2012 NFL Schedule: Week-By-Week Matchups and Primetime Games

The NFL Schedule was released tonight, giving us the first glimpse into the 2012 NFL season.

Was a 3-hour ESPN special over-kill? Perhaps, but I always look forward to the schedule release.

Yes, I am aware that we have known for months who the opponents for “our teams” would be, but the schedule gives us something to look forward to and to play around with in our heads a little.

The first thing people want to know is: “Who do we open up with?”

The opening day game can set the tone for the entire first month of the season, and the NFL scheduling committee always seem to kick-start the season with games sure to build anticipation and drive the ratings.

My Steelers travel to Denver to open up their season in a playoff rematch against the new-look Broncos with Peyton Manning under center on Sunday Night Football. That’s kind of exciting isn’t it? (We have to wait until Week 2 for revenge on Tebow.)

The schedule also gives us a chance to see what may be tough stretches, whether that includes long road trips, short weeks, or just a barrage of very good opponents in succession.

I also like to see what prime time games my team may be playing: Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football…there are so many of them now.

We may even predict what our team’s record may be at the end of November in correlation to the caliber of opponents it will be facing in December while trying to make that late playoff push.

As you can see, there are many reasons the NFL schedule release is met with excitement and anticipation by NFL fans.

For us football fans it is an added bonus that the schedule release always happens very close to the draft (click here for draft schedule), making it possible for NFL fans to quench their insatiable thirst for anything football related in timely doses during a long off season.

Okay, enough rambling.

I now present to you…..drum-roll, please……the 2012 NFL Schedule!

