12. October 2: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
This early season game pits two rather intriguing teams versus one another. The Chiefs have a considerable amount of talent on their roster — yet they traditionally falter in the postseason. Washington has been battling personnel issues all offseason, including an on-going contract dispute with QB Kirk Cousins.
The atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City should be tremendous. “Monday Night Football” and the “Kansas City Chiefs” are usually synonymous with each other.
11. September 11: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings ; Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
During the opening week of the season, we get the only double-header on Monday night. In the first game, an explosive New Orleans team will square off versus an ornery Minnesota club in Minneapolis. It’s a true battle of strengths — as the Saints’ offense will be tested by a very good Vikings’ defense (and vice-versa). The most interesting storyline will certainly be Adrian Peterson facing his former franchise for the first time in his career.
The second contest features longtime rivals Denver and Los Angeles (formerly San Diego). The Chargers are a trendy pick to potentially surprise in the AFC West. This will be a good test for the baby Bolts — as Denver returns a vicious front seven.
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