The 2013 season in the NFL should feature some of the biggest games of the past few years. With so many big names leaving their former teams recently, there are bound to be some great reunion games.
There are plenty of storylines to look at with next season’s schedule, and plenty of big games. You can find the entire NFL schedule here, courtesy of ESPN.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest games on that schedule.
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins – Monday, November 25
Two young quarterbacks will enter this game in their first matchup together. Collin Kaepernick will be going up against Robert Griffin III in a battle of two rising stars in the NFL.
The 49ers will be looking to make another Super Bowl run in 2013, and are one of the favorites to do so. With 13 picks in the NFL draft, it’s hard to not see this team only getting better.
Meanwhile, the Redskins will be depending on RG3, who is recovering from a torn ACL. It’s highly unlikely he isn’t available for this game, as he is apparently preparing to potentially return Week 1(h/t ESPN.com).
There will be plenty of plays incorporating the pistol formation and the read-option in this game, and it’s a sign that the league may be changing towards a different style of offense. Until that becomes a reality league-wide, it will be interesting to watch both of these teams play.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Sunday, November 24
It’s hard to ignore this game, especially due to a couple of big storylines.
First, it’s the rivalry that’s last for what seems like forever between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks always make this a great matchup, and the game is usually a pretty high-scoring affair.
The other big story coming into this game is the return of Wes Welker to Gillette Stadium. After being Brady’s main weapon for so long, it will feel odd seeing him catch passes from his former enemy in his former home.
This rivalry always makes for an awesome game. Regardless of what team fans root for, they almost always tune in to watch arguably the two best QBs of the past two decades going against each other.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, October 20
With such a busy free agency period, there are plenty of big returns in the NFL.
But this is the return.
Manning will finally be heading back to Indianapolis, the city he turned into a football town and not a basketball town. He was picked No. 1 overall in the 1998 NFL draft, and turned this team around and led them to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.
Now, Colts fans will have to watch Manning in a different uniform, throwing passes to none other than Welker. Manning is sure to get a large applause to start the game, but it will be interesting to see how the fans respond when he throws his first touchdown. There could be cheers or boos, but there could also be a quick cheer based off instinct, followed by confusion.
Regardless, it’s bound to be arguably the biggest game of the year.