their teams in hopes of having another great year.
Meanwhile, the players are pushing themselves during practices to perform at a high level.
They are hoping to start their campaign positively, be it at home or on the road.
However, there will only be two nationally-televised games during Week 1.
The Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams will take center stage on Sunday Night Football on September 12.
The Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders will face off on Monday Night Football a day later.
Aside from these games, there are other matchups on opening weekend that deserve the spotlight.
The reasons vary from postseason hopes to vendetta.
Here are noteworthy matches that have the makings of a primetime showdown.
3. Cleveland Browns At Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns during their AFC Divisional round clash last season.
The Browns might have gotten another snap from the Chiefs’ one-yard line if the officials ruled the play as such.
Just a friendly reminder that #Browns football is back next Sunday 😏
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 5, 2021
Instead, the tackle was a touchback in the Chiefs’ favor, and the Browns might still be fuming with anger over that call.
Cleveland’s pass rush led by Myles Garrett will be a real test for the Kansas City offensive line that played poorly during Super Bowl LV.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 5, 2021
The simmering rivalry continues.
2. Arizona Cardinals At Tennessee Titans
Every game counts in the NFC West because it is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks won last year but lost to the Rams at home during the Wild Card round.
The San Francisco 49ers could also make a playoff push, if not for injuries to their key players.
There is football next Sunday.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 6, 2021
Then there are the Arizona Cardinals, who played against the Rams for the NFC’s final playoff spot.
Arizona will be starting their season versus AFC powerhouse Tennessee, wherein contrasting offensive philosophies will prevail.
“Damn it, the Tennessee Titans I’m predicting are going to go to the Super Bowl this year.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the Titans will pound the ground with reigning Offensive Player of the Year and the newest 2,000 rushing yards club member Derrick Henry.
This contest can turn into a high-scoring affair.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers At Buffalo Bills
Ben Roethlisberger will be playing what could be his final NFL season.
His offense last year that depended on short passes was an outlier given their preference of the run game and deep throws.
With Najee Harris on the roster, the Steelers onslaught could open up a bit.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 3, 2021
However, Buffalo is a team that can match them every yard.
The Bills mirrored the Steelers offense to some extent last season, except for the short passing.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 5, 2021
Expect more variety with their play-calling now that both teams bolstered their backfield.
The Steeler defense might have a slight edge over their counterparts.