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What are the most awkward NFL return-to-home stories of all time?

The NFL regular season schedule for 2024 was released this week, and among the most eyeball-grabbing matchups were the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton’s former team, heading west to play the Denver Broncos, Payton’s current team, as well as Russell Wilson’s Pittsburgh Steelers traveling west to face the team still paying him a butt load of money just to see him play elsewhere.

A Thanksgiving featuring opposing ideological political discourse couldn’t be more awkward, but that’s the NFL. Here for the drama.

Yet, while each matchup will be as awkward as the tired old rom-com trope of having divorced parents room together during their daughter’s wedding (knock it off, Clooney), they are far from the first to test the cringe level.