36. Cowboys at Giants (Nov. 23, NBC): Both teams could be struggling to stay alive at this point, which I suppose could make this interesting. But I don’t get the feeling this matchup will be as intriguing as usual.

35. Broncos at Chiefs (Nov. 30, NBC): Denver took care of Kansas City in both meetings last year, and it appears the gap between those teams has grown. Could be one-sided, although the primetime atmosphere at Arrowhead would be worth it alone.

34. Cowboys at Eagles (Dec. 14, NBC): Again! That’s a lot of Dallas in November and December, no? Philly could win this one big at home.

33. Jets at Patriots (Oct. 16, CBS/NFLN): These games always have a little extra buzz, and that’ll again be the case here considering Darrelle Revis. And at least we can be sure that the Jets won’t be out of contention this early, but I’m not entirely convinced Gang Green will hang in.

32. Eagles at Cowboys (Nov. 27, FOX): Dallas is always a draw, but this is not looking like a great Cowboys team and it’s late. Still, they’ll likely be fighting for their lives against a good division rival, and the ‘Boys usually play well on Thanksgiving.

31. Colts at Giants (Nov. 3, ESPN): Both teams can put a lot of points on the board, and both should still be in contention at this point. It’s not a blockbuster, especially since it contains teams from separate conferences, but this should be an above-average game.

30. 49ers at Rams (Oct. 13, ESPN): St. Louis is going to be better, especially if Sam Bradford can stay healthy and get back on track. At home, there’s upset potential in a big divisional game here.

29. Bengals at Patriots (Oct. 5, NBC): Two teams that are supposed to win their respective AFC divisions. Always fun to see Tom Brady against stellar defensive fronts, and that Andy Dalton-A.J. Green combo is entertaining.

28. Cardinals at Rams (Dec. 11, NFLN): Don’t be surprised if both of these teams are alive for a wild-card spot, with this matchup essentially eliminating one or the other. That’ll keep things interesting between two underrated NFC squads and those other two teams in the NFC West.


27. Chargers at Broncos (Oct. 23, CBS): Two playoff-worthy teams in the same division. We’ll take it. Plus, you might recall that San Diego actually beat Denver on the road on a Thursday night last season.

26. Seahawks at Cardinals (Dec. 21, NBC): The Peacock is banking on Arizona hanging around this late, which is a risk. Still, they could play spoiler here, which is something they’ve done in the past.

25. Bears at Lions (Nov. 27, CBS): Thanksgiving in Detroit, as per usual. At least this is likely to be a high-scoring matchup featuring three of the game’s best receivers. Plus, it could have playoff implications and it’s a divisional matchup.

24. Redskins at Cowboys (Oct. 27, ESPN): Another popular NFC East matchup between two teams who truly hate each other. And this is early enough that it’s going to matter. Even if both teams are overhyped, this should be an entertaining game between two high-scoring teams.

23. Giants at Eagles (Oct. 12, NBC): We’ve had more than a few primetime barnburners between these teams over the years. No reason to expect things to be any different here. Both teams should be better than they were in 2013.

22. Patriots at Chargers (Dec. 7, NBC): Good history between these two teams, with Tom Brady and Philip Rivers in the center of it all despite so many changes elsewhere. This is a December game that should matter to both teams, so we approve.

21. Panthers at Eagles (Nov. 10, ESPN): Two reigning division champions from the same conference, both featuring fantastic young quarterbacks. Plus, it’s a battle of good offense vs. good defense. No way this doesn’t go down to the wire, right?


20. Browns at Bengals (Nov. 6, NFLN): Will Johnny Manziel be quarterbacking the Browns by early November? If so, that adds another intriguing element to the Battle of Ohio, which actually has become quite a solid divisional matchup now that Cincy has a great offense and the Browns are good on D.

19. Saints at Panthers (Oct. 30, NFLN): Carolina stole the division from New Orleans last season, and this is a great battle between an unstoppable force and an immovable object. Top-notch divisional game.

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About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.

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