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Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:42 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 3:14 pm
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Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

                                                                          (US PRESSWIRE)
By Ryan Wilson

The 2011 season isn't yet over but with the regular season now in the books, the 2012 NFL opponents are now set (the official schedule will be released in the spring).

Every year, teams play six games in their division (facing each of the other three teams twice), eight games against eight teams from two other divisions, and two games determined on division record.

With the final regular-season standings settled, we now know who'll face whom.

For example, by virtue of winning the AFC West, the Broncos have the pleasure of facing the Patriots and Texans in 2012. And the Chiefs, last-place finishers in the West, get the Bills and Colts.

And the NFC South champion Saints get the 49ers and the Packers (again in Lambeau).

You can check out all the matchups below.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

New York Jets

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins

Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Buffalo Bills

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Cleveland Browns

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Tennessee Titans

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

San Diego Chargers

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oakland Raiders

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers



NFC EAST

New York Giants

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dallas Cowboys

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Detroit Lions

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Atlanta Falcons

Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Carolina Panthers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

NFC WEST

San Francisco 49ers

Home: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals

Home: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

St. Louis Rams

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:05 am
 

2012 NFL Wild Card/Divisional Playoff Schedule

By Will Brinson

The NFL announced the schedule for the first two rounds of the 2012 playoffs on Sunday night.

Here's all you need to know:

NFL Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 7
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (NBC)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) -- Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (NBC)

Sunday, January 8
NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) -- Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (FOX)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (CBS)

NFL Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 14
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- New Orleans/Dallas-N.Y. Giants/Atlanta at San Francisco (FOX)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) -- Denver/Pittsburgh/Cincinnati at New England (CBS)

Sunday, January 15
AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) -- Houston/Denver/Pittsburgh at Baltimore (CBS)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Dallas-N.Y. Giants/Atlanta/Detroit at Green Bay (FOX)

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Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:30 pm
 

A few more things about the schedule...

Posted by Andy Benoit

This is what happens when there’s a lockout: schedules provide the only solid NFL news and thus, they get over-covered. But this year’s schedules seem to have a few more interesting notes than usual. Here are some:

(Disclaimer: any criticisms here come with the caveat that I fully understand the NFL has a gargantuan task when it comes to scheduling 256 games, and that year in and year out, they do an A+ job of giving fans quality matchups at convenient times. Many unknown factors impact scheduling, making an outsider’s idea of perfection impossible.)
 
Week 1 burnt games
Baltimore (US Presswire)
In Week 1 we have a Sunday night opener Cowboys @ Jets. This game features perhaps the two biggest draws in the NFL and the Ryan Brothers storyline.

The question is, why burn this television gem in Week 1? It’s the first full Sunday of the season – fans are excited enough for football at that point that they’ll watch just about any game. So go with a solid divisional matchup (like Cowboys-Redskins last year) and save the unique TV gem for later.

But don’t make it too solid of a divisional matchup. After all, you’d hate to see one of the greatest rivalries in sports be played in the season opener. Unfortunately, that’s what the league chose by putting one of the two Ravens-Steelers matchups in Week 1. And in the unglamorous 1:00 window, no less.

What’s more, Ravens-Steelers will coincide with Bears-Falcons, a showdown between the NFC’s top two playoff seeds from a year ago.
 
Packers will feel like your family

No holidays in Green Bay this year. The Packers will be the first team in league history to have games on Thanksgiving, Christmas day and New Year’s Day. The Packers also host the Thursday night season opener which, anymore, feels like a national holiday.
 
Eagles more at home than ever

Have you seen Philly’s mid-season schedule? They have a Week 7 bye and then four of their next five games at home. What’s more, the lone road game is at the Giants in primetime. New York (or Rutherford, NJ) is a 2-3 hour drive from Philadelphia, depending on traffic. If they so desire, the Eagles can stay at home the night before the game and drive to the Meadowlands in the early afternoon the next day. That would give the team an unheard of six straight weeks of sleeping in their own beds.
 
Primetime for most, but not all

Only five teams are devoid of any primetime games in 2011: the Panthers, Bills, Cardinals, Bengals and, for the first time in five years, the Titans.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:17 pm
 

NFL schedule suggests season could start Oct. 2

Posted by Andy Benoit

When the NFL 2011 schedule came out earlier this week, everyone commented on how the NFL boldly slated games in a fashion that seemed to imply the lockout would not carry on past Labor Day. (Example: putting the Redskins-Giants game on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11; it would be a PR nightmare if the league cancelled the game due to financial squabbling).

