1. Ravens and Broncos kick everything off on Thursday night– The last time we saw these two teams play each other, it was a double overtime battle to determine who would go to the AFC Championship Game. We all remember the images of Flacco throwing the bomb downfield to Jacoby Jones and Peyton throwing across his body and turning the ball over. The Broncos seek revenge and they’ll get the opportunity on Thursday night.
2. 49ers and Packers battle in playoff rematch– The Packers saw the Niners twice last season. The first time was at Lambeau during week one and then quarterback Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers. The second time was in the playoffs and the Packers defense couldn’t stop Colin Kapernick. For the first time since the playoffs last season, the Packers will look to get a win against the team who ended their season just eight months ago.
3. Giants and Cowboys battle on Sunday night- This is one of the best rivalries in the NFL today. Something memorable always happens when these Giants and Cowboys square off. It’s always a high scoring affair and last year both teams split the two match-ups. The Cowboys shocked the Giants in week one and the Giants blew a 23 point lead in their second meeting in Dallas but held on for the victory. The Giants will look to continue its dominance at Cowboys Stadium as they’ve never lost there.
4. Notre Dame and Michigan renew rivalry at the big house- I have a lot of concerns when I think about Notre Dame. Though they only gave up six points, they gave up over 400 yards so this defense certainly isn’t what it was a season ago and their offensive line took a beating against Temple last Saturday. Michigan is a very well coached team under Brady Hoke. The last few meetings between these two have been decided by single digits.
5. Falcons and Saints battle in the Superdome- The Falcons won the division last season and the Saints finally feel normal with Sean Payton back after a one year suspension for his role in the Saints bountygate scandal. The Falcons always seem to have trouble in the big easy. The Saints know if they want to win this division, this is a must win game on Sunday when their bitter rivals come to town.