Denver’s second half blowout victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens got things kicked off for the 2013 NFL regular season (See Game #8). But the rest of the NFL schedule proves to line up some even more intriguing match ups than the Broncos and Ravens.
There are a number of games worthy the hype and circumstance of a floor to ceiling Flacco banner and James Merillat and his staff at Cover32.com have put together this year’s Top 10 most interesting games for 2013. Some are based on power projections, some based purely on the drama of the moment, but all are sure to be worthy of our attention.
Anyone see anything missing?
The Football Educator
Ten most interesting games in 2013
Tonight (Sept. 5), the games actually count. No more training camp scrimmages. No more preseason. It’s finally for real.
During the next 17 weeks, 256 NFL games will be played. Each of them, no matter the combatants, will be meaningful – whether it’s for playoff seeding, fantasy stats or draft position next April; the outcomes will count toward something.
But that doesn’t mean all games are created equal; far from it. In fact, some deserve to be circled on the calendar, highlighted on the schedule and planned around.
That was the standard. There were 246 games that didn’t make the cut, matchups that weren’t worthy of special attention. And a select few that stood out.
Here are the 10 most interesting games of the 2013 season:
10. Atlanta at San Francisco (Dec. 23)
Last season, these two teams squared off in a memorable NFC Championship Game. Colin Kaepernick elevated his status, leading the upstart 49ers to a surprising road win, while Matt Ryan added another postseason letdown to his résumé, falling at home with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. This time around, the Falcons try to get it right, this time during a trip to the Bay Area in Week 16.
9. Kansas City at Philadelphia (Sep. 19)
If this game wasn’t being played early in the season, it probably wouldn’t make the list; there’s too much of a chance that one of these teams, who combined to go 6-26 a season ago, will be bad again in 2013. But early in the season, there’s reason for optimism in both camps; the Chiefs and Eagles are trendy playoff picks. Oh, and there’s a little something about Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia.
8. Baltimore at Denver (Sept. 5)
It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype of this one. After all, the Ravens win over the Broncos in last year’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game was one for the ages; everyone in the Mile High City has been seeking revenge ever since Rahim Moore’s gaffe helped Joe Flacco snare victory from the jaws of defeat. Here’s hoping this one even comes close to the epic, double-overtime battle played last January.
*Note – Denver 49 – Baltimore 27