2013 NFL Preview

Weekly must-see NFL Games for 2013

 

dneal@miamiherald.com

Week 1

Atlanta at New Orleans,

1 p.m., Sept. 8

Not quite the emotional landmark of 2006’s Return of The Superdome but the return of Saints coach Sean Payton after BountyGate is a big deal.

Week 2

Denver at NY Giants,

4:25 p.m., Sept. 15

Especially after that rap video, can you really resist a Manning Bowl?

Week 3

Indianapolis at

San Francisco,

4:25 p.m., Sept. 22

Two of the best young quarterbacks, pocket passer Andrew Luck and pistol dual threat Colin Kapernick, slap leather.

Week 4

Seattle at Houston,

1 p.m., Sept. 29

As Houston’s window on becoming Super closes, Seattle’s prying its window open.

Week 5

Seattle at Indianapolis,

1 p.m., Oct. 6

Another Young Gun shootout: Russell Wilson vs. Andrew Luck.

Week 6

New Orleans at

New England,

4:25 p.m., Oct. 13

The third of three consecutive games that’ll tell us how far, if at all, the Patriots have fallen.

Week 7

Denver at Indianapolis,

8:30 p.m., Oct. 20

In The House Peyton Built, Peyton Manning faces the Colts for the first time.

Week 8

Giants at Philadelphia,

1 p.m., Oct. 27

No list like this is complete without at least one Giants-Eagles game.

Week 9

Chicago at Green Bay,

8:40 p.m., Nov. 4

A key divisional game is the NFL’s oldest rivalry on Monday Night Football. Sold.

Week 10

Cincinnati at Baltimore,

1 p.m., Nov. 10

OK, Bengals, time to show the Super Bowl champs what you’ve got.

Week 11

San Francisco at

New Orleans,

4:25 p.m., Nov. 17

A rematch of the all-time classic 2011 NFC Divisional Round playoff, the last game for Sean Payton before BountyGate suspension.

Week 12

Denver at

New England,

8:30 p.m., Nov. 24

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady and maybe some Tim Tebow vs. the team that drafted him.

Week 13

Pittsburgh at Baltimore,

8:30 p.m. Nov. 28

Good thing this is on Thursday. More recovery time from the NFL’s most violent rivalry.

Week 14

Seattle at

San Francisco,

4:25 p.m., Dec. 8

How the NFC West Was Won.

Week 15

Houston at Indianapolis,

1 p.m., Dec. 15

Will a team from the Southwest or Midwest rule the AFC South?

Week 16

Chicago at Philadelphia,

1 p.m., Dec. 22

Representatives of tough towns in a December game perhaps with playoff spots on the line.

Week 17

Philadelphia at Dallas,

1 p.m., Dec. 29

There’s a long history of fascinating regular-season finales between these two teams.

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