Hey, remember that infamous "Fail Mary" game back in 2012 that essentially put rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on the map? Well, the Packers get a chance at revenge on the first night of the 2014 NFL regular season. And don't worry, there won't be any replacement officials on the field to gum up the works. So, after the Seahawks put up their first championship banner, let's see which team will be the one to start the season right.
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Texans at Raiders – Week 2
Hell hath no fury like a quarterback scorned and Matt Schaub received enough ridicule from Houston fans in 2013 to last a lifetime. Well, now he's in Oakland and assuming he wins the starting job will have a perfect chance to show the Texans what they're missing. Or maybe he'll throw another pick-six and give Houstonites flashbacks. Either way, this game should be good for a few laughs.
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Redskins at Eagles – Week 3
Divorce can be sudden and ugly. DeSean Jackson's offseason expulsion from Philadelphia was messy to say the least, but at least he found a new home in a short time And guess what? He landed in the NFC East with the Redskins, which means he'll get to see the Eagles at least twice a year. When the prodigal son returns to the City of Brotherly Love, most of us can't wait to see the reaction from the Philly faithful. This is gonna be good.
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Seahawks at Broncos – Week 3
Super Bowl rematch right here! We saw what happened the last time these two teams squared off -- a 43-8 Seahawks blowout in Super Bowl XLVIII. Peyton Manning and Co. must travel to the Pacific Northwest, which is never easy. Let's see if Denver can rain points like they’re in the mile-high atmosphere.
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Panthers at Ravens – Week 4
The Panthers parted ways with veteran wide receiver and franchise mainstay Steve Smith this offseason. Now, the latter has signed with the Ravens and is aching for some payback. The volatile Smith has already promised there will "blood and guts everywhere" when he faces his former team. Well, here it is. Prepare for some gory action.
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Bills at Lions – Week 5
Why is this game on the list? Simple: Former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz -- fired by the team after the 2013 season -- is the new defensive coordinator in Buffalo. Who else would know how to shut down Detroit's high-flying offense? What's more, don't think the fiery Schwartz wouldn't love to come into his former home and bring the pain with an up-and-coming Bill defense. This game should be an emotional one, so the pads should be popping.
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Packers at Saints – Week 8
Do you like points? How about a LOT of points? You've come to the right place then as the Superdome will be rocking for this one. The Saints are a different team on their home turf and shouldn't have a problem moving the ball against a suspect Green Bay defense. They key to this game lies on the shoulders of Rob Ryan and his Saints D. Will they be able to bring pressure and corral Aaron Rodgers?
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Broncos at Patriots – Week 9
Manning vs. Brady. Again. Fifteen times these two legendary quarterbacks and future Hall of Famers have met, with Brady winning 10. However, it's Manning that had the last laugh as he scored the victory over the Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game. Both of these teams are the conference front-runners to reach the Super Bowl so there will undoubtedly be a lot on the line going into this one.
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Patriots at Colts – Week 11
Tom Brady gave the young Andrew Luck an old-school butt-whipping when these two teams battled in the AFC playoffs last season. Now, let's see if the third-year quarterback will be able throw a counterpunch. Luck should have veteran receiver Reggie Wayne back in the lineup for this one and has free-agent signing Hakeem Nicks on the outside as well. However, the Patriots will have a retooled and suddenly dangerous secondary at their disposal, so it will be fun to watch the individual matchups play out.
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Buccaneers at Bears – Week 12
Once upon a time, Lovie Smith was a successful head coach of the Bears and even took the franchise to a Super Bowl appearance. But then things went sour and he was fired after a 10-6 season in 2012. Now, he's the new head man in Tampa and of course, the scheduling gods have booked the Buccaneers for a road trip to the Windy City. Let's see the reaction Smith gets when he walks into his former den.
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Patriots at Packers – Week 13
Some might call this game a potential Super Bowl preview. Either way, it's always fun to see a showdown between two solid offenses at Lambeau Field. What will the over/under on this game be?
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Jets at Titans – Week 15
Oh, why is this game special? Chris Johnson -- cut by the Titans just a few short days ago -- latched on with Gang Green and has already stated that he has something to prove. What the running back can prove is he still has a lot left in the tank by running wild all over his former stadium. Revenge is sweet, eh?
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49ers at Seahawks – Week 15
The memory of that fateful tipped pass in the NFC title game that launched the Seahawks to an eventual win in Super Bowl XLVIII is still fresh in our minds. Now it's time for Michael Crabtree and the 49ers to strike a measure of revenge. Expect nothing less than all-out war as the the regular season roars to a hard-hiting start. This is the definition of appointment television, so grab a drink and enjoy it.