Best NFL Match-Ups of Week 1 Ranked
The NFL season has kicked off and we have the week 1 schedule. We ranked games from 1-15 for the best match-ups for the opening weekend. All of these games can be accessed on FOX, NBC, CBS, and ESPN. Sign up for NFL RedZone for the most comprehensive NFL coverage. Welcome back, football.
- Packers at Jaguars – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
The Packers travel to Jacksonville on Sunday for one of the best match-ups of week 1. The Jaguars, who went 5-11 last season, could surprise many this year. It’s always tough with Green Bay coming to town.
- Patriots at Cardinals – Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Sunday Night Football brings the Patriots to Arizona. This game is a matchup of Super Bowl favorites. Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first career start with New England. Without Tom Brady, the Patriots have a lot of work cut out for them.
- Steelers at Redskins – Monday (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Pittsburgh travels to Washington D.C. to take on the NFC East champions. The Steelers will be without Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant. The match up of Redskins’ Josh Norman and Steelers’ Antonio Brown is definitely worthy of Monday Night Football.
- Bengals at Jets – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
This game will be battle as both teams come in with great offenses. The Jets will need their defense to come up huge this week due to the fact that their next 5 games are going to be very tough.
- Bills at Ravens – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Joe Flacco returns from injury, but he will be tested against Rex Ryan’s defense. These teams are both projected to make the playoffs. This is going to be a great match-up to tune into.
- Dolphins at Seahawks – Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
Adam Gase receives a great first game test as he travels to Seattle. Seattle is ranked No.1 in ESPN Power Rankings. This game could be a blow-out or tough game for the Seahawks.
- Chargers at Chiefs – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Kansas City has held the Chargers to 6 points on 20 drives last season. With a below average offense, the Chargers have their work cut out for them. The Chargers have one of the top defenses in the NFL.
- Lions at Colts – Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
With four defensive lineman drafted for the Colts this year, they will be targeted heavily. Andrew Luck is now healthy and ready for the season. The Lions will look to improve their running game as they will use their 2 rookie offensive lineman to pave the way.
- Bears at Texans – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Brock Osweiler will have all eyes on him this year. A new $72 million contract with the Texans creates a lot of expectation. An easy game for the Texans will be the Bears. They are ranked fourth worst in the NFL this season.
- Raiders at Saints – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
This will be a scoring battle as both sides have very average to below average defenses. The Saints have a healthy Drew Brees and the Raiders have a healthy Derek Carr. This will be a great game if you like high scores.
- Vikings at Titans – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
The Vikings now have Sam Bradford after Teddy Bridgewater’s exit in preseason. With Adrian Peterson, there is always a chance to win. The Titans have DeMarco Murray in the backfield, as well as the Heisman winner Derrick Henry. They are still a year away, but don’t count the Titans out.
- Giants at Cowboys – Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
This is one of the worst matchups of week 1. Ezekiel Elliott and Sterling Shepard make their rookie debuts. Both teams will need them to create a lot this season.
- Buccaneers at Falcons – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Tampa Bay is putting a lot into Dirk Koetter after a strong rookie season Jameis Winston. Dan Quinn’s second season with the Falcons is more hopeful than last year’s. Both teams are hoping to bounce back after last season’s woes.
- Browns at Eagles – Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Two head coaching debuts will be made this Sunday. Robert Griffin III will make his first start with the Browns and he will face a familiar team in the Eagles.
- Rams at 49ers – Monday (10:20 p.m. ET, ESPN)
The worst matchup of the week doesn’t mean there won’t be any excitement. The Rams still have not said who is starting week 1 at QB. Chip Kelly has a lot of eyebrows raised as the 49ers come in with their new offense. This is going to be interesting.