NFL Schedule 2011: Each Week's Most Interesting Matchup
The NFL Lockout is finally over and free agency is in full swing.
The season is nearly here and before we know it, the preseason will be over and we will be watching regular season NFL games once again.
This year’s schedule seems to have a few awesome matchups every week that any NFL fan will be dying to see.
This list will go through every week of the NFL schedule and find the most interesting and intriguing games to watch.
Mark your calendars, because you are not going to want to miss these games.
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens rivalry is the most relevant rivalry in the NFL today and it seems every year they meet in a meaningful game down the stretch or in the playoffs.
This game probably won't seem like it means much since it is one of the first games of the season, but the winner will start the season off on a high note. This game could very well be the difference between first and second place in the division at the end of the year.
These games are always physical, low scoring, dog fights that every NFL fan enjoys.
I can't wait to watch this game week one to kick off my NFL season.
Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week two's most intriguing matchup is an obvious one that should be a great game and storyline.
Michael Vick will be returning to Atlanta with the Philadelphia Eagles for a Sunday night affair that the entire country will be watching.
Vick and the Eagles are going to be one of the "sexy" Super Bowl picks this season after the major free agency moves they made and facing another one of the NFC's preseason favorites will make this game very interesting.
Even without the storyline of Vick returning to Atlanta, this would be a great game to watch which makes it one of the most interesting matchups on the regular season schedule.
Week 3: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
The first of two rematches of the NFC Championship game last season will have the NFL's eyes on Chicago.
The Green Bay Packers head back to Windy City to take on the Bears after knocking them out of the playoffs on their way to the Super Bowl last season.
Packers-Bears is the greatest rivalry in the history of the NFL and maybe the history of sports.
This year, both teams are projected to be good and the game should be as exciting as last season's Monday night game.
Week 4: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets opened their seasons playing each other last year in week one and played a great game.
This year should be no different and both potential Super Bowl teams will match up in Baltimore in week four.
This should be a low-scoring, all-defensive game and should be filled with a ton of big hits.
Any fan of defense should tune in to this Sunday night game.
Week 5: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Week five is going to be a great week of football and has a ton of great games scheduled.
this week has the first New York Jets vs. New England Patriots game and has Green Bay playing Atlanta as a rematch of their playoff game last season.
You can't go wrong watching either of those games but the most interesting game will be the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions.
The Lions are expected to be a solid team this year and could very well make the playoffs in some people's eyes. The Bears are also expected to compete for the NFC North and this should be a good divisional game.
However, the real reason this is the best game of the week is because it is the Detroit Lions first Monday Night Football game in 10 years.
Lions fans and players will be pumped for this game and I am already predicting a Lions victory.
Week 6: Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
The Dallas Cowboys are looking to bounce back from a very disappointing season last year and a big win against the New England Patriots in week six could send a message that they are for real.
Cowboys-Patriots is a fun matchup and a game that every big-time NFL fan will enjoy. Good quarterbacks, good offenses and two of the most popular teams in the league will make for a great game that I cannot wait for.
Week 7: New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts
This week seven game will be a rematch of the Super Bowl two years ago and will bring us back memories of one of the best Super Bowls ever.
I'm also sure that our heads will explode after the massive amount of replays we see of the second half opening onside kick on NBC.
This match up has two of the best quarterbacks and offenses in the NFL playing each other and that alone should be a good enough reason to be excited for the game.
Week 8: New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers this season in week eight and it is going to be another thriller.
It seems the Steelers-Patriots games are always great games to watch and come down to the wire.
Big Ben vs. Tom Brady is another awesome matchup to watch along with a great defense going against a great quarterback(Steelers defense vs. Tom Brady).
This game could very well end up being the AFC Championship game and will be played with the same quality.
Week 9: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
Week nine is another great week for football and has a few awesome games on schedule.
The most interesting in my eyes, though, is the New York Giants vs. The New England Patriots.
This game will be a rematch of one of the most memorable Super Bowls in recent years and will have the Patriots thirsty for revenge.
I can't wait to see this game and see how personally Bill Belichick will take losing that Super Bowl and whether or not he will do everything in his power to run up the score on the Giants and beat them to a pulp.
Week 10: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
The New England Patriots have made this list a few times already but there is no doubting the reasoning behind them being in the week 10 match up.
The New York Jets will be playing the Patriots and battling them for the division for the second time in what could be a battle for the division title.
Jets-Pats is slowly becoming more and more interesting and by this time, could be the best current rivalry in football.
I can't wait to watch both Jets-Pats games this year and hopefully a third time in the playoffs.
Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
This will be the first New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game in New York since the meltdown near the end of last season. Giants fans should be excited to get the rotten taste out of their mouths.
The Giants are going to be an interesting team this year and whether you think they will be good or not, anyone playing against Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson is going to be fun to watch.
If this game turns out to be half as good as the last time these teams played, I will be happy.
Week 12: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
This game is not only the most compelling game of week 12, but could be the best game of the season.
The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles could easily be a Super Bowl preview and an overall awesome game.
Bill Belichick game-planning to stop Michael Vick will be an exciting thing to look at before and during the game. It will also be cool to see if the league's best coach can stop the league's most exciting player.
Oh, and the league's best quarterback will be playing in the game as well, running one of the best offenses. Where can an NFL fan go wrong watching this game?
Week 13: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Another New England Patriots' game makes the list and has fans drooling over another great game.
One of the best rivalries of the early 2000s, Colts-Patriots is still a great matchup to this day.
This game puts the best two quarterbacks in the league against each other to see who will be the last one standing.
Each guy has their share of weapons so it will all be on who has the better game, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
Week 14: Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens
Week 14 isn't filled with great matchups but it does have one of the better ones in the entire league.
Ravens-Colts is the classic match up of offense vs. defense and simply boils down to which unit will play better.
Can Ray Lewis and the Ravens' dominant defense shut down Peyton Manning and the Colts' high-powered offense?
We will find out week 14.
Week 15: New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Rex Ryan's defense vs. Michael Vick and the explosive Philadelphia Eagles offense...does it get any better than this?
Throw in the fact that Nnamdi Asomugha decided to sign with the Eagles over the Jets and we've got ourselves some storylines.
X's and O's wise, this game will be great and it has some very interesting stuff to it beyond the football field, which all makes for a great game.
Week 16: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
This week 16 matchup could very well turn out to be the deciding factor in who wins the NFC South and will just be a good football game overall.
Both really good teams playing for a big prize, throw in the fact there is a rivalry involved and we've got ourselves some good football.
Week 17: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
This year's week 17 games aren't very exciting but Giants-Cowboys is already a great game.
These two teams will be competing for a playoff spot come this point of the season and this game could very well be a sudden death, winner advances to the playoffs type game.
Even if it isn't, these teams hate each other and so do their fans.
While we don't know for sure how this NFL season will turn out, this list of games seems like it will be compelling drama and great football all rolled into one.