By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 18, 2014
Thursday Night Football has given us some memorable moments over the past few seasons, and this year looks to be more of the same with 13 out of the 14 games that will be aired on Thursday night being divisional matchups.
Thursday Night Football will bring some heated rivalries to light this season, so let's take a look at the top five games to watch in 2014.
One of the top rivalries in the NFL, Minnesota and Green Bay have some bad blood between each other for numerous reasons. Minnesota is a young and hungry squad looking to kick their division foe straight in the teeth, but it will be difficult to take down the machine that is the Green Bay Packers especially on their home turf. There's nothing better than watching Aaron Rodgers lead his team to victory over a division rival.
New York and Washington continue the trend of divisional matchups on this list. Both teams struggled last season but did play quite well in spurts. Expect both to rebound in 2014. Washington will receive a boost from an improved defense, a healthy RGIII and a new stud receiver in DeSean Jackson. New York will receive a boost from an improved offensive line and a new offensive coordinator running the show. This one could be great.
These two squads always play each other extremely tough and have one of the most underrated rivalries in sports, especially from a historic standpoint. The Jets are looking like a serious contender for a Wild Card position in the AFC, but could become a serious threat to the reigning AFC East Champion Patriots if QB Geno Smith can improve his play. This will be an interesting game to watch in mid-October.
Man, was this a great game last season or what? Chicago ended up blowing Dallas out in the long run, but both teams put up a great deal of points in a shootout. Expect more of the same this season, but keep an eye on how Dallas holds up playing in the cold Chicago weather in early December at Soldier Field. This could be one of the NFL's highest scoring affairs of the 2014 season. It's certainly a game you won't want to miss.
This is going to be one heck of a game to watch this season, and it just so happens to be the opening game of the Thursday Night Football schedule for 2014. The biggest rivalry in the NFL will lace their cleats up to put on one heck of a show as we remember the fallen on Sept. 11 this season. You can bet that there will be some blood, sweat and tears shed in this one. But, as always, expect a low scoring affair between these two squads.
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