NFL TV Schedule Week 1: When to Catch Week 1's Must-See Matchups

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 25:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks for a receiver against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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If the NFL's schedule makers were looking to create a slate of games that would give us some memorable shootouts right off the bat, then they nailed it. 

After watching the Denver Broncos outgun the Baltimore Ravens, 49-27 on Thursday night, fans of offensive football will no doubt want to see even more touchdowns and crazy offensive numbers. With the rest of the electrifying offenses in the NFL all in action this week, more than one game will have scoreboard operators working hard. 

Between an NFC South battle of top quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, the Buffalo Bills unveiling a new uptempo offense against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and a Monday night showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, these games have all the ingredients to push over with the fans. 

Here's a look at when and where to catch all the action and a closer look at the games that will become shootouts. 


Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

Over/Under (via Bovada): 55

Whether or not you win your Week 1 fantasy football matchup might depend on how many players you have involved in this game. Unless you went against Peyton Manning, then you should probably start scouring the waiver wire; this week's a lost cause. 

Both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees led their respective teams to top-10 scoring seasons last year. The Saints ranked No. 3 in the league at 28.8 points per game, and the Falcons were No. 7 at 26.2. 

Those are impressive numbers, and the fact that the two teams split their series last season will only add to the intensity of this game. Expect a shootout here as both teams try to gain the early advantage in the competitive NFC South. 


New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Over/Under (via Bovada): 51.5

In case you didn't know, Tom Brady is a pretty good quarterback. Bills fans know this fact all too well, as Brady diced up the Bills secondary to the tune of 52 and 37 points as New England took both games last season. 

While the Patriots will be without Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski, there's little doubt that Stevan Ridley, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins will look like stars with Brady getting them the ball. 

What's different about this matchup this year is the Bills offense. Coming from Syracuse, Doug Marrone replaces Chan Gailey and will look to install an up-tempo offense with EJ Manuel at the helm. 

Fortunately for the Bills, the rookie quarterback won't need to carry the offense by himself. He'll have the dynamic C.J. Spiller to help him out in the running game and as a safety-valve receiver. 

New England should win, but Marrone's offense will be something to keep an eye on against a questionable Patriots secondary. 


Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Over/Under (via Bovada): 52

Capping off an exciting slate of games will be a quarterback duel between two of the most dynamic signal-callers in the game in Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III

Vick is coming off a tumultuous season in which he posted his worst quarterback rating (78.1) since becoming a quarterback in Philadelphia. As a result, the Eagles went 4-12. However, he could be in for a resurgent year as new coach Chip Kelly's spread, up-tempo offense is exactly what Vick needs to rekindle his career. 

On the other hand, you have the Redskins, who rode the rookie tandem of Griffin III and Alfred Morris all the way to the playoffs last season and will look to continue that momentum this year. 

Expect both offenses to shine in this one as Kelly and the Eagles give the Redskins a scare in a game that will kick off Monday night football on an exciting note.