The NFL season is almost here, and Week 1 of the regular season is what every football fan looks forward to for seven months out of the year. Sometimes we see exactly what we expect, other times we see the tides beginning to change with a big win in the first game of the season. This year there are some big games that could open our eyes to who might be contending and who might be a door mat for the rest of the NFL. Let’s look inside the best that Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season has to offer.
Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks (Seattle, WA)
It’s the big rematch of the famous ‘Fail Mary’ game last season, and both of these team are among the favorites in the NFC in 2014. Aaron Rodgers is back healthy and that means the Packers are a force to be reckoned with. Even with Rodgers, winning in Seattle is a tough thing to do, and the Legion of Boom will be looking for some Green Bay receivers to rough up. Seattle really destroyed the Broncos in the Super Bowl, so the entire NFL will want to see how they do in their first test since the big game.
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers (Arlington, TX)
The 49ers came so close to the Super Bowl once again and opening up the first game of the season against the Cowboys is a great test as they begin their assault on another NFC title. Colin Kaepernick will likely not have any problems cutting through the Dallas defense, but the Cowboys offense is also quite potent. This could be a shootout as many Cowboys games are, and these two franchises have always played great games against each other.
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA)
The Falcons had an off year in 2013, but with everyone back healthy this season Atlanta should be one of the best teams in the AFC once again. Matt Ryan has his one-two punch of Roddy White and Julio Jones back, and while Tony Gonzalez is gone, Ryan has more than enough firepower. The Saints are firepower personified, so this should be another high scoring game. Drew Brees has the best tight end in the game in Jimmy Graham and this could very well come down to the last drive of the game.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos (Denver, CO)
It’s another edition of Manning against his old team, but this time it’s in Colorado. The Colts had a great season last year under second-year QB Andrew Luck, but Manning set NFL records for the Broncos on the way to leading his team to the Super Bowl. The Broncos have only gotten better in the offseason, but if the Colts can somehow get this win, it could shift the power to Indy in the AFC for the rest of the season.