But not so fast. A closer look at the schedule reveals that the NFL has actually left open the possibility that a 16-game regular season could begin as late as October 2. Credit ESPN’s Adam Schefter for first noticing this.

How it works is, every game in Week 3 involves teams that share the same bye week later in the season. Thus, those teams could make up that week's games on what was originally scheduled to be their bye. The NFL could also fill up the bye week between the conference championship games and Super Bowl.

What’s more, the league has already booked hotels and other venues in Indianapolis for two weeks in February for Super Bowl XLVI. Thus, the Super Bowl could be moved from February 5 to February 12.

When presented with this scenario, the NFL declined comment.
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:37 am
 

Serious flaws in Thursday night schedule

Network (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

In its nearly eight years of existence and four years of broadcasting live games, NFL Network has drawn plenty of external and internal criticism.

The external criticism has been from fans who subscribe to non-dish cable services and, for many years, have been unable to receive the channel as part of their basic programming package (the unavailability was a consequence of the NFL and cable providers – most notably Comcast – bickering about the channel’s price).

The internal criticism is less publicized but perhaps more damaging to the league. The eight-game Thursday night package is rumored to be costing the NFL hundreds of millions in lost revenue (considering the package could have been sold to another network like Versus or Turner). What’s more, many teams privately disdain having to play on a Thursday night, especially on the road.

Expect that disdain to manifest. This year’s NFL Network schedule contains three uncommonly brutal scheduling snafus.

In the Week 11 Thursday package opener, the New York Jets must fly across the country to face the Denver Broncos. Exacerbating the Jets’ travels is the fact that they host the Patriots in the Week 10 Sunday night game. The Jets players won’t even leave the Meadowlands until well after midnight Sunday night. The coaches might not leave the Meadowlands period.

In Week 11, the 49ers must fly across the country to face the Ravens on a short week. (John Harbaugh, by the way, has been privately clamoring for a primetime home game for several years; the Ravens often get stuck on the road for night games.) This isn’t an atrocious scheduling blunder, especially given that the league wants to trumpet the Harbaugh Brothers matchup on the ultimate family holiday. But a west coast to east coast trip on a short week? Iffy.

It gets worse. The Eagles host the Patriots at 4:15 in Philly in Week 12 and then travel to Seattle for a Week 13 Thursday night matchup. That’s a late start preceding a cross-country trip that is already outrageously unfair in the first place. What’s more, the Seahawks get to play at home in Week 12. In a more just world, Seattle would at least be on the road in Week 12 so that both the Seahawks and Eagles would have some sort of travel in the short time leading up to their Week 13 contest.

Instead, the Eagles will lose one of their three days of prep time to dealing with the hassles of travel and adjusting to a three-hour time zone change. The Seahawks will be comfortable at home for all three days of prep time, thus ensuring 50 percent more prep time than their opponent (two days the Eagles, three days for the Seahawks). This same issue occurs with the Ravens-Niners game, by the way.
To be fair, the NFL got it right with it’s Week 14 Thursday matchup (Cleveland @ Pittsburgh) and especially with its Week 15 matchup (Jacksonville @ Atlanta). The Jacksonville-Atlanta matchup is a.) short travel for the Jags and b.) a non-conference game, making the more difficult short week slightly less impactful on the standings.

Obviously, the league is not trying to bilk any teams. Scheduling is complex and impacted by many unseen factors (stadium availability, team requests, etc.) Certainly the league took travel concerns into consideration.

That said, to appease teams and ensure fairness, the NFL may want to consider a time zone rule with the Thursday night package (something along the lines of “no team shall have to travel more than one time zone away for a Thursday game”). Or, as the league has always done with the Thanksgiving games, ensure that any team playing on Thursday at least gets the earliest possible kickoff time for their previous week’s game on Sunday.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Regular-season schedule analysis

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve already given to you the NFL’s 2011 master schedule that was released earlier this evening. Now, it’s time for some analysis on what these schedules actually mean for each team.

