The NFL launched its full schedule for the 2021 season. Increasingly groups are saying that they’re going to have followers within the stands this 12 months, which is able to make issues dramatically totally different — and extra satisfying — than they have been a 12 months in the past. However it’s not simply the followers within the stadiums that can get to get pleasure from these contests. Followers at house will, too.
You will discover every kind of schedule evaluation throughout this web site, however we will deal with you to our checklist of essentially the most notable video games to be performed every week. Get pleasure from.
(Word: We tried to restrict the utilization of every group in order that they seem thrice, at most. In any other case, we would principally simply be preserving a working checklist of Chiefs and Bucs video games, and that is not as enjoyable.)
Week 1: Cowboys at Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are returning all 22 starters from final season’s Tremendous Bowl champions. The Cowboys are getting Dak Prescott again, together with Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and La’el Collins. One of many NFL‘s finest defenses will probably be tasked with stopping Dak, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and Blake Jarwin. One of many NFL’s worst defenses from 2020, which imported numerous expertise within the draft, will get an enormous check within the type of Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and extra. This ought to be a great deal of enjoyable.
Week 2: Chiefs at Ravens
Patrick Mahomes. Lamar Jackson. Travis Kelce. Mark Andrews. Tyreek Hill. Marcus Peters. Marlon Humphrey. Chris Jones. Calais Campbell. Tyrann Mathieu. Andy Reid. John Harbaugh. This sport is completely chock stuffed with stars on each side of the ball. These groups have performed memorable matchups within the current previous as effectively, so there’s numerous historical past to attract on.
Week 3: Colts at Titans
These two groups determine to be battling it out for AFC South supremacy all through the season, and we’ll get an early indication of which ones has the higher hand. The Colts have a brand new quarterback in Carson Wentz, whereas the Titans have gone via numerous turnover each on the sphere (Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, Adoree’ Jackson, and extra are now not on the group) and on the sideline (former offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is now the pinnacle coach of the Falcons). It ought to make for an interesting matchup.
Additionally notable: Soccer Crew at Payments, Chargers at Chiefs, Packers at 49ers, Dolphins at Steelers, Buccaneers at Rams
Week 4: Buccaneers at Patriots
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Week 5: Payments at Chiefs
Two of the NFL’s most explosive offenses on the sphere in the identical sport? Sure, please. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen going shot for shot with two of essentially the most electrifying receiving corps within the NFL? Sure, please. Do you want offense? Yeah? You’ll love this sport.
Additionally notable: Rams at Seahawks, Browns at Chargers, Colts at Ravens, Dolphins at Buccaneers, Browns at Chargers
Week 6: Chargers at Ravens
This sport may be extra up your alley if you happen to like protection. Among the brightest defensive minds within the NFL will probably be doing battle on this sport, with new Chargers coach Brandon Staley attempting to plot a plan to cease Lamar Jackson, and Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale doing the identical for Justin Herbert. There’s an entire lot of defensive-backfield expertise concerned right here, plus some A-plus move speeding.
Additionally notable: Dolphins at Jaguars, Cardinals at Browns, Payments at Titans, Chiefs at Soccer Crew, Seahawks at Steelers
Week 7: Lions at Rams
I had this one circled on the calendar. It is a uncommon DOUBLE-revenge sport, with Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff every taking over their former group after they have been traded for each other (and draft compensation) this offseason. Get your popcorn prepared. Particularly if you wish to see how badly Aaron Donald wrecks Goff’s pocket.
Additionally notable: Chiefs at Titans, Falcons at Dolphins, Bengals at Ravens, Colts at 49ers, Saints at Seahawks
Week 8: 49ers at Bears
49ers at Bears? Actually? Sure, actually. These two groups might insist they will be beginning Jimmy Garoppolo and Andy Dalton all 12 months, however we all know higher. The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are the exception, not the rule. It’s miles extra possible that this matchup options each Trey Lance and Justin Fields beneath heart. And that makes it appointment viewing.
Additionally notable: Bengals at Jets, Steelers at Browns, Dolphins at Payments, Buccaneers at Saints, Packers at Cardinals, Cowboys at Vikings
Week 9: Packers at Chiefs
So long as Aaron Rodgers continues to be on the Packers in Week 9, you are going to need to be sure you’re close to a TV for this one. Rodgers and Mahomes are arguably the 2 most proficient quarterbacks in trendy NFL historical past, every able to making throws that the majority different quarterbacks can solely dream of.
