Redskins at Eagles, Sept. 21
If for no other reason than interest in what the "something special" wide receiver DeSean Jackson has in store for his old team, we'll tune in. Chip Kelly's offense dominated Jim Haslett's defense in 2013, and if the Redskins stand a chance at keeping up, odds are points will be plentiful between NFC East rivals.
Steelers at Ravens, Sept. 11
No love lost? None, not between the AFC South brutal, blood-seeking rivals. Pittsburgh was 8-8 last season, but leads the all-time series -- it only began in 1996 -- 23-16, and has won all three playoff games between the teams. The past five meetings were decided by three or fewer points. Eleven of 14 meetings since 2008 had a margin of four or fewer points.
Cowboys vs. Jaguars (London), Nov. 9
Sure, we could just pick the Cowboys' Week 17 game and the predictable gloom surrounding what is becoming a predictable finale for Dallas. It's the unknown that brings intrigue to Jerry Jones and Tony Romo tugging America's Team to the other side of the pond. The European vacation is a familiar one for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are still looking for an identity under contagiously energetic coach Gus Bradley. Will they find one in a fourth-quarter staredown with Romo and Dallas?
49ers at Seahawks, Dec. 14
Sorry, Crabtree. Sorry Crabtree. Any way you frame it, the NFC West battle royal is the best thing going in the NFL. All three meetings last season, right down to the nail-biting NFC Championship game, were highly anticipated slugfests that redefined physical on-field conflict. There's always potential for a skirmish where Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree -- the 49ers' go-to receiver Sherman described as sorry in his postgame tirade to FOX in January -- are involved.