NFL: New Rules, Lofty Predictions and Setting Up for Game Day

We can’t even begin to explain how excited we are for football season here at DIRECTV. It’s the time of year we begin to realize all the offseason moves in the beginning of the summer are real, and we’re not talking about one of your fantasy trades. Russell Wilson is a Bronco? Von Miller is a Bill after winning another Super Bowl ring with the Rams? Will Aaron Rodgers 3-peat as MVP (even though we think it should have been Cooper Kupp last season?) Let’s bring you up to speed with some major offseason moves.

The Big One – Overtime Rules

New rules for playoff overtime games. Almost all owners who voted (29-3) had an issue with the OT rules. Now both teams will get a chance to possess the ball in overtime. That’s all we, the fans, wanted. If it’s tied after both teams get the ball, then it’s sudden death. This is only for the playoffs right now, but we’ll take it! 

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Who’s In the Early Running

Many “experts” picked the Bills to make a run this season and be the AFC’s representative in the Super Bowl. Not an easy task. Their brutal loss in the divisional round last season at the hands of Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs, prompting the above mentioned OT change, should be their motivating factor. One more year of experience for 5th year QB Josh Allen and the addition of veteran edge rusher, Von Miller, should do the trick. It’s going to be a very exciting team to watch and we can’t wait!  

Monster Match Up

After a disappointing divisional round loss as the #1-seed (13-4), who is back to back MVP winner Aaron Rodgers going to have as his main target with Davante Adams (1,553 receiving yards/11 touchdowns) traded to Las Vegas? Rodgers will have his work cut out this season. With a combined 68 receptions between Rodgers and Lazard & Cobb (Valdez-Scantling left for KC and they added Sammy Watkins), Rodgers will need to find his new go-to-guy if they want to come close to repeating their dominant 13-4 record and possibly securing another MVP for ARodg.  

Back to Back Jacks?

And why is nobody talking about last year’s champions, the Rams? Could it be because they are going to be without Robert Woods, OBJ, Von Miller and Andrew Whitworth? Possibly. However, Cam Akers is at full strength as the featured back and Cooper Kupp has shown no defense can stop him and Stafford. They also have an all-timer in Aaron Donald who still puts fear into every offensive player on the other side of the line. Until anyone can stop him, expect another monster year from 99. The Rams get to go to TB November 6 in the NFC championship rematch and then to KC November 27. What’s their reward for this gauntlet of a schedule? The SoCal boys have to go up to the frozen tundra of Green Bay for Monday Night Football on December 19. 

Sunday Setup

We’ve made some pretty big predictions and whether you agree or not, we can’t forget one of the best parts of football season, Sunday Fundays! Having friends over to catch up, eat snacks and enjoy one another’s company isn’t lost on us. Former quarterback, Mark Sanchez, knows a cozy living room with a television playing all the day’s games is essential to a successful game day party. You can even watch Mark get his new home ready to watch the game with DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.

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