The stop of the Clean Bowl brings with it a seven-month NFL soccer famine, at some stage in which period men working around in shorts in the summertime sun is the closest we can sniff to this gridiron sport.
Within the duration in-between, we can wistfully long for the return of pigskin glory.
After triumphing in a Third Clean Bowl in five seasons, the Unusual England Patriots will throw one more occasion at Foxboro to possess fun their most as much as the moment Lombardi conquest.
On the entire, the Clean Bowl winner hosts the Thursday night season opener to abilities their victory with the build of start followers. NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero previously notorious that the league could per chance a itsy-bitsy exchange up the plans for its a centesimal-365 days occasion.
Because the NFL prepares to possess fun its a centesimal season in 2019, I’m informed agenda-markers are brooding a pair of wrinkle: The Clean Bowl winner will host both the smartly-liked-or-garden Thursday night kickoff sport OR the Sunday night sport in Week 1, with one more âspecialâ matchup in the other slot.â Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
January 4, 2019
Regardless, there will be a occasion at Gillette in September to commemorate the Clean Bowl LIII champs.
Who will the Pats face off in opposition to in that sport?
Unusual England’s dwelling slate presents bright potentialities: Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Unusual York Giants, Buffalo Payments, Miami Dolphins, Unusual York Jets, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
With the league on the entire maintaining division video games except later in the season, let’s bewitch the Pats will no longer open with a division rival — though a Brian Flores return on opening night or Adam Gase’s lumber to Unusual York to work with Sam Darnold each would offer plentiful storylines.
The non-division video games are all titillating. The Cowboys provide a sizable title that continuously draws eyeballs. The Giants could per chance moreover very successfully be driving yet one more season with Eli Manning, the Patriots’ Clean Bowl nemesis. The Browns possess a young, rising core. The Steelers are perennial AFC powers. And the Chiefs were the No. 1 seed in 2018.
Let’s fast ruin down our high three choices for the Patriots’ first sport of the 2019 season:
1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
The NFL loves playoff rematches in the opener, and this one would bring all the pieces to the desk. The final two Chiefs-Pats video games were marvelous showcases, every coming down to the wire. K.C. boasts smartly-liked season MVP Patrick Mahomes to pit in opposition to Tom Brady. Invoice Belichick versus Andy Reid. The Pats’ Clean Bowl-winning D in opposition to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Dee Ford staying onside. The tales lumber on and on. Maybe the NFL would reasonably set this tilt for later in the season, but when the league desires to kick off the 2019 campaign with a bang, it will maybe well’t lumber inappropriate with this matchup.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers’ offseason will positively proceed to accept as true with drama. Will Antonio Brown at final be traded? Is this Mike Tomlin’s final stand? The drama is never any longer recent for Pittsburgh but feels magnified this lumber-around. As for the matchup, Pittsburgh will aloof boast Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. With Mammoth Ben dueling Tom Brady, seemingly for the closing time, we’d get two of the actual quarterbacks in NFL historical past on opening night. Pitting two perennial AFC powers would kick off the season with a sport of doubtlessly vast significance.
3. Cleveland Browns
It is seemingly you’ll per chance possess conclude the Cowboys for the goosed scores, or Giants for the Eli ingredient, but gave me Baker Mayfield in high time in opposition to the Clean Bowl champs any day of the week. The Browns are almost obvious to be the offseason darlings of 2019, with their brash quarterback, homespun recent head coach, and young, rising stars in all places the roster. Inserting the formerly laughingstock Browns on opening night would sigh to the arena the NFL believes they’re truly ready for the highlight. Baker battling Brady below the Foxboro lights would originate for a substantial sport, and satisfactory lead-up “torch-passing” tales to nauseate almost any soccer fan.