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5 NFL Week 1 Matchups to Look Forward to Following Schedule Release

David Kaestle
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The NFL schedule was released Wednesday night and there are already a ton of exciting matchups on paper. With that said, here are five games you should be looking forward to watching in Week 1 of the 2019-20 NFL season.

5. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – 9/8/2019, 1 p.m. EST

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This is a matchup between the last two teams to lose to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. With the Kansas City Chiefs, everyone will be tuning in to see if Patrick Mahomes can duplicate his record-setting sophomore season. Meanwhile, now that Nick Foles is at the helm, it will be interesting to see if he can get the Jacksonville Jaguars back into the playoffs after their disappointing 2018-19 season.

4. Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers – 9/8/2019, 4:05 p.m. EST

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This game features two playoff teams from last season. The Colts are seemingly on the rise, while the Los Angeles Chargers are trying to make their first Super Bowl appearance in the Philip Rivers era. Both teams also possess explosive offenses, so there could be some fireworks in this contest.

3. Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears – 9/5/2019, 8:20 p.m. EST

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This is the first game of the NFL season, and this storied rivalary always seems to deliver an exciting contest. The Chicago Bears won the NFC North last season, but the Green Bay Packers made significant improvements in free agency. Both teams will head into the year with Super Bowl aspirations, so this game could be pivotal.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots – 9/8/2019, 8:20 p.m. EST

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These two teams have carved out a great rivalry recently. Both feature legendary quarterbacks, but both also lost some key players this offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, while the New England Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement. This game might include some new faces, but it could still deliver an intense contest.

1. Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints –9/9/2019, 7:10 p.m. EST

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Last season, the New Orleans Saints suffered one of the most controversial losses in NFL history. But this season, they get their shot at redemption on Monday Night Football against the Houston Texans. This game will also feature a matchup between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Drew Brees and DeSean Watson.


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