Thursday, April 18, 2013
2013 'Monday Night Football' schedule
By Mike Sando
“Monday Night Football” loads up on the NFC for 2013 with an emphasis on young quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
Griffin’s recovery from knee surgery will be the key variable for a Week 1 matchup between his Washington Redskins and Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.
Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks and Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers each make two "MNF" appearances, but none against each other -- an upset given all the hype surrounding these NFC West rivals.
The Seahawks make their 2013 "MNF" debut on the road against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 28 (Week 8). They face the New Orleans Saints at home in another "MNF" game, this one set for Dec. 12 (Week 13).
The 49ers make two "MNF" appearances, both in the final six weeks of the season: at Washington on Nov. 25 (Week 12) and home against the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC title game rematch on Dec. 23 (Week 16).
Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington are the only teams appearing twice on a 16-week, 17-game "MNF" schedule featuring 21 appearances by NFC teams. That means Wilson, Kaepernick, Griffin, Jay Cutler, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill and Philip Rivers are the only projected starting quarterbacks set to appear more than once.
Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton are among the starting QBs scheduled to appear once. Five of the six teams not appearing on the "MNF" schedule -- Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Tennessee -- hail from the AFC. Arizona will also make no "MNF" appearances.