Jimmie Kaylor

15 Must-See NFL Games In 2014

Created on Apr. 25, 2014 7:28 AM EST

Every spring, football fans eagerly await the release of the NFL schedule. 2014 was no different. Here is a look at 15 games you will definitely want to mark on your calendar.

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – September 4, 2014

The last time these teams met in Seattle we witness the infamous “Fail Mary” disaster. The Packers should have an improved offensive line and Seattle is looking to continue their defensive dominance. An opening night featuring the reigning Super Bowl champs taking on one of the NFL’s few truly elite quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers is sure to be entertaining.

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – September 7, 2014

Keep an eye on Jim Irsay’s Twitter account leading up to this game. Andrew Luck and the Colts spoiled Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis last year beating the Broncos 39-33. Both teams will feature dynamic offenses and improved defenses. This should be an exciting Sunday Night opener.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – September 21, 2014

DeSean Jackson’s departure from the Eagles and signing with the Redskins added another wrinkle to this already bitter division rivalry. This will be Jackson’s first game back in Philadelphia where the fans should give him a less-than-warm welcome. Aside from Jackson, both teams feature explosive playmakers, which should make this game enjoyable for viewers.

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks – September 21, 2014

Super Bowl rematch. Peyton Manning and the Broncos look for revenge for the physical pounding Seattle handed them en route to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory. Denver made several splashy moves to improve their defense and overall toughness in the offseason. This could be a preview of Super Bowl XLIX.

Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers – October 5, 2014

Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick has remnants of Joe Montana vs. Steve Young. Smith will be looking to show Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers that they put their faith in the wrong quarterback. Competitive juices will be flowing.

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos – October 19, 2014

This is another potential Super Bowl preview. The Broncos will again be looking to show they can beat a dominant, physical NFC West team. In an interesting side note, Peyton Manning took Jim Harbaugh’s job when the Indianapolis Colts drafted him in 1998.

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints – October 26, 2014

If you like offense, don’t miss this game. While both teams are planning on having improved defenses, it’s no secret that their success depends on the play of their quarterbacks. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are sure to light up the scoreboard in this matchup.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – October 26, 2014

The Panthers will be out to prove their success in 2013 was no fluke. The Seahawks have to travel across the county to play a team that is extremely tough at home. The league’s best defense against one of the NFL’s best young playmakers in Cam Newton should provide plenty of fireworks.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – November 2, 2014

Manning vs. Brady… Round 16. Enough said.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – November 9, 2014

These hated division rivals always provide a lot entertainment value every time they meet and this game could have major NFC North playoff implications. This game could be decided by which version of Jay Cutler decides to show up.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts – November 16, 2014

This rematch of the 2013 playoff opponents is sure to be compelling. The Colts have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL and could be in a battle with the Patriots for playoff positioning.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – November 27, 2014

Don’t miss this Thanksgiving matchup between possibly the bitterest of rivals currently in the NFL. This game will be critical in the race for the NFC West title. Richard Sherman should have plenty to say before and after this one.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – November 27, 2014

Another Thanksgiving matchup between division rivals that should offer plenty of satisfaction for NFL fans. The explosive Lions offense will look to put on a show during their traditional Thanksgiving Day game.

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers – November 30, 2014

Two great quarterbacks whose teams should be in the midst of their final playoff push should make this a can’t-miss game for NFL fans.  

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