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After the official release of the 2019 NFL regular season schedules, a variety of matchups catch our eye. With that, here are 10 must-watch games for the 2019-20 season:
10. Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (Week 12)
Two division winners square off in Week 12, as the Dallas Cowboys face off against the New England Patriots for the first time in four years. Dating back to 1971, the Cowboys are 7-5 all-time against the Patriots, but have lost each of their last 5 matchups.
The Patriots are without a variety of weapons on both sides of the ball, while the Cowboys are questioned on whether they can hold their own against the elite competition in the NFL. With a rare matchup on site, this should make for a must-watch game.
9. Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Week 11)
The two elite talents in the AFC West go at it once again in Week 11, as the Kansas City Chiefs previously edged out the Los Angeles Chargers for the division title in 2018. In result, the Chargers were eventually forced to play the New England Patriots on the road in the 2018 Divisional Round, and suffered a 41-28 loss.
Many question whether the Chiefs can continue to overpower opposing defenses, even without Kareem Hunt in the backfield. As for the Chargers, Philip Rivers enters his age 37 season, as the team looks to secure the AFC West for the first time since 2009.
8. Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 9)
Last season during the Wild Card Round, a missed field goal by Cody Parkey led to the quick playoff exit of the Chicago Bears. With redemption on their minds, the Bears will travel and play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.
The Eagles will rely solely on Carson Wentz on the future of their franchise, while the Bears should enter with one of the top defenses in the league. This should be a great rematch for any casual NFL fan to tune into.
7. Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (Week 8)
The Green Bay Packers are without Mike McCarthy at the head coach position, but still hold one of the best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers under center. In Week 8, Green Bay will travel to Kansas City in hopes of upsetting the Chiefs.
Both Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes hold two of the strongest arms in the league, as this should turn out to be a back-and-forth contest. As long as the Packers can keep their quarterback healthy and on his feet, this is going to emerge as a great spectacle.
6. Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 16)
To no surprise, the Dallas Cowboys traveling into Philadelphia to take on the Eagles will be a must-watch matchup. The Cowboys have won each of the last 3 matchups against their NFC East rival, but each of those games have been a one-possession decision.
With the Washington Redskins without Alex Smith and the New York Giants approaching a rebuild stage, this game may contain influence on who goes on to become the division champion this upcoming season.
5. Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (Week 4)
After winning 10 of their first 11 games in 2018, the New Orleans Saints suffered a 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, who used that specific victory to win 3 of their last 4 games to close out the season and clinch the NFC East.
The Saints still contain one of the most lethal offenses in football, excluding Mark Ingram moving forward. As for the Cowboys, their offensive line should be at full health for the time being, making their offensive unit just as dangerous. The two sides will go head-to-head in Week 4.
4. New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 11)
Although Nick Foles is no longer with the Philadelphia Eagles, this Week 11 matchup should still hold every ounce of excitement. Although the two sides only play each other once every four years, remember that Philadelphia handed New England their second consecutive loss in Week 12 of 2015; a year where the Patriots won their first 10 regular season games.
The Eagles are less dangerous now than they were during their Super Bowl run from 2017, but they have an “underdog” reputation that keeps them within contention. For this matchup, Tom Brady will need to be at an all-time best.
3. Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (Week 15)
The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys always seem to entertain NFL fans, and the 2018 postseason didn’t disappoint. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 30-22 in the Divisional Round of 2018, as the Cowboys defense let up 30+ points for only the second time in all of last year.
Both sides hold almost identical rosters going into the new season, but the Cowboys receive the advantage of AT&T Stadium this time around. With both defenses tasked with stopping an elite running game, this Week (BLANK) matchup will become very telling.
2. Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (Week 14)
In their two combined matchups between the regular season and postseason, the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots have totaled 151 points. The Patriots took the victory on both occasions, including one AFC Championship matchup.
If Patrick Mahomes can maintain his level of play from the previous season, the Chiefs have potential to put up a bundle of points. However, with Tom Brady still under center for the Patriots, they can never be counted out; especially at Gillette Stadium. At the end of the day, this Week 14 matchup will be a memorable game.
1. New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (Week 2)
In Week 2, the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams will play each other for the first time since the 2018 NFC Championship game. With one of the most controversial calls in sports history ending the fate of the Saints, this is a clear-cut pick for the top NFL matchup of the 2019 season.
Both sides come in with something to prove, as the winner may eventually turn out to be the early favorite in the NFC. Either offense has the ability to plug in 40+ points on a week-to-week basis, but it will be interesting to see how an offseason changes the mentality of the Saints and Rams.