The 2021 NFL regular season is rapidly approaching and Week 1 is a time of hope and new beginnings for fans all around the football viewing world.
There are some amazing matchups in Week 1 including a battle between the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.
Even the showdown to open the season between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a game filled with intrigue.
Unfortunately, not every matchup is must-see television.
Here are the three worst that stand out on paper.
3. Denver Broncos Vs. New York Giants
Coach Fangio informed our team this morning that Teddy Bridgewater will be the Broncos’ starting quarterback. pic.twitter.com/ZU0hNCi0kg
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 25, 2021
What this game represents is a chance for one of these teams to get off to a surprising 1-0 start after terrible 2020 campaigns.
The Denver Broncos want to see if Bridgewater is indeed the answer over Drew Lock.
The New York Giants want to see if Jones is the answer at all.
Saquon Barkley is the man to watch in this one, if he is good to go by Week 1.
2. Minnesota Vikings Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
If Joe Burrow is not playing in this one, this game could vault to the top of our list.
The Cincinnati Bengals are not expected to be very good whether Burrow is healthy or not.
Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow will play a limited number of snaps in the final preseason game this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/HGMo6eg6bm
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 25, 2021
However, him being on the field is both good for the team and the NFL in general given his No. 1 overall draft status in 2020.
As for the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins remains the starting quarterback and a win over the Bengals won’t do much to change his reputation.
A loss, on the other hand, could start the rumblings of change before we even get to Week 2.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars Vs. Houston Texans
Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick, making his debut tops this list?
Yes, because these two teams will likely end up being the worst of the worst in the NFL this season.
Deshaun Watson is not going to be on the field and that is bad news for the Houston Texans.
The Jacksonville Jaguars did get off to a 1-0 start last year, only to finish 1-15.
Getting a win in this one could end up leading to a similar fate, unless they can take two over the Texans this season.
Is this too pessimistic?
Jaguars and Texans fans may say so, but a national NFL viewpoint would say the two teams are destined for the bottom of the standings.
This game ending in a tie would be the perfect way for both teams to start the year.