Additionally notable: Browns at Bengals, Titans at Rams, Patriots at Panthers
Week 10: Ravens at Dolphins
That is one other fascinating defensive matchup. Dolphins coach Brian Flores is likely one of the most inventive defensive play-callers within the NFL, however his Invoice Belichick-style protection, constructed back-to-front, shouldn’t be the perfect type of unit to go in opposition to Baltimore’s offense. How will he alter? And may Tua Tagovailoa and firm deal with what the Ravens have in retailer for them each up entrance and on the again finish? I am unable to wait to seek out out.
Additionally notable: Saints at Titans, Seahawks at Packers, Falcons at Cowboys, Panthers at Cardinals, Rams at 49ers
Week 11: Colts at Payments
The Colts and Payments performed a terrific playoff sport final season, and we get to see a rematch of that matchup right here. Types make fights, and the distinction in fashion between these two groups makes for a extremely fascinating combat. The Payments need to unfold it out and throw all sport, whereas the Colts need to pound the rock and management the move. All of it comes all the way down to which ones can impose their will.
Additionally notable: Soccer Crew at Panthers, 49ers at Jaguars, Cowboys at Chiefs, Packers at Vikings, Ravens at Bears, Seahawks at Cardinals
Week 12: Browns at Ravens
Coming off their first playoff look in (roughly) 400,000 years, the Browns have one of many deepest, most proficient rosters within the NFL. In Yr 2 of the Kevin Stefanski period, they need to have the ability to get their offense on observe extra shortly than they did a 12 months in the past. The Browns and Ravens additionally performed a late-season barn-burner that includes 89 complete factors final 12 months, so possibly they will recapture that magic in 2021.
Week 13: Cowboys at Saints
The Cowboys and Saints all the time appear to play extraordinarily bizarre video games. Granted, most of these video games came about with Drew Brees beneath heart. However both you will have Jameis Winston and his Jekyll and Hyde sport going in opposition to a protection that was terrible final season, otherwise you’ll have that protection attempting to take care of a dramatically totally different offense quarterbacked by Taysom Hill. Plus, it is all the time enjoyable when Sean Payton’s group performs in opposition to Jerry Jones’ group, as a result of you realize Jerry will by some means feed into the endless Payton-to-Dallas rumors.
Additionally notable: Chargers at Bengals, Jaguars at Rams, Ravens at Steelers, 49ers at Seahawks, Patriots at Payments
Week 14: Payments at Buccaneers
This may be the perfect huge receiver matchup of the 12 months. Please, give me Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, and Jaelon Darden smoking corners off the road of scrimmage all day.
Additionally notable: Bears at Packers, Ravens at Browns, Rams at Cardinals, Raiders at Chiefs
Week 15: Titans at Steelers
These two groups every appear more likely to be within the playoff combine for a lot of the 12 months — if the Steelers can get their offensive line and Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow points found out, no less than. Derrick Henry going up in opposition to one of many NFL’s finest defensive fronts, even after Bud Dupree left in free company, makes for an especially enjoyable matchup. Plus, it will be enjoyable to see if Ben even must throw the ball greater than 5 yards downfield in opposition to a dramatically revamped Titans secondary.
Additionally notable: Chiefs at Chargers, Packers at Ravens, Falcons at 49ers, Seahawks at Rams, Saints at Buccaneers, Cowboys at Giants
Week 16: Jaguars at Jets
Additionally notable: 49ers at Titans, Browns at Packers, Colts at Cardinals, Steelers at Chiefs, Soccer Crew at Cowboys, Dolphins at Saints
Week 17: Browns at Steelers
Cleveland beat Pittsburgh in Week 17 to clinch a playoff berth, then beat the Steelers once more within the wild card spherical. As if we actually want extra motive to care a couple of Browns-Steelers sport past the truth that they’re the Browns and Steelers and so they’re two of the oldest rivals within the league. We have got one anyway.
Additionally notable: Dolphins at Titans, Chiefs at Bengals, Cardinals at Cowboys, Rams at Ravens, Jaguars at Patriots
Week 18 (!!!): Seahawks at Cardinals
It is Week 18! It exists! The Seahawks completely all the time play the strangest video games within the NFL, as much as and together with within the final sport of the 12 months. If there have been a strategy to wager on this being the “Sunday Evening Soccer” sport in Week 17, I might counsel doing it. It looks as if future. These two groups will probably be battling it out for both a playoff spot or playoff seeding in early January, and it will be enjoyable.
Additionally notable: Cowboys at Eagles, 49ers at Rams, Steelers at Ravens, Bengals at Browns, Patriots at Dolphins, Chargers at Raiders