The 2019 NFL schedule has been made official, and it’s become a yearly tradition for football fans to map out their must-see games for the season as soon as this information becomes available to football fans everywhere.
We at TickPick have highlighted some of the matchups that intrigue us most, so read below for the most anticipated NFL matchups for the 2019 season that will be the hottest NFL tickets this year, as well as for information on where to find the cheapest NFL tickets with no fees to catch these games in person!
The Top 10 NFL Matchups of 2019
This could be the most anticipated game of the entire regular season overall, in that it’s the kickoff game for the NFL season. To be held on Thursday, September 5th, this matchup that’s usually reserved for the defending Super Bowl champion’s home opener will played in Chicago this year to celebrate the Bears’ 100th season of operation, after the Bears opened the 2018 season in Green Bay to celebrate the Packers’ 100th season of their own last year.
This matchup will feature a fully-healthy Aaron Rodgers pitted against the vaunted Bears defense that briefly knocked him out of last year’s opener before he came back to help lead an incredible comeback victory for the Packers. Not all turned out well for the Packers, however, as Rodgers went on to have a season that wasn’t nearly up to his excellent standards, which was due in large part to injuries sustained in the opener. The Packers went on to miss the playoffs for the second straight year and only the second time during Rodgers’ incredible tenure in Green Bay.
This rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game will feature two of the league’s most potent offenses, albeit in the first game of the post-Gronk era for the Patriots. Usually, the defending Super Bowl champion playing the previous year’s league MVP is enough of a storyline, but expect to see plenty of replays of the now-infamous Dee Ford offsides play, which cost the Chiefs their first Super Bowl berth since 1966 and enabled the Patriots to win their second Super Bowl in three seasons, while playing in its third straight.
This divisional matchup between the two hated rivals and only two playoff participants from the NFC East in 2018 doesn’t need much more hype, but expect plenty of media attention leading up to this game that features two young quarterbacks in Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz, who will each be vying for massive contract extensions in 2019. A big game here could help swing things in their (and their agent’s) favor.
This rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game will feature what should be two of the league’s most potent offenses up against one another, so expect a shootout. What could very well be the difference in a game featuring offensive firepower from the likes of Brees, Thomas, Kamara, Gurley, Cooks & co. is a game-changing play by a defensive player, like, say, the four-time first team All-Pro and two-time reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald.
Big Ben is 11-0 against the Browns at home during his career, which is something that perhaps wasn’t incredibly impressive up to 2018, given some of the Browns’ putrid rosters put forth against a usually very good Steelers roster in a hostile environment for any road opponent. That streak may be the most in jeopardy it’s been during his whole career and a retooled Browns offense that added all-world wideout Odell Beckham Jr. this past off-season should help. Baker Mayfield looks to be for real, and the next few seasons could see a passing of the torch for AFC North quarterbacks as Roethlisberger advances in age, while Mayfield enters his prime.
There’s no love lost between these hated NFC South rivals, and both commiserate with one another after having experienced postseason heartbreak in recent years, with the Saints losing on a missed pass interference call in last year’s NFC Championship game and the Falcons blowing the biggest lead in Super Bowl history just a few seasons prior. The Falcons have looked to retool a defense that can help them keep high-powered offenses within their division at bay, but the Saints hanging 43 and 31 points against them during last year’s matchups could hint at more of the same shootouts to come during 2019 games between these two squads.
While there isn’t as much of a storied history or rivalry between these teams like other aforementioned matchups, this is a rematch of last year’s tight NFC Divisional Round contest, in which the Rams edged out the Cowboys by a score of 30-22. The Cowboys will always command attention and are coming off of a NFC East title in 2018, while the Rams play in one of the league’s biggest markets and have firmly entrenched themselves as a long-term Super Bowl contender after falling just short of their second title in Atlanta last February. Expect this to be another shootout type of contest, and one that may be the game of the week.
Each of these two squads are coming off of a down 2018 season that saw them both fall short of the playoffs. Either team has the ability to not only win the NFC South Division, but advance all the way to Miami in February if things break right. The Panthers need to keep Cam Newton upright and healthy, while the Falcons have focused on improving their pass rush to prevent just that. This matchup will prove to be a compelling one for two great teams.
In a contest between two franchises that draw the most ire of any teams in the league, this will be an anticipated matchup that may draw among the highest TV ratings of any NFL game in 2019, as even fans of neither team will tune in to watch these teams beat up on each other in what should be a tight one.
Matchups between the Ravens and Steelers always feel like you’re watching a twelve round prize fight between two physical teams that truly hate each other. With a new inter-divisional challenger in the mix in the upstart Browns, proving victorious in this game is as important as ever if either team wants to win the AFC North crown. Though the run-and-defense-oriented Ravens may try to milk the clock with dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way, the Steelers may very well counter with a high-powered passing game that even without the departed Antonio Brown should give the Ravens’ secondary fits.
-The Chiefs @ Chargers in Mexico City on November 18th features a grizzled veteran signal caller in Philip Rivers, who may be playing his best football at his advancing age in one corner and the quarterback who won the NFL MVP in his first season as a full starter in the other.
-The Colts @ Texans on November 21st features another matchup between two top young quarterbacks and two AFC South rivals who each made the playoffs last year. Andrew Luck looks to be back to his full form after a few injury-plagues seasons, and the Texans – with their porous offensive line that kept Deshaun Watson running for his life in 2018 – should look no further than to their divisional opponent to see how quickly an offensive line can be rebuilt, when done properly.
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