Every year there are those must see games. The games that get hyped for weeks. The ones that everyone is talking about at work the next day. The ones that shape a season.
These games have storylines, drama and usually a few big names. A game may include the return of a fallen star or the start of a player's new beginning. There is reunion among some and there is shunning amongst others.
You can probably guess that Tom Brady (pictured) cracked the list in a few places while perhaps Brett Favre may just have to make a quest appearance.
Yet when all is said in done all 10 of these games have their own appeal. And while all may not have playoff implications to their merits, I think that we can agree that these select few are special all the same.
Fresh out the gate, Monday Night Football kicks off its 40th season with a game.
With storylines such as the return of Tom Brady and the arrival of T.O (pictured) this game was sure to be a headline from the moment the schedules were released.
We don't know if the Bills will make it into the playoffs this year but we do know that Terrell Owens is the biggest name in town since Jim Kelly.
Sure to be filled with drama and raw emotion, this game shouldn't be missed.
It's the succeeded against the successor. It's the ledgend against the upstart. The old man against the kid.
It is Brett Favre (pictured) against Aaron Rodgers.
Not for a second did we believe him when he said he was done. And who could blame us? History was on our side.
Fresh off his second retirement Favre is back again to head back to the place he call home of 16 seasons. Back to Lambeau Field.
While everyone will be watching to see if Brett still has it we should not overlook the other marquee players on the field.
Adrian Peterson will look to show he's the best in the league while Percy Harvin looks to prove he's worth the risk. Then there's the Vikings D and the Packers' receiving corps of Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
All in all, this game has the makings of a must-see.
Set only three hours after the start of the Vikings/Packers game November 1 looks to be a great day for football.
Arizona and Carolina met twice last year and have meet three times over the past two seasons.
In the regular season the Panthers managed to squeeze out a win after a 65-yard touchdown catch by Steve Smith.
However, later on in the playoffs the Panthers would be embarrassed by the Cardinals in a 33-10 loss, a game in which the Cardinals defense forced six turnovers, five of which were interceptions.
This game will feature three of the league’s best receivers in Larry Fitzgerald (pictured), Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith while also showcasing two of the NFL's best backs in DeAngelo Hall and Jonathan Stewart.
The Panthers will be playing for revenge while the Cardinals will be playing to prove that last year was no joke.
Last year the Titans and Steelers were arguably the NFL's two best teams heading into the postseason with the Titans having beaten the Steelers in week 16.
Many thought that the two were destined to meet in the AFC Championship Game. They never did.
Tennessee would fall 13-10 in surprising fashion to the Baltimore Ravens at home in the divisional round of the playoffs as the Ravens would move on to lose to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Steelers in the AFC title game.
In this rematch the Titans will try to take the final steps in a journey that ended a few yards short last season.
Pittsburgh will look to be the first Super Bowl repeat champs since the Patriots did it in '03 and '04. What better way to start off the season than on this opening Thursday night?
No. If it weren't for the man pictured then you wouldn't have circled this game for any reason besides the fact that both teams are likely to reach the playoffs and contend for their divisional crowns.
But the man pictured, Michael Vick, gives this game a whole new meaning.
This December 6 matchup will be the first time Vick will have played in the Georgia Dome since Christmas Eve 2006 when the Atlanta Falcons lost to the Carolina Panthers 10-3.
All eyes will most assuredly be on Mike Vick but let us not forget last year's Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan.
Ryan became the face of the franchise last season after Vick had relinquished the reigns two years prior.
While the game is sure to provide a good offensive and defensive battle between the two teams, all eyes will stay fixated on Mr. Seven.
How blessed we are with this opening week line up. First there's Pittsburgh and Tennessee on opening Thursday only to have the week end with Brady and Co. as the Patriots take on T.O's Bills.
Yet in between those two games we have Jay Cutler's regular season debut in Green Bay to help NBC's Sunday Night Football kick off their season when the Bears battle the Pack.
Cutler (pictured) will get his chance to take on Brett Favre later on in the season but he must first deal with Aaron Rodgers. While Rodgers has two very talented receivers at his disposal Cutler will be looking to find his. Early indications look to have Devin Hester as the front runner.
And seeing as this is Green Bay and Chicago the defenses are sure to show up as linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs try to get the season off on a good note while LB A.J. Hawk and CB Charles Woodson look to gain help from Rookies B.J Raji and Clay Matthews.
It’s the Bears. It’s the Pack. It’s Lambeau Field. It's Sunday Night Football.
Last year's overtime affair was a game to remember as it helped decide the top two seeds in the NFC. The 34-28 final gave the Giants the first overall seed for the playoffs, though they would lose to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional matchup.
New York running back Brandon Jacobs would seal the deal with a two yard touchdown run in overtime.
Though Jacobs was the games hero, rushing for three TDs, the performances of Panthers back DeAngelo Williams (four TDs and 108 yards on 24 attempts) and Giants second stringer Derrick Ward (215 yards on 15 carries) should not be overlooked.
This year Derrick Ward is in Tampa and former star wide receiver Plaxico Burress is out of the league, which should give the Panthers the advantage.
Regardless of who wins, this game is sure to be a good one.
Here we go again. These two bitter NFC East rivals met three times last season with the last one coming in the playoffs.
The Eagles won the series two games to one but won both of their games on the road at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
This year the Giants won't return Plaxico Burress or Derrick Ward but will have Osi Umenyiora to help contain Eagle running backs Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy.
This could very likely end up deciding who wins the NFC East and perhaps help decide who gets the NFC's first overall seed. But in the end this is a rivalry game. So yeah, the seeding is nice, but this is personal.
Was it a touchdown or not a touchdown? While we may never know for certain we do know this, this game is sure to get ugly.
The first of two meetings between these two NFC North foes and the first since the Steelers beat the Ravens last January 23-14, Ravens players and fans alike are hungry for revenge.
Set for Sunday night, the whole country will be watching as these rivals battle for the North crown. Big Ben, Ray Lewis, Ed Reid and Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Holmes will all be on hand.
So, as T.O. would say, get your popcorn ready because this game is sure to be a good one
Brady. Manning. Colts. Patriots. This is it.
For the past six years these two teams have played one another and for the past six years this has been the game to see.
Last season the rivalry was altered a little with the injury to Tom Brady, who went down during week one against the Chiefs. But the Patriots still managed to only lose by three in a 18-15 loss.
Though last year the Colts lost in the Wild Card round and the Patriots didn't even make the playoffs, this year's game could likely be a preview of the AFC Title Game.
The great thing about this game is that it has everything you could ask for. Hot shot QBs, Pro bowl receivers and two stout defenses.
And yes, even a coach who wears a sleeveless sweatshirt. Basically, it’s a must see game.