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Football is Back

NFL football returns on September 7, when the Patriots face the Chiefs.
NFL football returns on September 7, when the Patriots face the Chiefs.

Summer is over and school is back in session, but there is one good thing about this situation. The NFL season starts this week. Now everyone has something to look forward to during the long school week.

The Dallas Cowboys had a record year last year behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Dak will be the starter once again, but Elliott has been suspended six games after a domestic violence investigation. This could hurt the Cowboys especially, because three of the six games he will miss will be against the Cardinals, Packers, and Broncos. This could lead to the New York Giants winning the NFC east.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a big acquisition when they signed Joe Haden after he was cut from the Cleveland Browns. The one gray area for the Steelers is Le’veon Bell who did not report to camp or play in any preseason games, but he did join the team last Friday, which was the last day he could do so to be eligible for week 1. Bell says he is prepared for the heavy workload he is used to getting in the run game, but he has had no preparation against live tackling.

Some teams are looking to bounce back from last year with rookie standouts. The Chicago Bears traded up to pick Mitchell Trubisky at number 2 overall in the draft. They’re hoping he can help them climb out of the basement of the NFC. The Bengals selected John Ross in the first round in the draft after he set the record for the fastest 40 yard dash time in combine history. Ross will miss at least the season opener due to a knee injury. The already struggling Cleveland Browns may be without the top pick in the draft Myles Garrett due to an ankle injury. He is scheduled for an MRI and is questionable for Sunday’s opener. Some recent reports speculate Garrett will miss two weeks.

This offseason has been uneventful in terms of teams making big roster moves to get ready for the season. I expect a lot of the things to stay the same from last season, but you never know. This is football; anything can happen.

My favorite for the Super Bowl this year is the Atlanta Falcons. They’re out for revenge after giving up a huge lead against the new England Patriots in the Super Bowl last year. My dark horse for the Super Bowl is the New York Giants. With the Cowboys being without Zeke Elliott for six games, that leaves the Giants open to win the division, and this team has the right amount of depth on offense and defense to go deep into the playoffs.

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Jacob Murphy, Staff Writer
Success isn't owned; it's leased and rent is due everyday.
Jacob is a junior and an editor for The Scribe. He would like to play lacrosse in college, and his favorite color is blue. Jacob's favorite books are the Percy Jackson series, and one word to describe him would be "fun." You can find Jacob on social media (Instagram) @jacob.55.murphy .
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