The NFL will play 256 games in the 2018 regular season. There will be games played in London and Mexico City.
But the most attractive game will be played in Los Angeles. We asked our listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network to vote on the best game on the 2018 schedule and the Eagles’ trip to Los Angeles to play the Rams in December won by a nose over the Steelers’ visit to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars in November.
Eagles-Rams received 29 percent of the vote, followed by the Steelers-Jaguars at 24 percent. The Patriots play in both of the games that tied for third with 14 percent support – at home against both the Green Bay Packers in November and the Minnesota Vikings in December.
Eagles-Rams would be a rematch of the game between the two NFC division champions last December. The Eagles won, 43-35, setting the tone for a dash through the winter months for the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy. That’s also the game quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury that set Nick Foles up to be the Super Bowl hero.
Steelers-Jaguars is another rematch between two AFC division champions. The Jags went into Pittsburgh for an AFC semifinal game last January and shocked the Steelers, 45-42. The Steelers put up 545 yards with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 469 yards but still lost. The difference? The Steelers turned the ball over twice, the Jaguars not at all.
Vikings-Patriots would give America the game that many thought would be the Super Bowl. Minnesota took the NFL’s best defense into Philadelphia for the NFC title game but turnovers sank the Vikings, 38-7, allowing the Eagles to claim the NFC title and that Super Bowl engagement with the Patriots.
Packers-Patriots pits Aaron Rodgers against Tom Brady. Nothing else needs to be said.
That’s the game all three of the Talk of Fame Network hosts (Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge) voted for – Rodgers versus Brady.
“I'll take any game with Tom Brady,” Judge said. “I know there are two here, so give me Packers-Pats -- mostly because I'd rather watch Aaron Rodgers than Kirk Cousins.”
Added Borges: “Who knows how many games those two old codgers at quarterback have left, especially the one in red, white and blue? Battle of the titans, at least at the quarterback position.”