The NFL regular season is just two weeks away from the opening game between the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10.
The wait is almost over.
Whether you are an avid fan of a certain team, or just a fantasy football aficionado, there are some things that need to be done before the regular season starts.
Here are five things that need to be done to prepare for the NFL season.
1. Complete All Fantasy League Drafts
That sounds obvious, right?
The football season is going to start before you know it. Sometimes it's best to do a fantasy draft as close to the start of the season as possible. The longer you wait, the easier it is to avoid preseason injuries and evaluate if you want any players with suspensions to start the season.
If you already have your fantasy draft done, then make sure to set those lineups. Remember, the first game is on Thursday, not Sunday.
2. Make A Costco Run
Your Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays are going to be filled with watching football and eating standard football food. That includes: chips, dip, hot dogs, burgers, sodas, and of course, beer.
Take a trip to Costco, stock up on all of those football goodies. Make sure you're set for at least a couple weeks, and then make another Costco run. *Make sure to grab a few samples as you go.*
3. Play Madden 16
The newest game came out on Tuesday. There's not a single way to learn team rosters that is more fun than hitting the sticks on Playstation or Xbox.
If you're someone who likes to know every player on all teams, Madden is the best way to learn.
The game does a good job of keeping up with injuries, roster additions, and making sure the depth chart is up to date.
4. Make Your Playoff And Super Bowl Predictions
There's nothing better than telling your friends at the end of the season, "I told you so."
Make your predictions early and stick with them throughout the season. Not only does it give you the chance for bragging rights at the end of the season, but you will also find yourself rooting for certain teams which you wouldn't normally have in the past.
A couple tips:
- Don't pick all of the favorites to win the divisions. That doesn't make you look smart, it just makes you look like a follower.
- Stick with your picks. Nobody likes a flip-flopper. Stand by your predictions until the season is over.
5. Spend Some Quality Time With The Family
This is the most important thing to do before the regular season starts. If you want your Sundays to be football and football only, make sure to get all of the family bonding time done in these next two weeks.
There's nothing worse than getting interrupted while watching a football game.
Best case scenario: your family time is watching football all day, every Sunday.
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