The NFL Schedule was released last night and it might as well be a national holiday. ESPN, NFL Network and every sports website (including this one) takes hours pouring over the schedule for the best match-ups of the season. If you're only to watch one game each week then these are the games to watch. And just in case you get your Honey-Do list done early, there sometimes is a bonus game to watch.
Thurs, Sept 8th - Panthers @ Broncos (8:30)
The Panthers get to exact revenge on the now depleted Super Bowl Champs. Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiller won’t be there, but the Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller sure will be. This is the first Super Bowl rematch that also doubles as a Season Opener.
Mon, Sept 12 – Rams @ 49ers (8:30) - BONUS!
The LA Rams make their debut on the road against new and former NFC West rival 49ers. Both teams might be in transition with their quarter back at the time, but this will be the first of many Golden State rivalries games in the future.
Sun, Sept 18 – Seahawks @ Rams (4:05)
This will be must watch TV as the NFL finally returns to the Los Angeles after 20+ years.
Sun, Sept 18 – Packers @ Vikings (8:30)
The Vikings open their brand new stadium by hosting Aaron Rogers and the Packers. The reigning NFC North champs look to spoil the house warming party.
Thurs, Sept 22 – Texans @ Patriots (8:25)
This is the only Thursday night game on the list outside of Thanksgiving. Bill O’Brien takes on his former mentor, Bill Belichick for the second time. The Texans got smack last time 27-7 so they’ll to work a little harder this year.
Sun, Oct 2 - Browns @ Redskins (1:00)
RGIII returns back in the Capital City to take on his successor. That is if RGIII didn’t get benched or injured by Week 4.
Sun, Oct 9 – Giants @ Packers (8:30)
A revamped Giants look to prove themselves against the NFC Elite plus has there ever been a time where Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t entertain?
Sun, Oct 16 - Cowboys @ Packers
Okay, so back to back Packers games, but every time these two teams play in recent memory, there’s been drama. Expect Dez Bryant to want some pay back for this…
Sun, Oct 23 - Patriots @ Steelers (4:25)
Two of the top teams in the AFC face off. Need to say more?
Mon, Oct 24 - Texans @ Broncos (8:30)
Here’s a bonus - Brock Osweiller returns to Denver. We’ll see how the Broncos D treatsespn their former teammate.
Sun, Oct 30 - Cardinals @ Panthers (4:25)
By this time last year, Panthers were 7-0. When these two teams played last year in the NFC Championship game, the Panthers were 17-0 and the Cardinals got blasted. Revenge game for the Cardinals.
Sun, Nov 6 - Colts @ Packers (4:25)
Two of the best QBs go head to head. Put the over/under at 80 points.
Sun, Nov 13 - Seahawks @ Patriots (8:30)
A rematch of one of the greatest Super Bowls in history. Too bad this isn’t in Seattle.
Mon, Nov 21 - Texans @ Raiders (8:30)
The NFL returns to Mexico for the first time since 2005.
The NFL puts out a solid triple threat of games for whenever you enter your food coma.
Vikings @ Lions (12:30)
Redskins @ Cowboys (4:30)
Steelers @ Colts (8:30)
Sun, Dec 4 - Panthers @ Seahawks (8:30)
Two of the games best young QBs square off. They’ve played six times so far with the average margin of victory of six points. Could this be the new Peyton vs. Brady?
Sun, Dec 11 - Seahawks @ Packers (4:25)
This game is guaranteed to have controversy (Fail Mary anyone?). Aaron Rogers should have all this weapons back after Jordy Nelson was out last year with an injury as he takes on Richard Sherman and the Legend of Boom.
Mon, Dec 12 - Ravens @ Patriots (8:30) - BONUS!
Two teams that absolutely hate each other. If the Ravens bounce back this year then this is sure to be an amazing Monday Night Football game.
Sun, Dec 18 - Patriots @ Broncos (4:25)
The Patriots go back to Denver where they lost the AFC Championship game. This will have a different feel now that Peyton isn’t there anymore, but Brady still has to get past Von Miller and the rest of the Broncos D.
Christmas Double Header - two great Christmas presents from Roger Goodall.
Ravens @ Steelers (4:30)
Broncos @ Chiefs (8:30
It’s all division rivalries who knows what games will matter by this point. So pick your favorite team and wish for the best.