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The Arizona Cardinals learned their 2012 NFL schedule on Tuesday night. It's difficult to read into the schedules too much considering nobody really knows what's going to happen in the upcoming draft, but it should be noted that the schedule-makers seemingly don't think a lot of Arizona football.
The Cardinals earned just two primetime games next season. The first will come during Week 5 as they visit the St. Louis Rams for an affair on Thursday Night Football and then, in Week 8, they'll host the San Francisco 49ers for a matchup on Monday Night Football.
The Cardinals full schedule is included below.
Week 1: Sunday, September 9th, vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:15 PM PT
Week 2: Sunday, September 16th, at New England Patriots,10 AM PT
Week 3: Sunday, September 23rd, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:05 PM PT
Week 4: Sunday, September 30th, vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:05 PM PT
Week 5: Thursday, October 4th, at St. Louis Rams, 5:20 PM PT
Week 6: Sunday, October 14th, vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:05 PM PT
Week 7: Sunday, October 21st, at Minnesota Vikings, 10 AM PT
Week 8: Monday, October 29th, vs. San Francisco 49ers, 5:30 PM PT
Week 9: Sunday, November 4th, at Green Bay Packers, 10 AM PT
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Sunday, November 18th, at Atlanta Falcons, 10 AM PT
Week 12: Sunday, November 25th, vs. St. Louis Rams, 1:15 PM PT
Week 13: Sunday, December 2nd, at New York Jets, 10 AM PT
Week 14: Sunday, December 9th, at Seattle Seahawks, 1:15 PM PT
Week 15: Sunday, December 16th, vs. Detroit Lions, 1:05 PM PT
Week 16: Sunday, December 23rd, vs. Chicago Bears, 1:15 PM PT
Week 17: Sunday, December 30th, at San Francisco 49ers, 1:15 PM PT
For more on the Arizona Cardinals, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.
The San Francisco 49ers found out their 2012 NFL schedule on Tuesday and, in a move reflective of their success last season, the team has been gifted quite a few games in primetime this season. Hopefully Alex Smith and the rest of San Francisco's success last season wasn't a fluke, as the schedule-makers did them no favors when slating this year's games.
The 49ers will open up with a three-game slate against the NFC North, two of which will come on the road, before heading into their Week 9 bye with a pair of primetime games against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. The second half of the season might not matter much if San Fran's unable to enter the bye week with momentum.
The team's full schedule is included below.
Week 1 at Green Bay Packers, Sunday Sept. 9, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 2 vs Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 23, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 4 at New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 5 vs Buffalo Bills Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m. (CBS)
Week 6 vs New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 14, 115: p.m. (FOX)
Week 7 vs Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:20 p.m. (NFL Network Primetime)
Week 8 at Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 10 vs St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11 vs Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN Primetime)
Week 12 at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13 at St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 2, 10:00 a.m. (FOX)
Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
Week 15 at New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:20 p.m. (NBC Primetime)
Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17 vs Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1:15 p.m. (FOX)
For more on the San Francisco 49ers, be sure to visit the excellent Niners Nation.
The San Diego Chargers found out their 2012 regular season schedule on Tuesday, along with the rest of the league. The Chargers appear to have a pretty average schedule, with no stretches seeming too easy or too horribly difficult. The one exception for the California-based team might be a December game against the Jets in the New Meadowlands. They'll attempt to take a run at the AFC West title in 2012.
Here is the full 2012 San Diego Chargers regular season schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 10 @ Oakland Raiders
Week 2: Sep. 16 vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 3: Sep. 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 4: Sep. 30 @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5: Oct. 7 @ New Orleans Saints
Week 6: Oct. 15 vs. Denver Broncos
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 28 @ Cleveland Browns
Week 9: Nov. 1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 10: Nov. 11 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11: Nov. 18 @ Denver Broncos
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15: Dec. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 16: Dec. 23 @ New York Jets
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. Oakland Raiders
The Seattle Seahawks schedule for the upcoming 2012 NFL season was released on Tuesday. Nothing especially surprising happened with the release of the Seahawks schedule, but for a team not known to have a lot of national appeal, Seattle was given a pair of primetime games early in the season.
The Seahawks will play the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 3 for a game at Seattle and then head back to the national stage during Week 7 as the visiting team for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Seahawks full schedule is included below.
Week 1: Sept. 9 - at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2: Sept. 16 - vs Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: Sept. 24 - vs Green Bay Packers (Monday Night Football)
Week 4: Sept. 30 - at St. Louis Rams
Week 5: Oct. 7 - at Carolina Panthers
Week 6: Oct. 14 - vs New England Patriots
Week 7: Oct. 18 - at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday Night Football
Week 8: Oct. 28 - at Detroit Lions
Week 9: Nov. 4 - vs Minnesota Vikings
Week 10: Nov. 11 - vs New York Jets
Week 11: Nov. 18 - BYE
Week 12: Nov. 25 - at Miami Dolphins
Week 13: Dec. 2 - at Chicago Bears
Week 14: Dec. 9 - vs Arizona Cardinals
Week 15: Dec. 16 - at Buffalo Bills (in Toronto)
Week 16: Dec. 23 - vs San Francisco 49ers
Week 17: Dec. 30 - vs St. Louis Rams
For more on the Seattle Seahawks, be sure to check out Field Gulls.
The Kansas City Chiefs, along withe the rest of the NFL, found out their 2012 NFL regular season schedule on Tuesday. The Chiefs will have a good opportunity to control their own run at the AFC West this season, as their schedule is back-loaded with games against divisional rivals.
Here is the full 2012 Kansas City Chiefs regular season schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 2: Sep. 16 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 3: Sep. 23 @ New Orleans Saints
Week 4: Sep. 30 vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 6: Oct. 14 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 9: Nov. 1 @ San Diego Chargers
Week 10: Nov. 12 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 11: Nov. 18 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. Denver Broncos
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ Cleveland Browns
Week 15: Dec. 16 @ Oakland Raiders
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 17: Dec. 30 @ Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos made a splash in the offseason by signing Peyton Manning and shipping Tim Tebow off to the New York Jets. In the 2012 season, they'll have all eyes on them as the media scrutinizes their decision and evaluates the quality of Manning's performance.
