NFL Schedule Week 7: When to Watch Weekend's Biggest Matchups

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIOctober 17, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Week 7 of the NFL season features multiple great matchups that even the most casual of football fans would do well to tune into.

The makers of the NFL schedule had no way of predicting the records and implications of games like these early on in the season, but there are a few games this week that have the potential to impact things well down the line.

Staying up to date with every football game on the schedule can be difficult at times, so this handy little guide is here to help. This will tell you where and when to watch Week 7's biggest matchups. Tuning into these will definitely give you everything necessary to have the most compelling conversation of your life at the water cooler on Monday morning.

 

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET on FOX

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass under pressure against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 31-16.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Im
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This matchup features two 3-3 teams fighting for the top spot in the NFC East. Interdivisional matchups are always fun to watch anyway, but knowing that the winner of this one will be No. 1 in the division adds a little something extra.

These two teams clock in at second-worst (Philadelphia) and third-worst (Dallas) in terms of passing defense. There's plenty of potential for this game to turn into a ridiculously high-scoring affair, and that's always exciting to watch.

Tony Romo has been given a ton of flack this season, even though he's in the midst of arguably the best season of his career. Those criticizing him for his team's 3-3 record need a reality check. Romo has not been the reason for his team's losses.

Sure, a costly interception in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos hurt his team's cause, but why is nobody pointing his finger at the defense that allowed 51 points?

The Eagles are looking to win their second game in a row under Nick Foles, and his continual improvements could leave Michael Vick's status as starter in question moving forward.

This game has all the makings of one of the best of the season. Tune into FOX at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday to watch.

 

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday Oct. 20, 4:25 p.m. (ET) on CBS

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass down field under pressure from linebacker Kevin Burnett #94 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half on October 13, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Ci
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The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs shouldn't have any problems handling the 2-4 Houston Texans, right?

Well, both defenses are so strong (and both offenses are so poor) that this game could turn into an old-fashioned battle of the defenses. Whichever defense forces the most mistakes will likely come out on top.

This will be a real test for Alex Smith. The Texans allow just over 130 passing yards per game—a mark that is tops in the NFL by far. If Smith can muster 200 yards in the air with no interceptions, then there's no reason that the Chiefs shouldn't win.

Smith is famous for those types of games, though, so putting up those numbers may not come as a huge surprise on the surface. Matt Schaub, on the other hand, is not so used to putting up spotless lines. He's already thrown nine interceptions and will need to withstand the pressure of the Chiefs pass rush in order to not add to that total.

This game will be the polar opposite of the Eagles and Cowboys. While that game will feature fast-paced offenses putting up points, this one will probably feature a lot of three-and-outs and a few turnovers.

Watch this one if you love defense. You can do so at 4:25 p.m. (ET) on CBS.

 

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC

January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (12) and AFC quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (18) pass the ball during warm ups before the 2013 Pro Bowl against the NFC at Aloha Stadium. Mandator
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Watching the Broncos has become a weekly habit of mine, and it should become a habit of yours too. Peyton Manning is in the midst of a record-breaking campaign, and his team looks completely unbeatable.

Denver's game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts will definitely be worth watching. Manning will be taking on his former team, and Colts owner Jim Irsay's comments certainly won't go unmentioned throughout the telecast.

Manning has never been a player that needed motivation to play well, but he has a ton of motivating factors on his side leading up to this game on Sunday night.

The matchup between the veteran Manning and the young Andrew Luck will be a great battle between old and new, but it will be the young Broncos team that steals the show. It's hard to pick against an offense featuring Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, after all.

The Colts can make a major statement if they can knock off the undefeated Broncos, but even a close game would be enough to open up the eyes of the NFL world. After losing last week against the San Diego Chargers in terrible fashion, the Colts will be looking to get back to their strong play.

This game is the only Sunday night contest, so if you're not watching, you really have no excuse. I expect you'll be tuned into NBC on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (ET).