When the NFL releases its schedule each year, certain matchups clearly are compelling. They stand out to players, coaches and fans — not to mention league officials and TV network executives — for one reason or another.
The Manning Bowl, pitting Peyton's Broncos against younger brother Eli's Giants. Andy Reid's new team, the Chiefs, against his former one, the Eagles.
Then there are those games that, before the season actually begins, appear destined to draw interest and eyeballs, but are no longer intriguing by kickoff time.
One example from 2013: Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, a playoff team a year ago, against two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger and the perennially relevant Pittsburgh Steelers at London in Week 4. Worth watching, right? Um, no, not really. They turned out to be a pair of dull, 0-3 teams.
Here's a Pick 6 of must-see games for Weeks 5-8 of the NFL season — and a bonus Pick 6 of must-avoid games, too.
CHIEFS AT TITANS, OCT. 6: OK, let's be honest here. Who had Kansas City and Tennessee with a combined record of 7-1 at this point?
SEAHAWKS AT COLTS, OCT. 6: Another 4-0 vs. 3-1 matchup, plus one featuring two terrific second-year QBs, Seattle's Russell Wilson vs. Indy's Andrew Luck. So far, Luck is 14-6 — matching John Elway for the best 20-game start by a QB drafted No. 1 overall — and he gets a chance to show what he can do against Richard Sherman and the rest of the talented Seahawks secondary.
SAINTS AT PATRIOTS, OCT. 13: Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady. Two teams that opened 4-0. Enough said.
JAGUARS AT BRONCOS, OCT. 13: The odds-makers already are talking about what could be the largest spread in NFL history when high-scoring Denver hosts Jacksonville, a club that appears to be one of the worst ever assembled. If Peyton Manning wanted to throw for eight TDs in this one, he probably could.
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