The NFL is Back!

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Rhyse Sutherland '21, Sports Editor

As summer comes to an end, football is on the horizon, after months of discussion, the NFL season will soon begin, and hope to complete the entirety of its season amidst COVID. The NFL season officially kicked off on Thursday, September 10th. This is one of the most anticipated seasons of professional football that we have experienced in quite a long time. COVID gives the entire season a strong sense of unknown and curiosity for what could happen. The NFL season started with the Houston Texans failing to dethrone the reigning champs Kansas City Chiefs. 

One of the biggest differences between this season and past seasons is that there will be no preseason this year to minimize their interaction to attempt to control the spread of the virus. Another important thing to remember for this season is that because of the virus, there will be no preseason. Every year before the season starts there is a 4 week period of games that do not count to give the players a  So after a long and stressful summer figuring out how the NFL would handle starting the season amidst Covid-19 we finally can officially say that the season will occur. Not having a preseason could result in a few negative outcomes for both players and teams. Players will not have time to get their bodies accustomed to the game intensity and will be more likely to get injured. They will also have a harder time “shaking off the rust”, many players will make errors and mistakes that they normally would not have made.

Although the NFL has received much criticism for starting their season although the Coronavirus is still very active, several players and coaches have come out to publicly say that they are willing to take the risk in order to allow the season to go on. Unlike the NBA, the NFL players will not be forced to quarantine in a bubble-like environment. This could lead to many cases and even possibly the shut down of the season midway through the year. Only time will tell what could happen to football this fall, but all around the country anticipation grows as we come closer to the start.

 

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