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When it comes to best games of 2014 NFL season, revenge will be a running theme

04.24.14 at 7:00 am ET

Revenge. Redemption. Or just plain payback. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but many of them are marked by a chance at retribution — however you choose to describe it, here are our choices for best NFL games of each week in 2014.

Week 1: Packers at Seahawks, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (TNF) The Super Bowl champs get the season started in the Thursday night opener, a rematch of the Fail Mary from 2012.
Week 2: Steelers at Ravens, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (TNF) The rivalry isn’t what it once was, but Pittsburgh-Baltimore games are nasty, brutish affairs that always make for compelling theater.
Week 3: Broncos at Seahawks, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. A Super Bowl rematch. Can Peyton Manning and the Broncos get some payback?
Week 4: Panthers at Ravens, Sunday at 1 p.m. New Baltimore receiver Steve Smith said that when he faces his old Carolina team, “put your goggles on because there’€™s going to be blood and guts everywhere.’€ Ahem.
Week 5: Chiefs at Niners, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. KC quarterback Alex Smith returns to the Bay Area where he’ll meet the team that dealt him prior to the start of last season.
Week 6: Cowboys at Seahawks, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Tony Romo returns to Seattle — where he botched a hold on what might have been his best shot at a playoff win — to meet the Seahawks.
Week 7: Jets at Patriots, Thursday at 8:25 p.m. (TNF) Darrelle Revis faces his old mates for the first time as a member of the Patriots.
Week 8: Packers at Saints, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (SNF) Helmed by Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, two of the league’s best offenses square off under the dome in New Orleans.
Week 9: Broncos at Patriots, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Brady-Manning XVI.
Week 10: Niners at Saints, Sunday at 1 p.m. San Francisco goes back to the site of its Super Bowl loss.
Week 11: Patriots at Colts, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (SNF) Andrew Luck gets his third crack in as many years at solving Bill Belichick‘s defense.
Week 12: Cardinals at Seahawks, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The only team to beat Seattle at home last year ventures into CenturyLink Field again.
Week 13: Seahawks at Niners, Thanksgiving at 8:30 p.m. (TNF) The meanest rivalry of the last few years goes national on Thanksgiving night.
Week 14: Seahawks at Eagles, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Seattle’s uber-physical defense gets a crack at Philly’s high-octane offense.
Week 15: Jets at Titans, 4:05 p.m. Chris Johnson has a shot to get some payback on Tennessee, which let him walk for nothing earlier this offseason.
Week 16: Eagles at Redskins, Saturday at 4:15 or 8:30 p.m. DeSean Jackson gets his second chance of the season against his old team.
Week 17: Bears at Vikings, Sunday at 1 p.m. New Chicago pass rusher Jared Allen would love the opportunity to sink his old mates in his return to Minnesota.

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