The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday. Here's what the Broncos will be facing in the fall:
Week 1: Sep. 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: Sep. 17 @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: Sep. 23 vs. Houston Texans
Week 4: Sep. 30 vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 5: Oct. 7 @ New England Patriots
Week 6: Oct. 15 @ San Diego Chargers
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 9: Nov. 4 @ Cincinnati Bengals
Week 10: Nov. 11 @ Carolina Panthers
Week 11: Nov. 18 vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 12: Nov. 25 @ Kansas City Chiefs
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 14: Dec. 6 @ Oakland Raiders
Week 15: Dec. 16 @ Baltimore Ravens
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Oakland Raiders schedule for 2012 was released on Tuesday night and, in a move that was a bit surprising based on last season's results, the team was awarded two primetime games. Both of the nationally televised games will be against divisional opponents, though, which makes sense in the always up-for-grabs AFC West.
The full schedule is included below, but if one wants to get the goods, SB Nation Bay Area has already decided which games Oakland actually has a chance at winning.
Week 1: Chargers @ Raiders: Mon Sept. 10, 7:15 Monday Night Football late game (ESPN)
Week 2: Raiders @ Dolphins: Sun Sept. 16, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
Week 3: Steelers @ Raiders: Sun Sept. 23, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
Week 4: Raiders @ Broncos: Sunday Sept. 30, 1:05 Pacific (CBS)
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Raiders @ Falcons: Sunday Oct. 14, 10:00 Pacific (CBS)
Week 7: Jaguars @ Raiders: Sunday Oct. 21, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
Week 8: Raiders @ Chiefs: Sunday Oct. 28, 1:05 Pacific (CBS)
Week 9: Buccaneers @ Raiders: Sunday Nov. 4, 1:15 Pacific (FOX)
Week 10: Raiders @ Ravens: Sun, Nov. 11, 10:00 Pacific (CBS)
Week 11: Saints @ Raiders Sun, Nov 18, 1:05 Pacific (FOX)
Week12: Raiders @ Bengals Sun, Nov. 25, 10:00 Pacific (CBS)
Week 13: Browns @ Raiders: Sun, Dec. 2, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
Week 14: Broncos @ Raiders: TNF Thurs, Dec. 5, 5:20 Pacific (NFL)
Week 15: Chiefs @ Raiders: Sun, Dec 16, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
Week 16: Raiders @ Panthers: Sun, Dec 23, 10:00 Pacific (CBS)
Week 17: Raiders @ Chargers, Sun, Dec. 30, 1:15 Pacific (CBS)
For more on the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride.
The New York Jets -- for good or ill -- will be one of the most watched and most discussed NFL teams in 2012. The addition of supposed backup quarterback Tim Tebow has all but assured that the media scrutiny and coverage will be off the charts. The biggest storyline of the year, it seems, will be whether Tebow will oust incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez from his starting job.
The 2012 NFL schedule has been released and the NFL seems to be well aware of the anticipated hype. The Jets will play four games during prime time this year, including a huge marquee matchup against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving. With all regular-season opponents laid out in front of them, Rex Ryan and his team will now have all summer to prepare for kickoff in the fall.
Here is the full 2012 New York Jets season schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 2: Sep. 16 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 3: Sep. 23 @ Miami Dolphins
Week 4: Sep. 30 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 5: Oct. 8 vs. Houston Texans
Week 6: Oct. 14 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 7: Oct. 21 @ New England Patriots
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Nov. 11 @ Seattle Seahawks
Week 11: Nov. 18 @ St. Louis Rams
Week 12: Nov. 22 vs. New England Patriots
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15: Dec. 17 @ Tennessee Titans
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 17: Dec. 30 @ Buffalo Bills
The New York Giants 2012 schedule was leaked earlier than the 7 p.m. release time on Tuesday night but we now have the official schedule. The Giants, as we know, will open the season against the Cowboys in the first game on the 2012 NFL schedule.
The Giants will be on primetime five times in the 2012 season -- vs. Cowboys, at Panthers, at Eagles, vs. Packers and at Redskins. The game I'm looking forward to the most would probably be that Packers came after their thrilled in last year's regular season.
Here's the full 2012 schedule for the defending champs:
Week 1 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Wed., Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Week 2 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun., Sept. 16, 1 p.m., FOX)
Week 3 - at Carolina Panthers (Thurs. Sept 20, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 4 - at Philadelphia Eagles (Sun, Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m., NBC)
Week 5 - vs. Cleveland Browns (Sun., Oct. 7, 1 p.m., CBS)
Week 6 - at San Francisco 49ers (Sun., Oct. 14, 4:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Sun., Oct. 21, 1 p.m., FOX)
Week 8 - at Dallas Cowboys (Sun., Oct. 28, 4:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 9 - vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun., Nov. 4, 4:15 p.m., CBS)
Week 10 - at Cincinnati Bengals (Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m., FOX)
Week 11 - BYE (Nov. 18)
Week 12 - vs. Green Bay Packers (Sun., Nov. 25, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 13 - at Washington Redskins (Mon., Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 14 - vs. New Orleans Saints (Sun., Dec. 9, 4:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 15 - at Atlanta Falcons (Sun., Dec. 16, 1 pm., FOX)
Week 16 - at Baltimore Ravens (Sun., Dec. 23, 1 p.m., FOX)
Week 17 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sun., Dec. 30, 1 p.m., FOX)
The 2012 schedule for the Chicago Bears was released on Tuesday along with the rest of the NFL's slate of games for next season. Fans of the Bears are optimistic that this season's slate of games will lead them to a playoff berth, but that could all change based on the results of the first two weeks.
The Bears will open the season with the new-look Indianapolis Colts, likely featuring rookie quarterback Andrew Luck in his first NFL game, before going on the road to play the division rival Green Bay Packers in Week 2. To make matters worse, the Packers game is scheduled in a Thursday night primetime slot just five days after the season opener.
