16. October 9: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
This tilt between two NFC North foes will be the worst game on the upcoming slate of MNF affairs. Chicago will likely be one of the worst teams in the entire league. While Minnesota’s defense is staunch, an anemic offense could prevent another playoff appearance.
This contest also offers the added wrinkle of quarterback play. Both teams have major questions at the position. Expect a low-scoring snoozer in this Week 5 match-up.
15. September 18: Detroit Lions at New York Giants
This Week 2 clash features a team on the rise (New York) versus one in desperate need of some consistency (Detroit). Playing at home, the Giants should hold the big advantage — especially considering the amount of acquisitions the team made in the offseason.
Detroit is still battling Green Bay for supremacy in the NFL North. The Lions have a below-average defense, and have yet to provide quarterback Matthew Stafford with a true No. 1 target. The Giants should roll in this contest.
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