It’s late May on the NFL calendar. The Draft is over, and its been sliced and diced by everybody. Training camp doesn’t start for another two months. The first pre-season game is on August 2nd, and the regular season won’t commence until September 6th. In short, we have a long way to go until we’re watching football again.

At least for that kind of football.

We’re now within three weeks of the other kind of football’s showpiece event, the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Conveniently for us, there are 32 teams in the NFL and 32 countries vying for the World Cup title beginning on June 14th.

I’m taking on the task of drawing a parallel from each NFL team to each country. Some of it will be historical, some of it having to do with how the NFL teams are looking now compared to the squads preparing for the World Cup, and more.

If you’re an American who’s not sure who to cheer for this summer after the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, the answer might be lying beneath the surface of your NFL team.

We’ll organize this division by division here, starting in the AFC.

Let’s kick off.