23 NFL games to watch in 2023

Maybe consuming all 272 NFL regular-season games is on your agenda.

For a more selective audience, we’re ready to help with some save-the-date reminders on Thursday night’s release of the 2023 schedule and our picks for the 23 games to watch this season.

Not every team made the cut, with apologies to the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

1. Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:20 PM ET

Five undefeated at the start of Week 1, looks are getting spicy with Patrick Mahomes becoming the Lions’ special attraction in primetime to start the season.

2. Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, Monday, Sept. 11, 8:15 PM ET

“Monday Night Football” begins with Aaron Rodgers’ home debut as the Jets’ QB and their first rumble with the Bills and Josh Allen as division rivals. Damar Hamlin’s return to the fray rates as a relevant and meaningful subplot in primetime.

3. New York Giants at New York Jets, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET

The co-tenants of MetLife Stadium have not been relevant since the last time they reached the playoffs in 2006.

4. Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET

Houston no. 2 pick CJ Stroud and Carolina no. 1 pick Bryce Young is taking steps for the first time as a professional.

5. Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET

Not a classic rivalry, this sounds like a game where 80 total points or 80 combined rushing attempts can be scored.

6. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 10, 8:20 PM ET

A game that should be crucial in deciding the NFC East brings a lot of peripheral entertainment value.

7. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, Friday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m. ET

The day after Thanksgiving on Amazon Prime could be worthwhile as a standalone NFL game amid playoff hopes.

8. Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET

Deshaun Watson returned to Houston for a second time as a member of the Browns. The Texans’ makeover may be nearing completion, with this evaluation of Stroud likely to attract many eyeballs.

9. Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs, Dec. 31st at 4:25 pm ET

Burrowhead didn’t last for some reason. But the Bengals and Joe Burrows (3-1 against Patrick Mahomes) aren’t going away in the AFC contenders’ tug of war. Our only contention with this game is whether a playoff position will be on the line or if it becomes a game of rest in Week 17.

10. Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Oct. 22, 4:25 pm ET

We never tire of a Justin Herbert-Patrick Mahomes matchup that hasn’t produced a margin of more than one point in five of six meetings.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars Vs. Buffalo Bills (London), Oct. 8, 9:30PM ET

This is the second of two “home” games for the Jaguars, the first team to play back-to-back weeks in London, where Jacksonville is 4-5. They will be the home team last week against the Falcons.

12. New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders, Oct. 15, 4:05 pm ET

Josh McDaniel is doing Vegas the Patriot way with Jimmy Gee at quarterback, Jacoby Meyers at wide receiver and pass rusher Chandler Jones among his Foxboro imports.

13. Los Angeles Rams at Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Sept. 25, 8:15 pm ET

It’s a rematch of Super Bowl LVI and two tight-buddy coaching teams that appear to be drifting in opposite directions.

14. New York Giants at Buffalo Bills, Oct. 15, 8:20 PM ET

Head coach Brian Dabold returns to Buffalo, and here’s hoping he brings some points to keep pace with the Bills.

15. New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs, Oct. 1, 8:20PM ET

A “Sunday Night Football” marquee matchup that should yield more than 20 points should the Chiefs and Aaron Rodgers’ old team last meet in 2021.

16. Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers, Oct. 8, 8:20 PM ET

San Francisco eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

17. Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 12:30 PM ET

Where will the narrative be on Jordan Love and the Packers as they begin a three-game run of marquee time slots that include home dates with the Chiefs and Dec. 11 MNF in the Giants?

18. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET

Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow, the future highest paid QB in the NFL, will wrestle for the AFC North title belt.

19. Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets in Sept. 17, 4:25 pm ET

As you may have heard, the Jets are being featured in national TV windows several times this year. Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy reunited in Dallas.

20. San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 3, 4:25 PM ET

Raise your hand if you want to see a rematch of the NFC title game, but this time with Brock Purdy using a throwing arm?

21. San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks in Dec. 10, 4:05 pm ET

Seattle came up short against San Francisco twice in the final month of their season, including in the wild-card playoff, but this rivalry has big-foe energy. They would engage twice in three weeks, the date coming after Seattle hosted the Niners in a Thanksgiving nightcap.

22. Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, Nov. 20, 8:15 pm ET

The Super Bowl rematch and growing rivalry pits Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts in Arrowhead.

23. Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET

The Bills handed KC one of his three losses in 2022. The Josh Allen-Patrick Mahomes matchup has elevated to Elway-Marino, Manning-Brady levels.

– Field Level Media

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