Last season’s Monday Night Football schedule left a lot to be desired in terms of quality match-ups and excitement, but the 2015-16 schedule should start off with some fireworks as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Atlanta Falcons.
The AFC South and NFC South are arguably the two worst divisions heading into the 2015-16 season. An opening week win for either the Carolina Panthers or Jacksonville Jaguars would go a long way to getting their seasons on the right track and potentially contending for a playoff berth.
Both teams are asking the exact same question entering the 2015-16 season: Is this finally our year?! For Bengals fans, they’re asking if their team can finally get out of the Wild Card round of the playoffs after four years of first round exits. Raiders fans are asking if this is the year that their team can simply get out of the league’s basement and earn some national respect.
It’s been over six months since Pete Carroll’s infamous decision to throw the ball at the one-yard line instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch. Will the Seahawks be able to get rid of their Super Bowl hangover in Week 1 against the Rams?
The Super Bowl XLIX banner will be there. The fireworks and musical guests will be there. The NBC prime time cameras will be there. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick will be there. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will be there. Are we missing anyone? Tom? Tom Brady? Will No. 12 be on the field, or in a suite for the NFL opener at Gillette Stadium?
College football fans would love to see a repeat of last season’s Arkansas-Texas A&M thriller from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, but what about the bettors? The Aggies needed two fourth quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Kenny Hill to get the game into overtime, then a 4th-and-1 defensive stand to win it. Jerry Jones will open his stadium’s doors to these two teams again this season, but there will be one notable omission: Last season’s hero, Kenny Hill.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was written about football season, right? I think that’s how the song goes.
Let’s take a preseason look at the odds for the 2015 Heisman Trophy, awarded to the country’s best college football quarterb-, err, make that best college football player. Since 2000, only two non-quarterbacks have won the award, and one of them (Reggie Bush in 2005) had to forfeit it. Five straight quarterbacks have won the award, but a very promising crop of running backs could challenge that streak this season.