WHETHER YOU BLEED blue or prefer the J-E-T-S (or any of the other 30 teams in the NFL), this is your time.
The National Football League’s regular season officially began Thursday, but it gets underway in earnest Sunday with 13 games starting at 1 p.m.
Not sure where to catch the action? The Keyport area has a wealth of options to choose from, with a variety of special offers and deals sure to satisfy even the most die-hard fan.
Here’s a quick run-down of a few of the spots offering football specials this season:
The Blue Rock Cafe, 522 Amboy Ave. in Cliffwood Beach. 732-583-7699
The Blue Rock, located across from Wagner’s Marina, will hold a free tailgate party with burgers, hot dogs, sausage and chicken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, and $2 domestic drafts all day.
Monday night football specials include $2 23-oz. domestic drafts and $6.99 steamers. The drink special will also be on tap Thursdays, as well as $6.99 wings.
McDonagh’s Pub, 2 W. Front St. in Keyport, 732-264-0999
McDonagh’s, in downtown Keyport, will offer a free buffet every Sunday during the fourth quarter of the 4 p.m. game.
Food specials will include $5 for wings, black Angus beef foot-long hot dogs, fried pickles or loaded potato tots. The pub is also selling 14-oz. Bavarian pretzels for $10, and chicken or pork quesadillas for $8.
Pomegranate sangria will be $5 a glass or $15 a pitcher. Miller and Coors Lite draft and bottles will be $2.50 each, and $7 for a pitcher. Irishman whiskey shots will be $4; Irish car bombs will go for $6.
There will also be giveaways every week.
Uptown Bar & Grill, 32 Broad St. in Keyport, 732-888-1878
For all Sunday games, the Uptown will offer $2 Coors Lite and $2.50 for all other bottles. Wings are free at halftime.
Burlew’s Seafood and Steak, 59 W. Front St. in Keyport. 732-497-0500
This waterfront restaurant is not offering any food or drink specials specifically for the football season. But they do have two bars – one inside, one outside – with about a dozen televisions to catch the action. (Only local games, though. Burlew’s does not have satellite TV.)
Correspondent Katie Sobko contributed to this report.