If the Bears are able to exit their opening two-week stretch unscathed, there's a good chance the optimism emanating from Chicago makes sense. If it gets ugly early, however, Bears fans might be in for a long ride.
The team's full schedule is included below.
Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 2: at Green Bay Packers
Week 3: vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 5: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 9: at Tennessee Titans
Week 10: vs. Houston Texans
Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers
Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 13: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 17: at Detroit Lions
For updates on the Bears' 2012 schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. And for more from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.
The Minnesota Vikings 2012 NFL schedule has been released and they'll open the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. From there, the Vikings will play the Colts, which gives them a legitimate shot to open the season 2-0.
But things will be much more difficult after that. Games against the 49ers and Lions in Week 3 and 4, respectively, won't be easy. The Vikings will also have a lot of divisional games late in the year with four of their final six games coming against the Bears and Packers.
Here's a look at the Vikings complete 2012 schedule:
Week 1 (Sept. 9) - Jacksonville Jaguars, 12 PM, CBS
Week 2 (Sept. 16) - at Indianapolis Colts, 12 PM, FOX
Week 3 (Sept. 23) - San Francisco 49ers, 12 PM, FOX
Week 4 (Sept. 30) - at Detroit Lions, 12 PM, FOX
Week 5 (Oct. 7) - Tennessee Titans, 12 PM, CBS
Week 6 (Oct. 14) - at Washington Redskins, 3:15 PM, FOX
Week 7 (Oct. 21) - Arizona Cardinals, 12 PM, FOX
Week 8 (Oct. 25) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:20 PM, NFL Network (Thursday Night)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) - at Seattle Seahawks, 3 PM, FOX
Week 10 (Nov. 11) - Detroit Lions, 12 PM, FOX
Week 11 (Nov. 18) - BYE WEEK
Week 12 (Nov. 25) - at Chicago Bears, 12 PM, FOX
Week 13 (Dec. 2) - at Green Bay Packers, 12 PM, FOX
Week 14 (Dec. 9) - Chicago Bears, 12 PM, FOX
Week 15 (Dec. 16) - at St. Louis Rams, 12 PM, FOX
Week 16 (Dec. 23) - at Houston Texans, 12 PM, FOX
Week 17 (Dec. 30) - Green Bay Packers, 12 PM, FOX
The Green Bay Packers open the 2012 NFL season against the San Francisco 49ers, who played in the NFC Championship game last year. The Packers schedule is light in the first half and gets very difficult late in the year with second half games against the Lions (twice) and Vikings.
Considering the Packers were the best team in the regular season last year, this is a very manageable schedule and they should be planning on playing in January once again.
Here's the full Packers 2012 schedule:
Week 1: 49ers (Sunday, 3:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 2: Bears (Thursday, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 3: at Seahawks (Monday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 4: Saints (Sunday, 3:15 p.m., FOX)
Week 5: at Colts (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 6: at Texans (Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 7: at Rams (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 8: Jaguars (Sunday, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 9: Cardinals (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: at Lions (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 12: at Giants (Sunday, 7:15 p.m., NBC)
Week 13: Vikings (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 14: Lions (Sunday, 7:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 15: at Bears (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
Week 16: Titans (Sunday, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: at Vikings (Sunday, 12 p.m., FOX)
The Miami Dolphins are hoping to have a rebuilding season in 2012. They missed out on landing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning and are still shopping around for a starting QB for the upcoming season. They may attempt to pick up a QB option via next week's 2012 NFL Draft, but they now have a clearer picture on exactly what to expect in the fall.
The NFL released the complete regular season schedule on Tuesday. The Dolphins now know that they have a relatively light schedule on the front end, with the opportunity to build up some momentum prior to their Week 7 bye. This could be a chance for Miami to rack up early wins and move toward a postseason berth.
Here is the full 2012 Miami Dolphins regular season schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 @ Houston Texans
Week 2: Sep. 16 vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 3: Sep. 23 vs. New York Jets
Week 4: Sep. 30 @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 5: Oct. 7 @ Cincinnati Bengals
Week 6: Oct. 14 vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 28 @ New York Jets
Week 9: Nov. 4 @ Indianapolis Colts
Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 11: Nov. 15 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. New England Patriots
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 15: Dec. 16 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 17: Dec. 30 @ New England Patriots
The Detroit Lions schedule for the 2012 season was released on Tuesday night and, in a rather generous move from the powers that be, they were given a seemingly easy slate of opponents to begin the season.
The Lions will likely be playoff contenders this season, but it'll be much easier to gauge exactly where they're at when they enter their bye in Week 5 of the NFL season. Detroit opens with games against the Rams, 49ers, Titans and Vikings, their NFC North rivals, before being given a week to recuperate at the beginning of October.
That bye week likely isn't placed in the best spot considering the first four games, aside from San Francisco, shouldn't pose many problems for Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson's efficient offense. It certainly won't hurt to build up some early momentum, however, heading into the rest of their slated matchups.
Week 1 - Sept. 9 - vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 2 - Sept. 16 - at San Francisco 49ers
Week 3 - Sept. 23 - at Tennessee Titans
Week 4 - Sept. 30 - vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 5 - BYE
Week 6 - Oct. 14 - at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 7 - Oct. 22 - at Chicago Bears
Week 8 - Oct. 28 - vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 9 - Nov. 4 - at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 10 - Nov. 11 - at Minnesota Vikings
Week 11 - Nov. 18 - vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 12 - Nov. 22 - vs. Houston Texans
Week 13 - Dec. 2 - vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 14 - Dec. 9 - at Green Bay Packers
Week 15 - Dec. 16 - at Arizona Cardinals
Week 16 - Dec. 22 - vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 17 - Dec. 30 - vs. Chicago Bears
As far as the most important matchups are concerned, one can look at the Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans as well as a Sunday Night Football meeting with the Packers in Week 14.
The Buffalo Bills are hoping that 2012 will be more consistent than their 2011 season was. After a red-hot start last year, the Bills began struggling and limped along to the end of the season, missing out on the playoffs. They've made some moves and some free-agent signings during the offseason and will approach next week's 2012 NFL Draft with the mindset that this could be a big year for them.
