September feels like an eternity away, but the NFL schedule is out, and it’s never too early for bettors to begin handicapping the 2013-14 campaign.
Here’s a look at a key matchup for each week of the new schedule:
Week 1: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
The Kickoff game will feature the Super Bowl champions on the road due to a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles.
Week 2: Denver Broncos at New York Giants
Big brother Manning plays little brother Manning for the third time.
Week 3: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Ed Reed will return to Baltimore as a Texan after finally capping off his Hall of Fame career with a Super Bowl ring.
Week 4: New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
These two high-powered offenses square off for the first time since 2005.
Week 5: Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers
Houston beat the 49ers in the last meeting in 2009, 24-21.
Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
Green Bay beat the Ravens in the last meeting 27-14 in 2009 at Lambeau.
Week 7: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
The greatest Colt of all time returns to Indianapolis as a Bronco to see his successor, Andrew Luck, in action.
Week 8: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
In Week 17 last season, Adrian Peterson finished eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's all-time single season rushing record. And the Vikings won to clinch a playoff berth and a rematch with the Packers.
Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
The teams have split the past four meetings, dating back to 2007.
Week 10: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
A rematch of the classic NFC Divisional playoff game when Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field for Matt Bryant's game-winning field goal.
Week 11: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
The Saints were 5-5 last season and looking like a playoff contender before running into Colin Kaepernick.
Week 12: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Manning Brady XV.
Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Will the best rivalry in the NFL have the same juice without Ray Lewis and James Harrison?
Week 14: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
With both teams beefing up in the offseason -- Anquan Boldin to San
Fran, Percy Harvin to the Pacific Northwest -- and the hate-on Jim
Harbaugh and Pete Carroll have had since their days coaching in the
Pac-10, this could turn into the new Ravens-Steelers.
Week 15: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
These teams split the season series last season, with the home team prevailing and covering at home.
Week 16: Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers
Rematch of Super Bowl XLV where the Packers brought the Lombardi back home.
Week 17: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
While the NFC East champion Redskins split the series against the Giants last year, they went 2-0 ATS.