NFL 2011 Season: What Difference Did the Lockout Make?

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NFL 2011 Season: What Difference Did the Lockout Make?
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The Giants won the Lombardi Trophy to cap the 2011 season.

The 2011 NFL season is now in the books.

It was another great season—but there was a chance at one time that it might have been canceled.

One year ago, the league was facing a lockout. The offseason was much different than other years. Mini-camps and OTAs were not held. Training camps were delayed. There was no Hall of Fame Game.

Fortunately, for those of us who love football, the lockout ended, and the season began as scheduled.

Did the lockout make any difference? Did it change the way the season played out?

Before we close the door completely on the 2011 season, let's look at a few ways the lockout made—or didn't make—a difference on the season.

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