2012 NFL Schedule released

The NFL schedule is out... which games are you looking forward to?

4/17/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Blog Photo - 2012 NFL Schedule releasedThe long-awaited moment is here. The NFL schedule has been released for 2012. Here are my top 10 must-see games, in chronological order.

Check it out the entire schedule on NFL.com.

Week 1 - Cowboys at Giants
Wednesday, September 5
It's the first game of the season, and it's a great rivalry game between the defending Super Bowl champions and a team that simply hasn't lived up to their potential in over a decade. Let's be honest... there's no way you're missing the first game of the season.

Week 1 - Steelers at Broncos
Sunday, September 9

The year's first primetime game features Peyton Manning in his first game as a Bronco. It's a rematch of last year's playoff game between the Steelers and Broncos, but there are so many new faces on both sides that it should be a VERY different game.

Week 3 - Patriots at Ravens
Sunday, September 23

In an AFC Championship Game rematch, the Patriots will try to replicate their (lucky) win, while the Ravens will try to get a small measure of revenge at home. Nothing can replace the lost conference championship, but they'd probably like to get a little taste of revenge here.

Week 4 - Saints at Packers
Sunday, September 30

The Saints get a huge test, without both their head coach Sean Payton and their interim coach Joe Vitt. The Packers were arguably the best team in football last year. This could be a very telling game for both teams.

Week 5 - Broncos at Patriots
Sunday, October 7

We've seen Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning before, but never with Peyton in a Broncos uniform. If you're a displaced Broncos fan and you were worried that you won't catch all of their games, you don't have much to worry about. They'll have a ton of primetime and nationally televised games, with Peyton at the helm.

Week 6 - Giants at 49ers
Sunday, October 14

It's another conference championship rematch, and it should be another great game. This time it's on the NFC side, with a couple outstanding defenses. The 49ers have one of the best defenses we've seen in years, and the Giants are coming off their 2nd Super Bowl championship in 5 seasons. Don't miss this one.

Week 9 - Bills at Texans
Sunday, November 4

This year's highest profile defensive free agent returns back to his old stomping grounds, as Mario Williams and the Bills go to Houston. We'll see how much the Texans regret letting him go, if at all.

Week 12 - Thanksgiving Day games
Thursday, November 22

All three of these games should be pretty outstanding. The Texans play the Lions in Detroit, the Redskins and Cowboys renew their rivalry in Dallas, and the Patriots visit Tim Tebow and the Jets in one of their bi-annual meetings.

Week 14 - Lions at Packers
Sunday, December 9

If these teams are as good as they should be, this game could determine not only the NFC North winner, but could have first round bye and home-field implications. At the very least, we'll get a chance to see Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers square off in a matchup of elite QBs.

Week 17 - Divisional matchups
Sunday, December 30

Some of these games are bound to be meaningless, with some teams locking up playoff spots early and others just playing out the string. However, with every single team playing a divisional opponent, there are also bound to be at least 2-3 games that have huge impact on playoff races. Hopefully there are a few win-or-go-home games. It's like the playoffs start early!

Which games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know which ones excite you this year.
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4/18/12   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

I'm actually really happy with the Seahawks schedule this year - seems like they've been hosed over the past few years. This year they actually have a MNF game (before you hawks haters start screaming foul, this has the very real probability of being a Rodgers/Flynn matchup), and there isn't a huge road swing with no home game in between games. This is good - plus I'm thinking I'll have season tickets, so I might actually get to BE at these games! That makes it even more exciting.

4/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

What, no Chiefs games??