This is my list of ten games they should put in prime time.
1. Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. There’s a chance this won’t work out, but the Patriots do play a lot of the teams rumored to be after him: Dolphins, Jets, Cardinals, Seahawks, 49ers, Texans, Jaguars and Titans. The rivalry of Manning vs. Brady gets mega viewership every time.
2. Steelers vs. Cowboys. Match-up between the #6 and #8 QB’s on my list.
3. Broncos vs. Panthers. Tim Tebow and Cam Newton on the same field.
4. Patriots vs. Ravens. This rematch of the 2011 AFC Championship Game should be fun, and their last regular season meeting was tied at the end of regulation. The Ravens have some free agency issues and it will be fun to see how Torrey Smith’s “year two” goes. The Patriots have a ton of draft picks, as usual, in the 2012 Draft.
5. Packers vs. Lions. The last time they met, and that was outdoors with Green Bay’s back-up, 1125 yards were gained and 86 points lit up the field.
6. Panthers vs. Saints. I don’t think the Panthers have a great chance at winning their division, but this should be a closer game than 45-17, which was the final score of the week 17 match-up from the Superdome.
7. Packers vs. Giants. Two great quarterbacks, two big fan bases, and some big questions for each defense in the off-season (particularly for Big Blue).
8. Dolphins vs. Texans. This should be a good match-up, especially if Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn is with the Dolphins. I selected this because it’s two teams that could be in contention next year and both have strong defenses (though – with Miami snagging 16 and Houston 17 INTs – they are rather middle of the road in that category).
9. Bears vs. Cardinals. This has been a fun match-up the last two editions: The Dennis Green meltdown game on October 16th, 2006 (24-23 was the final; this was during the Bears’ Super Bowl season) and a November 8th, 2009 game featuring Warner tossing 4 TDs, then Leinart throws an INT, then Warner throws TD #5.
10. Browns vs. Colts. This could be a face-off between Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.
The schedule released on April 19th last time around.
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