39. Packers at Eagles (Nov. 28, ESPN): I worry about the blowout potential here because I’m not sure how good Philly will be. But the Eagles should still be alive in the wide-open NFC East, which could make them desperate for a win here. At home, that might be enough to give us a scrap.
38. Jets at Bills (Sept. 15, CBS/NFLN): There’s really nothing special here, as not a lot has changed with either team and they’re very familiar with each other. It could, however, be our first national look at a Geno Smith-led Jets team, if indeed Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t return. And it’s still a good matchup between rivals and playoff contenders.
37. Falcons at Saints (Sept. 26, ESPN): Two talented offensive teams in an early-season divisional matchup and it’s the ten year anniversary of the Saints’ return home after Hurricane Katrina where they beat the Falcons thanks to Steve Gleason’s famous punt block.
36. Chiefs at Steelers (Oct. 2, NBC): I guess it is a matchup between 2015 playoff teams, but the Chiefs aren’t big needle movers. Still, considering all they’ve gone through over the last year, it’ll be interesting to see how they look four weeks in. And Pittsburgh is always entertaining.
35. Bears at Packers (Oct. 20, CBS/NFLN): Tough to tell what kind of shape Chicago will be in when Week 7 arrives, but the Bears would likely only need a win at Lambeau to give their playoff chances a huge boost. This is a good old-school rivalry at a great primetime venue.
34. Packers at Redskins (Nov. 20, NBC): It’s a rematch of last year’s playoff game. And unless Washington comes back to earth early in 2016, there could be a lot at stake here as well. At the very least we should get a lot of points.
33. Bears at Cowboys (Sept. 25, NBC): These teams have played some wild primetime games in recent years. Chicago could be better in John Fox’s second season and Dallas should bounce back with a healthy Tony Romo, so this is a good early national test.
32. Saints at Panthers (Nov. 17, NBC/NFLN): NBC makes its Thursday night debut (aside from the opener) with a great matchup between the old and the new in the NFC South. If the Saints are even a little better on defense than they were last year, this game should carry a lot of importance.
31. Ravens at Steelers (Dec. 25, NFLN): Baltimore beat Pittsburgh in two very close games last season. On Christmas Day this year, they’ll have a chance to either move closer to a playoff berth or play spoiler. Either way, it should be worth checking out the latest game in this rivalry.
30. Giants at Eagles (Dec. 22, NBC/NFLN): Teams like these are so tough to get a read on that we don’t know if this will be a potential deciding game in the NFC East or a meaningless matchup between two underachievers. But the beautiful thing about the NFC East is it’s almost always up for grabs and the divisional games are almost always entertaining regardless of the circumstances.
29. Redskins at Cowboys (Nov. 24, FOX): The NFC East should be a gong show again, and as long as both teams are healthy I’d expect a shootout in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Little chance this isn’t entertaining.
28. Redskins at Bengals (Oct. 30, FOX): The final 9:30 a.m. ET start from London might be the most entertaining of them all. Some serious potential pointage here.
27. Colts at Jets (Dec. 5, ESPN): Two playoff contenders from the same conference meeting in December makes for good TV, and the Colts offense versus the Jets defense makes for good football.
26. Giants at Rams (Oct. 23, NFLN): Two talented young NFC teams in an exclusive morning timeslot from London. I’m down for a little OBJ and Todd Gurley in the morning.
25. Buccaneers at Panthers (Oct. 10, ESPN): Jameis Winston vs. Cam Newton is the sell here, but I think Tampa Bay can take a big leap forward in 2016. This is the Bucs’ first chance to send a message.
24. Steelers at Redskins (Sept. 12, ESPN): Two playoff contenders and reigning division champions in what could be a high-scoring season opener as part of ESPN’s Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader. This is sheer entertainment.
23. Texans at Patriots (Sept. 22, CBS/NFLN): The Patriots play a couple early primetime games, which could be dangerous (or a stroke of genius?) if by chance Tom Brady is finally forced to serve his Deflategate suspension. This is a good matchup regardless. Two 2015 division winners and an early test for new Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler, who beat New England while with the Broncos last season.
22. Colts at Texans (Oct. 16, NBC): Has Andrew Luck bounced back? Has Brock Osweiler lived up to his contract? This should be close in Houston, and it should be a huge game in the AFC South.
21. Giants at Packers (Oct. 9, NBC): Two high-flying offenses and two storied quarterbacks at Lambeau Field on a Sunday night. I’m cool with that.