The full NFL schedule has been released and if you were hoping for an incredible 17 games on Monday night football – I have bad news. This year’s slate is full of really great games with a lot at stake, and then nonsense games that don’t make sense, featuring teams we’ve seen before.
We don’t need to see the Saints twice on national television, or the Colts for that matter. It’s not that they’re bad – they just don’t offer a whole lot of variety. Let’s rank the full list of MNF games this season from best to least watchable.
No. 1: Bills to the Bengals – Week 17
We close the season with a banger. Two of the best teams in the AFC meeting in a week that will likely have huge playoff implications. Whether it’s someone trying to sneak up or get home court advantage, a lot will be at stake.
No. 2: Broncos at Chargers – Week 6
I trust it’s going to be great. A few years ago there was no reason for this to be compelling, but with the AFC West being so brutally competitive, coupled with Russell Wilson’s QB duel against Justin Herbert and we have all the ingredients for a great game. .
No. 3: 49ers at Cardinals – Week 11
Much depends on whether Trey Lance is everything San Francisco hopes he can be, but it will be good regardless. Anytime Kyler Murray takes on the 49ers defense it’s a treat, and the possibility of an offensive shootout adds a layer to behold. By week 11, we’ll know who these two teams are, and that’s fun.
No. 4: Bengals at Browns – Week 8
It entirely depends on Deshaun Watson’s status. It will either be one of the best games of this season or an impossible mess to watch. We’ll have to wait to see if the NFL suspends Watson, but for now I guess he’s playing.
No. 5: Raiders at Chiefs – Week 5
Las Vegas is desperately trying to break into the AFC West top flight and cement itself. That makes it an early test for both teams’ abilities, and we’ll see if the colossal work the Raiders have done in free agency and via trade pays off.
No. 6: Rams at 49ers – Week 4
It could very well be MNF game of the year, but I’m a bit reserved because it depends so much on Trey Lance. If he’s not ready to take on the load this year, it would be a really lousy game — which is why I rate him below the 49ers against the Cardinals, who can be competitive even without Lance playing well.
No. 7: Rams at Packers – Week 15
At the end of the season, there will be plenty of drama in the NFC playoff picture, and it looks like more will be in play for the Packers. Sure, they have a much easier split — but Green Bay took a big step back offensively with the loss of Davante Adams, and that could make this game a fight for their life in the playoffs.
No. 8: Chargers at Colts – Week 16
It’s a really intriguing game with more playoff potential. The Colts are expected to make it in the AFC South, but the west is a struggle and by Week 16 the Chargers could be struggling to find their way.
#9: Titans at Bills – Week 2
This is the turning point for me where the games start to go wrong. There’s nothing wrong with this game, but nothing too exciting either. I don’t trust Ryan Tannehill anymore, but watching Derrick Henry against the Buffalo defense is worth the price of admission.
No. 10: Broncos at Seahawks – Week 1
Made the Top 10 solely because of the drama of Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle. Otherwise I don’t think it’s a good game.
No. 11: Patriots to Cardinals – Week 14
This game inspires absolutely no feelings. Nothing good, nothing bad, it just exists.
No. 12: Saints at Buccaneers – Week 13
The Buccaneers should win, but the NFC South is wacky. That’s the nicest thing that can be said about this one.
No. 13: Steelers at Colts – Week 12
It’s a football game you could watch.
No. 14: Ravens at Saints – Week 9
It’s also a football game you could watch.
No. 15: Commanders at Eagles — Week 10
No one should submit to this outside of these two fanbases. Carson Wentz’s return to Philadelphia inspires drama, I guess, but nobody really cares about Carson Wentz.
No. 16: Cowboys at Giants: Week 3
The Giants had a great draft, but this game is offensive to air on national TV.
No. 17: Bears at Patriots – Week 7
I can’t understand who thought this would be a good game. It’s going to suck and no one should watch it.