The 2012 NFL schedule will start with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the New York Giants. The NFL announced only the first game of the 2012 NFL season, which will be played on Wednesday, September 5 (the first Wednesday NFL game since 1948).
Since 2004 it's been NFL tradition for the defending Super Bowl champions to host the first game of the season on Thursday, before the rest of the games that weekend. The defending champs are 8-0 in these games.
The Giants swept the Cowboys in 2011, including a playoff-clinching Week 17 victory, but only finished one game better than them on the season. But that one game was enough for a playoff spot and eventual Super Bowl run. This should be a competitive game.
After the Cowboys, the Giants have a very difficult schedule. They'll play all three of the other NFC division winners -- Saints, Packers and 49ers -- as well as everyone in their own division twice. They'll also face the Falcons, Steelers, Ravens and Bengals.