With the 2019 NFL regular season getting underway with the league’s oldest rivalry, I guess it’s only fitting that you’re going to be treated to a fun-filled look at the top NFC rivalries on this season’s quickly approaching schedule. With 2018 producing a bunch of memorable rivalry affairs, let’s look at the top six rivalry matchups on this season’s docket! And with that said, before placing any bets, make sure to check the latest NFL odds for the upcoming season!
Biggest NFC Rivalry Games in the 2019 NFL Calendar
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Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (Week 1)
Green Bay had won five straight against Chicago, including a thrilling 24-23 win at home in Week 1 a year ago, but the Bears got some much-needed and well-timed revenge by downing the Packers 24-17 at home in Week 15 to tighten their grip on the NFC North division lead before eventually claiming their first division title since 2010. Now, the league’s oldest rivalry will serve as the 2019 NFL regular season opener and it should produce some real fireworks with the Bears expected to contend for the conference title and Green Bay looking to get back to being a winning team after going an uninspiring 6-9-1 in the last year of the Mike McCarthy era. The two meet again at Lambeau Field in Week 15.
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (Week 2)
While the Saints and Rams don’t reside in the same division and the pairing of the two teams certainly wasn’t anywhere near what you’d call a rivalry, the two NFC Super Bowl hopefuls have met once in each of the last three seasons with the last two meetings producing memorable results including last season’s NFC divisional matchup that saw the Saints get completely robbed out of a sure-fire berth in Super Bowl 53 by falling to the Rams 26-23 in overtime. All eyes will be on this Week 2 matchup and rightfully so!
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Week 7)
Dallas went 10-6 last season to beat out Philadelphia for the NFC East crown by one game a year after Philly won it all by upsetting New England in Super Bowl 52. Dallas swept the Eagles last season by recording a 27-20 win at home in Week 10 before beating the Birds in Philly 29-23 in overtime in Week 14. Dallas has won three straight in their rivalry and the Cowboys own a 68-52 edge all-time, but both teams have Super Bowl hopes as they get set for 2019.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers (Week 2)
The Vikings and Packers both underachieved in 2018 while missing the playoffs. Minnesota tied the Packers 29-29 in Green Bay in Week 2 a year ago before subduing the Packers 24-17 at home in Week 12. Now, with the Vikes looking to rebound from a mediocre 8-7-1 campaign and Green Bay looking to improve in Year 1 under Matt LaFleur, this NFC North divisional battle looks like it could produce an instant classic.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Week 10)
While New Orleans has won three straight over the NFC South division rival Falcons, including a 31-17 beatdown at home in week 10 and an identical 31-17 smackdown in the ATL in Week 13, Atlanta has some hopes of getting back in the playoff mix in 2019 behind veteran quarterback Matt Ryan and what has generally been an explosive offense. The bad news for the Falcons however, is that the Saints went 13-3 last season and will have a massive chip on their collective shoulders after getting robbed out of a berth in Super Bowl 53.
LA Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Week 5)
The Rams have won three straight in this NFC West divisional rivalry, but they only managed to get past the Seahawks 33-31 in Seattle in Week 5 last season before recording a 36-31 win at home in Week 10. Now, after going a surprising 10-6 to reach the playoffs last season, Russell Wilson and company are one of my prime picks to exceed expectations in 2019 and it starts with getting some revenge at home in Week 5.