2011 NFL Schedule: Reacting to the Schedule Release
The bleak reality of life without NFL football this fall is briefly set aside today, as the league is set to unveil the complete 2011 schedule this evening.
While team matchups are already set, the order in which contests will be played and the designation of national primetime games are what have fans excited for tonight's news (airing at 7 pm, ET on NFL Network).
Already, rumors have been floated that the Redskins and Giants are set for a tilt on Sunday, September 11th in Washington, DC, and that the Jets and Cowboys are meeting in primetime that night.
Nothing will be confirmed until the official announcements come out from the league. Stick around for information leading up the announcements, as well as commentary and analysis after the schedules are set.
And remember, even if the NFL and the NFLPA don't strike a deal in time for football this season, we'll still need the schedule for our dynasty mode in Madden 2012!
Thanks for sticking around. The draft starts in nine days...get ready!
Be sure to check out our NFL page for information on all 32 teams' schedules. Not a site with more comprehensive schedule coverage than us.
That's it for now, all. A couple notes:
I've scoured the schedule, and nowhere is there a hint (subliminal or otherwise) that the league is bracing for a fall without football. Not sure what that means, but it can't be a bad thing.
Dolphins week-by-week predictions.
Thanksgiving Day matchups.
Top ten matchups next season.
And the rest of the week's schedules are here.
Up next: some awesome analysis that'll serve as great reading material while you sit on the porcelain throne...
We've hit Halloween weekend, the halfway point of the 2011 NFL season.
Cowboys vs. Eagles on SNF is the marquee matchup of the weekend, followed up closely by the Pats and Steelers. Both games have potential to be playoff previews.
In an unrelated note, 'Melo is going off.
Week 7 has the 49ers, Eagles, Patriots, Giants, Bengals and Bills on a bye. That leaves MNF's Colts and Saints matchup as the game of the weekend.
Colts fans have to be troubled with the Peyton Manning contract extension impasse. It'll get done eventually, but the light at the end of the Manning tunnel is in sight.
Tom Edrington breaks down Tampa Bay's rugged 2011 schedule. Worth a read.
For the rest of the week 6 schedule, click here.
Eagles vs. 'Skins should be another fun matchup. While in all likelihood it won't be a McNabb-Vick rematch (that'll happen when the Eagles play the Vikings), can't beat a good ol' fashioned NFC East blood-bath.
Looking for a complete run-down of every Monday Night Football game this season? You're in luck, ESPN just published one. As the guys at Pro Football Talk say, bang it here.
The Vikings visit the Bears in Chicago for Sunday night's primetime tilt. Check out Featured Columnist Ray Tannock's breakdown of the entire Vikings season.
The Cowboys and Patriots headline week 6's action. Hard to believe that the Tony Romo and the 'Boys won't bounce back in 2011, right? Roster seems to loaded with talent not to get back to a Super Bowl contending team, but I guess we've been saying that for years.
St. Louis Rams fans, check out Darin Pike's analysis of the team's 2011 schedule here.
For the complete week 5 slate of games, click here.
SNF is a rematch from the 2010 playoffs as the Packers head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The Packers thrashed the Falcons secondary in their playoff tilt. Hard to imagine a much different outcome in 2011 with Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers offense.
Bears at Lions is week 5's MNF game, another less than sexy matchup (at least in April). Ndamukong Suh in the backfield all evening could change my tune quickly. Love watching him play (even if his rookie season was slightly overrated).
Teams have byes in week 5 for the first time, so there's an abbreviated slate of games.
The game that will draw most attention is the Jets visit to Foxboro on Sunday afternoon. I'll make only one prediction for the game this far in advance: Wes Welker won't make any foot jokes.
To see the complete week 4 schedule, click here.
Jets visit the Ravens on SNF in week 4. Another SNF game that outshines MNF. Schedule makers smiled on NBC.
8 of Bears 2011 opponents finished 2010 w/records of .500 or better; 6 with 10 wins or more. They also face 6 playoff teams from 2010.
My hometown San Francisco 49ers head back to Philly to take on the Eagles for the first time since 2009. Eagles fans were very welcoming in their last meeting. .
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