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NFL Schedule Predictions

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The 2011 NFL regular season schedule is set to be released sometime this week regardless of ongoing the labor situation.  The real question will be if the NFL will actually play all 17 weeks but for now let's assume there's a full schedule.  On WSW we like to take a stab at a few of the marquee games played during the season so here's my schedule predictions:

Opening Night

I'm going with Bears at Packers.  We know for sure the Packers will host the opening night game on Thursday, September 8 and recent history suggests the NFL likes a heavyweight fight to open the season.  There's been a lot of chatter over the last few days that Bears-Packers is the likely choice.  If not, look for the Saints to come to Lambeau Field.

Thanksgiving

Packers at Lions, Dolphins at Cowboys.  This year Detroit will host an NFC team on and over the last 10 years only two NFC teams have played the Lions on turkey day: the Packers and the Falcons.  Ironically, Detroit hosts both teams this year but I'm sensing the Packers will get a steady diet of late afternoon/prime time/marquee games in 2011.  So I'm putting them on Thanksgiving alert.  Dallas will host an AFC team and the Cowboys get Buffalo and Miami at home this year.  The Dolphins should be a no-brainer.

 

One thing is for sure.  Based on the 2011 opponents the Packers secondary will be tested throughout 2011.  The Packers will face young gunners Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Josh Freeman as well as blue chip franchise guys like Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.  ESPN is calling 2011 the Year of the Quarterback and it appears that will aptly describe the 2011 season in Green Bay.  Of course, this is assuming we actually see football this year.

 

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