On Tuesday, the NFL released the 2012 regular season schedule, so the Bulls now know what they'll be facing all year. They'll have the spring and the summer to prepare for the fall, study up on opponents and focus on areas that need addressing.
One of the roughest parts of the schedule for the Bills will be right at the outset, as they will play four of their first six games on the road.
Here is the full 2012 Buffalo Bills regular season schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 @ New York Jets
Week 2: Sep. 16 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: Sep. 23 @ Cleveland Browns
Week 4: Sep. 30 vs. New England Patriots
Week 5: Oct. 7 @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 6: Oct. 14 @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 7: Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Nov. 4 @ Houston Texans
Week 10: Nov. 11 @ New England Patriots
Week 11: Nov. 15 vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 12: Nov. 25 @ Indianapolis Colts
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 15: Dec. 16 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 16: Dec. 23 @ Miami Dolphins
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. New York Jets
The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night, giving us the entire 256-game schedule for the 2012 season. Here are our immediate reactions and things to look forward to.
Strange but true: the New England Patriots, who won the AFC East with a 13-3 record and advanced all the way to the Super Bowl, won just a single game in 2011 against a team that finished the year with a winning record -- and that includes the playoffs.
To be fair, they only had four opportunities (the Steelers, Ravens and Giants twice) in 19 games, thanks to what turned out to be a surprisingly soft schedule. Fortunately for them, the schedule-makers were just as kind in 2012: New England's strength of schedule for 2012 ranks dead last among the NFL's 32 teams. The combined 2011 winning percentage of this year's opponents is .453, with only four games against teams that posted a winning record last year.
The highlights for the Patriots' 2012 schedule include four scheduled prime time games, including Thanksgiving night in New York against the Jets, a Sunday night game against the Ravens in Week 3 and a Monday night game against the Texans in Week 14. The Patriots host the Broncos in Week 5, a rematch of last year's AFC Divisional round playoff game that will have a completely different feel following Peyton Manning's arrival in Denver. And in Week 8, the Patriots will head to Europe to face the Rams in the league's annual London game.
Here's New England's complete 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 at Tennessee Titans
Week 2: Sept. 16 Arizona Cardinals
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: Sept. 30 at Buffalo Bills
Week 5: Oct. 7 Denver Broncos
Week 6: Oct. 14 at Seattle Seahawks
Week 7: Oct. 21 New York Jets
Week 8: Oct. 28 at St. Louis Rams (in London)
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Nov. 11 Buffalo Bills
Week 11: Nov. 18 Indianapolis Colts
Week 12: Nov. 22 at New York Jets (Thanksgiving Day)
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Miami Dolphins
Week 14: Dec. 10 Houston Texans
Week 15: Dec. 16 San Francisco 49ers
Week 16: Dec. 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 17: Dec. 30 Miami Dolphins
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton turned in an impressive rookie year with 4,000-plus passing yards and just over 700 rushing yards during the 2011 season. That brought the Panthers from a 2-14 record in 2010 to a 6-10 finish in 2011.
In 2012, Newton will need to lead his Panthers to an early gauntlet through the NFC South. The team opens on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hosts the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants then travels to play the Atlanta Falcons over the course of the first four games of the season.
Will Cam Newton and the Panthers upset the NFC South this year?
Here is the complete Carolina Panthers 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 at Tampa Bay
Week 2: Sept. 16 New Orleans
Week 3: Sept. 20 New York
Week 4: Sept. 30 at Atlanta
Week 5: Oct. 7 Seattle
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: Oct. 21 Dallas
Week 8: Oct. 28 at Chicago
Week 9: Nov. 4 at Washington
Week 10: Nov. 11 Denver
Week 11: Nov. 18 Tampa Bay
Week 12: Nov. 26 at Philadelphia
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Kansas City
Week 14: Dec. 9 Atlanta
Week 15: Dec. 16 at San Diego
Week 16: Dec. 23 Oakland
Week 17: Dec. 30 at New Orleans
For complete announcements of the full 2012 NFL schedule, please visit this StoryStream.
The St. Louis Rams struggled through the 2011 season and finished with a 2-14 record, tied with the Indianapolis Colts for worst finish in the league. Due to tiebreakers the team received the No. 2 overall draft pick, which was traded to the Washington Redskins in March. In Week 2, the Rams will host the Redskins and their likely draft pick, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Rams head overseas for a contest against the New England Patriots in London, England, on Oct. 28. That wraps up the first half of the Rams' season, as they have a bye the following week.
Here is the complete St. Louis Rams 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 at Detroit
Week 2: Sept 16 Washington
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Chicago
Week 4: Sept. 30 Seattle
Week 5: Oct. 4 Arizona
Week 6: Oct. 14 at Miami
Week 7: Oct. 21 Green Bay
Week 8: Oct. 28 New England
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Nov. 11 at San Francisco
Week 11: Nov. 18 New York Jets
Week 12: Nov. 25 at Arizona
Week 13: Dec. 2 San Francisco
Week 14: Dec. 9 at Buffalo
Week 15: Dec. 16 Minnesota
Week 16: Dec. 23 at Tampa Bay
Week 17: Dec. 30 at Seattle
The Washington Redskins will open the 2012 NFL season with a road contest against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will be without head coach Sean Payton, suspended for a year, and interim head coach Joe Vitt, gone for six games. Aaron Kromer, along with Drew Brees, will lead the way against Mike Shanahan's Redskins, who went 5-11 in 2011.
The Redskins don't open NFC East play until Oct. 21, when they visit the New York Giants. But that will be the only divisional game until after the team's Week 10 bye. Five of the teams' last seven games come against NFC East foes.
