Thursday Night Football Schedule 2013: Highlighting Most Anticipated Showdowns

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Thursday Night Football Schedule 2013: Highlighting Most Anticipated Showdowns
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Another NFL season means another slate of prime-time Thursday night matchups this fall.

The 2013 season will kick off on Thursday night with a rematch of last season's epic AFC Divisional Round playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. This time around, the Ravens enter Mile High as the reigning Super Bowl champions.

But after Week 1, there are plenty of more juicy midweek showdowns for fans to circle on their calendars.

Below we'll take a look at the complete Thursday night schedule and highlight the most anticipated matchups on the 2013 slate.

Schedule information courtesy of NFL.com.

 

2013 Thursday Night Football Schedule
Week Date Away Team Home Team Time (ET) Channel
1 Sept. 5 Baltimore Ravens vs Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m. NBC
2 Sept. 12 New York Jets vs New England Patriots 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
3 Sept. 19 Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
4 Sept. 26 San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis Rams 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
5 Oct. 3 Buffalo Bills vs Cleveland Browns 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
6 Oct. 10 New York Giants vs Chicago Bears 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
7 Oct. 17 Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
8 Oct. 24 Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
9 Oct. 31 Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
10 Nov. 7 Washington Redskins vs Minnesota Vikings 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
11 Nov. 14 Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
12 Nov. 21 New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
13 Nov. 28 Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens 8:30 p.m. NBC
14 Dec. 5 Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars 8:25 p.m. NFL Network
15 Dec. 12 San Diego Chargers vs Denver Broncos 8:25 p.m. NFL Network

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Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Kansas City head coach Andy Reid will make his much-anticipated return to Philadelphia in Week 3 when the Chiefs visit the Eagles in a Thursday night matchup.

Reid coached Philadelphia from 1999 to 2012, leading the team to nine winning seasons, five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance in 2004. The Eagles would win 130 regular-season games and 10 playoff matchups under Reid before he was fired at the start of the year.

It will be very interesting to see how the Eagles fans respond to Reid at the start of the game.

On the other sideline, Chip Kelly takes over for Reid in Philly, and NFL fans won't want to miss another chance to see Kelly's new-look Eagles offense in action.

With electrifying talents like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson all figuring to be a huge part of the Philly attack, even casual NFL fans will want to take in this early-season clash.

 

Week 12: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

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NFC South rivals New Orleans and Atlanta always put on a show when they get together on the fast turf inside the Superdome or the Georgia Dome. In Week 12, the two NFC contenders will clash inside the latter in a game that could carry a ton of weight in the division race.

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Sean Payton is back on the sidelines in the Big Easy, and that means expectations are once again sky-high for the Saints.

It also doesn't hurt that quarterback Drew Brees is coming off of back-to-back 5,000-plus-yard passing seasons.

On the other side, the Falcons are coming off a run to the NFC Championship Game a season ago. Although they came up short in quest for a title, quarterback Matt Ryan finally got the postseason monkey off his back. And with the chains finally removed, expect to see the veteran passer at his best in 2013.

 

Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Although many of the familiar faces that helped make this rivalry great over the years are gone (i.e., Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Hines Ward, Jerome Bettis, etc.), Steelers-Ravens remains arguably the best rivalry in professional football. 

Perennial contenders in the AFC North, Pittsburgh and Baltimore play a hard-hitting, unrivaled brand of football that fans won't find anywhere else. In fact, it's a shame they only meet twice a year.

On Thanksgiving night in Week 13, the two bitter foes will square off in Baltimore in a prime-time showdown that is sure to live up to the hype. After all, each of the past three Black and Blue battles going back to the second meeting in 2011 have been decided by just three points.

Whether you're a fan of offense or defense, you've got to love a close game. And the Ravens-Steelers rivalry always delivers in that regard.

 

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