Instead of moping around, wondering if the 2011 NFL Season is going to happen, we’re going to celebrate what we are certain of: the 2011 NFL schedule. It was released yesterday, and after reading through it, we’ve decided which games to circle with a red pen on our calendar.
New York Jets at New England (Week 5): It was only in January that the New England Patriots and its fans stood stunned, aghast at watching New York Jets players prance around Gillette Stadium after booting the Pats from the playoffs. Well, it won’t take too long for New England to get its revenge as the Jets go in to Foxboro for an AFC-East clash that will get plenty of press–and justifiably so.
New Orleans at Green Bay (Week 1): The first the season holds a great match-up between the past two Super Bowl Champions. It features two of the best quarterbacks in the business, Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers and the previous title holder, Drew Brees. Chicago was previously believed to be the Packers’ opening day challenger, but we’ll be happy to see these two teams duke it out for early-season NFC supremacy.
Green Bay at San Diego (Week 9): Green Bay quarterback Rodgers and Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers were on the short list of rising NFL stars whose Super Bowl dreams were thisclose to happening. Rodgers is now wearing a Super Bowl ring, so Rivers’ reaction in this game will be telling. Can the NC State product finally realize his part of the dream this year, or will he be the Dan Marino to Rodgers’ Joe Montana for the foreseeable future?
Dallas at New York Jets (Week 1): The New York Jets took it to another level last season, reaching the AFC Championship game. Alas, they had nothing left to fight Pittsburgh with after beating the Patriots. They will begin another run against a team also looking to make it to the next level (the playoffs): the Dallas Cowboys. It might depend on Tony Romo’s health, but coming up with a big week one win against a strong AFC opponent might do wonders for the Cowboys’ psyche for the 2011 season.