The first Sunday Night Football game of the season will be between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC, but beyond that there are some great matchups to look forward to.
There will be some marquee divisional games on the docket for this season, including the San Francisco 49ers versus the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers versus the Minnesota Vikings, to name a few.
The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry will be revisited in late November in what should be one of the most highly anticipated games of the regular season.
Let's take a full look at the Sunday Night Football schedule for the 2013-14 season and a list of which games are must-see showdowns.
The official schedule for Sunday Night Football can be found on the NFL's official site.
All games will be broadcast on NBC (Check local listings).
|Nov. 28 (Thursday)||Steelers||Ravens|
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Sept. 15)
SNF certainly isn't disappointing early on in the season. You'll only have to wait until Week 2 to see this matchup of two titans of the NFC West—and the NFC as a whole.
The Seahawks made a surprising run last season with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and expectations are sky high this season. Sporting one of the best defenses in the NFL, Seattle will be an elite squad in 2013-14 barring something unforeseen.
On the other side of the coin is the 49ers. San Fran is expected by many to win the NFC and challenge for the Super Bowl once again after falling just short against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Aside from being two great teams, the 49ers and Seahawks are in the same division and divisional wins can be vital at the end of the season. Despite the fact that this is very early in the season, this game's result could have massive implications down the road.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (Oct. 20)
The fact that this game will be between two potential playoff teams is reason enough to watch in and of itself, but the bigger storyline will be Manning's return home to take on his old crew and replacement, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Manning built an empire with the Colts during his time there, including two Super Bowl appearances with one ending in victory. It will be a huge story when Manning returns back to his old stomping grounds and he should receive more than a warm welcome from the Colts faithful.
Luck will have something to prove in this one. Granted, he's already highly touted as a rising star in the NFL, but Luck will be looking to show that he was well worth the Colts making the tough decision of letting Manning walk.
Emotions will be running high in Indy and this game is one that you simply cannot miss.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (Nov. 24)
Yet another game on the Sunday Night Football schedule involving the Broncos that you would be foolish to miss. The Pats will welcome the Broncos into town in November for what should be an incredibly competitive matchup.
Manning and Brady will square off once again in another AFC battle. These two are no strangers to each other, as both have seen the other in important playoff games in the past as well as less important, regular-season meetings.
It's never a boring sight to see two of the best teams in the NFL and two of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game trying to outduel the other.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 15)
This is a game that could decide who is the 2013-14 AFC North champions.
The Bengals have been considered a favorite in the AFC North this season with the decline of the Baltimore Ravens and not much hype surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh isn't expected to do much this season, but a thought process like that is exactly what will make a playoff run so shocking to football fans and analysts alike. Year in and year out, the Steelers are a competitive force and Ben Roethlisberger and company will be looking to prove that.
The end result of this divisional matchup could be vital to either team's season and it will be one of the most talked about games late in the season.