Cardinals
They host the Panthers to open the season. Which means we could see Cam Newton (Carolina) vs. Blaine Gabbert (Arizona). If the teams draft those particular rookie quarterbacks, this game could be awesome. Or terrible. Also, four of the Cardinals’ last five games are at home.

Falcons

They will get a chance to rematch the Super Bowl champion Packers in Week 5 (Green Bay beat Atlanta in the playoffs at the Georgia Dome), so the Falcons will look forward to that. Four of their first five games are against 2010 playoff teams, and the other opponent is the rapidly-improving Buccaneers. Tough way to  open the year.

The Harbaugh brothers will meet on Thanksgiving week (US Presswire). Ravens

Pittsburgh will come to Baltimore to open the season, and the Ravens end the year against the Browns and Bengals. So, if Baltimore is making a push for the playoffs, that could be two pretty good teams to do it against. The Thanksgiving game vs. the 49ers and coach John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, will be fun.

Bills
This schedule is not easy for Buffalo, and once again, it’ll lose a home game to Toronto when the Bills play the Redskins in Week 8 (Buffalo, by the way, still hasn’t won at SkyDome). Playing the NFC East squads (along with what should be another tough AFC East schedule) means wins will be tough to come by in 2011.

Panthers
Congrats on going 2-14 last year, Carolina. The NFL will reward you with an away game to start the season before playing host to the Packers in Week 2 in the home opener. Then, as NFL.com points out, Carolina will go on to play the hardest schedule, based on last year’s cumulative records. Ouch.

Bears

How about this mid-season travel schedule. From Chicago to London to play the Buccaneers. From London to Chicago for the bye week. Then, from Chicago to Philadelphia to play a tough game against the Eagles. The jetlag should be fun. As will the Nov. 20 game against the Chargers when maybe we’ll see Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers duke it out.

Bengals
Cincinnati opens at Cleveland, and the Bengals don’t play another AFC North game until Week 10. In between, there are chances for some good wins, because, aside from the Colts, they’re not facing any elite NFL teams. Might be a good chance for them to sneak up the division standings.

Browns
Three of their last four games are on the road, two in the division. Not that Cleveland has much of a chance to make the playoffs anyway. Either way, don’t worry. If RB Peyton Hillis is voted in as the Madden ’12 cover, everything will be OK.

Cowboys
What a surprise: a team - America's Team, in fact - that went 6-10 last season has five primetime games this year (one on MNF, three on SNF and one on Thursday Night Football). The season opener at the New Meadowlands against the Jets on Sept. 11 for Sunday Night Football could be an emotional moment for everybody.

Broncos
Denver opens the season on MNF against the Raiders – the team who put a 59-14 licking on them last year. We’ll see if Tim Tebow can overcome.

Lions
Mark the Week 5 Oct. 10 game against the Bears, because it’s the first time in a decade Detroit will appear in a MNF game. This will be a tough schedule for the Lions, but honestly, I can see them performing well (assuming QB Matt Stafford is healthy) and maybe make a push for the postseason.

Lambeau Field won't see any warm-weather teams in December (US Presswire). Packers
Facing the Saints in the season opener will be fun, considering it’ll match the last two Super Bowl champs against each other. It’s also unfortunate for Green Bay that the teams that have to travel to Lambeau Field in December are the Raiders, Bears and Lions – none of which could be considered warm-weather squads.

Texans

You remember last year how the Texans beat the Colts in Week 1, which seemed to indicate that Houston would be a real player in the AFC South (you know, before the Texans stumbled to a 6-10 finish)? Well, they’ll get another shot this season, as they’ll play host to Indianapolis in the season opener. Then, Houston will face the Colts again in Week 16.

Colts
For the ninth straight regular season, Indianapolis will face off against the Patriots (this time it’s Week 13 for Sunday Night Football). The Colts had better to try to put some wins in the bank early, because the final five weeks could be tough (Patriots, Ravens, Titans, Texans and Jaguars).

Jaguars
Challenging the NFC South squads will be tough (though, of course, all AFC South squads have this same worry), but Week 17 might be the key to the entire season. Considering how close Jacksonville was to winning the division last year, the Jaguars will try to figure out a way to beat Indianapolis in the season-closer and see if they can get that postseason berth.

