Monday Night Football Schedule 2013: Games with Most Postseason Implications
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While it's nice to spend an entire Sunday watching football, there's just something about watching the NFL in prime time on a Monday night. It doesn't matter what teams are playing, everything about a normal NFL game is amplified on Monday nights.
Monday Night Football has been home to some of the biggest, most entertaining football games in history, and the 2013-2014 season has some doozies—and not just doozies, but doozies that could have some major postseason implications down the road.
Here are the prime-time games that will have huge implications on the NFL postseason.
Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams, October 28
The NFC West has become a division of competitors in the last few seasons. With the recent reemergence of the San Francisco 49ers and the emergence of the Seattle Seahawks, the NFC West is nothing to scoff at. Heck, even the St. Louis Rams have started to look like they're on the upswing.
The Seahawks and Rams currently bookend the NFC West, with the Seahawks on top at 4-1 and the Rams on the bottom at 2-3. At the end of the month, these two will meet for the first time, and the matchup could have major playoff implications.
Seattle gets Tennessee and Arizona before it meets up with the Rams, and both are very winnable games. The Rams have Houston and Carolina; both games are winnable, but they're sure to be tough fights.
By the time Seattle and St. Louis meet on Oct. 28, this game will be huge.
The Rams, as they sit at the bottom of the division with a loss to San Francisco, are already far behind of the Seahawks, who beat San Fran once so far. The Rams will have to beat the Seahawks in prime time if they want to salvage their season and keep their playoff hopes alive. Thankfully, for the Rams at least, the game will take place in St. Louis, avoiding Seattle's 12th man in prime time.
This game will be important for both teams; the Seahawks will look to solidify their spot at the top of the NFC West, while the Rams will hope to get the always-important division win that teams need to win their division or sneak into the wild-card picture.
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, November 4
What's better than a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears? The Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears in prime time. These storied franchises and their storied rivalry will do battle on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field on November 4.
The Bears and Packers have had very different seasons up to this point. Green Bay has yet to win back-to-back games and has found itself in high-scoring affairs with so-so teams. The Packers lost to the 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals, but they beat lesser teams like the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins pretty soundly. Meanwhile, the Bears won three straight against some ugly teams and lost by eight to both Detroit and the New Orleans Saints.
The Packers, at 2-2, and the Bears, at 3-2, both have very winnable schedules before their Monday Night Football showdown. They could easily meet with the same 5-2 record and in a tie for first place in the NFC North.
That makes this game absolutely huge.
Both teams will most likely end up with very good records at the end of the season, and one prime-time game could be what either team needs to push it toward first place in the NFC North. Because the two teams' records will most likely be solid at the end of the year, this game and their second matchup (which just happens to come as the last game of the year) could easily decide which team plays in the Wild Card Game and which team wins the division.
Packers-Bears is one of the best rivalries in sports. With both teams as serious contenders, adding the mystique of Monday Night Football to the mix makes this game a potential classic with serious postseason implications for both sides.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears, December 9
The Bears show up again for a big prime-time game on December 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys and Bears both have the potential to be right on the fence between winning their division and being in second place. That means this game could have serious playoff implications.
To win your division, you have to do just that: win. And whoever wins this matchup will be much better off as it enters the final few games of its season.
If the two teams aren't at the top of their divisions by December 9, this game will be even more important for the wild-card race. If they haven't been able to beat out their division opponents, they'll both need all the wins they can get. And as it sits now at least, both teams look like they'll be right around the top of their divisions.
"America's Team" on Monday Night Football against the "Monsters of the Midway" won't just be a great football game, it will likely be a huge factor in the NFC playoff picture.
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