The NFL officially released the 2023 regular season schedule last night, and even though fans may have already known their opponents for the year, they finally discovered when and where their favourite teams will take on their most heated rivals.
The long road to Super Bowl LVIII kicks off with the Detroit Lions taking on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 1, one of the several captivating and highly-exhilarating games NFL fans have in store this year.
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So with anticipation levels peaking, here are Decyfr’s must-watch games of the 2023 NFL Season.
5 – Houston Texans @ Carolina Panthers – Week 8
Although the Texans and Panthers are hardly being touted as Super Bowl contenders this season, Houston’s trip to Carolina will provide a glimpse into the NFL’s future – as Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud will face off as professionals for the first time.
Just like Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson in 2021, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in 2012, and Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf in 1998, Young and Stroud will be connected forever as the quarterbacks selected first and second overall, respectively, in the same draft.
This Week 8 game could well be the first chapter in the NFL’s latest quarterback rivalry.
4 – Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – Week 1
Aaron Rodgers will make his much-anticipated home debut for the New York Jets in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.
The Jets, however, will welcome the Buffalo Bills, an early Super Bowl favourite and their AFC East rivals, who’ll love nothing more than to ruin the party and leave Metlife Stadium with a win. Buffalo will want to show they’re still the best team in the division, and superstar Josh Allen will be desperate to prove he’s still the division’s best quarterback.
All signs point towards an epic duel in Rodgers’ first game in Jets’ green.
3 – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers – Week 5
One of the NFL’s oldest rivalries will be renewed in Week 5, as the San Francisco 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.
Both teams are considered two of the early favourites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LVIII and also boasted two of the league’s best defenses in 2022, so expect a hard-fought contest that could come down to the final play of the game – just like both of their recent postseason matchups.
2 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs – Week 11
Football fans finally get their Super Bowl LVII rematch in Week 11, as the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Missouri to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Eagles will be out to seek revenge for their loss in February, while the Chiefs will look to continue their charge towards building their very-own dynasty.
Also, right now, the Chiefs and Eagles are, arguably, the two best teams in the NFL and also feature two of its best players – Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his Eagles counterpart, Jalen Hurts.
A colossal clash awaits in Arrowhead.
1 – Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs – Week 17
Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes.
Travis Kelce and Ja’Marr Chase.
‘Burrowhead’ and Arrowhead.
What’s not to love?
The latest edition of one of the AFC’s standout rivalries will take place on New Year’s Eve, when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that could determine the all-important playoff seedings for both teams.
Both teams are eyeing the same prize, are among the league’s best, feature MVP-calibre quarterbacks, and seem to genuinely dislike one another.
It has all the makings of an early ‘Game of the Season’ contender.
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