With only 16 games to earn a coveted spot in the postseason, each contest possesses heightened significance in the NFL, making the release of the schedule a highly anticipated offseason event. Whether looking to gauge their teams’ chances of reaching the 2014 Super Bowl, or simply studying future matchups in preparation for their fantasy football draft, all fans have a reason to check out the upcoming NFL slate. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Not only do we have NFL tickets to all of the year’s top games, we have also compiled a list to make it easy for you to find the high-profile matchups that you’re looking to attend. Check out below for a snapshot of the first eight weeks of the season, and make sure to check out Part 2 of our list, which includes our can’t-miss games for the second half of the year.
Week 1 – Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos (Thursday, Sept. 5)
The opening game of the NFL season will feature the Baltimore Ravens becoming the first defending Super Bowl champion to begin the season on the road. The Ravens new defensive secondary will be tested early and often by Peyton Manning and his new weapons in this thrilling rematch of last year’s double-overtime AFC divisional playoff game.
Monday Night – Eagles @ Redskins, Texans @ Chargers
Week 2 – San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, Sept. 15)
While these teams possessed dynamic offenses last year, they both added new difference-makers that will give them even more dimension in 2013. Seattle added versatile playmaker Percy Harvin, while San Francisco picked up physical receiver Anquan Boldin, who played a large role on the Ravens team that beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 47.
Week 3 – Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, Sept. 22)
Both Chicago and Pittsburgh have boasted some of the best defensive units in the NFL in recent years, so most fans will surely be looking forward to this clash of gun-slinging quarterbacks. Whether it’s an offensive shootout or a defensive struggle, this figures to be one of the most exciting games of the year.
Week 4 – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings (In London. Sunday, Sept. 29)
Ben Roethlisberger won’t be the most famous Big Ben in London, but he will certainly have his share of admirers when he puts his size and strength on display against the Vikings in Wembley Stadium. This game also matches Adrian Peterson, who came within nine yards of breaking the single-season rushing record in 2012, against the Steelers’ stingy defense, which was last year’s second-ranked defense in stopping the run.
Week 5 – Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, Oct. 6)
The Texans will head to the Bay Area in this inter-conference contest that will feature two of the most physical defenses in the league. Quarterbacks on both sides should beware of opposing pass-rushers; the 49ers’ Aldon Smith used his speed to rack up 19.5 sacks last year, while J.J. Watt of the Texans used raw power to accumulate 20.5 sacks.
Week 6 – Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, Oct. 13)
Tony Romo will be looking for redemption after he struggled in the 2012 regular-season finale in which the Redskins knocked his Cowboys out of the playoff race. On the other side, RGIII, who hopes to be fully recovered from an ACL tear, will look to break the hearts of fans in Big D once more.
Thursday Night – Giants @ Bears | Monday Night – Colts @ Chargers
Week 7 – Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, Oct. 20)
Peyton Manning will make his long-awaited return to Indianapolis in what will be one of the most highly anticipated games of the season. While the Colts’ Andrew Luck has proved to be an outstanding successor, Manning hopes to remind the rising star that he still owns Lucas Oil Stadium.
Thursday Night – Seahawks @ Cardinals | Monday Night – Vikings @ Giants
Week 8 – New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, Oct. 27)
New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly gets his first chance to host the Giants, as one of the most intense rivalries in the NFL is renewed in this midseason NFC East showdown. With some of the most explosive playmakers in the league on both sides, this game could turn into a track meet at any time.