Chiefs

Not an easy schedule at all. I count two surefire wins (against the Bills in the season-opener and vs. the Vikings in Week 4), one game they should win (at Denver in Week 17), and everything else will be tough going for the Chiefs.

Dolphins
Miami will get to prove its mettle immediately, facing the Patriots on Monday night in the season opener. Then, the Dolphins close the season with the Eagles, the Jets and the Patriots (and, ahem, the Bills) so if Miami makes the playoffs, it’ll have definitely earned it.

Vikings
Strangely, there are no games scheduled for TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

Patriots
For the first time in four years, New England will open its season on the road. In fact, three of its four contests are away from home (all of those games, though, should result in Patriots victories). There are some tough contests in the middle of the season (the Jets twice, plus the Steelers, Eagles and Giants), but after facing the Colts in Week 13, it’s pretty smooth sailing the rest of the way.

Saints

Just like last season, New Orleans will face the Falcons in the final Monday Night game of the season in Week 16, and just like last year, it probably will be filled with playoff implications. What a great way to close out the MNF season.

Giants
In Week 9, the Giants will meet the Patriots for the first time since New York handed New England its only loss of the season in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants also meet the Jets on Christmas Eve. It’d be good for the Giants to grab a ton of wins early in the season when the schedule is a little softer.

Jets
How about Week 1 when Jets coach Rex Ryan will match wits with his brother Rob Ryan, the new defensive coordinator in Dallas (OK, both are defensive guys, so they might not actually match wits. But still, the trash talking between the two should be cool).

Raiders

Let’s assume Oakland will, once again, sweep the AFC West, so that gives the Raiders six wins automatically. Then, consider they also play the Bills, the Texans, the Browns and the Vikings. I don’t see how Oakland will miss the playoffs this time around.

Eagles

How about Michael Vick, playing for Philadelphia, in the Georgia Dome facing off against the Falcons in Week 2 on Sunday Night Football. Is that something you might be interested in seeing?

Steelers

Pittsburgh opens with the Ravens in Week 1, and they go back-to-back vs. the Patriots and Baltimore in Weeks 8 and 9. But the Steelers December schedule (Bengals, Browns, 49ers and Rams) should make up for some tough early and mid-season spots.

Chargers
Can San Diego finally perform well in the early part of its season? With games vs. the Vikings, Dolphins and the Broncos (as well as the Patriots in Week 2) early in the season, the Chargers will get every opportunity to take an early lead in the AFC West.

49ers
The NFL has welcomed coach Jim Harbaugh by giving him a schedule that’s ranked as the third-easiest in the league, based on last season’s records. And who knows? Maybe Week 16 vs. the Seahawks and Week 17 vs. the Rams might actually have playoff implications for the 49ers.

S. Bradford will hope to beat former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in Cleveland (US Presswire). Seahawks
For the second-straight year, Seattle gets an early bye week, meaning it’ll have to play the final 11 weeks of the season without a break. Hey, it worked last year, considering the Seahawks made the playoffs with a 7-9 record (and then beat the defending Super Bowl champs in the first round).

Rams
When St. Louis travels to Cleveland in Week 10 to face the Browns, Rams QB Sam Bradford will get the chance to beat his former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now the head coach for the Browns. We’ll see what new St. Louis OC Josh McDaniels has in store.

Buccaneers

Tampa Bay got to 10 wins last year but still missed the playoffs. Based on this year’s schedule, getting back to double-digit victories might take some work. Also, for the second time in three years, the Buccaneers will lose a home game to play in London.

Titans
For the third time in the past five years, Tennessee will open the season against the Jaguars. Knowing how much the Titans might struggle this year (RB Chris Johnson, notwithstanding), there are not too many surefire wins on the ledger. The Panthers and the Bills for sure, but the rest of the schedule might be tough.

Redskins
I like that Washington will play host to the Giants on Sept. 11, considering how much devastation and destruction both cities faced on that day 10 years ago. The first half of the schedule actually looks pretty soft for Washington, and though the Redskins have almost no chance to make the playoffs in 2011, they could rack up some wins early.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 7:27 pm
 

NFL releases 2011 master schedule

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Via NFL.com.

