If you’re wondering where you should be at the start of the NFL season, this week’s schedule is the answer.
The NFL season begins with Week 2 on Saturday and runs through Monday.
The schedule is broken down in four different sections, and all four of them are filled with action.
I know that’s a little bit of a stretch, but the goal of this guide is to provide you with a quick overview of each section of the schedule for you to get you started.
The first section of this schedule is all about the teams in the AFC West.
It’s also a good place to start if you’re looking for a way to get into the AFC divisional round and maybe even the playoffs.
AFC West: Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Denver Broncos The Chargers are still the reigning champs after taking over the division in their first year of existence.
They will be without starting quarterback Philip Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen for the season.
However, the team’s defense will be able to hold on to this division crown.
They have an offense that ranks in the top-10 in both total yards and points allowed per game, and will likely be able outscore opponents.
The Chargers have one of the league’s best defenses, but they’ll need to be a much better unit if they want to contend.
Houston is another team in the division that’s struggling.
The Texans have been outscored by 8.6 points per game this season, and they’ve been shut out by seven different teams this season.
This team needs to improve significantly if it’s going to compete.
New England is coming off a disappointing loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.
This is the team that gave up a combined 24 points to the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins in Week 2, and it’ll be a big test for the Patriots.
The Patriots offense is ranked 23rd in the league in yards per play, and while they’ve had some success against the run, they have yet to have an interception of their own.
They’ll need their defense to be much better than it has been this season if they hope to keep this AFC West title.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is hoping to take a step forward after the Titans went 0-3 against the Atlanta Panthers in the playoffs last year.
However the Titans have been able to make some strides this year and have shown improvement on defense.
They rank second in the NFL in yards allowed per play and have allowed just three sacks.
However this defense needs to step up if it wants to continue to climb the AFC playoff rankings.
Dallas is the second team in this division.
They’re a team that lost quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending knee injury.
But the Cowboys are going to have to step it up to continue their playoff hopes.
They ranked first in the NFC in passing yards allowed, and their defense is ranked in the bottom-ten in yards surrendered per game.
The Cowboys also need to take steps forward if they’re going to be in contention for the NFC South title.
Tennessee has been able get the best out of its defense, but it needs to take advantage of its quarterback.
Oakland has been unable to keep up with the success that they’ve seen in the second half of the season, but that will change this week.
The Raiders defense has improved from a year ago, and now they have the NFL’s second-ranked scoring defense.
If the Raiders can win out and keep this division title, they’ll have a chance at a second straight playoff berth.
San Diego will face the Broncos in the wild-card round.
Denver will be coming off an upset loss to Buffalo.
This will be a tough test for Denver’s defense, and the Chargers defense is one of their best.
However Denver’s offense is going to need to improve in order to keep winning games in this NFC West division.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is looking to become the first Colts quarterback to win the NFL MVP award since Dan Marino in 1986.
The Colts offense has been a huge part of their success this season and will be looking to get back on track.
However they will need to get a lot better on defense if they are going go to the Super Bowl.
Denver is currently No. 3 in the Football Outsiders Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric, which is an average rating of every player’s performance for every team that is allowed to play in the game.
This unit has allowed just 10.6 fantasy points per contest this season after allowing a league-high 26.1 points per outing in Week 6.
Luck will be hoping to prove to the Colts that they are one of his better quarterbacks this season before making a big leap into the MVP race. Injury