Here is the complete Washington Redskins 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 at New Orleans
Week 2: Sept. 16 at St. Louis
Week 3: Sept. 23 Cincinnati
Week 4: Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay
Week 5: Oct. 7 Atlanta
Week 6: Oct. 14 Minnesota
Week 7: Oct. 21 at New York Giants
Week 8: Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh
Week 9: Nov. 4 Carolina
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Nov. 18 Philadelphia
Week 12: Nov. 22 at Dallas
Week 13: Dec. 3 New York Giants
Week 14: Dec. 9 Baltimore
Week 15: Dec. 16 at Cleveland
Week 16: Dec. 23 at Philadelphia
Week 17: Dec. 30 Dallas
The 2012 NFL schedule was announced on Tuesday night, and the Philadelphia Eagles learned that they will start the season on the road against the Cleveland Browns. That game might be the easiest of the team's opening stretch, since the Browns are the only team with a losing record among Philadelphia's first six games.
Before the Eagles reach a bye in Week 7, the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions are all on the agenda. The Arizona Cardinals (8-8) are the other team the Eagles face during the first six weeks of the season.
Will Michael Vick be able to deliver a winning record by Week 7?
Here is the complete Philadelphia Eagles 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 at Cleveland
Week 2: Sept. 16 Baltimore
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Arizona
Week 4: Sept. 30 New York Giants
Week 5: Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh
Week 6: Oct. 14 Detroit
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: Oct. 28 Atlanta
Week 9: Nov. 5 at New Orleans
Week 10: Nov. 11 Dallas
Week 11: Nov. 18 at Washington
Week 12: Nov. 26 Carolina
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Dallas
Week 14: Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay
Week 15: Dec. 13 Cincinnati
Week 16: Dec. 23 Washington
Week 17: Dec. 30 at New York Giants
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2012 season looking for a rebound from a 4-12 year. After a 4-3 start, the team had its bye week and then lost all nine remaining games (resulting in an overall 10-game losing streak). Will things get better in 2012?
The Buccaneers open the season with a home game against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, a team that beat them twice during the 2011 season. That's followed by a road trip to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants. If they can survive that and the following two games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, they will reach the bye week and then have a stretch of four to five winnable games that includes a home game against the New Orleans Saints.
Here is the complete Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 9 Carolina
Week 2: Sept. 16 at New York Giants
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Dallas
Week 4: Sept. 30 Washington
Week 5: Bye
Week 6: Oct. 14 Kansas City
Week 7: Oct. 21 New Orleans
Week 8: Oct. 25 at Minnesota
Week 9: Nov. 4 at Oakland
Week 10: Nov. 11 San Diego
Week 11: Nov. 18 at Carolina
Week 12: Nov. 25 Atlanta
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Denver
Week 14: Dec. 9 Philadelphia
Week 15: Dec. 16 at New Orleans
Week 16: Dec. 23 St. Louis
Week 17: Dec. 30 at Atlanta
The Dallas Cowboys will enjoy one of the perks of playing against the defending Super Bowl champions when the new season commences this fall. The Cowboys will open the season against the New York Giants in the inaugural game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Dallas lost both games to the Giants in 2011, deadly blows since both games happened over the final four weeks of the season.
In addition to the season-opening game on NBC, the Cowboys will appear in three other prime-time games. On Oct. 1, the Cowboys host the Chicago Bears in a Monday Night Football contest. In Week 9, the Cowboys are on the road for a Sunday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons while Week 13 has the team hosting the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here is the full Dallas Cowboys 2012 schedule:
Week 1: Sept. 5 at New York Giants
Week 2: Sept. 16 at Seattle
Week 3: Sept 23 Tampa Bay
Week 4: Oct. 1 Chicago
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Oct. 14 at Baltimore
Week 7: Oct. 21 at Carolina
Week 8: Oct. 28 New York Giants
Week 9: Nov. 4 at Atlanta
Week 10: Nov. 11 at Philadelphia
Week 11:: Nov. 18 Cleveland
Week 12: Nov. 22 Washington
Week 13: Dec. 2 Philadelphia
Week 14: Dec 9 at Cincinnati
Week 15: Dec. 16 Pittsburgh
Week 16: Dec. 23 New Orleans
Week 17: Dec 30 at Washington
The Atlanta Falcons learned their complete 2012 regular season schedule on Tuesday night when the league announced the dates and times for all games this fall. The Falcons will play their first three games of the season against AFC West opponents: the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers on the road in Weeks 1 and 3, and the Denver Broncos at home in Week 2.
During Week 15, the Falcons will host the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Atlanta lost to the Giants, 24-2, in the first round of last season's playoffs. Will the Falcons be able to avenge the loss?
Here's Atlanta's complete 2012 regular season schedule:
Week 1 - Sept 9 - at Kansas City
Week 2 - Sept 17 - Denver
Week 3 - Sept 23 - at San Diego
Week 4 - Sept 30 - Carolina
Week 5 - Oct 7 - at Washington
Week 6 - Oct 14 - Oakland
Week 7 - Bye
Week 8 - Oct 28 - at Philadelphia
Week 9 - Nov 4 - Dallas
Week 10 - Nov 11 - at New Orleans
Week 11 - Nov 18 - Arizona
Week 12 - Nov 25 - at Tampa Bay
Week 13 - Nov 29 - New Orleans
Week 14 - Dec 9 - at Carolina
Week 15 - Dec 16 - New York Giants
Week 16 - Dec 22 - at Detroit
Week 17 - Dec 30 - Tampa Bay
The Baltimore Ravens' schedule is obviously similar to those of their division foes, but they start and end the season with a slew of quality games. The good news for them is that in their tough three-game start, as well as their difficult three-game closing stretch, they play two out of three games at home.
They kick off the season on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals before heading away to Philadelphia. That's followed by a home date with the New England Patriots. They host the defending champion New York Giants in Week 16 before closing out the season away at Cincinnati.
Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: New England Patriots
Week 4: Cleveland Browns
Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 6: Dallas Cowboys
Week 7: at Houston Texans
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: at Cleveland Browns
Week 10: Oakland Raiders
Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12: at San Diego Chargers
Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 14: at Washington Redskins
Week 15: Denver Broncos
Week 16: New York Giants
Week 17: at Cincinnati Bengals
For more on the Ravens, head over to Baltimore Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down.
Andrew Luck will presumably be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and the Indianapolis Colts' starting quarterback throughout the season. Even though the Colts were terrible last season, they haven't exactly been handed an easy schedule. They've drawn the NFC North and AFC East this season.
