Must-see TV: NFL Schedule Reaction
The NFL Schedule was released last night, and the early reaction is simple: I want football now! The matchups have you craving game-action, and knowing we have to wait five months for meaningful games hurts. So instead, we look at some matchups that will be must-see TV.
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston vs. Mariota? or Rivers? or being sacked by Leonard Williams? Who knows, but I will want to watch Winston’s first game, and yes it will be for the Bucs–don’t buy all the smoke-screens before the draft.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles: Bitter division-rivals, DeMarco Murray facing his old team. Who will be at quarterback for the Eagles? Tebow? Bradford? Mariota? Chip Kelly himself? Cowboys fans hope Romo is under center instead of Brandon Weeden.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens: Another set of division-rivals, both were playoff teams a year ago. The Bengals won both matchups a year ago, and you can be sure that the Ravens are aware of that statistic.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers: The Packers have struggled to win on the road against the 49ers, but how will the San Fran roster look? Kaepernick at quarterback, Hyde at running back, but how will their defense take shape with the retirements and losses? Will Rodgers have a field day?
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Thursday night): The return of Andre Johnson to the only team he had played for in his career. We know Andre Luck will be leading the Colts, but who lines up under center for the Texans? Will Indy be able to block J.J. Watt and the rest of that d-line? Will Clowney be healthy?
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts (Sunday night): Brady vs. Luck. Anything else?
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday night): These two teams always put on a show, and you can be guaranteed of hard-hits and trash-talk. The only question is, with the loss of Harbaugh and Crabtree, did it lose some allure?
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys beat Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Seattle last season, how will they fare at home in Big D, where they do not play as well? How will the running game work without Murray, who dominated the Seahawks last year?
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts: Manning returning to Indy can’t be missed. Manning vs. Luck can’t be missed. Don’t miss it.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (Thursday night): The return of Rex Ryan to the Big Apple. Who will be the quarterback for either team? Must-see TV.
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (Monday night): Back-to-back prime-time games for the Bills is a hot topic in Buffalo. Rex Ryan vs. Tom Brady is well documented. Will the Bills be in the thick of the playoff race?
Thanksgiving Day games and New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (Sunday night): Football on Thanksgiving is a dream come true and Brady vs. Manning. I love football.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams: The NFC West is the most difficult division on paper heading into 2015. Two great coaches Arians vs. Fisher. Two great defenses.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers/ Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles: One playoff rematch and the other, is the return of Shady McCoy to Philly. Must-watch.
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (Monday night): Will both teams be fighting for a playoff spot? This was a playoff matchup a few years ago, and should be an intense battle.
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills: I’m a Cowboys fan that lives in Buffalo. Total homer pick.
Every game: The last week of the season is bound to have playoff scenarios swirling, as all games will again be within the division. The NFL has perfected must-see TV.
What matchup are you most looking forward to watching? Let me know in the comments below…
Dan Schalk covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk