With the Official NFL schedule coming out for all 32 teams there are many games that will catch your eye. Many fans are excited to go up against their divisional rivals this year as they hope their team can win their division. Then there are the games that your team will go up against that are in a different division that you only go up against every other year and you’re looking forward to that matchup. Then there are games that caught many fans’ attention even if they’re not a fan of either team and you can’t wait to see how that matchup goes down. Here are some matchups that you may want to mark your calendar because you’re not gonna wanna miss out on it.
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
The Browns head to MetLife Stadium Dec. 20, 2020, to take on the Eli Manning-less Giants. The biggest thing in this matchup will be receiver Odell Beckham Jr. making his return to MetLife Stadium since being traded to the Browns during the 2019 off-season. Beckham played his first five years of his career as a Giant where he grew into a Pro Bowler and one of the best receivers in the game. Giants general manager David Gettleman said we didn’t sign Odell just to trade him after they gave him a massive 5-year $90 million contract and a couple of months later they traded Beckham to the Browns. With back and forth talk between the Giants and Beckham during the 2019 season expect Beckham to go out and play with a chip on his shoulder. Along with Beckham’s return, it will be interesting to see how the new star in New York, Saquon Barkley, is trying to outperform the former star of New York.
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins
On Dec. 6, 2020, the Bengals led by first overall pick quarterback Joe Burrow will travel to the Hard Rock Stadium to take on the Dolphins who could be led by Tua Tagovailoa by week 12. Burrow and Tagovailoa were both ranked as the highest quarterbacks in the 2020 draft with Burrow being ranked first and Tagovailoa right behind him in second. Both rookies will get the opportunity to prove who was the better selection in a head to head battle and this may determine the offensive rookie of the year for some people. Both teams enter the season with new and improved weapons on both sides of the ball so it’s not like it’s only a Burrow vs Tagovailoa matchup it’s also a matchup of who had the better additions in the off-season. This game might be a rookie shootout for the ages and you’re not gonna wanna miss it since the last time there were two top quarterback rookies head to head it was a disappointment between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in 2015.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
The 2019 offensive rookie of the year Kyler Murray gets to take on the divisional rival Seahawks for the third time in his career and this will be a good battle. Last season Seattle went into Arizona and beat the Cardinals 27-10 early in the season Arizona would go on to upset the Seahawks as they went into CenturyLink Field and won 27-13. Both scores were basically identical as the season series was split 1-1 and now they get to have a tie-breaker week 7 of the season. This time Arizona has a chance to come in as the favorites as they have had one of the best off-seasons in team history as they acquired star wideout Deandre Hopkins, drafted Isaiah Simmons who may be the best defensive player in the 2020 draft. Arizona has some offensive star power to compete with Seattle twice a season making their battles even greater. For Seattle, they will see how quarterback Russell Wilson matches up against the Cardinals new and improved defense and how Murray can do with Seattle’s best pass rusher from last season Jadeveon Clowney likely gone.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay starts the Tom Brady era off with a nice challenge as they travel to the Superdome to take on the Saints week 1 their first meeting out of two they have as they are in the same division. The Buccaneers have had to have one of the craziest off-seasons by any team in recent years as they acquired not only Brady but tight end Rob Gronkowski. The last time we saw Brady take on Saints quarterback Drew Brees was in 2017 now we get to see them in the first week and later on in the season. We get to see how the Buccaneers high offense works as they now have Gronk, Mike Evans, and Chris Goodwin but don’t forget the Saints finally got wideout Michael Thomas some help with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders and still have running back Alvin Kamara. This won’t be a cruise for Tampa Bay as the entire Saints team has a chip on their shoulder since the infamous no-call vs the Rams and that chip grew as they felt they got robbed again last season with a push-off that cost them the game.
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
We finally get what we thought would be the matchup for the AFC Championship last season as the Ravens failed to get past the Divisional round. We finally get to see the two most explosive offenses in the league go head to head as reigning MVP Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens and 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes lead the defending Superbowl Champs. The Chiefs have 20/22 starters returning for the 20-21 season and added more offensive power as they added running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Ravens also took the same route as the Chiefs in adding a new running back as they added J.K. Dobbins along with filling in a huge hole in their linebacker core with Patrick Queen. The Chiefs retained star defensive tackle, Chris Jones, to keep up their solid defensive line but the Ravens also addressed a need in their defensive line by trading for defensive end Calais Campbell. Although both teams did improve their defenses, you can only help to feel bad for them as for the Ravens they must stop the “Legion of Zoom” and Kansas City must contain the best mobile QB since Michael Vick along with Hollywood Brown. We can expect an all-out shoot out between both teams similar to the Chiefs and Rams iconic shoot out.