2013 NFL Schedule: Critical Information for Full Release

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 07:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos greet each other at midfield following the game on October 7, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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While it feels like the football season ended only yesterday, the National Football League is already just days away from releasing its 2013 schedule.

The fans want to know everything they can before the announcement is made.

According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, the full schedule will be revealed on April 16, but lucky for the football diehards, the matchups have been set.

Every opponent for each team has already been assigned (via Will Brinson of CBS Sports), and the dates and times for the games is all the fans are waiting for now.

The NFL offseason is full of changes—everything from coaching-staff changes to trades to free agency—and these blockbuster moves have resulted in a shuffled landscape and a few very intriguing matchups.

The result will be some marquee games across the league that fans will not want to miss.



Every Team’s 2013 NFL Matchups


AFC East

New England Patriots

Home: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Browns, Steelers, Broncos, Saints, Buccaneers.

Away: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Ravens, Bengals, Texans, Falcons, Panthers.

Miami Dolphins

Home: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Ravens, Bengals, Chargers, Falcons, Panthers.

Away: Bills, Patriots, Jets, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Saints, Buccaneers.

New York Jets

Home: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Saints, Buccaneers.

Away: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Ravens, Bengals, Titans, Falcons, Panthers.

Buffalo Bills

Home: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Ravens, Bengals, Chiefs, Falcons, Panthers.

Away: Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Browns, Steelers, Jaguars, Saints, Buccaneers.


AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Texans, Packers, Vikings.

Away: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Bills, Dolphins, Broncos, Bears, Lions.

Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Colts, Packers, Vikings.

Away: Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Bills, Dolphins, Chargers, Bears, Lions.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Bills, Dolphins, Titans, Bears, Lions.

Away: Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Patriots, Jets, Raiders, Packers, Vikings.

Cleveland Browns

Home: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Bills, Dolphins, Jaguars, Bears, Lions.

Away: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Packers, Vikings.


AFC South

Houston Texans

Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Broncos, Raiders, Patriots, Rams, Seahawks.

Away: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Chiefs, Chargers, Ravens, Cardinals, 49ers.

Indianapolis Colts

Home: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins, Rams, Seahawks.

Away: Texans, Jaguars, Titans, Chiefs, Chargers, Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers.

Tennessee Titans

Home: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Jets, Cardinals, 49ers.

Away: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Broncos, Raiders, Steelers, Rams, Seahawks.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Texans, Colts, Titans, Chiefs, Chargers, Bills, Cardinals, 49ers.

Away: Texans, Colts, Titans, Broncos, Raiders, Browns, Rams, Seahawks.


AFC West

Denver Broncos

Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Eagles, Redskins.

Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Texans, Colts, Patriots, Cowboys, Giants.

San Diego Chargers

Home: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Texans, Colts, Bengals, Cowboys, Giants.

Away: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Jaguars, Titans, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins.

Oakland Raiders

Home: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Jaguars, Titans, Steelers, Eagles, Redskins.

Away: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Texans, Colts, Jets, Cowboys, Giants.

Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders, Texans, Colts, Browns, Cowboys, Giants.

Away: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders, Jaguars, Titans, Bills, Eagles, Redskins.


NFC East

Washington Redskins

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Bears, Lions, 49ers, Chiefs, Chargers.

Away: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Broncos, Raiders.

New York Giants

Home: Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, Broncos, Raiders.

Away: Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, Bears, Lions, Panthers, Chiefs, Chargers.

Dallas Cowboys

Home: Redskins, Giants, Eagles, Packers, Vikings, Rams, Broncos, Raiders.

Away: Redskins, Giants, Eagles,Bears, Lions, Saints, Chiefs, Chargers.

Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Bears, Lions, Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers.

Away: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Packers, Vikings, Buccaneers, Broncos, Raiders.


NFC North

Green Bay Packers

Home: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Eagles, Redskins, Falcons, Browns, Steelers.

Away: Bears, Lions, Vikings, Cowboys, Giants, 49ers, Ravens, Bengals.

Minnesota Vikings

Home: Bears, Lions, Packers, Eagles, Redskins, Panthers, Browns, Steelers.

Away: Bears, Lions, Packers, Cowboys, Giants, Seahawks, Ravens, Bengals.

Chicago Bears

Home: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Cowboys, Giants, Saints, Ravens, Bengals.

Away: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Eagles, Redskins, Rams, Browns, Steelers.

Detroit Lions

Home: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Cowboys, Giants, Buccaneers, Ravens, Bengals.

Away: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Eagles, Redskins, Cardinals, Browns, Steelers.


NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Home: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Rams, Seahawks, Redskins, Patriots, Jets.

Away: Panthers, Saints, Buccaneers, Cardinals, 49ers, Packers, Bills, Dolphins.

Carolina Panthers

Home: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Rams, Seahawks, Giants, Patriots, Jets.

Away: Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Cardinals, 49ers, Vikings, Bills, Dolphins.

New Orleans Saints

Home: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Cardinals, 49ers, Cowboys, Bills, Dolphins.

Away: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Rams, Seahawks, Bears, Patriots, Jets.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Cardinals, 49ers, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins.

Away: Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Rams, Seahawks, Lions, Patriots, Jets.


NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

Home: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers, Packers, Texans, Colts.

Away: Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Redskins, Jaguars, Titans, Saints.

Seattle Seahawks

Home: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Saints, Buccaneers, Vikings, Jaguars, Titans, Saints.

Away: 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Texans, Colts.

St. Louis Rams

Home: 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Saints, Buccaneers, Bears, Jaguars, Titans.

Away: 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers, Cowboys, Texans, Colts.

Arizona Cardinals

Home: 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, Falcons, Panthers, Lions, Texans, Colts.

Away: 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, Saints, Buccaneers, Eagles, Jaguars, Titans.



Top Matchups NFL Fans Can’t Miss

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The San Francisco 49ers came up just short in 2012, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, but the team will face its toughest test twice when they have to battle division foe, the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle had a great 2012 season as well, and with the addition of a game changer like Percy Harvin at wide receiver now (h/t ESPN), there is no doubt that the Seahawks will be even more impressive this season.

While the 49ers are the favorites to win the division, they will have to earn it against a tough Seattle team that will not go down without a fight. With two of the toughest defenses in the league, this NFC West battle is going to get personal.


Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots

The rivalry between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots has heated up when Peyton Manning joined the fray, but last year will be nothing compared to the competition between these clubs in 2013.

The biggest difference will be Wes Welker. The long-time Patriots’ star receiver was a free agent this offseason, and after not receiving the deal he wanted in New England (h/t Boston Globe), decided to sign with the rival Broncos.

Not only are these two teams serious contenders to make it to the Super Bowl, the added animosity of a top player changing teams and the chip on both Welker’s and the Patriots organization’s shoulder will have these two teams going to war.


Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers

One of the most unpredictable matchups of the 2013 season will be the game between the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and the 2010 champion Green Bay Packers.

Both teams have plenty of talent and more than enough postseason experience to be serious contenders in their respective conferences, but offseason turnover and teams around them getting better have raised questions about how well the Ravens and Packers will perform.

Not only will this game be a great gauge of where these teams are as a unit, it should be the perfect way to judge Green Bay and Baltimore to see if these truly are organizations that should be considered Super Bowl contenders this season.

There is too much depth and talent on each roster for this interconference battle not to become an instant classic.



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