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2012 NFL Schedule Released

Posted: April 18, 2012 in NFL
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NFL Kicks off the season with the Cowboys and the Giants

It must be that time of year again.  The NFL has officially announced the full schedule with dates and times of every contest for the 2012 season.  Just 9 days before the anual draft the slated schedule is packed with intriguing match-ups.  The anual kickoff game will feature the defending Superbowl Champion New York Giants against their bitter rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.  How’s that for opening day fireworks?  The remaining games do not disappoint the rest of the way.

Week 1:

Along with the kickoff game on Thursday their are some really good games that Sunday as well.

Pittsburgh @ Denver

Peyton Manning will get a true test as early as it gets.  He will be charged with the task of dismantling one of the best defenses in the league.  Meanwhile, Big Ben and the Pittsburgh offense will have a test of their own as they face one of last years stingiest defenses with budding superstar and reigning defensive rookie of the year, Von miller roaming from sideline to sideline.

San Francisco @ Green Bay

San Fran is trying to continue its resurgence to the forefront of the NFC as they clash with Arron Rodgers and Company.  The Niners have arguably the best defense in the NFC and they will need it in this early matchup with the Pack.  Aaron Rodgers must feel like he has something to prove after piling up the best record in the league last year and falling short in the Playoffs.

Week 2:

 Chicago @ Green Bay

The Bears are an interesting team as they completely fell off the map last year when starting QB Jay Cutler went down.  They never could quite recover.  With a new Coordinator on offense and a new front office the bears are making good moves in the offseason and are looking to put together a full season with an aging defense and lethargic(at times) offense they look to bounce back and make a playoff run that could help take Head coach Lovie Smith off of the hot seat.  Green Bay will look to hold serve against their hated rivals.

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh

Tebowmania will reach a fever-pitch if the J-E-T-S are struggling at this point.  Mark Sanchez will have a fight on his hands against Pittsburgh as the Jets try to regain their hold on the AFC East.  A win here would quiet the fans but for how long?

Week 3:

New York Giants @ Carolina

Cam Newton will make his primetime debut in his new hometown against the defending Superbowl Champs.  Cam vs Eli, what more could you ask for on a Thursday?

New England @ Baltimore

Tom Brady and the Patriots will have a rematch of one of the best playoff games in recent memory when they take on the Baltimore Ravens who have made a mission to take the next step and make it to the Superbowl.  Fans will all remember the end of that playoff game so the atmosphere will be thick and heavy.  This one is important.

Week 4:

New York Giants @ Philadelphia

This will be a telling matchup as to which of these teams will control its share of the division until they lock up again near the end of the season.  The winner will be in the drivers seat.  Hopefully the “Dream Team” will live up to its billing this year and perform more like they did at the end of last season at the begging of the new one.

Oakland @ Denver

The Raiders looked promising last year before they took a step back towards the end of the season.  The most promising aspect of this matchup is the Quarterbacks, Peyton Manning vs the rejuvenated Carson palmer.  This rivalry has been heated to say the least and with the new star power at the QB position this has all the makings of an instant classic.

Week 5:

Denver @ New England

Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning…

Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh

The great instate rivalry, Big Ben vs Vick.  This game has lost a little luster recently as the Eagles have struggled and they have not played in a while it seems.  This will be another good test for both teams early enough to judge against each other.

Week 6:

New York Giants @ San Francisco

A rematch of the NFC Championship game.  These two should be rockin’ and rollin’ by this point.  A great game to watch with these two hard nosed defenses going at it.

Indianapolis @ New York Jets

A good test for the new kid on the block, Andrew Luck.  If the young gun pulls the upset here the boo birds will be out in full force calling for their messiah(Tebow).

Week 7:

Detroit @ Chicago

A great divisional game between 2 playoff contenders.  Stafford/Megatron vs Cutler/Marshall how could this be anything but good?  We will have to see how the Cutler/Marshall experiment will work this time.

New York Jets @ New England

If New York hasn’t imploded under the weight of Tebowmania a thrashing at the hands of Tom Brady will bring down the house.  By this point the Jets will have no choice but to put in the 3rd year signal caller.

Week 8:

New England @ St. Louis

New England  will be a strong test to see whether Jeff Fisher’s claims of the ability of Sam Bradford being the best QB in the league.

 New York Giants @ Dallas

The series could determine first place in the division by this point.  Eli and the Giants could go a long way in ushering both Romo and Garret out the door if the ‘Boys fail to reach the playoffs.

Week 9:

Carolina @ Washington

This matchup is interesting because of the possibilities of the QB’s Newton vs RGIII could be phenomenal.  Both of these teams are in rebuilding mode with the Panthers being slightly ahead because of the rapid accention  of Cam Newton.  This should be a good one.

 Buffalo @ Houston

Can the Texans put a full season together with a healthy QB?  Will Arian Foster continue his torrid pace?  These questions and more will be answered in this great matchup.

Week 10:

 Denver @ Carolina

Old school vs New school Peyton Manning and his new Coach John Fox who happens to be the former coach of the Panthers will travel cross country to take on Cam Newton and Ron Rivera in a QB duel you just can’t miss.

Dallas @ Philadelphia

You know the drill, this one is just too important to both squads.

Week 11:

 Green Bay @ Detroit

This series is going to be good for a long time to come.  We all hope for 100 combined points in this one.

 Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

Blood guts and glory, the winner will be wearing all three as they take hold of the division and prepare for the playoff race.

Week 12:

 Houston @ Detroit (Thanksgiving)

You wont have to worry about the turkey putting you to sleep this year, because this game will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The running and passing of Houston and the Passing of Detroit could make for an epic turkey day football feast.

 Carolina @ Philidelphia

Circle this one on the Monday night calendar.  Vick vs Newton in an ultimate primetime showdown.

Week 13:

 New Orleans @ Atlanta

The Dirty birds will host a Sean Payton-less Saints in what could be a fight for first place not only in the division but for the over-all #1 seed in the NFC.  It will definitely be a showdown.

 Pittsburgh @ Baltimore

See previous matchup.

Week 14:

Tennessee @ Indianapolis

Another showdown of the young QB’s.  This one could be interesting as to how the power in the AFC south has shifted.

New Orleans @ New York Giants

If New Orleans hasn’t fallen apart this could have huge playoff implications.  We will have to wait and see if this as important then as it looks now.

Week 15:

Carolina @ San Diego

Cam Newton will travel to test a Charger’s team that will once again be healthy.  This could be huge right before the playoffs for both squads.

San Francisco @ New England

Two big teams playing big time football at the end of the season will make for great TV.

Week 16:

 Atlanta @ Detroit

Ryan/Jones vs Stafford/Megatron   fireworks all around.

San Diego @ New York Jets

One of these teams will be in the playoffs one will have Tebow under center.

Week 17:

Philadelphia @ New York Giants

Same scenario… different results?

Carolina @ New Orleans

This could be where the two teams take different paths one moves on the other stays home.  The playoffs will start a week early for these two teams.