At long last, the NFL has released its full schedule for the upcoming 2023 season (here’s a look). Before crowning a champion in early February, the league’s 32 teams will play 272 regular-season games, and then 14 of them will combine to play 13 more during the playoffs.
Between now and then, though, these teams have to actually play all 272 of those aforementioned regular-season contests, which are spread out across 18 weeks. As usual, you can find all kinds of schedule analysis all over this site — whether you’re looking for our team-by-team schedule breakdowns, strength of schedule notes, primetime slates, event-date schedules, or anything else your heart desires.
But in this space, we’re going to highlight what we consider the best games scheduled to be played in each week of the regular season. Enjoy.
(Note: We tried to limit the usage of each team so that they appear three or four times, at most. Otherwise, we’d basically just be keeping a running list of Chiefs, Eagles, Bills, and Bengals games, and that’s not as fun for fans of other squads.)
Week 1: Lions at Chiefs (TNF)
The Lions of Detroit? In the best game of the week? Absolutely! The Lions were fun as all get-out last season, from Week 1 all the way through Week 18. Watching this young, fun team take on the defending champs in the season’s opening salvo should be incredibly enjoyable for all.
Week 2: Jets at Cowboys
Aaron Rodgers and Co. host Josh Allen and the Bills on “Monday Night Football” in Week 1, then travel to Dallas on a short week to take on the Cowboys, who will be fresh off having hosted the division rival Giants on “Sunday Night Football.” Rodgers has historically given Jerry Jones’ team fits, and you know he always wants to stick it to Mike McCarthy.
Week 3: Chargers at Vikings
The Week 3 slate is… not excellent. But at least in this game, we get to watch Justin Herbert on one side of the field and Justin Jefferson on the other. With Brandon Staley trying to scheme against arguably the best receiver in the game, and with the Chargers trying to light up the scoreboard with their new offense against a now-Brian Flores-led Vikings defense trying…