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    With minicamps finished and five weeks till the start of training camp, there’s not a whole lot to talk about other than the annual Brett Favre retirement saga. So I decided to take a look at the 2009 NFL schedule to see what games probably will – and won’t – be worth watching.


    Week One
    Most Hyped: Bills at Patriots – return of Tom Brady; Owens versus Moss
    Best: Titans at Steelers – season kicks off with a matchup of 2008’s top two AFC teams
    Worst: Rams at Seahawks; Lions at Saints: no defense; Chiefs at Ravens: no offense

    Week Two
    Most Hyped: Patriots at Jets – will Belichick wear his SB rings for Rex Ryan to kiss? Honorable mention for Browns at Broncos as Mangini faces McDaniels.
    Best: Ravens at Chargers; Panthers at Falcons; Giants at Cowboys; Colts at Dolphins
    Worst: Bucs at Bills and Raiders at Chiefs

    Week Three
    Most Hyped: Colts at Cardinals – by the time the game is played you’ll think Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner are the only players on their teams. Honorable mention for Falcons at Pats with the return of BC alum Matt Ryan angle, and Titans at Jets being hyped by last year’s game when New York ended Tennessee’s undefeated season.
    Best: Dolphins at Chargers and Panthers at Cowboys
    Worst: Broncos at Raiders

    Week Four
    Most Hyped: Packers at Vikings – assuming Favre will be wearing purple, the hype and hysteria could be at a record high.
    Best: Ravens at Pats; Chargers at Steelers
    Worst: Bengals at Browns; Rams at 49ers; Bucs at Redskins

    Week Five
    Most Hyped: Jets at Dolphins – even if nothing is said in the week leading up to the game, the networks can just replay the off-season comments by Rex Ryan, Joey Porter and Channing Crowder. Honorable mention: Patriots at Broncos – all week long the talk will be Belichick versus McDaniels.
    Best: Colts at Titans
    Worst: Browns at Bills may not be worth but at least it will be close, and there is some geographic rivalry there. Bucs at Eagles and Raiders at Giants could be games with the visitors just looking to get out of town by halftime.

    Week Six
    Most Hyped: Giants at Saints – Eli returns home, Brees versus Manning, etc.
    Best: Titans at Pats – another difficult test at home against a quality defense.
    Worst: Rams at Jaguars; Chiefs at Redskins; Texans at Bengals

    Week Seven
    Most Hyped: Cardinals at Giants – battle of the last two NFC champs
    Best: Vikings at Steelers – best rushing offense versus best rushing defense
    Worst: Jets at Raiders; 49ers at Texans

    Week Eight
    Most Hyped: Vikings at Packers: the return of Lord Favre to Lambeau Field.
    Best: Giants at Eagles – possible preview of this year’s NFCCG; Cardinals at Panthers – rematch of last year’s NFC playoff game
    Worst: Rams at Lions – game between last year’s two worst teams

    Week Nine
    Most Hyped: Dolphins at Pats – how many times will we hear the word ‘wildcat’ in the week leading up to this game?
    Best: Chargers at Giants; honorable mention to Panthers at Saints and Cowboys at Eagles
    Worst: Lions at Seahawks

    Week Ten
    Most Hyped: Pats at Colts – at least this annual meeting deserves the hype it receives.
    Best: other than the Pats-Colts, there’s Eagles at Chargers and Falcons at Panthers
    Worst: Broncos at Redskins; Chiefs at Raiders; Bengals at Steelers

    Week Eleven
    Most Hyped: Colts at Ravens: great offense versus great defense, with the obligatory videos of the Mayflower vans leaving Baltimore in 1984; this should over shadow the semi-annual Jets-Pats’ game hype.
    Best: other than the two games above, there’s Falcons at Giants and Dolphins at Panthers
    Worst: Browns at Lions; Bengals at Raiders

    Week Twelve
    Most Hyped: Dolphins at Bills – my guess is that Joey Porter and Terrell Owens will have something to say prior to the start of the game.
    Best: Steelers at Ravens – can Pittsburgh sweep Baltimore again this year? Honorable mention: Cardinals at Titans and Pats at Saints.
    Worst: all three Thanksgiving Day games: Packers at Lions, Raiders at Cowboys, and Giants at Broncos

    Week Thirteen
    Most Hyped: Pats at Dolphins – lots of marketing angles: Parcells-Belichick, revenge from last year, revenge from the first meeting, 17-0 versus 18-1, the snow plow game, etc.
    Best: Cowboys at Giants – the networks always love this game, and it’s usually a good one.
    Worst: Lions at Bengals; no explanation needed.

    Week Fourteen
    Most Hyped: Steelers at Browns: while it’s a big rivalry for these two fan bases, until Cleveland improves the rest of the NFL couldn’t care less.
    Best: Eagles at Giants; Chargers at Cowboys; Panthers at Pats; Saints at Falcons
    Worst: Bills at Chiefs; Jets at Bucs

    Week Fifteen
    Most Hyped: Browns at Chiefs, with the Mangini-Pioli and Mangini-Cassel story lines.
    Best: Dolphins at Titans; Vikings at Panthers; Cowboys at Saints
    Worst: Bucs at Seahawks; Raiders at Broncos; Texans at Rams

    Week Sixteen
    Most Hyped: Cowboys at Redskins always gets huge ratings, but is it really that relevant to the rest of the NFL’s fans?
    Best: Chargers at Titans; Ravens at Steelers; Panthers at Giants
    Worst: Raiders at Browns; Chiefs at Bengals; Lions at 49ers

    Week Seventeen
    Most Hyped: Chiefs at Broncos in Cassel – McDaniels II
    Best: whatever has playoff implications; perhaps Giants at Vikings, Steelers at Dolphins, Saints at Panthers, or Eagles at Cowboys.
    Worst: whatever has two teams with more to gain by losing than winning; could be Jaguars at Browns, Bears at Lions or 49ers at Rams.
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    Best:pats win the SB again :)

    That's the only game I really care about
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    Nice list.

    For weeks 9 and 13 I'd guess those NFC East games will be the most hyped.
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    You may be right. Looking at it again I'm guessing Pats-Dolphins I is the most-hyped game in week nine, with the NFC East game taking honors for the rematch. Of course it will mostly come down to where the Dolphins and Cowboys are in the standings at those points in time.

    Funny, I just noticed that Parcells has his fingerprints on all four of those week 13 teams.
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    Well, the man is a prostitute after all.
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    I'm definitely looking forward to Pats-Colts the most. I guess the schedulemakers have figured out that this game gives great ratings. It seems we play them just about every year.

    As for Pats-Jets. After we beat them down, BB should work to midfield and raise his hand godfather-style to Rex as if to let him kiss the rings. LOL.
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    It's no coincidence that the Pats always play the Colts around week nine or ten. That's during the fall ratings sweeps; the NFL and the networks realize that this game gets more attention from fans across the country - i.e., fans of teams other than the two who are playing - than any other game.

    Ha ha, now that would be hilarious! I can't even begin to imagine how the media, fan forums and sports talk radio would respond if that were to ever actually happen.
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