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Must See NFL Games in 2014: NFC

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Mapping out each NFC team’s must-see home game this season.

Must See NFL Games in 2014: NFC

Football is BACK! The 2014 NFL season kicks off tonight when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. But what does it say about the strength of the league's overall schedule when this matchup, a rematch of the infamous "Fail Mary" game between two powerful NFC teams that made the postseason, isn't even the best home game for the Seahawks this year?

With so many competitive teams, the 2014 NFL season looks to be even better than last year, and there has never been a better time to get to the stadium to take in the action. That's why we've mapped out the one home game for each NFL team that you absolutely have to make it to this year. Let's start with the teams from the NFC.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys kickoff this season opener vs. the 49ers with a battle tested match-up right off the bat. The Cowboys had the single worst defense in the NFL last year and will have to depend on Tony Romo to make the necessary plays to put them in position to lock a win at home.

New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks will make his return to the Big Apple for the first time since leaving the Big Blue in 2013. With offensive weapons in Reggie Wayne, Nicks, and T.Y. Hilton at his disposal, Andrew Luck has options that can propel the Colts to being a top five offense. Hopefully, Eli Manning will be past his struggles in Week 9 to make this an interesting match-up.

Philadelphia Eagles

This Week 15 match-up vs. the Cowboys will have the Eagles soaring. Chip Kelly should help lead the Eagles to a win with Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy running the offense. Tensions are always high when these two division rivals meet, especially this late in the season. This should be a match-up where the Eagles attempt to lock up a relatively weak NFC East to close out to clinch a playoff spot.

Washington Redskins

This division rival match-up towards the end of the season will be a crucial game for the 'Skins. How new coach Jay Gruden's secondary responds to Chip Kelly's fast pace offense will be key in the 'Skins trying to get a win for the division and a playoff spot. Will Nick Foles have solidified himself as the Eagles star quarterback? Can RGIII get back to rookie season form? This game should help answer a lot of those questions.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have their sights set on a big season, but they have to get by a tough schedule first. In Week 15 they will host the Saints for one of their biggest tests of the season for their defense. This one could turn into a shootout between Jay Cutler and Drew Brees, and that should have every Bears fan anxious to get to Soldier Field.

Detroit Lions

Week 13 will be a tough match-up for Detroit despite being at home. With Chicago having addressed their defensive holes this off season with key additions Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen, the Bears look to land some bruising blows to this Lions offense. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the rest of the Lions should be up to the task, though.

Green Bay Packers

Having yet to land a victory over Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy will try to get the best of the Patriots this season. This Week 13 match-up will pit Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady against each other for the first time since 2010. Do the Packers have the necessary pieces to pull a win? Or, will Belichick and Brady be too much for the "discount double check?" These two teams are going to heat up the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field in December.

Minnesota Vikings

How the Vikings fare defensively in this Week 12 match-up will determine if they can knock off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Mike Zimmer has been able to set his match-ups pretty well against Rodgers in the past. Adrian Peterson, Cordarelle Patterson and the rest of the Vikings offense will be in fine form at this point

Atlanta Falcons

This Georgia Dome match vs. the Saints will undoubtedly challenge the Falcons in this season opener. The Falcons have gone 1-4 at home vs. the Saints since 2009. With an improved roster and players returning from injuries, like Julio Jones and Steven Jackson, this should be a close contest as the Falcons try it their best to outwit this Saints team.

Carolina Panthers

The top two defenses in the NFL from a season ago will face off at Bank of America Stadium when the Super Bowl champion Seahawks visit Carolina. Though the Panthers may not be as gifted as the Seahawks are, this will definitely be a fun game to watch, especially on the defensive end.

New Orleans Saints

The only team that Drew Brees has yet to defeat is the Baltimore Ravens. This home stand could allow him to do just that as the Saints are currently 1-4 against the Ravens, a record that's been held since 1996. If Joe Flacco and the Ravens struggle offensively as they did last season, the Saints will not have much to worry about in getting a win at the Superdome.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Both the Bucs and the Falcons struggled last season to maintain any consistent wins. With the Bucs having made additions at cornerback, quarterback and other key positions, their free agent acquisitions look to make an immediate impact. The Falcons injury-riddled 2013 campaign will have them get back key starters that didn't get to play last season. This Week 10 match should prove to be an indicator on how close both these teams are at getting back to the top of the NFC South.

Arizona Cardinals

Week 3 will be a chance for the Cardinals to jump past the 49ers in the NFC West. Early on, the Cardinals can expose the 49ers decline in talent level at Phoenix Stadium. With Frank Gore no longer the same running back of old and some concern for the 49ers on defense, San Fran can find itself struggling against this talented Cardinals team at home. Arizona has done well to improve on both sides of the ball and should prove to be the better team overall in this match-up.

St. Louis Rams

In their last two outings, the Rams played the Seahawks with defensive intensity. But St. Louis couldn't muster enough offense against the stingy defense of Seattle. Even though the Rams lost Sam Bradford, the defense is still ready to shut down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks during their match-up in Week 7.

San Francisco 49ers

These NFC West rivals will face off in what could be a tune up match previewing a potential postseason meeting. How will the 49ers secondary fare up against Russell Wilson? Can San Francisco's offensive line give Colin Kaepernick the protection necessary to make plays? 

Seattle Seahawks

The defending champs get to face the Denver Broncos in Week 3 in a rematch of last year's Super Bowl. There will be no neutral field when Denver visits the "12th Man" in Seattle. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seahawks are out to prove that last season wasn't a fluke, and a statement win over the Broncos here would go a long way in what should be one of the hottest games of the entire season.

Check back later today for our preview of the best games to see for every AFC team!

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