The 2013 NFL regular season is flying by—it’s already Week 4—and the focus is shifting to the October schedule and which Monday Night Football matchups will make this the most interesting month of the year.
With playoff-caliber squads and Super Bowl contenders all squaring off over the next several weeks, the fans should be ecstatic over the potential high-profile battles that will take place on the first day of the work week.
All stats and information via NFL.com and ESPN.
|Week||Date||Away Team||Home Team|
|4||Sept. 30||Miami Dolphins||New Orleans Saints|
|5||Oct. 7||New York Jets||Atlanta Falcons|
|6||Oct. 14||Indianapolis Colts||San Diego Chargers|
|7||Oct. 21||Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants|
|8||Oct. 28||Seattle Seahawks||St. Louis Rams|
|9||Nov. 4||Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers|
|10||Nov. 11||Miami Dolphins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11||Nov. 18||New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers|
|12||Nov. 25||San Francisco 49ers||Washington Redskins|
|13||Dec. 2||New Orleans Saints||Seattle Seahawks|
|14||Dec. 9||Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 16||Baltimore Ravens||Detroit Lions|
|16||Dec. 23||Atlanta Falcons||San Francisco 49ers|
Schedule via ESPN.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (Oct. 28)
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most talented teams in the NFL, but the franchise will be pushed to its limit by the divisional rival St. Louis Rams in the Edward Jones Dome during Week 8’s edition of Monday Night Football.
St. Louis hasn't shown the firepower on offense or rigid defensive presence needed to stand toe-to-toe with Seattle, but four weeks is enough time for the Rams to turn things around and make this a divisional battle worthy of the grand stage.
Add in the fact that both teams will still be waiting for their bye week—St. Louis is off in Week 11, and the Seahawks are off in Week 12—and this will be a hard-fought game that will be one of the best matchups on ESPN all season.
Seattle will be the favorite to steal a victory, but the Rams won’t go down without a fight.
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (Oct. 14)
Defensive purists will have a hard time enjoying the Week 6 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers, but this potential offensive onslaught will be one of the best Monday night games fans see all year.
As well as Indianapolis is playing this season, San Diego will look to its offense led by QB Philip Rivers and his favorite target, wide receiver Eddie Royal, to keep the team within striking distance throughout the game.
Add in the fact that Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney will be going head-to-head with his former team for the first time, and this matchup has the potential to get very chippy. This AFC faceoff will be must-watch television.
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (Oct. 7)
This was one of the more one-sided matchups on the Monday Night Football schedule when it was released, but now the battle between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons will be one of the most intriguing.
The Falcons were heralded as Super Bowl contenders, but a slow start to the season has many questioning their legitimacy. New York was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league, but led by an elite defense, the Jets are proving to be a force in the AFC.
Atlanta will be the favorite in the Week 6 home game, but this is far from a lock. New York will have the Falcons on upset alert.