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2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

New York Jets

Will Mark Sanchez be able to quiet critics and hold off Tim Tebow? The answer may lie in the Jets ability to institute the Wildcat offense.

After college football’s opening weekend this past weekend, it’s now the NFL’s turn to kick off the 2012 season.  After a long offseason filled with OTAs (Organized Team Activities), mini camps, training camps, and preseason games both fans are players are eager to play in games that count.

The NFL will start things off with a special Wednesday night game (September 5th, 2012) between the NY Jets and Dallas Cowboys.  The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature two of the more popular teams in the NFL.  Both teams are looking to rebound from disappointing 8-8 seasons in 2011 in which neither team qualified for the playoffs.  All the hype coming out of Jets training camp surrounds the quarterback position.  Jets QB Mark Sanchez inked a new deal but fans and media alike are not sold on his abilities.  If Sanchez stumbles out of the gate be prepared for the second coming of Tebow mania.  The Jets are expected to debut a new hybrid offense in which Tim Tebow will see the field as a running back in a variation of the “Wildcat” offense.  The “Wildcat” formation consists of a direct snap to the running back is named after the Wildcats of West Genesee High School.

Week 1 will also include a double-header of Monday Night Football (MNF) games.  Game 1 will be a matinee (kickoff at 6:00 PM) between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  Game 2 will begin at 9:15 PM and will feature the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers at the newly named O.co Coliseum in Oakland California.

Below is the complete 2012 NFL Opening Week Schedule.

2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

Wednesday, 9/5/2012
Game Time Location
Giants vs Cowboys 7:30 pm MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 9/9/2012
Bears vs Colts 12:00 pm Soldier Field
Titans vs Patriots 12:00 pm LP Field
Jets vs Bills 12:00 pm MetLife Stadium
Saints vs Redskins 12:00 pm Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Vikings vs Jaguars 12:00 pm Mall of America Field
Chiefs vs Falcons 12:00 pm Arrowhead Stadium
Browns vs Eagles 12:00 pm Cleveland Browns Stadium
Lions vs Rams 12:00 pm Ford Field
Texans vs Dolphins 12:00 pm Reliant Stadium
Packers vs 49ers 3:25 pm Lambeau Field
Cardinals vs Seahawks 3:25 pm University of Phoenix Stadium
Bucs vs Panthers 3:25 pm Raymond James Stadium
Broncos vs Steelers 7:20 pm Sports Authority Field
Monday, 9/10/2012
Ravens vs Bengals 6:00 pm M&T Bank Stadium
Raiders vs Chargers 9:15 pm O.co Coliseum

Week 1 also means that the fantasy football season is starting.  My main money league just switched to a dynasty format and we had out first draft last weekend.  It’s a uber competitive 16 team league with individual defensive players and a unique scoring format (PPR, bonus for 100 yards rushing/receiving, 300 yards passing, etc.).  I was out of town for the draft which meant I was forced to take my chances with auto-pilot.  I had the 9th pick in the draft and was able to snag my top target Cam Newton.  Cam Newton is a beast in this league as, in addition to impressive passing game, he also racks up mega points with his rushing ability.  He is also young which bodes well for a dynasty league in which you get to keep your entire starting lineup from year to year.  Below is my complete roster…what do you think?

Position Player
QB Newton, Cam(QB) CAR
RB Brown, Donald(RB) IND
RB Sproles, Darren(RB) NO
WR Johnson, Steve(WR) BUF
WR Marshall, Brandon(WR) CHI
TE Celek, Brent(TE) PHI
DL Dareus, Marcell(DL) BUF
LB Fletcher, London(LB) WAS
LB Lofton, Curtis(LB) NO
DB Harper, Roman(DB) NO
K Akers, David(K) SF
Bench Sanchez, Mark(QB) NYJ
Bench Tebow, Tim(QB) NYJ
Bench Redman, Isaac(RB) PIT
Bench Bennett, Earl(WR) CHI
Bench Cobb, Randall(WR) GB
Bench Briggs, Lance(LB) CHI
Bench David, Lavonte(LB) TB
Bench Bell, Yeremiah(DB) NYJ
Bench Watt, J.J.(DL) HOU

Top Weekend Events 11/11/2011 to 11/13/2011

Manny_PacquiaoWell since Susie is taking a bit of a break, you will have to put up with me for a little longer as I break down the top weekend event for November 11th through the 13th, 2011.  This weekend is absolutely dominated by sports- primarily college and NFL football.  However, Taylor Swift snuck into the top 10 with her sold concert on Sunday in Miami, FL.  However, coming in at #1 on our list is the big boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.  Although the “Pac Man” is heavily favored, Marquez held his own in two previous fights.  Many boxing fans are looking past this fight and are eagerly awaiting Pacquiao’s bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.  For Pac Man’s sake let hope he isn’t doing to the same.

