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Biggest NFC Rivalry Games of the 2021 NFL Calendar

By Hank Blaine

In the old NFL, rivalry games were all about division opponents. But this is the new NFL where parity reigns in every division. Sure, a rivalry like the WFT versus the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears will always mean something. But other rivalries like the New Orleans Saints versus the Packers and the Bucs versus the Washington Football Team also exist. With that in mind, check out a list of the top NFC rivalry game for every week in the 2021 NFL Regular Season.

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  • When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

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Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

Drama abounds in this battle between two traditional NFC powers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has described this season with the Green Bay Packers as the “Last Dance” in reference to Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls, and the popular Disney+ limited series. The Saints have yet to declare Jameis Winston, the frontrunner, or Taysom Hill, last season’s Swiss Army Knife, the starter. Either Winston or Hill must fill the gargantuan shoes retired legend Drew Brees left.

Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta has declared they aren’t in rebuild mode. If so, Matt Ryan, Kyle Pitts and the rest, should hang with the defending Super Bowl Champions. If the ATL is in rebuild mode, Tampa rolls.

Sunday, Sep. 26, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams

This Week 3 matchup could have massive implications down the road. Both the Rams and Bucs believe they’ve got enough talent on both sides of the ball to win the Super Bowl. Matthew Stafford leads LAR against Tom Brady and the Bucs. Yes, on Sep. 26, homefield during the playoffs could be at stake.

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

Sean McVay and Stafford know that if they wish to win the NFC West, they must get past up and coming teams like the Arizona Cardinals. If Kyler Murray takes the next step, The Valley could be the team to reckon with in the NFC West.

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team

In the past, the Saints and D.C. have played in classics. The Washington Football Team wants to to win a second straight NFC East title. New Orleans faces a tall task beating the Bucs for the NFC South, which means to grab a wildcard they must win games versus inter-conference opponents.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

The most historic NFL rivalry of all time continues when Rodgers and the Pack head to Soldier Field to take on the Bears. Chicago won’t start Justin Fields this season. Andy Dalton has a ton of experience, though, and the Windy City always plays Green Bay tough.

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

This could be a key matchup for both teams. Seattle is in the loaded NFC West where all four squads can make the playoffs. New Orleans may require victories versus all their out-of-division NFC opponents if they hope to grab a wildcard spot.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Jameis Winston, New Orleans’ likely starting quarterback, began his career in Tampa. Bucs versus Saints is one of the lesser known, great, NFL rivalries. Also, the Saints swept the Bucs last season before falling to Tampa in the playoffs.

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Every division game in the NFC West is not only a rivalry contest but could also determine which team takes the division title. The Niners are moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo after this season. If San Francisco’s QB1 hopes to land somewhere with a big contract, he must deliver.

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team

Brady and the Bucs knocked the WFT from last season’s playoffs via a 31-23 victory. Washington’s defense allowed Terrific Tom to pass for 381 yards. Don’t think for a moment that Ron Rivera and the D.C. defense won’t remember that going into this game.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

So far, Minnesota is flying under the radar. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings expect to contend in the NFC North. This could be a much more important game than many believed when the NFL set the calendar.

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Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021

Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers

Seven days after facing the Vikings, the Packers must deal with a Super Bowl contender. The Los Angeles Rams can control their playoff future by beating Green Bay in Lambeau.

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

NFC West powers clash when the Niners take on the Seahawks. Seattle’s playoff hopes rest, like it does every season, on Russell Wilson’s back.

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team

NFL futures handicappers have bet the Cowboys down to NFC East favoritism. If the Boys and WFT play to script, this game should determine which team takes the division lead.

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams

Down the stretch, the NFL calendar is loaded with divisional rivalry games. This could be one of the most important if Russell Wilson at Seattle and Matthew Stafford with the Rams came through earlier in the season.

Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021

Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys

The NFL loves to schedule both Washington versus Dallas matchups in the same month. It’s almost guaranteed the second Maroon and Gold versus Boys matchup determines which squad wins the NFC East Division.

Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Minnesota gets a final crack at Green Bay. A lot may not be on the line for the Packers, who could have at least a 3 game lead in the NFC North by Jan. 2. But the Vikings could require a victory in this to secure a wildcard.

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

Will 49ers versus Rams on Jan. 9 determine the NFC West winner? Even if it doesn’t, if, somehow, the Seahawks or Cardinals have an insurmountable lead in the West, this one is sure to have playoff implications for both these teams.

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