Based on how NFL free agency and the off-season have played out so far, here is a look at some of the notable “revenge” games for the 2020 season. Games that will see guys who recently changed teams, face an old team with which they made notable contributions.
Broncos vs Chargers – Melvin Gordon, Chris Harris
Chargers drafted Gordon 15th overall in the 2015 Draft. 2017 was his only season rushing for over 1,000 yards and have averaged 9 touchdowns a season over the last 4 years. 2020 will be his first year with the Broncos.
Chris Harris played his whole career with Denver, after being undrafted in 2011. He was a key part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship team and now joins an experienced Chargers defense.
Cardinals vs Dolphins – Kenyan Drake
Drake, freed up old coach Adam Gase and free of the Dolphins, had a career resurgence in Miami in the second half of 2019. Drake ran for 9 touchdowns on 333 touches in 54 games with the Dolphins. Drake ran for 8 touchdowns on 123 touches in just 8 games with the Cardinals.
Panthers vs Saints – Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater has spent the last two years in New Orleans, mostly as a backup to Drew Brees. But due to injury to Brees, he was forced into a starting role in 2019, going 5-0 for the Saints.
Now, Bridgewater takes over a Panthers team from Cam Newton who, despite last year’s successes, have had the sharpest drop in expected Win Totals for 2020 during the offseason.
Steelers vs Colts – Eric Ebron
Ebron spent the first 11 years of his career in Detroit, where he caught 11 total TD passes. In 2018, he caught 13 TDs with the Colts. In 2020, Colts decided to move on due to injuries and other reasons and Ebron signed with the Steelers, who have been in need of a tight end upgrade since the retirement of Heath Miler.
Bears vs Jaguars – Nick Foles
Foles will enter 2020 in a QB competition with incumbent Mitchell Trubisky, so this matchup may or may not happen. After going 4-1 as a starter in the playoffs in 2017 and 2018, Foles signed a big money deal with the Jaguars during the 2019 off-season. He started just 4 games (went 0-4) and threw only 3 TDs. Foles got injured week 1 and was ultimately benched for Gardner Minshew. He returned late in the season, but was very ineffective.
Bears vs Packers – Jimmy Graham
In 2019, Graham played all 16 games but produced the lowest statistical outputs across all categories since his 2010 rookie year. That was enough to convince the Bears to pay him $9 million a season, where he gets to face in which Graham caught 5 TDs in two seasons.
Browns vs Titans – Jack Conklin
Titans drafted Conklin #8 in the 2016 NFL Draft. First, Tennessee traded down from 1 to 15, then they moved up from 15 to 8 in a trade with the Browns. Five years later, the Browns improve their OL by signing Conklin.
Cardinals vs Lions – Devon Kennard
Kennard was cut after leading the team (tied) with 7 sacks and being 5th in total tackles on the Lions in 2019.
Lions vs Falcons – Desmond Trufant
For now, Trufant replaces Darius Slay (who was traded to Philly). Since being a first round pick in 2013, Trufant has 13 career interceptions, including 4 in 2019.
Jaguars vs Browns – Joe Schobert
Shobert has been a star for the Browns defense – he led the team in tackles in 2019 and 2017, second in 2018 (by 1 tackle). He will most definitely be missed and will likely have extra motivation for this game.
Jaguars vs Bengals – Tyler Eifert
Injuries held Eifert back from potential greatness with the Bengals. He caught 13 TD passes during a career year in 2015. Since than,he played just 30 games (all 16 in 2019, but 14 between 2016-2018) and caught 9 total TDs.
Ravens vs Jaguars – Calais Campbell
Campbell joined the Jaguars in 2017 as a high-priced free agent. He led the team in sacks in 2017 (14.5) and again in 2018 (10.5). He finished third (6.5) in 2019, but still started all 16 games during his age 33 season. Jaguars traded him for a 5th round pick, which is what the Panthers got in return for backup QB Kyle Allen. Something tells me, Campbell will be out for revenge in this one.
Saints vs Eagles – Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins started his career in New Orleans from 2009-2013 and moved on to the Eagles in 2014. He helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII in 2017 and in 6 years, started all 16 games each season. He returns to New Orleans in 2020 with 17 career interceptions (11 with Eagles).
Jets vs Seahawks – George Fant
Fant started 20 out of 40 games with the Seahawks, since being undrafted in 2016.
Bucs vs Giants – Jason Pierre-Paul
JPP has been with Tampa Bay since 2018 and he re-upped with the Bucs earlier this off-season. This will be the first time he faces the team with whom he helped lead to a Super Bowl in 2011. In 8 years with the Giants, Pierre-Paul recorded 58.5 sacks and has 21 in the last two years with the Bucs.
Cowboys vs Rams – Greg Zeurlein
A kicker revenge game! “Greg the leg” made 82% of his field goals in his 8 years with the St Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Zeurlein re-unites on the Cowboys with special teams coach John Fassel, who previously coached him with the Rams.
Packers vs Panthers – Devin Funchess
Panthers drafted Funchess in the second round of the 2015 Draft. He caught 21 touchdown passes in 4 years. He caught 3 passes for the Colts in 2019, before joining the Packers this off-season.
Texans vs Packers – Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb spent 8 years with the Packers, catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. He was with the Cowboys in 2019, and signed a three-year deal with Houston, to help fill the void left by trading Deandre Hopkins. In 8 years with Green Bay, Cobb exceed 60 catches 5 times (high of 91), exceeded 600 yards receiving 5 times (high of 1,287), and had 4+ TDs in 6 different seasons (high of 12), totally 41 TDs with the Packers.
Saints vs 49ers – Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders was traded from the Broncos to the 49ers during the 2019 season. He played 10 games (9 starts) and caught 36 passes for 502 yards and 3 TDs. Sanders will play opposite the guy who caught the most passes in a single season in NFL history (Michael Thomas).