NFL kicks off

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Ben Clanin, Co-Sports Editor

     The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing color, and after months of waiting the NFL season is finally upon us.  Ever since last years intense super bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos the football community has been counting down the days until the first kickoff of 2016.  The first week will be jam packed with action, with the first game, a Super Bowl 50 rematch between Cam Newton and the Panthers and reigning Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and the Broncos, which was  played on Thursday Sept. 8.  The Panthers jumped out to an early lead after recovering a fumble, but the Denver defense proved to be too much for the Panthers.  The Broncos came out victorious after a missed 50 yard field goal by Panthers kicker Graham Gano with four seconds left in the game, the final was 21-20.  

     “I’m looking forward to Thursday night’s game the most,” said Zack Larson (‘17). “It will be one of the most intense games of the year and it’s the very first one, I can’t wait.”  

     After the Thursday night game the week one action picks up again on Sunday, when 26 teams will start their 2016 season. A few of the matchups to watch will include the Chicago Bears when the travel down to Houston to take on the Texans where Houston is heavily favored to beat the Bears. Also the Green Bay Packers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars down in Florida, where Green Bay is favored to come out of week one 1-0. To cap off week one there are two Monday Night Football games, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins, and the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers.

     “Week one of the NFL season is one of my favorites weeks of the year,” said Nico Cece (‘17). “I love watching the games and playing fantasy football, it’s one of my absolute favorite things to do.”