Superbowl rematch to kick off NFL season

Superbowl rematch to kick off NFL season

It might seem a long time until September but really there is just four months until America’s biggest sport kicks off once again. The NFL has already released the fixtures for this year’s season and they’re starting with one of the biggest games of the season – a Superbowl rematch. The current champions the Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in the first match of the season on the 8th September.

Many people might think that a rematch against these two teams would be the natural way to kick off a season in style. But in fact this is the first time two Superbowl rivals have kicked off the following season’s first game in over 45 years. The last time this happened it was the Kansas City Chiefs who met the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970 rematch after only the fourth Superbowl ever played. Back then it was the Vikings who got revenge on the champions the Kansas City Chiefs, so the Panthers will be hoping to dish out the same revenge this time around.

Although there won’t be any of the glitz and glamour of the Superbowl, it doesn’t mean that any match is any less important. Sure there won’t be anywhere near as many viewers, Coldplay and Beyonce won’t perform at half-time and nobody will remember who won this match in a few years time. But it will secure them a vital first win for a fresh new season.

It will also be the first step for both of them reaching next year’s Superbowl. At the moment bookmakers Betway currently have the Panthers second favourite at 8/1 to be in the final this year. They are narrowly behind the New England Patriots at 15/2. The Broncos are much further down the field with 14/1. Of course all of these odds can change rapidly once either the Broncos or the Panthers win or draw the first game of the season, but luckily the odds on Betway will change just as rapidly as frequently throughout the season.

Not only will the season kick off with a rematch of the Superbowl, but there will be a battle of the almost Superbowl finalists in the same weekend. The New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals who both lost their semi-final games to come up a game short of the Superbowl with both face each other at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The announcement of the fixtures has also confirmed an international feel to the tournament that many people had expected. For the third season in a row, England will host three of the season’s games. The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium, which is normally home to England’s International soccer team, on the 2nd of October. The same stadium will host the Cincinnati Bengals against the Washington Redskins four weeks later on the 30th October. The Los Angeles Rams against the New York Giants will also play a game at Twickenham, which is normally home to England’s International rugby team. 

 

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