The Colts are lucky that they've avoided a trip to Lambeau Field, but they have to travel to face the Patriots, Jets and Lions. The scheduling gods gave them a couple of light games outside of those matchups and their divisional games. Their other two games are against the Browns and Chiefs.
Week 1: at Chicago Bears
Week 2: Minnesota Vikings
Week 3: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Green Bay Packers
Week 6: at New York Jets
Week 7: Cleveland Browns
Week 8: at Tennessee Titans
Week 9: Miami Dolphins
Week 10: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 11: at New England Patriots
Week 12: Buffalo Bills
Week 13: at Detroit Lions
Week 14: Tennessee Titans
Week 15: at Houston Texans
Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 17: Houston Texans
By virtue of playing in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns' 2012 schedule was going to be a difficult one no matter what. Throw in a date with every NFC East team and some unfortunate timing for games, and it looks downright brutal on paper. On multiple occasions, the Browns have to deal with a couple of consecutive difficult games.
They open the year against the Philadelphia Eagles and follow that up with a trip to Cincinnati. In back to back weeks early in the year, they go away to face the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. After their bye week, they go away to Dallas, which is followed by a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They close the year with an away game in Pittsburgh
Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Buffalo Bills
Week 4: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 5: at New York Giants
Week 6: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 8: San Diego Chargers
Week 9: Baltimore Ravens
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 12: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13: at Oakland Raiders
Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15: Washington Redskins
Week 16: at Denver Broncos
Week 17: at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cincinnati Bengals have an inherently difficult road back to the NFL Playoffs on account of playing in a division with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, but they got a bit of a lucky draw compared to some of their division rivals. Just like the other AFC North teams, they have to play the AFC West and NFC East, but the Bengals get the New York Giants and Denver Broncos at home.
That's the schedule as a whole, but the draw wasn't kind to them in Week 1. They start the year on Monday Night Football, visiting the Baltimore Ravens. They play Baltimore in the last week of the season as well, part of a nasty stretch following away games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Week 1: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 2: Cleveland Browns
Week 3: at Washington Redskins
Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 5: Miami Dolphins
Week 6: at Cleveland Browns
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Denver Broncos
Week 10: New York Giants
Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 12: Oakland Raiders
Week 13: at San Diego Chargers
Week 14: Dallas Cowboys
Week 15: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 17: Baltimore Ravens
For more on the Bengals, head over to Cincinnati Bengals blog Cincy Jungle.
The Houston Texans enter 2012 as the favorites to repeat as champions in the AFC South, but they've got a fairly difficult schedule to navigate. In addition to their divisional games, they host the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens while going away to the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions. Arguably the toughest part of their schedule is the three-game road trip late in the season where they play three teams that had .500-or-better records last year -- the Lions, Patriots and Tennessee Titans.
Week 1: Miami Dolphins
Week 2: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3: at Denver Broncos
Week 4: Tennessee Titans
Week 5: at New York Jets
Week 6: Green Bay Packers
Week 7: Baltimore Ravens
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Buffalo Bills
Week 10: at Chicago Bears
Week 11: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 12: at Detroit Lions
Week 13: at Tennessee Titans
Week 14: at New England Patriots
Week 15: Indianapolis Colts
Week 16: Minnesota Vikings
Week 17: at Indianapolis Colts
The Pittsburgh Steelers ended last season in the most painful way possible, in a walk-off playoff overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. They begin this season expecting to get further in the playoffs, though they'll be doing it without a very familiar face. For the first time in a very long time, the Steelers will not be playing with Hines Ward, who has retired.
Pittsburgh opens their schedule away to Denver, and they'll be looking to exact some revenge. Their first divisional game comes in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals and they close the season by hosting their fiercest historical rivals, the Cleveland Browns.
Week 1: at Denver Broncos
Week 2: New York Jets
Week 3: at Oakland Raiders
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6: at Tennessee Titans
Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: Washington Redskins
Week 9: at New York Giants
Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens
Week 12: at Cleveland Browns
Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 14: San Diego Chargers
Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 16: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 17: Cleveland Browns
The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping that 2012 can end up being a bit of a rebuilding season for them. They will be hoping to pick up some big missing pieces at next week's 2012 NFL Draft and on the free agent market in the months leading up to the fall kickoff.
On Tuesday, the full 2012 NFL season schedule was released. The Jaguars now have nearly half a year to plan and prepare, to scout their opponents and plan for the toughest stretches of the brutal football season.
In all, the 2012 schedule for the Jaguars looks pretty amenable to helping Jacksonville gain some ground. No string of games looks particularly back-breaking, but the marquee matchup for the year looks to be in Week 14, when hometown boy Tim Tebow comes to town with his new team, the New York Jets.
Here is the full 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 @ Minnesota Vikings
Week 2: Sep. 16 vs. Houston Texans
Week 3: Sep. 23 @ Indianapolis Colts
Week 4: Sep. 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Chicago Bears
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Oct. 21 @ Oakland Raiders
Week 8: Oct. 28 @ Green Bay Packers
Week 9: Nov. 4 vs. Detroit Lions
Week 10: Nov. 8 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 11: Nov. 18 @ Houston Texans
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 13: Dec. 2 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. New York Jets
Week 15: Dec. 16 @ Miami Dolphins
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. New England Patriots
Week 17: Dec. 30 @ Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans do not yet know how they will fare in next week's 2012 NFL Draft and are still quite some time away from seeing who their final 53 will end up being in the upcoming season, but as of Tuesday, they now know exactly which teams they will be playing, as well as the where and the when.
On Tuesday, the full 2012 NFL season schedule was released. The Titans can now begin formulating a game plan and accumulating all the hours of videotape of opponents that the coaching staff will need to pore over for the next several months.
The Titans will have an uphill climb right away, as three of their first four games will come against 2011 playoff teams.