WEEK 1

Thu. Sep. 08
Matchup Time (ET)
Saints at Packers 8:30 PM

Sun. Sep. 11
Matchup Time (ET)
Steelers at Ravens 1:00 PM
Bengals at Browns 1:00 PM
Colts at Texans 1:00 PM
Titans at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Falcons at Bears 1:00 PM
Bills at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Eagles at Rams 1:00 PM
Lions at Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Seahawks at 49ers 4:15 PM
Giants at Redskins 4:15 PM
Vikings at Chargers 4:15 PM
Panthers at Cardinals 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Jets 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 12
Matchup Time (ET)
Patriots at Dolphins 7:00 PM
Raiders at Broncos 10:15 PM

WEEK 2

Sun. Sep. 18
Matchup Time (ET)
Chiefs at Lions 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Steelers 1:00 PM
Raiders at Bills 1:00 PM
Packers at Panthers 1:00 PM
Ravens at Titans 1:00 PM
Browns at Colts 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Vikings 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Redskins 1:00 PM
Bears at Saints 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Jets 1:00 PM
Cowboys at 49ers 4:05 PM
Chargers at Patriots 4:15 PM
Bengals at Broncos 4:15 PM
Texans at Dolphins 4:15 PM
Eagles at Falcons 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 19
Matchup Time (ET)
Rams at Giants 8:30 PM

WEEK 3

Sun. Sep. 25
Matchup Time (ET)
Patriots at Bills 1:00 PM
Lions at Vikings 1:00 PM
Giants at Eagles 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Panthers 1:00 PM
49ers at Bengals 1:00 PM
Texans at Saints 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Browns 1:00 PM
Broncos at Titans 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Chargers 4:05 PM
Ravens at Rams 4:05 PM
Jets at Raiders 4:05 PM
Packers at Bears 4:15 PM
Falcons at Buccaneers 4:15 PM
Cardinals at Seahawks 4:15 PM
Steelers at Colts 8:20 PM

Mon. Sep. 26

Matchup Time (ET)
Redskins at Cowboys 8:30 PM

WEEK 4

Sun. Oct. 02
Matchup Time (ET)
Saints at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Vikings at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Panthers at Bears 1:00 PM
Titans at Browns 1:00 PM
Steelers at Texans 1:00 PM
49ers at Eagles 1:00 PM
Redskins at Rams 1:00 PM
Bills at Bengals 1:00 PM
Lions at Cowboys 1:00 PM
Giants at Cardinals 4:05 PM
Falcons at Seahawks 4:05 PM
Broncos at Packers 4:15 PM
Patriots at Raiders 4:15 PM
Dolphins at Chargers 4:15 PM
Jets at Ravens 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 03
Matchup Time (ET)
Colts at Buccaneers 8:30 PM

WEEK 5
Byes: BAL, CLE, DAL, MIA, WAS

Sun. Oct. 09
Matchup Time (ET)
Saints at Panthers 1:00 PM
Eagles at Bills 1:00 PM
Bengals at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Giants 1:00 PM
Titans at Steelers 1:00 PM
Raiders at Texans 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Colts 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Vikings 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at 49ers 4:05 PM
Chargers at Broncos 4:15 PM
Jets at Patriots 4:15 PM
Packers at Falcons 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 10
Matchup Time (ET)
Bears at Lions 8:30 PM

WEEK 6
Byes: ARI, DEN, KC, SD, SEA, TEN

Sun. Oct. 16
Matchup Time (ET)
Panthers at Falcons 1:00 PM
Eagles at Redskins 1:00 PM
Bills at Giants 1:00 PM
Colts at Bengals 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Steelers 1:00 PM
49ers at Lions 1:00 PM
Rams at Packers 1:00 PM
Texans at Ravens 4:05 PM
Browns at Raiders 4:05 PM
Saints at Buccaneers 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Patriots 4:15 PM
Vikings at Bears 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 17

Matchup Time (ET)
Dolphins at Jets 8:30 PM


WEEK 7
Byes: BUF, CIN, NE, NYG, PHI, SF

Sun. Oct. 23
Matchup Time (ET)
Texans at Titans 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Browns 1:00 PM
Falcons at Lions 1:00 PM
Broncos at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Chargers at Jets 1:00 PM
Bears at Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Redskins at Panthers 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Raiders 4:05 PM
Steelers at Cardinals 4:05 PM
Packers at Vikings 4:15 PM
Rams at Cowboys 4:15 PM
Colts at Saints 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 24
Matchup Time (ET)
Ravens at Jaguars 8:30 PM

