Sunday Night Football Schedule 2013: Highlighting Best Remaining Primetime Games

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) runs for a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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 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.

Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) makes a reception during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Texans 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Spo
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated New England 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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

Manning and Brady are fun to watch but so is the younger duo of Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan

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.

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw a pass during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Green Bay went .500 through four games while losing tough contests to Cincinnati and San Francisco, but the bevvy of weapons including Randall Cobb and new rookie back Eddie Lacy did not skip a beat.

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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