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NFL Week One Position Matchups to Watch

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Jason Truitt, Reporter

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The 2018 NFL season has begun, and the NFL Kickoff has concluded, which means the time has come to analyze this weekend’s best position matchups. And there is plenty to keep an eye on.

Denver Broncos Front-Four vs. Seattle Seahawks Offensive Line

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Seahawks offense charges forward in Denver, Aug, 18 2012. (Flickr/AP Photo)

Things are starting to look up in Denver after a forgettable 2017 season. The Broncos are already looking like a better team than they were, and they haven’t played a game… yet.

Luckily, they’ll have the opportunity to show off their new look depth chart this Sunday afternoon, when they host a changed Seattle squad.  The Seahawks obtain power at almost every postition… except offensive line. The Seahawks made efficient changes during the offseason, but their offensive remains relatively the same. After signing former Giants guard, D.J Fluker in March, USA Today’s Seahawks Wire reports that he will miss season opener due to a hamstring issue. No worries, they can handle it, all they gotta do is simply stop the Broncos pass rush.

But as all Broncos fans know, that’s much easier said than done.

Seattle ranked 25th in sacks allowed last year. Luckily, the Broncos sack numbers surprisingly struggled in 2017, who ranked 22nd (via ESPN Stats.)

The Seahawks should have confidence in holding up the left side of the line with left tackle, Duane Brown, who made the Pro Bowl last year, so John Elway’s first-round pick Bradley Chubb should have a quiet outing.

Let’s not forget about Von Miller, he will surely shake that confidence no matter where he lines up.

This match-up will definitely be interesting to see, as two cities that experienced considerable change this past off-season go head-to-head in their season openers.

Odell Beckham Jr. Vs Jalen Ramsey 

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Giants WR, Odell Beckham Jr. warming up. (Flickr/AP Photo)

If you have been paying attention to NFL news this past summer then you probably heard from one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks, Jalen Ramsey.

This past summer, Ramsey did an interview with GQ Magazine and stated his critical opinion against… everyone in the league? In the article, the star defensive back puts on his Simon Cowell mask and judges almost every starting quarterback in the league, from Jimmy Garoppolo to Matt Ryan.

This should come as no surprise given Ramsey has a history of trash talking other players. Gentlemen’s Quarterly, states: “Perhaps this is to be expected. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey hasn’t quite let his game speak for itself. He has infamously talked smack to Steve Smith, Sr.—calling the legendary receiver and trash-talker an “old man”—exchanged jabs with Tom Brady before a game, and even got so far inside A.J. Green’s head last season that the Bengals wideout chokeslammed Ramsey long after the whistle.”

This week he will be in charge of covering a talented, and very anxious, Odell Beckham Jr., who hasn’t played a snap since Oct. 8th of last year when he injured his ankle.

 

Khalil Mack vs. Aaron Rodgers 

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Khalil Mack heads towards locker room during game. Dec. 13, 2015 (Flickr/AP Photo)

 

In the past weeks, financial NFL records were yet broken again, this time by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (4YR/$134M) and Bears defensive end, Khalil Mack (6YR/$141M). With these two each signing monster contracts, they both become the highest paid players in the history of the NFL at their side of the ball.

This upcoming Sunday showdown should display top talent from the two richest men in football, but also show what 2017 Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner Khalil Mack can do on a struggling defense in the windy city.

Aaron Rodgers goes under center at Lambeau Field, Jan. 2, 2011. (Flickr/AP Photo) Image via Mike Morbeck

Raiders fans would enjoy a couple sacks from Mack, but Packers fans would love a touchdown pass from Rodgers to former Seahawk, Jimmy Graham.

Maybe after the game, the two should go out for dinner. Fortunate for whoever gets to serve that table.

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