Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Let’s face it, the San Francisco 49ers are the most exciting team in the NFL.  Any time this football team steps out on the field you have a chance to see Colin Kaepernick rush for 100 yards or Aldon Smith have 5 sacks.  Their physical defense and dynamic offense make them the hottest ticket in the NFL this season so every game is essentially a must-see game. If for whatever reason you can’t see all 16 regular season games don’t panic, here are the eight most interesting games on the 49ers schedule, so set your schedules accordingly because you absolutely need to watch the following games. Week 1 vs. Green Bay It’s opening kickoff and this is a rematch of last years divisional playoff game.  Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, comes back home where his season ended last year with a blowout loss to the Niners.  With Rodgers at the helm the Packers have the ability to score points in bunches so the 49er defense will certainly be tested, specially the front seven, who will be tasked with getting to Rodgers. Weeks 2 & 14 vs. Seattle Young star quarterback vs. Young star quarterback, best two running attacks in the NFL, the two most physical defenses in the NFL and two brilliant coaches all in the same game.  This is basically a mirror match of two very talented teams but the best thing about it is that both of these Superbowl contenders absolutely hate each other.  Every hit in both of these games will have bad intentions and the games should come done to the last few possessions. Week 5 vs. Houston Sunday night football will feature a possible Superbowl preview between the Texans and the 49ers.   Through the offseason, the two favorites to come out of the AFC have been the Denver Broncos and The New England Patriots but both have sustained significant losses.  Loosing Dumervil (free agent) and Miller (for the first 6 games) will impact the Broncos’ chances and we all know the circus surrounding the Patriots.  Texans have been getting better each of the last two seasons and there championship door like the 49ers is wide open.  J.J Watt and Ed Reed command the defense while the offense has enough firepower with the trio of Shaub, Foster and Andre Johnson. Week 11 @ New Orleans The 49ers come back to the “Big Easy” for the first time since last years Superbowl loss and try pick up a win against a revamped Saints team.  Drew Brees, who can throw for 350 yards in his sleep will try to guide his team after a disappointing 2012 season.  Sean Payton will be back calling plays for Saints after being suspended last year and will no doubt inject his team full with optimistic energy.  If the Saints offense can get back to the level that it was a couple of years ago, then it should make for an explosive game. Week 12 @ Washington Monday Night Football features another battle a young quaterbacks between RGIII and Colin Kaepernick.  The Redskins look to improve on last years success and take control of a division that’s up for grabs. One of the hot topics this offseason has been the condition of Griffin’s knee so that puts a little pressure on both running back Alfred Morris and that offensive line to protect the franchise’s top player.  It will be interesting to see if RGIII does in fact change his game up a little to avoid injury especially in games against teams like the Niners where the defense gets after the quarterback. Week 15 @ Tampa Bay The 49ers visit Dashon Goldson’s new team the Buccaneers.  Tampa Bay signed the hard hitting safety in the offseason to go along with their acquisition of superstar conerback Darrelle Revis.  With their improvement of their secondary, the Buccaneers will try to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season.  On offense, Doug Martin will try follow up last years stellar season with an even better one and Josh Freeman will try to lead the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Week 16 vs. Atlanta Christmas comes early as the rematch of the NFC championship game between the 49ers and the Falcons takes place, this time at Candlestick.  With playoff loses in each of the last three seasons (two at home), the Falcons appear to have gone all-in this season with the additions of Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora.  Tony Gonzalez also comes back one last time to get that elusive championship.  Matt Ryan and the entire Falcon organization will surely be motivated to win one for the future hall of famer.    

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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