Obviously, most of us can’t afford to jet-set all over the country, hitting up the best NFL games every weekend. Heck, even most sportswriters don’t get to pick the games they cover each week. So, given that, at least us “regular guys” are blessed with more choices.
Every NFL game offers something a little different for its overall experience. Some are, to be honest, a little plain. But some offer something special.
GO SEE IT IN PERSON: N.Y. Giants at Dallas. One of the awesome rivalries in the NFC East, this is one to soak up. Imagine the electricity in the air. It’s truly a treat to have a matchup like this so early in the season. Plus, it’s a night game, so make an entire day out of it.
GO TAILGATE: Pittsburgh at Chicago. Sometimes you don’t have a ticket, but this game will make you not care. Honestly, it should be a decent game. But who would pass up a chance at Chicago tailgate? Hey, with the Steeler fans in town, there is likely to be just as much good grub on their side in this one.
HAVE THE GUYS OVER: Baltimore at San Diego. The Ravens’ newfound passing game combined with what will always be an elecrifying ground game for the Chargers (as long as LT is around) should make for the kind of game that will keep you, and your friends, glued to the TV throughout.
WATCH IT FOR THE FOOTBALL: New England at N.Y. Jets. The Pats’ Tom Brady has something to prove after last season’s injury. The Jets, meanwhile, are depending on a rookie first-round quarterback in Mark Sanchez. This one could turn into a gunfight in a hurry.
SURPRISE THRILLER: Carolina at Atlanta. Some might think that after the Panthers’ performance in Week 1, this one would be a blowout for the home team. But not so fast. Over the years, the Falcons and Panthers have always played each other tightly. Sure, it might not be the best fundamental football, but it’ll be close.
THE SNOOZER: Minnesota at Detroit. Let’s face it, there have been some good Brett Favre vs. Lions matchups in the past. This ain’t one of ‘em. Even Lions fans don’t want to watch the games these days.
AFTER THE GAME: Indianapolis at Miami. It’s Monday night, and of all the NFL cities, Miami is one of the few that can make a weeknight feel like a weekend. If you’re at this game, save some energy for the night after.