By Josh Kramer
Opening night is still well over a month away (September 5th), but anticipation for the 2012 NFL season is mounting. With training camps, fantasy drafts, and more, people are all ears in regards to the 2012 NFL season. The following is a guide for the upcoming season with a game a week to have circled on your calendar regardless of your fan allegiance.
Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
The Word: What transpired on January 8, 2012 left a bitter taste in the mouths of Steeler Nation. Tim Tebow may be gone, but Peyton Manning has arrived.
Week 2: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
The Word: Drew Brees versus Cam Newton. Grab your popcorn.
Week 3: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
The Word: New England ended Baltimore’s season this past January earlier than Ravens fans would have liked. The Ravens will be looking to exact a little revenge on this evening.
Week 4: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers
The Word: Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers on the same field? There may be a little passing going on.
Week 5: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
The Word: Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. The two best quarterbacks of our generation.
Week 6: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
The Word: One of the best rivalries in football hits the national stage.
Week 8: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
The Word: The NFC East has become the best division in football. Both of these teams will surely be in contention.
Week 9: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
The Word: Can you say athleticism? Cam Newton versus Robert Griffin III.
Week 10: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
The Word: The likely top guns in the NFC South go toe to toe at the Superdome.
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Word: When isn’t this AFC North throw down a physically grueling and vastly entertaining spectacle?
Week 12: Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
The Word: Aaron Rodgers and Co. seek revenge against the G-Men.
Week 13: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
The Word: Will Osi “the Chatterbox” put his money where his mouth is?
Week 14: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The Word: These will be the two top teams in the NFC North.
Week 15: San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
The Word: Two of the Super Bowl favorites in a late season battle on primetime.
Week 16: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens
The Word: Eli has finally answered the critics. This game could be a golden opportunity for Joe Flacco to do the same.
Week 17: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
The Word: A rematch of Week 1 that is sure to have heavy playoff implications.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.