Monday Night Football Schedule 2013: Full Breakdown of This Year's MNF Showdowns

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 9, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 24:  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scrambles for a first down in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 24, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
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As the 2013 NFL season kicks off, Monday Night Football is gearing up for its regular-season debut. The ESPN program typically boasts some of the best matchups of the year, and 2013 is no exception. 

Monday Night Football kicks off with a bang in Week 1, opening with a doubleheader of games. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins face off in a showdown of up-tempo NFC East offenses, while the Houston Texans will visit San Diego to open the season against the Chargers.

Let's take a look at every MNF showdown of the season and highlight the biggest looming matchups.

 

2013 Monday Night Football Schedule

TV note: All games will be aired on ESPN

WeekMatchupDateTime (ET)
1Philadelphia at WashingtonMon., Sep. 96:55 p.m.
1Houston at San DiegoMon., Sep. 910:15 p.m.
2Pittsburgh at CincinnatiMon., Sep. 168:30 p.m.
3Oakland at DenverMon., Sep. 238:30 p.m.
4Miami at New OrleansMon., Sep. 308:30 p.m.
5New York Jets at AtlantaMon., Oct. 78:30 p.m.
6Indianapolis at San DiegoMon., Oct. 148:30 p.m.
7Minnesota at New York GiantsMon., Oct. 218:30 p.m.
8Seattle at St. LouisMon., Oct. 288:30 p.m.
9Chicago at Green BayMon., Nov. 48:30 p.m.
10Miami at Tampa BayMon., Nov. 118:30 p.m.
11New England at CarolinaMon., Nov. 188:30 p.m.
12San Francisco at WashingtonMon., Nov. 258:30 p.m.
13New Orleans at SeattleMon., Dec. 28:30 p.m.
14Dallas at ChicagoMon., Dec. 98:30 p.m.
15Baltimore at DetroitMon., Dec. 168:30 p.m.
16Atlanta at San FranciscoMon., Dec. 238:30 p.m.

Schedule courtesy of ESPN.com

 

September 9: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Even though the Eagles struggled through one of the worst stretches a football team can possibly go through in 2012—losing 11 of their last 12 games—the Chip Kelly era looks bright in Philly.

With Michael Vick running his blisteringly fast offense and a plethora of playmakers around him, the Eagles could turn a woeful offense from 2012 into a dynamic attack that brings Vick back into the spotlight.

They start off with a tough test against second-year star Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskinsand despite much uncertainty, the Redskins signal-caller will start after sitting the preseason, according to ESPN's John Keim

After beating the odds to win the NFC East last season, hopes are high for a championship in the nation's capital, as RG3 looks poised to enter his Redskins into a new era. 

Meanwhile, Kelly's Eagles are ready to change the way NFL defenses plan out schemes. Something has got to give, and it certainly will on Monday night.

 

November 4: Chicago at Green Bay

Any time the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers face off in the colder months, it's a must-watch affair full of emotion and bitterness. Throw in a Monday Night Football stage and you have yourself a sure classic.

Jay Cutler led the Bears to a great start in 2012, but they folded down the stretch and threw away a playoff bid. Aaron Rodgers' Packers took advantage of their choke job down the stretch, stealing away the NFC North before losing in the divisional round of the playoffs to San Francisco. 

Scheduled for Week 9, this matchup will come in the season's heyday, as the regular season passes the halfway point. The result will go a long way in deciding who has a leg up in the division. 

Plus, with a November date, this one could unfold on a snowy Lambeau Field. That's exactly how Bears-Packers games should be decided. 

 

December 23: Atlanta at San Francisco

What better way to close out the MNF slate than with quite possibly the best matchup of the season?

If last season is any indication of how the NFC will turn out in 2013, this Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers showdown will end up potentially deciding who wins home-field advantage in the NFC. 

The Falcons streaked out to the conference's best record late last season by finishing 13-3 and claiming home field, but it didn't translate to success as they were ousted in the playoffs. San Francisco got the other first-round bye at 11-4-1. 

With this game coming on the second-to-last week of the season, some sort of implications should still be hanging in the balance—even if both of these squads have distanced themselves in the conference. 

Who knows what will take place from Week 1 to Week 16, but if the stacked rosters of the Falcons and 49ers are any indication, both of these teams should be vying for top playoff spots by this Dec. 23 showdown.