2012 NFL Schedule: League Releases Official Regular-Season Slate of Games

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

It is official—we now know more about the 2012 NFL season than just when and where the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will play the Dallas Cowboys.

The league finally released its full slate of regular-season contests on Tuesday; we can now put a date and time next to each and every matchup. Complete schedules for all 32 NFL teams can be found on NFL.com.

Obviously, things will get started with the Giants and Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 5, but Sunday, Sept. 9 is the true opening Sunday of the season.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  (L to R) Co-owner of the New York Giants Steve Tisch, Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants, Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants and Ann Mara stand on a float during Giants' Victory Parade on February 7, 2012 i
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Before we get that far, however, we get a chance to look down each team's potential road map to the postseason.

The Giants have the league's toughest schedule, according to ESPN, but they're not the only team with a daunting task in front of them.

Do the Green Bay Packers have what it takes to make another run at regular-season perfection? Or, for that matter, do the New England Patriots?

How will the New Orleans Saints handle the beginning of their season with a new interim coach, a disgruntled quarterback and a cloud of controversy hanging overhead? Will they be able to overcome all that and find a way into the postseason?

We still have a long way to go before the season kicks off, but if you look at the full schedules for each team, you can already start predicting wins and losses. Now, the only thing remaining on the NFL calendar before players start practicing is the 2012 NFL draft.

In less than three weeks' time, the draft will be upon us. It will be interesting to see when, where and if the high-profile rookies get a chance to square off this season.

Check back periodically for links to full breakdowns of all 32 teams' schedules.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

St. Louis Rams


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