In College Football, the #1 ranked LSU Tigers remain a hot ticket as they return home to face cupcake Western Kentucky.  Many fans appear to be taking advantage of the low ticket price against this inferior foe.  Surprisingly, also on the list,  is the big Penn State vs Nebraska game.  While this game has huge implications for the Big 10, it is Joe Paterno’s sex scandal that is grabbing all the headlines.  Many suspect this could be Joe Pa’s last game on the Nittany Lions sideline.  Coming in at #9 is the big PAC 12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon.  A win by Andrew Luck and the Cardinal and they will be looking good for a chance at the BCS National Championship game.

The NFL has 3 games that made our top ten list this week.  The first game is the NFC showdown between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.  Jay Cutler and company will be looking for revenge after an embarrassing Monday night performance a few weeks back.  Also making the list are big AFC match-ups the San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders (I know it’s Thursday but we’re going to count it anyway), as well as, the New England Patriots vs the NY Jets.

Top Weekend Events 11/11 to 11/13

#1 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez

#2 Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions

#3 LSU Tigers vs Western Kentucky

#4  Penn State vs Nebraska

#5 NY Jets vs New England Patriots

 

#6 Taylor Swfit Miami 11/13/2011

#7 San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Thursday

#8 Oklahoma Sooners vs Iowa State

#9 Stanford vs Oregon

#10  Minnesota vs Wisconsin
 

 

2011 Season NFL Predictions

With the preseason getting under way  to see how NFL teams are shaping up, it’s now time for the 2011 Season predictions!

2011 Season NFL Top Spot Predictions by division:

AFC West: San Diego Chargers, though they have a difficult schedule, they should be able to pull ahead.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning’s health an issue (neck injury) and could possibly be the Colts undoing this season.  Perhaps too much stock is put solely into Manning.

AFC North:  Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.  Ravens have a great schedule; most of the tough games are home games.  For the Steelers, they have a few tough games lined up against Baltimore and a home game against the Patriots.  This division will be a tough win.  Other possible competitors include the Cleveland Browns with Colt McCoy as their quarterback.  The Cincinnati Bengals will probably compete with the Detroit Lions for the worst record in the league and they get rid of talent to meet their salary cap.

AFC East: Obviously the New England Patriots have the best record.  Tom Brady will resume play at QB this season after being out on the disabled list for the majority of the season last year.  The New York Jets are best positioned and hungry to take that title from the Patriots however.  Their two key players, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, will come back from another season.  While this probably won’t be the Buffalo Bills year again, they will be in a great position to get one of the top quarterbacks next season.

Wild card: the Jets and the Steelers would make an awesome duo to knock-off the Colts and the Chargers.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Seahawks have won five of the last seven divisional titles.  Their roster is still being overhauled, but they should still take the top spot again.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons have banked on Julio Jones being their go-to guy at the expense of many draft picks.  Ray Edwards on defense should also be formidable.  Just behind the Falcons are the New Orleans Saints.  They will be an improved team this year, but probably not enough to overtake the Falcons.

NFC North: Tough to predict, but probably the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers resigned most of their key free agents therefore having much of the same guys as on their 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.  The Chicago Bears are right behind them, although they might have too much stock in their Dallas Cowboys pickups, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Sam Hurd.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.  While this division is one of the most competitive, the Eagles should easily take the top spot with their great talent and large salary cap to add more key players.

Wild card: Saints vs. Seahawks and Packers vs. Falcons.

Superbowl: Ravens over Eagles

MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints.

Predictions by Bleacher Reports

Ladainian Tomlinson giving New York Jets #1 rushing offense

Ladainian Tomlinson has experienced a renaissance year thus far in 2010 with the New York Jets showing the explosive speed and rapid cuts that made him one of the best back in the league a few years back. The San Diego Chargers let Tomlinson go after seeing a decline in production the last two years. The decline was attributed to various injuries in Tomlinson’s eyes. The Chargers used a first round pick to draft Ryan Matthews from Fresno State and view him as a featured running back in their offensive scheme. Darren Sproles is also used as a change of pace back. Thus far this season the Chargers are averaging 124 yards per game which is ranks twelfth in the NFL. Matthews has not been an impact player thus far due to injuries and lack of carries.

Ladanian Tomlinson’s rushed for 1110 yards in 2008 in 16 games with a yards per carry average of 3.8. In 2009 he rushed for 730 yards with a yards per carry average of 3.3 in 14 games. Thru five games in 2010 he has rushed for 435 yards and has a yards per carry average of 5.7. The New York Jets rank first in the league in rushing yards per game, almost seventeen yards higher than the Atlanta Falcons. Tomlinson get the majority of carries for the Jets as Shonne Greene spells him with runs inside the tackles mostly. The Jets offense will be tough for any defense considering the versatility to either run or pass effectively. Since Mark Sanchez has not turned the ball over thus far this season the Jets have been putting up over 25 points a game since their week one loss against Baltimore. They are very talented and deep on offense and overall one of the best teams in the league.

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