The NFL season starts on Saturday, September 9, with the Washington Redskins playing the New England Patriots.
This is the last week before the regular season begins, and it’s a big week for all 32 teams.
The league is in the midst of the most intense preseason in its history.
It’s an NFL season with a ton of stakes, and that’s something the teams need to be able to take full advantage of.
In the coming weeks, there are a lot of key games for teams to watch, so take a look at the best and worst of this week’s slate.
What are the key matchups?
In the weeks leading up to the start of the NFL season, you’ll want to be keeping an eye on the following: The Arizona Cardinals will play the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in the first game of the season on Saturday night.
The Cardinals were one of the league’s top teams last season, but the Texans were the top team in the AFC West and finished with the best record in the NFL.
In Week 1, the Texans will be hoping to put together their best record since 2013, and the Cardinals should have the tools to make it happen.
Houston is coming off a Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, who have struggled mightily in the season opener.
After winning by a combined score of 21-0, the Colts will be looking to bounce back after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week.
The Texans were in position to go up 3-0 in the third quarter, but a fourth-quarter field goal by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson made it a close game.
It was Watson’s second of the game, and his second game-tying touchdown pass.
This will be the first time since Week 2 that the Texans are without starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off another big win over the Cleveland Browns, which put them into first place in the division and in the race for the AFC North title.
The Browns have won six of their last seven games, including their last two.
After their Week 1 win over San Francisco, the Ravens will be eager to bounce right back and get back on track.
New England Patriots are coming into Week 1 with the second-best record in football, but it’s not the easiest road to take.
New England has lost four straight games, but they’re also coming off an ugly loss to Baltimore.
The Patriots are going to be on the outside looking in, and they’ll need to put up big numbers to be considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers will be one of three teams in the NFC South that has a chance to make the playoffs.
The Atlanta Falcons have a tough matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, but there are other teams in their division that could have an easier path to the postseason.
In Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season: AFC West (1-1): Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
ET Thursday, CBS Sunday, CBS Sports Network, CBS Network.
NFC South (1.5-1-0): San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:30 p.k.
ET Saturday, Fox Sunday, Fox Sports.
AFC North (1) (1): Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, 1.5 p.o.m., CBS Sunday.
NFC North (2) (3): Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 a.m..
Sunday, NBC Sunday, Sunday Night Football.
AFC East (2): New York Jets vs. New Orleans Titans, 1 o’clock ET Sunday, NFL Network, NFL Sunday Ticket.
NFC East (3) (4): Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 1 p:m.
AFC West (3-1) : Kansas City Raiders vs .
New York Giants, 1, 3:15 p.p.m.; New England New York vs. Green Bay Packers, 4 p.r.m.-5:30 a.t.
AFC South (4) (5): New Orleans Pelicans vs. Indianapolis Colts.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers, 1 Sunday, 7:30-8 p.s.
Sunday on NBC.