Saints have 3 of the most anticipated games of 2018

Tanya Simon
April 21, 2018

Jacksonville, which fell in the AFC title game to New England before the Eagles beat the Patriots for the league championship, will host Philadelphia in Week 8 on October 28 at Wembley Stadium. That would add even more juice to a night where they'll raise the championship banner at Lincoln Financial Field. This season they'll play their first one in their new digs on a Monday night game when they host the Giants on October 22. National Football League analysts and fans dig into the schedules, making predictions on team records and proclaiming which teams have the toughest and easiest schedules.

Dropping a few games early hardly dooms any team's season, and there is always a chance to make up ground later, but the Falcons toughest stretch of the year may come right at the start.

However, John Dorsey has been busy during the off-season, and the Browns have welcomed a host of arrivals, including Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Damarious Landry.

That's one of four global games this season.

The Vikings fell in the NFC Championship game and this will be Cousins' first prime time game since his move to Minnesota, so expect him to be under the spotlight. The game, which will start at 9:30 the Eastern time zone, will be the first time they've played in London since the NFL's United Kingdom series began in 2007.

The Eagles also will play at England's home of soccer when they take on the Jaguars in Week 8 at Wembley Stadium in London. With a full pre-season under his belt, will the former New England Patriots quarterback be the man to resurrect San Francisco's fortunes?

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The Vikings, Rams and Steelers rank third through fifth in odds to win the big game.

Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all times face each other for only the second time since 2014. Week 2 represents the first CBS national weekend with doubleheader games showcasing the Oakland Raiders at the Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m.) and the Patriots visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars (4:25 p.m.). Will off-field malaise affect his performances?

General manager Howie Roseman was lauded for aggressively retooling the Eagles roster before last season, and it looks like he's done so again this year.

Expect the Steelers to arrive in Florida looking for payback.

After not playing its first NFC South game until Week 9 in 2017, and ending the year with four straight division games, the Falcons will play two division teams in the first three weeks of the season this year.

"I think maybe the perception is the draft is the last time you have a huge opportunity to improve your football team and what we've committed to is that we're going to attack it in the draft, we're going to attack it in June, we're going to attack it in August, we're going to attack it at the trade deadline". Unless those two future Hall of Famers meet in the Super Bowl soon, this might be the last time we'll get to see them square off mano-a-mano.

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