2018 NFL Schedule Coming Thursday: Here's What We Already Know

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 5:34 PM UTC

The NFL will release its 2018 schedule on Thursday night, but we decided to give NFL fans a leg up and inform SBR readers about what we know so far and when to watch.

The 2018 NFL schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour special. But we know five games already. Starting Friday, SBR will be releasing team-by-team schedule analysis stories.

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Season Opener: Thursday, Sept. 6 -- Vikings at Eagles

The Vikings will seek revenge after getting humiliated 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game by the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles. Nick Foles shredded the Minnesota defense to the tune of 352 yards through the air and three touchdown strikes. It was a sobering loss for the defense that allowed only 15.8 points per game and was tops in that category. The NFL odds board reflected the visiting Vikings as 3 ½ point favorites in that game but that will likely reverse itself in this Philly home opener. Will Carson Wentz be ready?

Strength of 2018 schedule:

  • Minnesota (T-8th - .520 opponents win percentage in 2017)
  • Philadelphia (T-19th - .492 opponents win percentage in 2017)

Tottenham Stadium, London: Sunday, Oct. 14 -- Seahawks vs. Raiders

The Raiders have bitter memories of their international game in Mexico City last year vs. New England, but this time the venue will be the new Tottenham Stadium in London. The Silver & Black will battle Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The last time these teams met was in the final preseason contest of 2017 when the Seahawks won a 17-13 defensive struggle.

Strength of 2018 schedule:

  • Seahawks (T-5th - .523 opponents win percentage in 2017)
  • Raiders (T-29th - .473 opponents win percentage in 2017)

Wembley Stadium, London: Sunday, Oct. 21 or 28 -- Eagles vs. Jaguars

The Jaguars head back to Old Blighty for another visit after they put on a devastating performance in their 44-7 rout of the Ravens last season in front of a jammed Wembley house. This should be a marquee matchup after the renaissance of Jaguars football last season when they rolled all the way to the AFC Championship Game, only to fall to New England. Jacksonville will have a steep hill to climb repeating their impressive showing last season at Wembley when they meet the defending Super Bowl champs.

Strength of 2018 schedule:

  • Eagles (T-19th - .492 opponents win percentage in 2017)
  • Jaguars (T-25th - .477 opponents win percentage in 2017)

Wembley Stadium, London: Sunday, Oct. 21 or 28 -- Titans vs. Chargers

The Chargers were one of four AFC teams that ended last year’s regular season with a 9-7 record, but due to tiebreaking rules, they and the Baltimore Ravens were on the outside looking in when the postseason commenced. In fact, one of those 9-7 clubs that did make the playoffs just happens to be their opponents in London. The Tennessee Titans won their wild-card game against the Chiefs but failed as 14-point road dogs to the Patriots in the divisional round and failed to cash all those dog lovin’ bettors who included the Titans in their NFL picks.

Strength of 2018 schedule:

  • Titans (31st - .465 opponents win percentage in 2017)
  • Chargers (24th -.480 opponents win percentage in 2017)

Mexico City Game: Monday, Nov. 19 -- Chiefs vs. Rams

The Rams will be the home team when they meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City. Last season, 77,000 fans packed Estadio Azteca to witness Tom Brady dissect the Raiders defense en route to a 33-8 victory. This season, fans from Mexico will watch their cultural brethren from Los Angeles battle the Chiefs, only it won’t be the Chargers but the suddenly scary Rams coming to town.

Strength of 2018 schedule:

  • Chiefs (T-19th - .492 opponents win percentage in 2017)
  • Rams (T-5th - .523 opponents win percentage in 2017)
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