Sunday Night Football has been nothing short of entertaining this season as some classic battles such as the Dallas Cowboys' major victory over the New York Giants in Week 1 have highlighted the entire schedule.
Last week was especially entertaining when the New England Patriots were able to move past the Atlanta Falcons, 30-23.
Quality football such as that contest is all fans ask for from prime-time games. Luckily for them, we have not even sniffed the best part of the Sunday Night Football schedule yet.
Here is a look at the three best remaining games on the Sunday Night Football schedule.
|WEEK||AWAY TEAM||HOME TEAM|
|5||Houston Texans||San Francisco 49ers|
|6||Washington Redskins||Dallas Cowboys|
|7||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Green Bay Packers||Minnesota Vikings|
|9||Indianapolis Colts||Houston Texans|
|10||Dallas Cowboys||New Orleans Saints|
|11||Green Bay Packers||New York Giants|
|12||Denver Broncos||New England Patriots|
|13||New York Giants||Washington Redskins|
|14||Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers|
|15||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|16||New England Patriots||Baltimore Ravens|
Week 9: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
Nothing is better on prime time than a divisional slugfest between two quality teams, and that is exactly what will happen when the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans meet under the lights in Week 9.
So far, Houston has been up-and-down at best and has needed comeback victories to notch its two wins while faltering against quality opposition such as Seattle and Baltimore. Still, Houston remains one of the most balanced teams thanks to a quality pass rush and great ground attack led by Arian Foster.
Indianapolis has been even better this season after making the playoffs a year ago. Andrew Luck and Co. have won big games against San Francisco and Seattle while averaging over 150 rushing yards per game after acquiring star back Trent Richardson from Cleveland.
At this point in the season, both the Colts and the Texans will be hitting their stride in what will be a huge matchup with playoff implications. As far as rivalries on prime time go, with big names like Foster, Luck and Richardson, this is hard to top.
Week 12: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning.
What more needs to be said? Both the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos have been dominant this year, but what's most impressive is what Tom Brady and Co. have been able to do without star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots have been impressive on offense and actually field a competitive defense that has prevented opposing offenses from scoring more than 23 points in a contest through Week 5.
On the other hand, there's Manning, who is playing like a younger version of himself and leads an offense that scores well over 40 points per game and throws for over 360 yards. Big names such as Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas round out the NFL's best offense.
It is always fun to watch Brady and Manning go at it, but that will especially be the case in Week 12 as both their careers begin to wind down while they play some of the best football fans have seen. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Week 14: Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Once again the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers lead top-five passing attacks, but the two teams have started off in very different directions thorough the first month and change of the season.
Atlanta stumbled out of the gate and lost three of its first four. The running game was once again a mess, and a hobbled Roddy White meant defenses could throw more attention at Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.
By this point in the season on prime time, both teams should be clicking on all cylinders and put on a pretty display of fireworks. This is one matchup fans of good offense won't want to miss.
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