Sept. 4

Green Bay at Seattle

Golden Tate isn't around to pull off a last-second touchdown for Seattle as he did in 2012. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champs, but Aaron Rodgers is sure to make things interesting. (5:30 p.m.)

Sept. 7

Raiders at N.Y. Jets

All eyes are on Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, the second-round draft pick out of Fresno State who has wrested the starting job from Matt Schaub. Carr will make his debut against a tough Jets defense that does have question marks in its secondary. (10 a.m.)

Sept. 21

Washington at Philadelphia

Chip Kelly, say hello to DeSean Jackson. The brazen wide receiver returns to Philly for his first game against the team that drafted him in 2008 and jettisoned him in the offseason despite a career year. (10 a.m.)

Sept. 21

Denver at Seattle

Seven months later, we get the Super Bowl rematch. The Broncos were manhandled by the Seahawks on a neutral field in February. Things won't be any easier with the 12th Man weighing in. (1:25 p.m.)

Sept. 29

New England at Kansas City

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since 2005, when the Chiefs were a playoff-bound team. This just might be an AFC playoffs preview. (5:30 p.m.)


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Oct. 5

Kansas City at 49ers

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gets his first shot at the team that dumped him in favor of Colin Kaepernick. He surely will downplay it, but it will be an emotional day for Smith, who remained local until selling his Los Gatos home in June. (1:25 p.m.)

Nov. 2

Denver at New England

Savor this one because Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady aren't going to play many more times. This will be the 16th meeting between the sure-fire Hall of Famers, with Brady holding a 10-5 advantage. Peyton won the last one, last year, to go to the Super Bowl. (1:25 p.m.)

Nov. 23

Tampa Bay at Chicago

First-year Bucs coach Lovie Smith brings his squad into Soldier Field, a place he once reigned as Bears coach. The defensive-minded Smith no doubt will have a few wrinkles for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (10 a.m.)

Nov. 27

Seattle at 49ers

It was a long wait for the renewal of this rivalry and a rematch of the NFC championship game. The payoff will be the nightcap of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader -- and 17 days later, they meet again. (5:30 p.m.)

Nov. 30

New England at Green Bay

It doesn't get much better than watching the Patriots' Tom Brady and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers go toe-to-toe, at a time when weather might be a huge factor and playoff implications are beginning to crystallize. (1:25 p.m.)