With the recent release of the NFL's 2012 schedule, numerous games pop out. Unfortunately, we won't see Denver against Indianapolis, which would have Peyton Manning play against his old team in what would no doubt be filled with drama, but there are numerous other big games to look forward to.
So, here are the top five games of the 2012 season that fans should look ahead to. Rivalries will be renewed, and hopefully some new ones will be created in this upcoming season.
I'm marking this one down on my calendar already. If there was ever a game to take the over in, it's this one. The lack of defenses will be astounding, and points will be put up by two offenses led by stars Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.
Stafford and Rodgers combined last year for almost 10,000 yards through the air. Honestly, don't be shocked if in this game they approach 1,000 combined passing yards. It's a guaranteed shootout, so fans should be sure to tune in and not miss this one.
This game has a lot of meaning attributed to it, mostly due to the fact that these two teams battled it out in the NFC championship in a game that could have gone either way. As we all know, the Giants pulled it out and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Jim Harbaugh and the gang will be looking for revenge, so don't be shocked to see their defense step up big time and shut the Giants down. Besides, the Giants don't play well until the end of the season, so they'll probably lose this one.
Still, it's a game I can't wait to see.
This game will be a rematch of last season's AFC title game. Baltimore, like San Francisco, will be looking to avenge their defeat, while Tom Brady and the Patriots will be looking to win this big game and solidify their status as an elite team.
Whoever wins this game will send a statement to the league and could possibly emerge as the early Super Bowl favorite. I'm interested to see how Baltimore's defense, which isn't getting any younger, will do against the offensive juggernaut that is the Patriots.
It's definitely a fascinating, can't-miss matchup.
ESPN is going to be all over this one. Denver vs. New England, Manning vs. Brady—they'll be hitting it from all angles. This game pits two all-time great quarterbacks against one another, which is reason enough for me to tune in.
Manning and the Broncos will be looking to win here and show the league that Manning is 100 percent healthy and that the Broncos are a force to be reckoned with.
And for New England, depending on what happens two weeks earlier with Baltimore, they'll either be looking to rebound here with a big win, or look to lock down the position of the NFL's No. 1 squad.
Manning vs. Brady is all I needed to hear. Tune in when these two square off in Week 5.
The Eagles haven't lost to the Giants in the Meadowlands since 2007 and have won seven out of their last eight against the G-Men. This game will likely be for the NFC East division title, as I view these two teams as clearly the best in the division.
Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if the Eagles were playing for home field advantage here. If Vick stays healthy all year, they're going to be very difficult to defeat. Hopefully this one will have drama surround it and will have some meaning as the last game of the year.
Any time Vick and the Eagles are out there (and they aren't my favorite team) I'll be watching. Tune in for this game.
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