1. Denver Broncos
It's not a question the most intriguing game of the 2013 schedule will be the Manning Bowl, pinning up brother against brother in one of the league's most cherished match-ups.
The Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, are arguably the top team in the AFC, and look to be better than the 2012 version thanks to the addition of Wes Welker. Peyton is 2-0 all-time against his little brother, Eli.
2. Seattle Seahawks
The Giants will have a chance to gauge their talent ceiling when they face the Seahawks, a team that made a deep run in the playoffs behind rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
Another off-season under Wilson's belt, plus the addition of versatile offensive weapon Percy Harvin, Seattle looks to be one of the NFC's teams to be reckoned with.
3. Green Bay Packers
Last season, we thought the G-Men's trouncing of Green Bay following its bye week was a sign of good things to come. However, New York would go on to lose three of its next five contests and, of course, miss the post-season.
The Giants have held an edge over the Packers in recent seasons, including both of their Super Bowl runs. Will their luck continue this year?
4. Washington Redskins
The annual meeting with the 'Skins will only garner more attention in the coming years, as Robert Griffin III looks to lead his team to the NFC East crown year after year.
In 2012, the teams split their series, but it was RGIII and the Redskins who took the division crown. As long as Griffin remains healthy, it's a closely contested match-up twice a year.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
It appears as if the Giants cannot get rid of Andy Reid. The newly anointed head coach of the Chiefs, Reid has a new set of weapons he'll line up against the Giants, including veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who has a terrific track record against New York.
The Chiefs hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but already the team -- with full health -- looks better than the '12 version.
6. Dallas Cowboys
So, yeah, we see this showdown twice a year, every year; but it's the Cowboys!
Every year, it feels like there is more pressure mounted upon Tony Romo, who this off-season was inked to a mile-high contract extension -- clearly, they have not looked at his post-season record.
The Cowboys have added some new pieces on the defensive side of the ball, as well as veteran defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. And we're anxious to see the change.
7. Chicago Bears
Goodbye, Lovie. Hello, Trestman.
The Bears finally made a change at head coach this off-season, adding Marc Trestman of the CFL and his high-octane offense -- one that we're eager to see how Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall fit into.
Of course, gone is longtime defensive staple Brian Urlacher, which begs the question if this is a whole new era of Bears football.
8. Philadelphia Eagles
With Reid in barbecue country, former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly has taken the reigns in the City of Brotherly Love.
Kelly will be introducing his fast-paced offense to the NFL, with 33-year-old Michael Vick at the helm. And after a decade and a half of Reid, it'll be a new wrinkle in the Eagles-Giants rivalry.
9. Carolina Panthers
Last year this showdown was anything but, as the New York rolled into Carolina and steamed past the much-hyped Panthers, 36-7.
Cam Newton did, however, rebound in the second half of the season, and perhaps Year 3 could turn out to be a breakout campaign for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
A secondary storyline: former Giants wideout Domenik Hixon will be rocking the blue and teal.
10. Detroit Lions
The Lions took a step back last year after the team made its first playoff appearance in what felt like forever in 2011. But the off-season was kind to Detroit, which added Reggie Bush to its backfield and Jason Jones to its defensive line.
The Lions' pass-happy offense should present a welcomed challenge to the Giants' secondary looking to bounce back.
11. San Diego Chargers
Big Blue will face another first-time head coach when the team lines up against the Chargers, now led by Mike McCoy, who designed offenses to fit Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning while with the Denver Broncos.
The match-up pins Eli Manning against Philip Rivers, who back in 2004 were traded for one another. If we're trying to gauge the better quarterback, Manning has two Lombardi Trophies, while Rivers' regular-season stats have steadily declined in recent years.
12. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were a surprise team to make the playoffs in 2012. Behind inconsistent play from quarterback Christian Ponder, the team managed to win its final four games, though lost in the opening round against NFC North rival Green Bay.
This off-season, the Vikings added Greg Jennings to its receiving corps to complement workhorse Adrian Peterson in the backfield.
13. Oakland Raiders
Of course, seeing Oakland on the schedule doesn't carry the same meaning it may have a decade ago. Gone is Carson Palmer and Darrius Heyward-Bey, but in their place are former Seahawks and Packers back-up Matt Flynn, who will get a chance to lead a team for the first time.
Flynn will hopefully have a health Darren McFadden behind him, as perhaps the young Raiders look to shock some people in 2013.
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