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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 10 College Football Games (Week 1)

Boise State vs Virginia Tech

The Week 1 Free Ticket Classifieds Game of the Week: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Boise State Broncos

It’s mid August and that means many college football fans are gearing up for the 2010 NCAA football season.  The first few weeks of the season are typically filled with non-conference games against typically week opponents as many prominent teams are looking to make some final adjustments before conference play starts.  This year, however, many teams have opted to open up the season against some tough non-conference teams as they hope to build up their strength of schedule and thus their BCS ranking.

In this week’s Free Ticket Classifieds game of the Week, #5 Boise State will take on #10 Virginia Tech. This ESPN nationally televised game will take place on Monday September 6th at Fedex Field in Washington DC.  The Hokies typically rely on a strong defensive and special teams but this year the offense may be the unit to watch.  Virginia Tech will have Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, tailbacks Ryan Williams and Darren Evans, and the play-making wide receiver Jarrett Boykin all return to the team.  A win against Boise State and the Hokies could easily start out the season 8-0 and have a shot at the BCS Championship game.

The 5th ranked Boise State Broncos are set to return 9 of 11 starters from their high-powered offense.  At the top of the list is Heisman Trophy contender Quarterback Kellen Moore.  The Broncos also have tailback Jeremy Avery, and wide recievers Austin Pettis and Titus Young.  The Broncos should once again have one of the best offenses in the nation but they will surely be tested against a tough Hokies defense.

The Broncos – Hokies game is not the lone game between two highly ranked teams.  Check out the below list of the top 10 Week 1 college football games.

Top 10 Week 1 College Football Games

1.  #10 Virginia Tech vs #5 Boise State

2.  #18 Utah vs #15 Pittsburgh

3.  Illinois vs Missouri

4.  Maryland vs #25 Navy

5.  UNLV vs #16 Wisconsin

6.  #6 TCU vs Oregon State

7.  #12 BYU vs Washington

8.  Notre Dame vs Purdue

9.  Michigan vs Connecticut

10.  Rice vs #2 Texas