These nationally televised games are usually among the most popular of the season, featuring the best teams in the most exciting matchups. This year is no different, as there are a number of contests that could be postseason previews.
Obviously, there will be squads who disappoint during the season, but as of now, the schedule looks pretty appealing.
Here is the full 2013 Monday Night Football schedule, courtesy of NFL.com.
Note: All times Eastern and shown on ESPN.
Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins, Sept. 9 at 7:10 p.m.
Both of these teams had surprising seasons a year ago, with the Eagles posting a 4-12 record and the Redskins winning the division with a 10-6 record.
However, Philadelphia is hoping to be much stronger this year with Chip Kelly as the new head coach. This game would be a good way to send a message to the rest of the NFC East that the squad is once again a contender.
Week 1: Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers, Sept. 9 at 10:20 p.m.
The NFL started doing a double-header for the MNF game in Week 1 a few years ago, but this one might be the best yet.
Although Houston fell apart toward the end of last year, it is still one of the most talented teams in the league. If the Chargers can regain the form from past seasons, this will be a good battle right away.
Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, Sept. 16 at 8:40 p.m.
Few expected the Cincinnati Bengals to top the Pittsburgh Steelers for a playoff spot last season, but that is exactly what Andy Dalton and company were able to do.
Both of these squads will hope to take down the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North after the Super Bowl champs lost a lot of players in the offseason.
Week 3: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, Sept. 23 at 8:40 p.m.
The Denver Broncos were by far the best team in the AFC West a year ago with a six-game advantage over second place San Diego Chargers. With the addition of Wes Welker, this team is going to be even better.
However, this will be a chance for the Raiders to make an early statement that they can challenge for a division crown. Or not.
Week 4: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints, Sept. 30 at 8:40 p.m.
It is hard to imagine the Saints being as bad on defense as they were last season. They ranked last in total yards and could not defend either the pass or the run.
Still, the addition of Mike Wallace will help the Dolphins make this defense look poor in this one.
Week 5: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 7 at 8:40 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons do not lose very often at home, especially during the regular season. They went 7-1 in the Georgia Dome a year ago, and it will be incredibly tough for the Jets to win, especially if the quarterback situation is still a mess.
Week 6: Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers, Oct. 14 at 8:40 p.m.
While the world was formally introduced to Andrew Luck last season, there were not too many opportunities to see him play a full game.
This primetime game will give fans around the country a chance to see the talented youngster against a solid defense on the Chargers.
Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, Oct. 21 at 8:40 p.m.
Adrian Peterson dominated the league last season after recovering from a torn ACL. It is tough to imagine what he can do when he is healthy during the offseason.
However, both these teams are much better at home, which gives Eli Manning and the Giants a huge advantage in this one.
Week 8: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, Oct. 28 at 8:40 p.m.
There was a time not too long ago when the NFC West made very few appearances on national television. That era has passed.
The Seahawks loaded up an already talented team this offseason and should be a top contender for the Super Bowl. However, the Rams have one of the more underrated defenses in the league and should be tough to beat in this matchup.
Week 9: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, Nov. 4 at 8:40 p.m.
This is a game that should be on Monday Night Football every season. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL, and these teams are going to fight hard regardless of record.
Of course, the records are likely to be good with two of the more talented teams in the NFC.
Week 10: Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nov. 11 at 8:40 p.m.
In a battle for Florida (sorry Jaguars), these two teams are looking to make a big jump after each finishing 7-9 a year ago.
The most interesting battle will be Buccaneers running back Doug Martin against one of the stronger run defenses in the league last season.
Week 11: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, Nov. 18 at 8:40 p.m.
Carolina is much more inconsistent, but the team should expect good things after Cam Newton finished last year strong.
Week 12: San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins, Nov. 25 at 8:40 p.m.
This matchup features two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. Assuming Robert Griffin III comes back healthy, the individual battle between him and Colin Kaepernick will be great to watch through the air and on the ground.
Of course, Griffin will have to face a much tougher defense on the 49ers.
Week 13: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks, Dec. 2 at 8:40 p.m.
Both quarterbacks in this battle were told they were too short to compete in the NFL. However, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have done enough to prove the scouts wrong.
Watching these two skilled players go head to head will be a highlight of this season.
Week 14: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, Dec. 9 at 8:40 p.m.
If these teams can find offensive linemen to protect the quarterbacks, this will be a much more entertaining game to watch. Otherwise, this will be a treat for the defensive linemen.
Week 15: Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions, Dec. 16 at 8:40 p.m.
Amazingly, the Super Bowl champs do not get a game on Monday night until Week 15. It seems like the schedule-makers are not expecting a return to success without Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and others.
On the other hand, the Lions are trying to prove they are better than the 4-12 record from a year ago.
Week 16: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 23 at 8:40 p.m.
The final game of the MNF schedule might be the best matchup of the season. These squads faced each other in the NFC Championship Game a year ago with the 49ers earning the victory in comeback fashion.
It would not be surprising if this game had major playoff implications this time around as well.
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