With the 2021 NFL schedule being released last week, everyone is circling the biggest games on their calendar. The NFC is full of heated rivalries. With some of the oldest teams in the league residing in the NFC, many of these rivalries have gone on for decades. Let’s take a look at some of 2021’s biggest rivalry games involving NFC teams so you can plan your bets against their NFL NFC Championship odds.
Biggest NFC Rivalry Games in the 2021-22 NFL calendar
Week 3: Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
These two teams and their fan bases don’t like each other. Even when both teams are struggling, this is still a huge rivalry game. As of now, it looks like Jalen Hurts will make his second career start in Dallas. Even though he lost his first start, Hurts still threw for 342 yards and ran for 69 more. Hurts will have a new target to throw to in first-round pick, DeVonta Smith. Ironically enough, the Eagles were able to move up in the first round to take him, after making a trade with, believe it or not, the Dallas Cowboys.
Dak Prescott should be back at full strength for the Cowboys in this one. He’ll have a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal. If Dallas’s defense can stop anyone this season, the Cowboys should be a playoff contender.
Any time these two teams meet, there seems to be more at stake.
Week 3: Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
These two teams squared off in the 2019 NFC Title game. These two teams are two of the favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 56. The biggest question will be whether or not Aaron Rodgers is under center for the Packers? If he is, we’ll more than likely see a matchup of the old guard in Rodgers against the new guard in San Francisco’s first-round pick, Trey Lance.
Week 6: Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
This could be the biggest rivalry in the NFL. These two teams are two of the oldest football teams going, and they have been going at it for decades. Even though the Bears haven’t lived up to expectations over the last few years, any time these two get together, there always seems to be more intensity involved. We could see Aaron Rodgers taking on another young quarterback in Justin Fields. These two could be contending for the NFC North, so there could be a lot on the line in this one.
Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
These NFC South rivals will meet for the first time of the season. We’re not sure who we’ll see under center for the Saints, but everyone is hoping for Jameis Winston to be the man. Winston was replaced in Tampa by Tom Brady, and we all know how that worked out for the Bucs.
This will be the first time that these two teams have met without Drew Brees in the fold for the Saints. After Brees’ retirement, Sean Payton has said that there will be a quarterback competition between Taysom Hill and Winston. Whichever one wins will face a Tampa squad that is returning all 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning team.
These two teams should be the cream of the crop in the NFC South, so this one could be huge in the race for the division title.