2011 NFL Schedule: Game Times, Key Matchups and Reaction to 2011 Schedule

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2011 NFL Schedule: Game Times, Key Matchups and Reaction to 2011 Schedule
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We might not know if they're going to be playing football in 2011, but we're learning today who would play each other, when/if the owners and players find their way to the field this fall.

The early details of the key matchups of the 2011 NFL season are as disappointing as the progress being made at the negotiation table.

The NFL is mighty proud of their international game, as the Chicago Bears will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Oct. 23.

I know the Madison Avenue suits are intent on making the rest of the world love our game (because it worked out so well with NFL Europe, right?). If they're so giddy about this game though, why don't they get the marquis teams to commit to the trip and actually deliver a memorable matchup for the Brits?

Bears/Bucs doesn't scream, "Superstar Power," no matter how much the NFL suits will say this is a celebration of the Bears being one of the first teams to bring the game across the pond 25 years ago in a preseason game.

So what? It just does nothing for me. 

And if initial reports are correct, the New York Giants will play the Washington Redskins on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 in Washington D.C.

The New York crowd is saying this is an affront to the 9/11 survivors, but there were plenty of lives lost in the Pentagon attack as well on Sept. 11. It's the right thing to do, and this is the right way to fully honor all we lost that day.

Jets/Cowboys on the Sunday Night Football opener? Packers/Saints for the Thursday night opener? 

I'll get into these matchups more in upcoming takes throughout the night.

Initial Reaction: Meh. I'm still bummed Aaron Rodgers isn't going to be on the Madden cover this year. At least he gets to play last year's cover boy.

Stay tuned throughout the night as the schedule comes into focus.

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