Between political protests, head injuries, and greedy owners, it’s easy to hate on the NFL. But amid the drama, there’s still plenty of on-the-field action to root for. The 2018 NFL season has some exciting young players looking to come in and dominate, including Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold, and teams like the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints all made moves this offseason to try and knock the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles off of their perch.
The 2018 NFL season kicked off with the Eagles beating the Atlanta Falcons, keeping Philadelphia on a win streak that dates back to the playoffs. Speaking of the playoffs, the NFL always has teams that jump from worst to first, and Odell Beckham Jr. is hoping to lead the New York Giants on that path this season after signing his record-breaking contract during the summer.
Up-and-coming teams like the Houston Texans and Rams, led by quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Todd Gurley, will both try and make some noise this year, while established players like Von Miller and Larry Fitzgerald will look to continue their Pro Bowl-level play into 2018.
Here’s a look at the 15 reasons why you should be excited for the NFL this season.