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The 2013 NFL schedule has been finalized and released, and while it’s important to look at the prime-time meetings or games with relocated players against former teams, it’s fun to also scope out the most likely hot garbage fires of the season.
Below, we’ve found three games that you’ll only watch through the box scores, and that’s only if you have one of the team’s players on your fantasy squad. Keep in mind that, just like ranking the most potentially entertaining games in 2013, a lot of stuff can change from now until Sept. 5. To make this more fun, divisional matchups are exempt. Breathe easy, AFC West. Also, no team will be featured twice, or we’d be here all day laughing at the Jaguars’ entire schedule.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, Sept. 15, 4:25 p.m. ET
Keys for Jacksonville: Mike Sims-Walker. Laurent Robinson. Who’s going to be this season’s No. 3 receiver who turns into a starter due to lack of competition in Jacksonville? The current favorite is Taylor Price.
Keys for Oakland: Will Sebastian Janikowski score all the points for his team in this game? That’s no dig at Janikowski; he can kick. Really, though, expect the Raiders’ points total to be a multiple of three in this game.
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET
Keys for Buffalo: There are no keys for the Bills. There is just this tweet.
Also, when Bills fans are watching their team’s production on the field this season, just remember that at least your general manager is easy to speak with.
Keys for Tampa Bay: Will head coach Greg Schiano yell at his team more often this season? (Probably.) Will they be better as a result of that? (Probably not.)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets
Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. ET
Keys for Cleveland: Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who will be in his second season, is two months older than Aaron Rodgers. This is your reminder of that fact. Rodgers has won a Super Bowl. Weeden lost a battle against a flag.