WEEK 8
Byes: ATL, CHI, GB, NYJ, OAK, TB

Sun. Oct. 30
Matchup Time (ET)
Colts at Titans 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Texans 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Ravens 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Giants 1:00 PM
Vikings at Panthers 1:00 PM
Saints at Rams 1:00 PM
Redskins at Bills 4:05 PM
Lions at Broncos 4:05 PM
Browns at 49ers 4:15 PM
Bengals at Seahawks 4:15 PM
Patriots at Steelers 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Eagles 8:20 PM

Mon. Oct. 31

Matchup Time (ET)
Chargers at Chiefs 8:30 PM

WEEK 9
Byes: CAR, DET, JAC, MIN

Sun. Nov. 06
Matchup Time (ET)
Jets at Bills 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Saints 1:00 PM
Falcons at Colts 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Cowboys 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Chiefs 1:00 PM
49ers at Redskins 1:00 PM
Browns at Texans 1:00 PM
Broncos at Raiders 4:05 PM
Bengals at Titans 4:05 PM
Rams at Cardinals 4:15 PM
Giants at Patriots 4:15 PM
Packers at Chargers 4:15 PM
Ravens at Steelers 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 07
Matchup Time (ET)
Bears at Eagles 8:30 PM

WEEK 10

Thu. Nov. 10
Matchup Time (ET)
Raiders at Chargers 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 13
Matchup Time (ET)
Saints at Falcons 1:00 PM
Lions at Bears 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Colts 1:00 PM
Broncos at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Steelers at Bengals 1:00 PM
Titans at Panthers 1:00 PM
Texans at Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Redskins at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Rams at Browns 1:00 PM
Bills at Cowboys 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Eagles 1:00 PM
Ravens at Seahawks 4:05 PM
Giants at 49ers 4:15 PM
Patriots at Jets 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 14
Matchup Time (ET)
Vikings at Packers 8:30 PM

WEEK 11
Byes: HOU, IND, NO, PIT

Thu. Nov. 17

Matchup Time (ET)
Jets at Broncos 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 20
Matchup Time (ET)
Bengals at Ravens 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Redskins 1:00 PM
Bills at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Titans at Falcons 1:00 PM
Raiders at Vikings 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Browns 1:00 PM
Panthers at Lions 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Packers 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Rams 4:05 PM
Cardinals at 49ers 4:05 PM
Chargers at Bears 4:15 PM
Eagles at Giants 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 21
Matchup Time (ET)
Chiefs at Patriots 8:30 PM

WEEK 12

Thu. Nov. 24
Matchup Time (ET)
Packers at Lions 12:30 PM
Dolphins at Cowboys 4:15 PM
49ers at Ravens 8:20 PM

Sun. Nov. 27
Matchup Time (ET)
Browns at Bengals 1:00 PM
Texans at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Rams 1:00 PM
Bills at Jets 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Titans 1:00 PM
Panthers at Colts 1:00 PM
Vikings at Falcons 1:00 PM
Bears at Raiders 4:05 PM
Redskins at Seahawks 4:05 PM
Broncos at Chargers 4:15 PM
Patriots at Eagles 4:15 PM
Steelers at Chiefs 8:20 PM

Mon. Nov. 28
Matchup Time (ET)
Giants at Saints 8:30 PM

WEEK 13

Thu. Dec. 01
Matchup Time (ET)
Eagles at Seahawks 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 04

Matchup Time (ET)
Ravens at Browns 1:00 PM
Bengals at Steelers 1:00 PM
Panthers at Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Bears 1:00 PM
Jets at Redskins 1:00 PM
Falcons at Texans 1:00 PM
Raiders at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Lions at Saints 1:00 PM
Titans at Bills 1:00 PM
Broncos at Vikings 4:05 PM
Rams at 49ers 4:15 PM
Cowboys at Cardinals 4:15 PM
Packers at Giants 4:15 PM
Colts at Patriots 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 05
Matchup Time (ET)
Chargers at Jaguars 8:30 PM

