Football fans, all over, sat on the edge of their seats as the NFL’s 2012 schedule was announced on Tuesday. With what looks like it could be an interesting season, critics around the country have began to predict the next rivals and stand-out players.
It will not be too long of a wait to see Peyton Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform. The Broncos will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on opening Sunday of the season. Also scheduled to play that day:
The Chicago Bears vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field
New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field
Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, just to name a few.
The NFL has scheduled 13 games for the first Sunday, which falls on September 9th.
The very first game of the season falls on a Wednesday, the first time this has since 1948, according to MSN. The game, featuring the Cowboys and the Giants, was moved to avoid conflict with President Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said,
“We will have a week-in and week-out challenge, not only in who we play, but with the different elements of our schedule.”
The NFL Network will now showing games from September until December, instead of just the second half of the schedule.
According to MSN, byes will occur from weeks 4 through 11. Then at the start of week 11, the league will have flex scheduling for the Sunday night game.
10 teams have three consecutive home games while Green Bay and Houston ended up being the only teams with three straight road trips.
Green Bay’s coach Mike McCarthy said, “As far as playing three on the road, I don’t look at that as an extraordinary challenge. It is always challenging, period, when you go on the road.”
The wild-card weekend will happen January 5-6 with the next weekend for the divisional round and then conference championships on January 20. Superbowl XLVII (47) is February 3 in New Orleans.
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