NFL Schedule Predictions: Potential International, Christmas, and Thanksgiving Games We Want To See

    With the NFL schedule release set for Wednesday evening, we take a look at the international, Thanksgiving, and Christmas games we want to see.

    The 2024 NFL schedule will be officially released Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network and NFL+. As a result, all of the major holiday and international games will finally be known.

    What are some games we want to see?

    Which Games Should Be Played Internationally, on Thanksgiving, and on Christmas?

    This season, there will be five international games, three games on Thanksgiving, and two on Christmas. One of these international games has already been announced, as the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles will be playing in Brazil in Week 1.

    With nine other games up in the air, here are our predictions for those matchups.

    Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings in London

    This matchup may go under the radar, but it could be a good one with a lot of excitement. If both teams can stay healthy, it could make for an intriguing matchup between Anthony Richardson and J.J. McCarthy, two quarterbacks selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in consecutive years.

    Additionally, it would be a rematch of the biggest comeback in NFL history. Late in the 2022 season, the Vikings came back from down 33 points to beat the Colts 39-36 in overtime. The quarterbacks at that point were Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, so this go-around would be completely different and much younger.

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears in London

    In 2023, the Jaguars were the first team to play two games in London in the same season. There’s a good chance they’ll do it again in 2024.

    In addition to being the home team for a London game of their own, the Jaguars will stay in London to face the Bears.

    This would be another fun quarterback matchup, with two No. 1 picks in Trevor Lawrence and Caleb Williams. Additionally, former first overall pick, EDGE Travon Walker, will try and sack Williams.

    This should be a good test to see how improved the Bears are and if the Jaguars can bounce back from a disappointing 2023.

    New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London

    In the Jaguars’ second London game, they’ll get to face the new-look New England Patriots. The Patriots are beginning a new era with no Bill Belichick, making them an interesting team to keep an eye on this season.

    Additionally, you can’t ignore a matchup between Drake Maye, who went third overall in the 2024 NFL draft, and Lawrence.

    New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers in Germany

    This game might not look appealing on paper, but it has potential. The Panthers look to have a much-improved offense building around Bryce Young, and the Giants have added Malik Nabers to the mix.

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day

    If this prediction comes true, it would be the Jaguars’ first time playing on Thanksgiving in franchise history. Oddly enough, they’re also the only NFL team that has never played on Thanksgiving.

    Washington Commanders vs. Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Afternoon

    Like the Lions, the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving every year. And in this scenario, they face a familiar opponent.

    These NFC East rivals have faced off on Turkey Day multiple times, and with No. 2 overall pick Jayden Daniels as the Washington Commanders‘ starting quarterback, this matchup will have more intrigue than in years past.

    Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers Thanksgiving Night

    This one is a wild card, but with a lot of upside.

    While the Chargers and Titans both struggled mightily in 2023, they’re two potential bounce-back teams this season. With Justin Herbert returning and some strong draft and coaching additions, the Chargers could make a massive leap.

    For the Titans, they have surrounded second-year quarterback Will Levis with a lot more talent on offense, most notably Tony Pollard, Calvin Ridley, and Tyler Boyd.

    Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Christmas Afternoon

    While the NFC East got to shine on Thanksgiving with the Cowboys and Commanders, the NFL should save the best division in football for Christmas.

    A big-time rivalry game between the Bengals and Ravens could make for a fun Christmas game, but also a very impactful one, with the winner potentially having a leg up in a division race.

    Also, you can’t forget just how fun it is to watch Lamar Jackson vs. Joe Burrow, barring health.

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Christmas Night

    With the Bengals and Ravens taking the afternoon slot, that leaves the Steelers and Browns for the night game.

    Both the Browns and Steelers made the postseason in 2023 and will once again be looking to make it that far and even further in 2024.

    Similar to Cincinnati and Baltimore, this is another bitter rivalry that could be fun to watch in the comfort of Christmas night.

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