Rivalry Weekend in the NFL

Major League Baseball and NCAA-Division 1 football have rivalry weekends that have in-state and/or regional teams play against each other.  In the MLB rivalry weekend usually happens during interleague play as most teams that are in-state or regional rivals are in different leagues.  In college football the last weekend of the season is reserved for rivalries and it has become known as Rivalry Weekend.  That got me thinking, why not have a rivalry weekend like the MLB and NCAA football in the NFL?  It is not often that in-state or regional teams play against each other in a season.  There might be a reason the NFL does not showcase non-conference rivals but how awesome would it be to have one weekend in the season where teams play each other and it becomes known as NFL Rivalry Weekend.  Of course, like baseball, some teams will be left out to play against teams not in-state or their region but I think something like this would be very exciting to see in the NFL.  Here are the teams I think should play against each other while avoiding having games where teams play against each other in the same division or conference:

In-state/regional games.  Most are already rivals while others could become regional rivals:

Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers

New York Jets vs. New York Giants

Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams

Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans

Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons

Teams left out because of no in-state or regional rivals but would play non-conference teams:

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers

Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Should the NFL have a Rivalry Weekend?

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