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Top 5 Monday Night Football Games to Watch in 2014

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Top 5 Monday Night Football Games to Watch in 2014

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Mondays aren't as dreadful as normal during football season. Being able to look forward to Monday Night Football mitigates the beginning of a long work week. As training camps are set to open around the league, here are the top five Monday Night Football games to watch in 2014.

5. San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (Week 1)

Larry Fitzgerald
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5. San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (Week 1)

Larry Fitzgerald
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As perhaps two of the league's most underrated clubs, the Chargers and Cardinals look primed to build off of successful 2013 campaigns. Both teams have some intriguing youthful talent that is capable of breaking out this fall, as well as enough returning veteran leadership to strike up a winning formula. The second game of a doubleheader, this 10:20 p.m. EST kickoff will be worth staying up for and a thrilling way to cap off Week 1.

4. Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (Week 12)

Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham
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4. Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (Week 12)

Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham
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Outside of Seattle, there isn't a more hostile environment for road teams than the Superdome. That becomes especially true during prime-time games, as the Saints' raucous crowd erupts after every big play while Drew Brees and company feed off that energy. The Ravens appear to be much improved after missing the playoffs in 2013, though. If Baltimore returns to the form that netted it a Super Bowl in 2012, this should be a tightly contested game.

3. Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)

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3. Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers
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One of the NFL's stingiest defenses will square off with one of its most explosive offenses in this Week 10 showdown in Philadelphia. The Panthers had their offensive line and receiver corps depleted over the offseason, but still own a dominant front seven that is capable of stonewalling any offense. Chip Kelly's innovative spread attack took the league by storm in 2013, but its longevity will be put to the test against Carolina.

2. Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (Week 2)

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2. Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (Week 2)

Andrew Luck
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Two teams on the rise, the Eagles and Colts, are set to do battle under Monday night's bright lights in Week 2. Fireworks are probable in this matchup, as the Eagles possessed the league's second-most prolific offense in 2013 and the Colts have bolstered their receiver corps this offseason for quarterback Andrew Luck, who is one of the game's most promising young signal callers. Don't be surprised if the two teams combine for 60 or more points.

1. Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (Week 16)

Peyton Manning
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1. Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (Week 16)

Peyton Manning
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The Monday Night Football finale may be one of the best games of the entire season. Huge playoff implications feel almost inevitable in this one. The Broncos could be even better than last year after making a few big splashes in free agency and the Bengals are arguably one of the most complete teams in football. This should be fantastic game.