2013 NFL Schedule: Underrated Matchups You Won't Want to Miss

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 14, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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One of the most underrated matchups on the schedule for the 2013 NFL season will be the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

Though not as anticipated as a matchup like the Denver Broncos at the New England Patriots, this will be one of a few games you won't want to miss this season. 

The full NFL schedule is set to be released on April 16, according to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal

We've known which teams will face off for a while now; however, thanks to an official league announcement that was sent out on December 31, now it's official (h/t CBS Sports' Will Brinson). 

These are the matchups that may not be hyped by the national media, but they'll be just as compelling, both leading up to and during the action.

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks

There is at least one storyline that will make this game interesting before it ever gets started. Percy Harvin will have a chance to play against his former teammates and coaches, and you know he'll be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

He won't be the only one, either. Newly signed cornerback Antoine Winfield will get a crack at getting back at the Vikings, the team that released him this winter. 

When the game starts, it will be fascinating to see how much success Adrian Peterson will have against Seattle's vaunted defense. 

Seattle's defense last year was one of the better units in the NFL against the run, holding opponents to 103.1 yards per game and just eight touchdowns all year long. 

With Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett attacking off the edge on passing downs, Christian Ponder may find difficulty getting his passing game going, which will put the onus on Peterson to do what he did all of last year, which is carry the team's offense.

On the other side of things, Minnesota's defense, which is solid against the run and pass alike, will attempt to slow down Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle offense, which was unstoppable at times last year. 

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Tannehill vs. Andrew Luck.

This is a matchup we'll have the privilege of watching for years to come, as both of these young quarterbacks will likely see one another in the playoffs on a regular basis over the course of the next decade-and-a-half. 

Both young signal-callers have a wide array of weapons on offense. 

Tannehill was given a couple of gifts this offseason. The Dolphins re-signed Brian Hartline and signed Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller, giving their young quarterback a full arsenal with which to attack opposing defenses. 

On the other side, Luck still has Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton at the receiver position, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener at tight end and the team recently signed former No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. 

Last season, Luck and his offense narrowly defeated Tannehill on a last-minute scoring drive. This year's matchup should produce another thrilling finish, and it's a game you won't want to miss.

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles

These two teams won a combined six games in 2012, but both have a chance to challenge for a playoff spot in 2013 with a bit of luck and excellent execution. 

Andy Reid will be facing his former team, now led by the former coach of the Oregon Ducks and the hottest free-agent coach this past offseason, Chip Kelly. 

Both coaches have excellent players at their disposal on both sides of the ball. 

Alex Smith will be engineering Reid's offense for the Chiefs, who also hold the No. 1 pick of the 2013 NFL draft. He has plenty of weapons on offense to work with, and if Jamaal Charles can continue to build on last year's success, Kansas City's offense will be quite capable of hanging with any defense in the league.

Michael Vick will likely be the starting quarterback for Kelly's offense, and it'll be interesting to see how well the team's two-back offense with LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown works. 

Both teams have good players on defense, but it remains to be seen whether or not they can play as a unit in 2013. This game could be an offensive shootout or a defensive struggle, but no matter what happens, it'll be fun to watch. 

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