NFL TV Schedule Week 2: Highlighting Must-Watch Contests This Weekend

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NFL TV Schedule Week 2: Highlighting Must-Watch Contests This Weekend
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While the NFL RedZone channel has made the practice of flipping between channels to catch multiple football games a bit of a lost art, there are always a few key games each week that you absolutely should focus on.

Luckily for you, I've identified those games this weekend for you. 

We've got divisional rivalries. We've got brothers going head-to-head. We've got two of the game's most exciting quarterbacks facing off. 

We've got a bit of it all, folks.


Sunday, September 15 Time (ET) TV    
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 p.m. CBS    
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 p.m. FOX    
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills 1:00 p.m. FOX    
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m. FOX    
Washington at Green Bay Packers 1:00 p.m. FOX    
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 p.m. CBS    
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. FOX    
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 p.m. CBS    
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 1:00 p.m. CBS    
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m. FOX    
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 p.m. FOX    
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders 4:25 p.m. CBS    
Denver Broncos at NY Giants 4:25 p.m. CBS    
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 8:30 p.m. NBC    
Monday, September 16 Time (ET) TV    
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 8:30 p.m. ESPN    

Washington at Green Bay Packers

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There are a lot of intriguing 1 p.m. ET games on Sunday. A divisional clash between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings is huge. Who doesn't want to see what Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles offense does for an encore against the San Diego Chargers after torching Washington?

And I have a funny feeling the St. Louis Rams are going to give the Atlanta Falcons all they can handle, while the Miami Dolphins taking on the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Dallas Cowboys should both be tight contests. 

But c'mon—if you have to watch one game from the early slate, are you really going to pass up Robert Griffin III facing Aaron Rodgers

Both of these teams come into this game off tough losses, as the Packers fell to a tough San Francisco 49ers team, while Washington was run out of the game by Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the fast-paced Eagles. 

With RG3 likely to be less rusty and Rodgers slinging the ball around the field to his stable of weapons, this game could end up being quite the shootout. 

Denver Broncos at New York Giants

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Blah, blah, blah, Peyton versus Eli in the battle of the Mannings, blah, blah, blah. 

Peel away the obvious storyline, however, and you have two offenses that combined to score 80 points in Week 1. Can you say shootout? 

Few teams have the receiving weapons that the Broncos possess in Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Week 1 breakout star Julius Thomas. Then again, with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, the Giants aren't exactly lacking in that regard.

I'd expect about 15 total running plays in this contest, especially without a Broncos running back seizing the starting role and David Wilson's nasty habit of rubbing Crisco on his hands before games. 

Besides, what other 4 p.m. ET game are you going to watch, the Oakland Raiders taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars? 


San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 

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The Sunday slate is complete with a Sunday Night Football matchup that also happens to be the game of the week, as the 49ers travel to Seattle and CenturyLink Field, where the rowdy Seahawks fans are sure to play a major factor. 

Remember, the Seahawks were 8-0 at home last year. 

The storylines are rife in this contest. Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson. Arguably the two best teams in the NFC. Arguably the two best defenses in the NFL. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis making plays on one side, Marshawn Lynch bashing in heads on the other. 

Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman chasing down the ball on one side, Richard Sherman swatting it away on the other. 

These teams are uber-talented, don't care for one another in the least and play a physical, intense style of football. If you want to tune away here and there for Breaking Bad, so be it—any other excuses for missing this game will fall on deaf ears. 

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