WEEK 14

Thu. Dec. 08
Matchup Time (ET)
Browns at Steelers 8:20 PM

Sun. Dec. 11
Matchup Time (ET)
Falcons at Panthers 1:00 PM
Vikings at Lions 1:00 PM
Raiders at Packers 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Eagles at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Patriots at Redskins 1:00 PM
Saints at Titans 1:00 PM
Colts at Ravens 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Jets 1:00 PM
Texans at Bengals 1:00 PM
49ers at Cardinals 4:05 PM
Bears at Broncos 4:05 PM
Bills at Chargers 4:15 PM
Giants at Cowboys 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 12
Matchup Time (ET)
Rams at Seahawks 8:30 PM

WEEK 15

Thu. Dec. 15
Matchup Time (ET)
Jaguars at Falcons 8:20 PM

Sat. Dec. 17
Matchup Time (ET)
Cowboys at Buccaneers 8:20 PM
Sun. Dec. 18
Matchup Time (ET)
Dolphins at Bills 1:00 PM
Redskins at Giants 1:00 PM
Titans at Colts 1:00 PM
Panthers at Texans 1:00 PM
Packers at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Bengals at Rams 1:00 PM
Saints at Vikings 1:00 PM
Seahawks at Bears 1:00 PM
Lions at Raiders 4:05 PM
Jets at Eagles 4:15 PM
Browns at Cardinals 4:15 PM
Patriots at Broncos 4:15 PM
Ravens at Chargers 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 19

Matchup Time (ET)
Steelers at 49ers 8:30 PM

WEEK 16

Thu. Dec. 22
Matchup Time (ET)
Texans at Colts 8:20 PM

Sat. Dec. 24

Matchup Time (ET)
Browns at Ravens 1:00 PM
Buccaneers at Panthers 1:00 PM
Dolphins at Patriots 1:00 PM
Raiders at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Jaguars at Titans 1:00 PM
Cardinals at Bengals 1:00 PM
Giants at Jets 1:00 PM
Rams at Steelers 1:00 PM
Broncos at Bills 1:00 PM
Vikings at Redskins 1:00 PM
Chargers at Lions 4:05 PM
Eagles at Cowboys 4:15 PM
49ers at Seahawks 4:15 PM

Sun. Dec. 25
Matchup Time (ET)
Bears at Packers 8:20 PM

Mon. Dec. 26
Matchup Time (ET)
Falcons at Saints 8:30 PM

WEEK 17

Sun. Jan. 01
Matchup Time (ET)
Buccaneers at Falcons 1:00 PM
Cowboys at Giants 1:00 PM
Panthers at Saints 1:00 PM
49ers at Rams 1:00 PM
Colts at Jaguars 1:00 PM
Titans at Texans 1:00 PM
Lions at Packers 1:00 PM
Redskins at Eagles 1:00 PM
Bills at Patriots 1:00 PM
Bears at Vikings 1:00 PM
Jets at Dolphins 1:00 PM
Ravens at Bengals 1:00 PM
Steelers at Browns 1:00 PM
Chiefs at Broncos 4:15 PM
Seahawks at Cardinals 4:15 PM
Chargers at Raiders 4:15 PM

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 6:44 pm
 

NFL schedule has its share of leaks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL schedule is scheduled to be released at 7 p.m. ET, reporters around the country have been tweeting the dates, times and opponents they’re hearing about. There are so many leaks occurring right now that one tweeter (I would give credit, but I don’t remember who it was) asked if Julian Assange was the one in charge of handling the NFL schedule this year.

We already told you
about the Giants and Redskins playing on September 11 along with the Jets and Cowboys.

Here are some of the leaks that are out there right now (whether they’re true or not, well, we’ll find out in a short while):

  • Bears-Lions on Oct. 10. That’s a Monday, by the way. Also, Bears-Vikings Oct. 16.
  • Broncos-Raiders on Monday night, Sept. 12.
  • Jets-Patriots in Week 5 and Patriots-Giants in Week 9.
  • Giants-Jets on Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.
  • Saints-Packers on Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field.
  • Packers-Bears in primetime on Christmas day.
  • 49ers-Steelers in a MNF game in December.
  • Saints-Bears in Week 2 in New Orleans.
  • Redskins vs. Bills in Toronto.
  • Indy gets five primetime games for fourth-straight year.
  • Patriots-Dolphins is the other Monday Night game on Sept. 12 (the first Monday of the season). 
(We’ll update this as we continue to receive news.)

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Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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