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A Week 1 slate I'd like to see

By Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The NFL schedule release is about as enthralling as watching a three-month old kid wiggle in a crib. Actually, the kid is more interesting. True, the schedule release is necessary and chances are there will be some tough stretches for several squads (things like three straight weeks on the road, cross-country trips, etc.), but it's really not that big of a deal. I've been sitting here all offseason with a list of who's playing who. There are no surprise opponents being announced. The whole process is just taking the opponents every team's been assigned for months and putting them into a grid.

So in an effort to have a little fun, I put together what I think would be an interesting Week 1 slate. The storylines, the rivalries, all the cool stuff that get people fired up for the first week of the season when most everyone is healthy and optimism is high.

Thursday Night Kickoff: Broncos at Seahawks (pretty obvious pick as it's a rematch of the Super Bowl).

Sunday 1 p.m. games: Jets at Bills (can't go wrong with an AFC East tilt), Jaguars at Texans (can't go wrong with an AFC South tilt probably a couple of rookie quarterbacks facing off), Bengals at Saints (lots of points?), Dolphins at Lions (Reggie Bush bowl), Panthers at Packers (Cam's nightmare season gets off to a nightmarish start), Titans at Eagles (pretty sure Ken Whisenhunt has a good recent track record at Philly), Buccaneers at Browns (gives both teams a shot at 1-0), Vikings at Rams (see Buccaneers at Browns).

Sunday late games: Bears at Patriots (Trestman vs. Belichick), Redskins at Giants (Will new-team DeSean be any less of a pain in the butt for his old rival?), Cardinals at Falcons (playoff implications?), Chiefs at Raiders (because they have to play each other sometime).

Sunday night football: Steelers at Ravens (because the NFL has to make it up to Baltimore for not figuring out a proper home opener last year, and the Orioles are out of town).

Monday night football: Colts at Cowboys (cool out-of-conference duel), Chargers at 49ers (to kick off Levi's Stadium)

How likely are any of these games? Well, they'll all happen in 2014. How many will happen in Week 1? Your guess is as good as mine.

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