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Top 20 NFL Games You Need to Watch in 2014

The NFL schedule is not merely thrown together. While its unveiling is simple, few realize the amount of work that one man puts into the process.

NFL scheduling specialist Howard Katz wants you to watch only the most interesting games. To ensure that happens, he must consider a number of potential pitfalls that could upset fans, teams, and networks. His main goal is to at least minimize the problems into manageable situations.

This article reveals what may be some of the best NFL games this season. Does that sound like a lack of confidence on my part? After all, I could rephrase that sentence to read, "This article reveals what will be the best NFL games this season." However, Katz would agree with the former thought. You never know exactly how certain games will play out. For example, in 2011, Katz scheduled Peyton Manning and Drew Brees to play on Sunday night. It would mark the first time the NFL faced off against the World Series in prime time on a Sunday night. He was certain the game would be an instant classic, but it turned out just the opposite. Manning was sidelined and the Colts were winless. New Orleans went on to crush Indianapolis 62-7.

So, does that mean you should just skip this article because of the uncertainty surrounding the games? Hell no! If anything, uncertainty drives curiosity and that is why we are all here.

As a quick note: All games below that include just the time are on Sundays. All Thursday games are played at night.

20 Chargers at Broncos, Week 8, Thursday

via q.usatoday.com

19 Browns at Steelers, Week 1, 1:00 ET

via chatsports.com

18 Chiefs at 49ers, Week 5, 4:25 ET

via levisstadium.com

17 Steelers at Ravens, Week 2, Thursday

via post-gazette.com

16 Panthers at Saints, Week 14, 1:00 ET

via charlotte.cbslocal.com

15 Giants at Eagles, Week 6, 8:30 ET

via nflrush.com

14 Packers at Bears, Week 4, 1:00 ET

via espn.go.com

13 Redskins at Eagles, Week 3, 1:00 ET

via nbcwashington.com

12 49ers at Broncos, Week 7, 8:30 ET

via xnsports.com

11 Eagles at 49ers, Week 4, 4:25 ET

via fanhub.me

10 Packers at Seahawks, Week 1, Thursday

via huffingtonpost.com

9 Buccaneers at Bears, Week 12, 1:00 ET

via chicago.cbslocal.com

8 Patriots at Colts, Week 11, 8:30 ET

via creatingcultureworldwide.com

7 Bears at Vikings, Week 17, 1:00 ET

via espn.go.com

6 Patriots at Jets, Week 16, 1:00 ET

via nypost.com

5 Any Thanksgiving Day Game (Bears at Lions, Eagles at Cowboys, Seahawks at 49ers), Week 13, Thursday

via nypost.com

4 Colts at Broncos, Week 1, 8:30 ET

via hollywoodreporter.com

3 Seahawks at Eagles, Week 14, 4:25 ET

via blog.thenewstribune.com

2 Broncos at Patriots, Week 9, 4:25 ET

via usatoday.com

1 Broncos at Seahawks, Week 3, 4:25 ET

via sports.nationalpost.com

Which team will have the Super Bowl hangover? Or will they? The Seahawks still boast one of the league’s best defenses with a deep defensive line and secondary. Originally, the Seahawks selected third-year cornerback Byron Maxwell just one-round later than current, boastful star Richard Sherman. However, a number of injuries allowed Sherman to pass Maxwell on the depth chart. Now Maxwell has his chance to line up next to Sherman. His first test won’t be easy when he lines up against either Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker or newly signed Emmanuel Sanders. However, if any defense is up to the challenge, it is a squad that grinded that same receiving core (minus Sanders) into dust during last year’s Super Bowl.

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