NFL Predictions 2011: Ranking the 50 Can't-Miss Games of 2011

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NFL Predictions 2011: Ranking the 50 Can't-Miss Games of 2011
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Every season, the NFL presents a large number of games that their fans recognize as "must see."

Because of the comparative parity in the NFL, there are so many possible classic games lurking out there. It's one of the reasons why the NFL is so popular: fans simply can't predict when a once-in-a-lifetime game is about to occur.

Yet, there are always great games that we can see coming a mile away. So I've decided to make a list of 50 games I won't want to miss in the upcoming 2011 season.

What makes a great game? Well, for the purposes of this list, I'll say the raw matchup (the teams involved in other words) and the context (is it early or late in the season?).

Obviously certain games take precedent over others, no matter when they take place (we'll see a few of those), but by and large the the higher ranking games on this list are ones which will be played in the latter part of the season.

The enormous elephant in the room is, obviously, what if there aren't any games? Will the lockout derail any, or all, of football's 2011 season? For the sake of this list, I'll think positively and assume that it won't.

(And try to keep in mind that, yes, I realize it's a subjective list.)

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