At the conclusion of the 2012 NFL regular season, schedules for the 2013 NFL season are known for the various teams of each conference. Exact dates and times of the schedule will not be released until sometime in April but home and away matchups are already known. The NFL schedule makers like to place popular teams and favorable matchups in prime time slots. Now that we have seen the 2013 schedule, I see ten games that could be destined for primetime slots, whether they be Sunday Night Football or broadcasts on Monday Night Football.Many of this year’s playoff teams should be featured under the lights next year.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts- Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis. Andrew Luck sets the rookie passing yardage record. What kind of response will Manning receive at Lucas Oil Field?I’d predict Monday Night Football.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants- Peyton Manning facing off his little brother, Eli. This has Monday Night Football written all over it.
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos- The possible NFL Rookie of the Year squaring off against the Hall of Fame bound Manning. Two highly marketable NFL personalities.
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers- Two dynamic quarterbacks with high powered offenses, this will likely be a Sunday night game.
Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys- It doesn’t matter where these two teams play, one of the games played between these two will be a Monday night game. The Cowboys and Redskins had the two highest rated NFL broadcasts this season.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers- Two of the most popular franchises in the league, likely a Sunday night game.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers- These two teams are playing at an elite level and this matchup will be a rematch of this week’s coming divisional round playoff game. Monday night bound.
Seattle Seahawks/San Francisco 49ers- this is starting to develop into a great rivalry with both teams playing exceptional football. I’ll venture a guess to suggest Seattle gets the Monday night game hosting the Niners.
San Francisco at Atlanta Falcons- There is a possibility that this could be a NFC Championship game rematch if things play out this coming weekend. This should be a Monday night game.
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons- This looks like a Sunday night matchup to me.
Yes, there are 17 Sunday night games and 16 Monday night games, so other teams will be featured in primetime. The Ravens will likely have an appearance. The Steelers are a popular draw nationally. There could be a Sunday night game with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and possibly the Detroit Lions. The Texans, on the heels of back-to-back playoff appearances will likely see a primetime matchup as well.
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