The 2011 NFL schedule is expected to be released tonight at 7 p.m. EST. This means all day, we get to speculate the football goodness that will take place this fall season.
Everyone is anxiously waiting to see who the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will open the season against.
We want to know who will be joining the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and our families on Thanksgiving Day (better known to me as the greatest holiday ever—football and food, what can be better!?).
One game we do know, thanks to NFL.com, is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Oct. 23—at Wembley Stadium in London! This is a fantastic matchup for our overseas fans to see live after the Bears went to the NFC Championship last year, while the "Young Bucs" just missed out on the playoffs after a 10-win season.
Although we do not know the exact schedule until 7 p.m. EST tonight, we expect these conference and inter-conference matchups in addition to the set division matchups:
AFC East vs. AFC West
AFC North vs. AFC South
NFC East vs. NFC West
NFC North vs. NFC South
AFC East vs. NFC East
AFC West vs. NFC North
AFC North vs. NFC West
AFC South vs. NFC South
USA Today nicely organized the home and away meetings for each team. Although we do not know the exact game-by-game schedule, we can already begin to analyze and speculate which teams could be in for a winning or losing season.
What matters most of all—will your team be able to make a Super Bowl run in 2011 with these expected matchups?