The 2011 NFL schedule was realised yesterday and Al Dannity says there will be no shortage of big games to keep fans entertained all season long.
Look out below! The 2011 NFL season will kick off with a huge game. It will be champion vs. champion in Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers take on the New Orleans Saints. The league’s decision to pit the two most recent Super Bowl winners against one another in the opening game should ensure an exciting encounter. The season was always going to start with a home game for the Packers but a divisional meeting with the Bears seemed the most likely scenario. A NFC North match-up could have been exciting but wouldn’t have the same potential for offensive fireworks. By pitting the Saints against Green Bay, fans can spend the next few months salivating at the prospect of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees airing it out in primetime.
Grudge games Week 3 gives the Giants a chance to make up for the punt that turned their season upside down. Big Blue head to the Linc to take on Michael Vick and the Eagles in a NFC East match-up. DeSean Jackson will be there too, waiting for a chance to torment New Yorkers yet again.
NFL betting fans will be happy to know the ‘other’ team in New York has a couple of massive games on their schedule. The Jets travel to Baltimore in Week 4 for what promises to be an epic defensive battle. Then just one week later, they travel to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. New England were stunned by the Jets in the playoffs last year and will be hungry for revenge.
Week 13 sees the two biggest quarterbacks in the game square off for about the 68th straight season, or at least it feels that way. Tom Brady’s Patriots host the Colts as Peyton Manning looks to make up for last season’s disappointment at home.
Dramatic conclusion The final weekend of the season is yet again loaded with divisional match-ups, hopefully ensuring at least some playoff drama. The wide open AFC West sees the Chargers travel to Oakland and the Chiefs head to Denver. The Titans and Texans will both hope to make up for their failures in the AFC South last year while the Jaguars and Colts meet in a potential division deciding game. Even the NFC West could deliver thrills with the new look 49ers heading to St. Louis to take on a Rams team with playoff ambitions in Sam Bradford’s sophomore year.