The NFL released the much-anticipated 2020 schedule on Thursday evening. Now, several fanbases will rejoice with optimism about a potential winning season. It's like clockwork.

Regardless of who you root for, there are several intriguing matchups set throughout the season.

Here are five games throughout the season any NFL fan must watch.

Week 1 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday 9/14, 4:25 p.m. ET

With Tom Brady now as their starting QB, the Buccaneers' first game of the season was always going to be a hot commodity. Factor in their opponent, the defending NFC South champion Saints, and this becomes a must-watch.

Brady vs. Drew Brees has never failed to disappoint over the years. Now, they're in the same division, and this Week 1 matchup could go a long way in terms of playoff implications down the road.

Week 3 -- Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens, Monday 9/29, 8:15 p.m. ET

This was the AFC Championship game a year ago everyone wanted, but never got (thanks, Tennessee). 

Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL (and the past two league MVPs), Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, face off in what should be one of the best games throughout the entire season. Both the Ravens and Chiefs return a similar cast from a year ago, as both clubs have Super Bowl aspirations. With this game being on a Monday night, expect the entire NFL to have their eyes tuned for this matchup.


Week 10 -- San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday 11/15, 4:25 p.m. ET


These two teams put on a show last time they met, as the 49ers edged out the Saints in a Week 14 thriller a season ago, 48-46.

Both teams have reloaded this offseason and remain two of the best clubs, not just in the NFC, but in the NFL. This matchup comes right in the middle of the season and will be a great measuring stick for both teams to see how good they truly are as the homestretch of the season begins shortly after.

Week 12 -- Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday 11/26, 8:20 p.m. ET

There's no time to take a post-Thanksgiving dinner nap this year, everyone. The NFL's Thanksgiving schedule saved the best game of the day, Ravens-Steelers, for the evening slot.

With the Lions and Cowboys required to play earlier in the day, the league did a fantastic job of filling out the third slot of the holiday with one of the best rivalries in the NFL. Every Ravens-Steelers matchup comes with fireworks; now, the entire league can watch while digesting their turkey.

Week 15 -- Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 12/20, 8:20 p.m. ET

No, it's not the late 1980s or early 1990s. But one of the best non-divisional rivalries in the sport returns in 2020, and for the first time in years, both teams have Super Bowl aspirations.

The 49ers are coming off a season where they were crowned NFC champions and added one of the best left tackles in the NFL, Trent Williams, someone Dallas is also very familiar with. The Cowboys had one of the best drafts of any team in the NFL and have an offense that should be able to go toe-to-toe with any other squad in the league.

Expect this Week 15 contest to not only have an impact on both of these teams' respective divisions but also the overall NFC playoff seeding as well.


Week 7 -- Chargers vs. Dolphins: Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5, Miami) and Justin Herbert (No. 6, Los Angeles) heard there names called back-to-back picks in April's draft. For the first time in their careers, they face off in Week 7.

Week 15 -- Chiefs vs. Saints: This matchup has the potential to be as good as any regular season game this entire season. However, this list is of the best games across the NFL, not just about the Chiefs or Saints. For that reason only, they weren't one of the five.

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