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2012 NFL Schedule Released

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.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more news and notes on the 2012 NFL schedule. Here is the 2012 NFL preseason schedule.