Here is the full 2012 Tennessee Titans schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 vs. New England Patriots
Week 2: Sep. 16 @ San Diego Chargers
Week 3: Sep. 23 vs. Detroit Lions
Week 4: Sep. 30 @ Houston Texans
Week 5: Oct. 7 @ Minnesota Vikings
Week 11: Oct. 11 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 7: Oct. 21 @ Buffalo Bills
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 9: Nov. 4 vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10: Nov. 11 @ Miami Dolphins
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Nov. 25 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Houston Texans
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ Indianapolis Colts
Week 15: Dec. 17 vs. New York Jets
Week 16: Dec. 23 @ Green Bay Packers
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last year the NFL started tweaking the scheduling process to ensure that Week 17 would feature games by teams in the same division. The idea behind it, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, is that those games would be more meaningful late in the year with potential playoff spots up for grabs.
The NFL didn't make any changes this year and Week 17 includes only divisional games. One of these games will be flexed to the Sunday night game, which will be the last game of the 2012 regular season.
Here's a look at the all divisional Week 17 in the NFL this year:
Bucs vs. Falcons
The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night and you can already see the storylines developing in Week 1 -- and we haven't even hit the NFL draft yet. Here are a few of the top storylines that popped to my mind as I skimmed through the first week on the NFL schedule.
First game of the year comes on a Wednesday. The defending champion Giants will host the Cowboys on Wednesday before the rest of the games on Sunday. Usually that's on a Thursday, but President Obama has a speech to make on Thursday.
Andrew Luck opens up against Brian Urlacher. Not exactly the easiest assignment, is it? The Colts, who are widely expected to select Luck in the upcoming NFL draft, open the season against the Bears in Chicago. Luck could've asked for an easier assignment in Week 1 (assuming, of course, that the Colts draft him).
Saints' first game post-bounty probe. The Redskins may be lucky they're playing the Saints early in the season, because several Saints players could be suspended as a result of the bounty investigation. What's going to happen if multiple players are suspended for Week 1?
Tony Gonzalez returns to Kansas City. As a Chiefs fan, I know this is an important game in Kansas City -- TG returns to the Chiefs, the team for which he starred for over a decade. This also features a matchup of two executives from the Belichick tree -- Kansas City's Scott Pioli and the Atlanta Falcons' Thomas Dimitroff.
Blaine Gabbert vs. Christian Ponder. Gabbert, drafted 10th last year, will meet Ponder, who was drafted 12th. Neither quarterback has shined in their brief careers; this will put the spotlight on both of them.
NFC's elite meet in Green Bay. 49ers vs. Packers in Week 1 is a nice gift from the NFL. That's your 2005 No. 1 pick Alex Smith, who was supposed to be great, taking on the 2005 draft's other first-round quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who ended up being pretty OK himself.
Peyton Manning's debut. You knew it would come in prime time and it will. Manning and the Broncos will host the Steelers on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 1. This will be Manning's first official game in Denver.
Monday night divisional rivalry doubleheader. The Bengals and Ravens, both 2011 playoff teams, will meet in the first "Monday Night Football" game, while the Raiders and Chargers will meet in the second MNF contest.
ESPN's "Monday Night Football" schedule for the 2012 NFL season will kick off with a pair of divisional rivalries. In Week 1, the Bengals will visit the Ravens, while the Raiders host the Chargers. ESPN traditionally broadcasts two "Monday Night Football" games in Week 1, with the later one on the west coast.
Peyton Manning's first "Monday Night Football" appearance as a Bronco will come in Week 2 when Denver meets the Falcons. Another intriguing game is the Week 12 matchup between the Panthers and Eagles, which will feature dynamic quarterbacks Cam Newton and Michael Vick.
The Bears will make three "Monday Night Football" appearances next season.
Here is the complete "Monday Night Football" schedule for the 2012 season:
Week 1: Bengals vs. Ravens
Week 1: Chargers vs. Raiders
Week 2: Broncos vs. Falcons
Week 4: Bears vs. Cowboys
Week 6: Broncos vs. Chargers
Week 7: Lions vs. Bears
Week 9: Eagles vs. Saints
Week 11: Bears vs. 49ers
Week 12: Panthers vs. Eagles
Week 14: Texans vs. Patriots
Week 15: Jets vs. Titans
Week 16: Falcons vs. Lions (Saturday)
The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night and we now know we'll see Peyton Manning early and often. The new Denver Broncos quarterback is likely the biggest reason the Broncos are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional-round playoff rematch in the first Sunday night game of the season.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" schedule is really loaded with great games almost every week. The Detroit Lions will play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, while the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will meet in Week 3. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, and the New Orleans Saints and their bounty investigation will be in prime time the following week.
The annual Ravens-Steelers matchup is on Sunday night, as well. The Patriots and New York Jets will face off on Thanksgiving.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" schedule is as follows:
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
Week 2: Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 4: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5: San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 7: Philadelphia Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
Week 10: Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (Thanksgiving)
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 14: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 15: San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots
Week 16: San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets
On Tuesday, the full schedule was released for the 2012 NFL season. Coming just over a week before the 2012 NFL draft, it is hard not to see how much anticipation is building for the coming season. The New Orleans Saints will have all eyes on them in the fall, as they will be recovering from the "Bountygate" scandal and its fallout. Head coach Sean Payton will be serving a one-year suspension that cost him the entire 2012 season.
In the early offseason, superstar quarterback Drew Brees has also displayed some hard feelings toward the Saints brass and has yet to sign his franchise tender. It is clear that there is no shortage of storylines to watch regarding the 2012 New Orleans team.
Here is the full 2012 New Orleans Saints schedule:
Week 1: Sep. 9 vs. Washington Redskins
Week 2: Sep. 16 @ Carolina Panthers
Week 3: Sep. 23 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Sep. 30 @ Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Oct. 21 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 8: Oct. 28 @ Denver Broncos
Week 9: Nov. 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10: Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 11: Nov. 18 @ Oakland Raiders
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 13: Nov. 29 @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 14: Dec. 9 @ New York Giants
Week 15: Dec. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. Carolina Panthers
The NFL expanded the NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" schedule from eight weeks in 2011 to 13 weeks in 2012. The Thursday night schedule now runs from Week 2 all the way through Week 15. This enhanced Thursday night schedule is why every team will get a chance to play in primetime this season.
