The NFL officially released their schedule for the 2019 season and there will be some highly anticipated rematches from the 2018 regular and postseasons, players on new teams looking exact revenge on their former teams, some new head coaches that will face off with against their former employers, must-watch games, intriguing matchups and some Week 17 games that can decide division winners and dictate playoff seeding.
Head coaches that get a crack at their old teams:
• Vic Fangio welcomes the Bears the Mile High: The Denver Broncos first-year head coach was the mastermind behind the vicious Chicago Bears defense that was one of the best in the league in 2018. He’ll now get a chance to prove that he can do the same in Denver against his former team in Week 2.
• Brian Flores takes on the Pats in South Beach: After spending years under the tutelage of future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick and being one of the strongest influences in many stout Patriots defense, he will try to match wits against his former for the first time in Week 2.
• Zac Taylor faces off with the Rams in the UK: The first-year head coach who spent the last two seasons as the Rams quarterback coach will take his team across the pond in Week 8 to for an international matchup with Sean McVay and the L.A. Rams in what will most certainly feature some innovative and high flying offenses.
• Adam Gase hosts the Dolphins at Metlife: He decided to stay in the AFC East when Miami let him go and will look to prove to them that they made the wrong decision in Week 9 when he and the New York Jets take on his former employers for what will be years to come.
• Bruce Arian returns to Glendale, AZ: He spent 2018 out of coaching and even made a couple of appearances in some television broadcasts of games but he couldn’t stay away for too long. Arians is now at the helm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he’ll get an opportunity to show the Cardinals that he’s still got as a head coach and offensive mind in Week 10.
Most interesting international games:
• Chargers vs Chiefs, Week 11: This midseason divisional matchup between these two AFC West rivals will take place in Mexico City, Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Monday Night Football. Last year’s game in Mexico had to be relocated to the states because of the field conditions so the NFL fan base south of the border will be clamoring for this game that should be an exciting affair and could have playoff implications for both teams.
• Texans vs Jaguars, Week 9: This will be the last game played in the United Kingdom of the 2019 season. Deshaun Watson and Nick Foles will square off in Wembley Stadium for an early morning kickoff time as the game will be airing at 9:30 in the morning in the US. An under the radar storyline to follow in this matchup will be which defense of these two teams will travel best across the pond.