Monday Night Football Schedule 2013: Most Intriguing Matchups Left This Season

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Cornerback Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks up a pass to wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons in the second half in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There's nothing to do on a Monday night. You might as well just get the easy chair ready and settle in for 13 more editions of Monday Night Football.

That's all that's left in 2013. It may seem like a lot, but don't be one of those guys who regrets choosing to watch another rerun of Duck Dynasty on Monday night instead of football. Willie, Si and the guys are going to be there every night.

If 13 nights is too much of a commitment, here are three games that you should have marked on your calendars.


Week 11: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers

New England had been arguably the worst 3-0 team going into Week 4. Understand the Patriots are only going to get better as their key players return from injury. By Week 11, you'd think the Patriots would have Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola, making this matchup rather interesting.

We all know how good the Patriots can be.

The Carolina Panthers are a much different beast, though. They didn't really look good through the first two weeks but exploded against the New York Giants last Sunday.

Looking at the way Carolina finished last season, this is a team that can be very good on its best day. Playing at home, the Panthers will be a tough test for any team. They may even find some consistency in the next six weeks.


Week 13: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

Luckily for the Seahawks, this one is at home. As demonstrated against the Houston Texans, Seattle can be a much different team when having to play on the road.

New Orleans has been a vastly better side than they were last year. While the defense was only bound to improve, seeing the jump the Saints have made in one season is quite surprising.

You always know a Drew Brees-led offense can be counted on, so having the defense playing this well makes the Saints genuine Super Bowl contenders.

Prior to Week 4, the Seahawks had the best defense in the league. That's going to change after its performance against the Texans. Playing at home, though, Seattle should be ready to handle Brees and the rest of the Saints' lethal air attack.


Week 16: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

The 2012 NFC Championship was so good, why not do it again?

While the circumstances won't be the same, the 49ers and Falcons should be able to put on a similarly good performance when they meet on Monday night in Week 16.

The season hasn't gone perfectly for either team, with Atlanta 1-2 going into Sunday night, and San Francisco 2-2 after its win over St. Louis. Both find themselves looking up in the standings at some of the best teams in the conference.

By the end of the season, this could be a critical matchup in terms of who gets home-field advantage in the Wild Card Round or is able to win its division. The stakes should be high, and by the end of the season, Colin Kaepernick should have recovered by his funk to go toe to toe with Matt Ryan.