Here's a look at the entire "Thursday Night Football" schedule for 2012:
The "Thursday Night Football" schedule isn't nearly as strong as ESPN's "Monday Night Football" or NBC's "Sunday Night Football" schedule, but it helps give every team a chance to play in prime time during the season, so that's your trade-off.
We've known every NFL team's 2012 opponents for several months, but the NFL has just now released the complete 2012 schedule with all the dates and TV schedules. The first game of the 2012 regular season, as we know, is the New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
The rest of the NFL schedule -- all 256 games -- can be seen at this link.
The NFL schedule officially starts on Sept. 5 when the defending Super Bowl champion Giants host the Cowboys. The first game on the schedule is traditionally reserved for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Other games that jump out at me include Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, as well as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears playing two games in five days to start the season.
The Thursday Night Football schedule has been expanded from eight to 13 weeks, which is part of the reason the NFL was able to give every team at least one game in prime time. Some teams, like the San Francisco 49ers, maxed out their number of prime-time games with five.
The 2012 NFL schedule is slowly trickling out over the course of Tuesday. Aspects of the season are beginning to take shape prior to the official schedule announcement at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.
One of the latest bits of information to come out was reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pittsburgh Steelers will reportedly open their season with a road game against the Denver Broncos and their new quarterback, Peyton Manning. That game will be the Week 1 matchup for "Sunday Night Football" and is sure to be a very eagerly anticipated game.
The Steelers may be on the decline in 2012, while the Broncos may be on the rise. Add to that the mountains of speculation regarding the health and ability of Manning after missing the entire 2011 season, and this is a worthy Week 1 marquee matchup.
For more info on the 2012 NFL season, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain. For updates and perspective on the Denver Broncos, head on over to Mile High Report.
While the rest of the NFL awaits the release of the 2012 schedule on Tuesday night, New York Giants fans can see the entire thing already. Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger has a copy of the Giants' complete 2012 schedule. It won't officially be released until 7 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday night.
We already knew the Giants would be opening the season against the Dallas Cowboys. The notable prime-time game is against the Carolina Panthers on the NFL's new Thursday Night Football schedule in Week 3. This list also doesn't include any exact dates or times.
The final month of the season looks to be a killer, as the Giants play the Saints, at the Falcons, at the Ravens and then come home for the division-rival Eagles.
Here's the full schedule, via the Newark Star-Ledger:
Week 1 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Wed, Sept. 5)
Week 2 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 3 - at Carolina Panthers (Thursday)
Week 4 - at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5 - vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 6 - at San Francisco 49ers
Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins
Week 8 - at Dallas Cowboys
Week 9 - vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 10 - at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 11 - BYE (Nov. 18)
Week 12 - vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 13 - at Washington Redskins
Week 14 - vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 15 - at Atlanta Falcons
Week 16 - at Baltimore Ravens
Week 17 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles
On Monday, SB Nation San Francisco 49ers blog Niners Nation passed along a rumor that the 49ers would play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to open the 2012 NFL season. It sounds like that rumor has legs, as several other reporters from both San Francisco and Green Bay have now reported the same -- 49ers vs. Packers at 4:15 p.m. ET in Week 1.
The NFL has yet to announce the full schedule so these reports remain, for the moment, unconfirmed. The only game the league has announced is the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to kick off the season.
Count Niners Nation among those 49ers fans who think playing one of the league's best teams early in the year would be a good thing.
If the 49ers do open on the road at Green Bay, we'll get a chance to figure out where this team is right off the bat. Team hopes will change dramatically over the course of a season, so there is only so much to be said about a week one performance. Nonetheless, I like the idea of opening in what would be a high profile contest between two of the biggest favorites in the NFC.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more on the 2012 NFL schedule release.
Like in years past, there have been a few early leaks before the NFL officially lifts the curtain on the 2012 NFL schedule on Tuesday night. The New England Patriots have already announced they have four primetime games in the 2012 season, and now there's a report out of Baltimore that says the Ravens will open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals on "Monday Night Football."
WNST reports that the Ravens will host the Bengals on Monday, Sept. 10, which falls during Week 1 of the schedule. The NFL plans to released the full 2012 NFL schedule at 7 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday night, so this isn't official yet.
The NFL often runs two "Monday Night Football" games in Week 1, with one taking place on the West Coast. If the report is accurate, this could be the first of two "Monday Night Football" games in Week 1.
The 2012 NFL schedule is set to be released on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. (ET) but already a few early leaks are getting out. The New England Patriots have already announced via their Twitter page that the Patriots will be on primetime four times this season, which matches their total from last year.
An easy guess for one Patriots primetime would be against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Other possibilities include the San Francisco 49ers, who made it to the NFC Championship last season, and the AFC East rival New York Jets.
The NFL's primetime slate includes NBC's Sunday Night Football (or Thanksgiving football), ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. The Thursday Night Football schedule has been expanded this year with 13 Thursday night games.
With Peyton Manning in the fold, the Denver Broncos are ready for primetime -- literally. The Broncos are expected to be a heavy focus of the NFL when they release the 2012 schedule on Tuesday evening. The Denver Post writes that the Broncos very well could see as many as five primetime games in the 2012 season.
The reason why is obvious -- Manning. He's made the Broncos one of the hottest teams in the NFL before they've even played a game. The Post reports that the Broncos think there is a strong chance they could be opening up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 1.
Other potential primetime matchups for the Broncos include a date against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. They also play 2011 playoff teams Bengals, Saints, Ravens and Falcons.
The NFL has announced that the 2012 NFL schedule will be released at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Both ESPN and NFL Network will be running lengthy schedule shows.
This isn't the first bit of scheduling news we've had this year. The NFL already released the preseason schedule, and they've also announced that the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for the first regular season game of the year.
Among the things to watch this year are the primetime games for your team. Every team will have a primetime game this year, whether that be Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football. The NFL has expanded their Thursday Night Football schedule this year from eight to 13 games.
The National Football League will unveil its full 256-game regular season schedule Tuesday night.
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