The NFL announced its BIGGEST SEASON EVER and with 17 games for every team, the 2021 schedule is going to be one of the most engaging in history.
Here are the top-10 games that every publisher should make sure they are delivering coverage of to their readers:
1: Jacksonville vs Houston – Week 1
While Trevor Lawrence making his pro debut is enough to drive nationwide NFL fans to your site, this game is packed with storylines. Not only will we see a generational #1 overall draft pick take the field, we get to see the head coaching debut of college legend Urban Meyer. This plus Tim Tebow’s debut as a tight end and all the offseason drama with the Houston Texans will draw interest from passionate and casual fans.
2: New York Giants vs Washington – Week 2 NFL Network Thursday Night Exclusive
Danny Dimes, Saquon and newly minted New York Giant “Babytron” Kenny Golladay head to the Potomic to take on Fitzmagic and the Washington Football Team in a Thursday night exclusive. This game is PACKED with fan favorite players that your readers love to cheer for no matter the team they are on.
3: Kansas City vs. Baltimore – Week 2
The two most electric quarterbacks in the game take the field as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Mahomes will be determined to get back to the Super Bowl while Jackson and the Ravens are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season. This game will be end to end fireworks that will deliver highlights fans want to watch over and over again.
4: Jacksonville vs. Cincinnati – Week 4 NFL Network Thursday Night Exclusive
The Battle of the 2020 and 2021 #1 picks is on in Ohio for a Thursday night NFL Network Exclusive. Joe Burrow will be back after a heroic rookie 2020 season ended in a devastating knee injury. Trever Lawrence and the revamped Jags offense come to town to take on Burrow and first round pick Ja’Marr Chase in a game that has fireworks written all over it.
5: Patriots vs. Tampa Bay – Week 4
Every NFL fan in the country has had this game circled since the 2021 schedule release. Tom Brady returns to Foxborough, fresh off his 7th Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to face former coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. This is a marquee matchup for 2021 that is going to provide fireworks both on and off the field.
6: Lions vs. Rams – Week 7
In a DOUBLE revenge game, Matt Stafford and Jared Goff both take on their former teams after they were traded for one another in the offseason. Highlights are going to be in high demand as fans want to see who got the better of the trade, if Aaron Donald has any surprises in store for his former QB, or if Stafford can torch his former team with his new weapons.
7: 49ers vs. Bears – Week 8
While both teams insist that Jimmy Garoppolo and Andy Dalton will be the starters, it’s hard to imagine that by week 8 we won’t see their number one picks of Trey Lance and Justin Fields at the helm. Both teams traded into their spots to get their QB of the future and week 8 could see a showdown between the two first round choices.
8: Packers vs. Chiefs – Week 9
Aaron Rodgers vs Patrick Mahomes is a matchup between the two most talented quarterbacks in modern history. This one is sure to light up the scoreboard and deliver highlights and recaps that your users will want to watch again and again.
9: Week 16: Jaguars vs Jets
There isn’t one fan who won’t want to watch the dust settle after the number one and number two overall draft picks face off against one another. Speculation will fly after this game is over when either Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson come away on top.
10: Week 18 – ALL THE GAMES
Week 18… IT EXISTS!!! Not only do fans get an extra week of football but it’s PACKED with marquee games that are going to have major playoff implications. Cowboys vs Eagles, Steelers vs Ravens, Patriots vs. Dolphins and more could all determine who is in and who is out. Make sure your readers don’t miss out.
Of course, these are just our picks. The NFL’s BIGGEST SEASON EVER is going to have multiple games every week that drive fans back to your site for highlights, recaps analysis and more.
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