Which games are the best of 2019?

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Now that we have the “when” to attach to the “who” and the “where,” the full slate of 256 regular-season games is known. Which games, then, are the best of those?

Simms and I discussed the best options, via a PFT Live draft.

Spoiler alert: I gave Simms the first pick, and he still blew it. Between us, though, we touched on six excellent games, adding at the tail end a game that went from being so-so to must-see based solely on when it will be played.

Join us tomorrow when PFT Live convenes at 6:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Radio, before sliding to NBCSN at 7:00 a.m. ET.

26 responses to “Which games are the best of 2019?

  1. The best game of 2019? – almost certain we’ve already seen it – the one played at Arrowhead 3 months ago (aka the real Super Bowl) closely followed by the game in Atlanta 2 wks later.

  2. Nothing the Bears have scheduled.

    As a long time Bears fan, I can honestly say it is without a doubt the SINGLE DUMBEST AND WORST SCHEDULE in Bears history. ZERO noon kickoffs until almost November????? WHAT IS THAT?????? Whoever the NFL schedule makers should get a clue about TRADITION. Especially in the Bears 100th year. Bears and NOON September and October kickoffs have been synonymous for a CENTURY.

    They backloaded 7 noon kickoffs in the final 9 weeks (and you know at least 2 of those will be flexed to PRIMETIME). Ever heard of BALANCE.

    You disgust me, NFL.

  3. For me, Bills/Cowboys. I can’t believe the Bills are playing that day – it’s been forever since the last time.

    Should be a great game, too. Hope the Bills are still in the mix for the division title at that point.

  4. Bears will be irrelevant by their bye week so non of their games.

  5. Bears vs. Packers to open the season will be a great game.

    Packers vs. Cowboys in early October will be a very good game.

    Packers vs. Chiefs will be perhaps the game of the year in the NFL.

    The Packers have one of the toughest schedules in the league and I welcome it!

    Now get me to the draft and let’s get this 2019 Party Started!

    #GoPackGo!🏈🧀

  6. superfanentertainment says:
    April 18, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    Nothing the Bears have scheduled.
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    Thats what happens when your favoirte team, becomes good, I remember Packer fans grumbling about their precious “Noon” kickoffs vanishing as they got better, would you rather be watching 4 and 5 win teams at Noon, or a later, in what is a more notable match up, because your favoirte team is deemed watchable and worthy, of more exposure.

    I am just glad the schedule came out so now the media can talk about something else, other than, streatching out 6 more stories of “The Packers drama”

  7. Ppl are putting to much into the browns this year, give them a season to get acclimated, they might do a 8-10 win season this year, but I wouldn’t bet on it. They are stacked with talent right now, but that Talent has to gel. I dont think the Pats Browns game will be all that good this year. Next year? Yes, if they play.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    The Packers have one of the toughest schedules in the league and I welcome it!

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    The packers have the 14th toughest schedule, the Vikings and Bears have tougher strength of schedules.

  9. “The Packers have the 14th toughest schedule”

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    That is only based on opponents win % from last year.

    Those who actually want a real assessment of any given schedule use many criteria to say which are the toughest schedules in the league. I don’t decide the toughness of a schedule off just one thing.

    Not a surprise you go off what you read or heard and not a actual assessment of all the schedules with many things going into yout assessment.

  10. freefromwhatyouare says:

    The Packers have one of the toughest schedules in the league…
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    That’s only because they play the Bears and the Vikings twice.

    The Packers play the exact same schedule as the Bears and the Vikings – except for 2 games.

    The Packers play the 49ers (4-12) and the Panthers (7-9).

    The Bears play the Saints (13-3) and the Rams (13-3).

    The Vikings play the Seahawks (10-6) and the Falcons ((7-9).

    The only plausible reason you could you say that the Packers schedule is tougher than the either the Bears and the Vikings would be that the Bears and the Vikings get to play the Packers twice.

    And maybe that is true…

  11. Any game where the Packers are playing is the best game, just ask their fans.
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    Kind of how it works no?

  12. Patriots vs Ravens has me worried since it’s in Baltimore. The other games besides KC and Pittsburgh are all easily winnable games. Those three will be the real test.

  13. Because of the unique and entertaining “any given Sunday” scenario playing out nearly every week in the NFL, I think they’re all good. Every team needs a win every week.

  14. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 18, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    “The Packers have the 14th toughest schedule”
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    That is only based on opponents win % from last year.
    Those who actually want a real assessment of any given schedule use many criteria to say which are the toughest schedules in the league. I don’t decide the toughness of a schedule off just one thing.
    Not a surprise you go off what you read or heard and not a actual assessment of all the schedules with many things going into yout assessment.
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    Please enlighten us with your “many criteria” all you did is criticize someone else without laying out your criteria or variables you use to form your expert opinion.

  15. If you base how difficult a schedule is off just opponents win % from the prior season you are really not rating a schedule properly.

    If you only use a teams win % from the previous season to rate how good opposing teams on your schedule are you don’t take into consideration the players the opposing teams have added since the last season. You don’t take into consideration the new coaches teams may have added. You don’t take into consideration the injuries teams had the prior season.

    A schedule also can be more difficult if a team has 4 of it’s last 6 games on the road like the Packers do this season. Late season games on the road also take away some of the Packers late season home weather advantage.

    A schedule can be more difficult if a team plays a Monday Night game and the following week play a away game. The Packers are the only team in the NFL this season with that particular scheduling. Not whining about the Packers schedule. I actually welcome a difficult schedule.
    I just am stating different variables for the difficulity of a schedule because some here have zero football knowledge obviously.

    I could go on and on about what makes a schedule more difficult or easy, but I will end there.

    #TitleTown

    #13WorldChampionships

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  16. A schedule can be more difficult if a team plays a Monday Night game and the following week play a away game. The Packers are the only team in the NFL this season with that particular scheduling.
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    WRONG

    You think the Packer’s are so special but everything you just said happens to all teams. Every team play 8 games away and 8 home and all are exposed to the same difficulties a schedule can provide. The Packers are not special and no their schefule is no more inherently difficult than any other team’s schedule.

  17. “Wrong”

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    Show us all the NFL teams in 2019 that play a Monday Night AWAY game and then another AWAY game their next game of the season.

    Oh you can’t show us any? Shocker. That’s because as I said ONLY THE PACKERS HAVE THAT PARTICULAR SCHEDULING this season.

    Do try to keep up👌

  18. Show us all the NFL teams in 2019 that play a Monday Night AWAY game and then another AWAY game their next game of the season.
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    You said “A schedule can be more difficult if a team plays a Monday Night game and the following week play a away game.” Try to say what you mean then not change it afterwards

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