NFL Schedule 2012: Week By Week

Week 1back to top »
WED, SEP 5 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Dallas at NY Giants 8:30 PM NBC Tickets
SUN, SEP 9 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Indianapolis at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
New England at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
Washington at New Orleans 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at NY Jets 1:00 PM Tickets
St. Louis at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
Miami at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
San Francisco at Green Bay 4:15 PM Tickets
Seattle at Arizona 4:15 PM Tickets
Carolina at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Denver 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, SEP 10 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Cincinnati at Baltimore 7:00 PM Tickets
San Diego at Oakland 10:15 PM Tickets
Week 2back to top »
THU, SEP 13 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM NFL Tickets
SUN, SEP 16 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Kansas City at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Arizona at New England 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at NY Giants 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Tickets
New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
Houston at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Tickets
Dallas at Seattle 4:05 PM Tickets
Washington at St. Louis 4:05 PM Tickets
Oakland at Miami 4:15 PM Tickets
NY Jets at Pittsburgh 4:15 PM Tickets
Tennessee at San Diego 4:15 PM Tickets
Detroit at San Francisco 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, SEP 17 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Denver at Atlanta 8:30 PM Tickets
Week 3back to top »
SUN, SEP 23 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
St. Louis at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at Dallas 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
San Francisco at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
Kansas City at New Orleans 1:00 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Detroit at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Arizona 4:05 PM Tickets
Atlanta at San Diego 4:05 PM Tickets
Houston at Denver 4:15 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Oakland 4:15 PM Tickets
New England at Baltimore 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, SEP 24 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Green Bay at Seattle 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: NY Giants, Carolina
Week 4back to top »
SUN, SEP 30 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Carolina at Atlanta 1:00 PM Tickets
New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Seattle at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
San Francisco at NY Jets 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at Jacksonville 4:05 PM Tickets
Miami at Arizona 4:05 PM Tickets
Oakland at Denver 4:05 PM Tickets
New Orleans at Green Bay 4:15 PM Tickets
Washington at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM Tickets
NY Giants at Philadelphia 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, OCT 1 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Chicago at Dallas 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh
Week 5back to top »
THU, OCT 4 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Arizona at St. Louis 8:20 PM NFL Tickets
SUN, OCT 7 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Miami at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Green Bay at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at NY Giants 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Tickets
Seattle at Carolina 4:05 PM Tickets
Chicago at Jacksonville 4:05 PM Tickets
Buffalo at San Francisco 4:15 PM Tickets
Denver at New England 4:15 PM Tickets
San Diego at New Orleans 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, OCT 8 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Houston at NY Jets 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay
Week 6back to top »
THU, OCT 11 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Pittsburgh at Tennessee 8:20 PM NFL Tickets
SUN, OCT 14 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Oakland at Atlanta 1:00 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
St. Louis at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at NY Jets 1:00 PM Tickets
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Tickets
Kansas City at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Dallas at Baltimore 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at Arizona 4:05 PM Tickets
New England at Seattle 4:05 PM Tickets
NY Giants at San Francisco 4:15 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Washington 4:15 PM Tickets
Green Bay at Houston 8:20 PM NBC Tickets
MON, OCT 15 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Denver at San Diego 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Chicago, New Orleans, Carolina, Jacksonville
Week 7back to top »
THU, OCT 18 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Seattle at San Francisco 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, OCT 21 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Tennessee at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Washington at NY Giants 1:00 PM Tickets
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Dallas at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Green Bay at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
Arizona at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at New England 4:15 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Oakland 4:15 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, OCT 22 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Detroit at Chicago 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego
Week 8back to top »
THU, OCT 25 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Tampa Bay at Minnesota 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, OCT 28 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Carolina at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
San Diego at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Seattle at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Green Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
New England at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
Miami at NY Jets 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Tickets
Washington at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Tickets
Oakland at Kansas City 4:05 PM Tickets
NY Giants at Dallas 4:15 PM Tickets
New Orleans at Denver 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, OCT 29 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
San Francisco at Arizona 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Houston
Week 9back to top »
SUN, NOV 4 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Denver at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Arizona at Green Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Chicago at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
Miami at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Carolina at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Detroit at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at Oakland 4:05 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Seattle 4:05 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at NY Giants 4:15 PM Tickets
Dallas at Atlanta 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, NOV 5 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Philadelphia at New Orleans 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Kansas City, St. Louis, New England, NY Jets, San Diego, San Francisco
Week 10back to top »
SUN, NOV 11 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
NY Giants at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at New Orleans 1:00 PM Tickets
San Diego at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Denver at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
Oakland at Baltimore 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at Seattle 4:05 PM Tickets
Dallas at Philadelphia 4:15 PM Tickets
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:15 PM Tickets
Houston at Chicago 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, NOV 12 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Kansas City at Pittsburgh 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Cleveland, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Arizona, Washington, Jacksonville
Week 11back to top »
THU, NOV 15 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Miami at Buffalo 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, NOV 18 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Arizona at Atlanta 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Dallas 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at New England 1:00 PM Tickets
Green Bay at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
New Orleans at Oakland 4:05 PM Tickets
San Diego at Denver 4:15 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, NOV 19 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Chicago at San Francisco 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Tennessee, Minnesota, NY Giants, Seattle
Week 12back to top »
THU, NOV 22 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Houston at Detroit 12:30 PM Tickets
New England at NY Jets 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, NOV 25 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Minnesota at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
Oakland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Denver at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Seattle at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at San Diego 4:05 PM Tickets
St. Louis at Arizona 4:15 PM Tickets
San Francisco at New Orleans 4:15 PM Tickets
Green Bay at NY Giants 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, NOV 26 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Carolina at Philadelphia 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Dallas, Washington
Week 13back to top »
SUN, DEC 2 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Jacksonville at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Seattle at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Green Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
Carolina at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
New England at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
Arizona at NY Jets 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at Denver 4:05 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at San Diego 4:15 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Baltimore 4:15 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Oakland 4:15 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Dallas 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, DEC 3 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
NY Giants at Washington 8:30 PM Tickets
·Bye: Atlanta, New Orleans
Week 14back to top »
THU, DEC 6 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Denver at Oakland 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, DEC 9 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
St. Louis at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Dallas at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Kansas City at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
San Diego at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Tickets
Miami at San Francisco 4:05 PM Tickets
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 PM Tickets
New Orleans at NY Giants 4:15 PM Tickets
Detroit at Green Bay 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, DEC 10 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Houston at New England 8:30 PM Tickets
Week 15back to top »
THU, DEC 13 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Cincinnati at Philadelphia 8:20 PM Tickets
SUN, DEC 16 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
NY Giants at Atlanta 1:00 PM Tickets
Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM Tickets
Washington at Cleveland 1:00 PM Tickets
Minnesota at St. Louis 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
Denver at Baltimore 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM Tickets
Detroit at Arizona 4:05 PM Tickets
Carolina at San Diego 4:05 PM Tickets
Seattle at Buffalo 4:05 PM Tickets
Pittsburgh at Dallas 4:15 PM Tickets
Kansas City at Oakland 4:15 PM Tickets
San Francisco at New England 8:20 PM Tickets
MON, DEC 17 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
NY Jets at Tennessee 8:30 PM Tickets
Week 16back to top »
SAT, DEC 22 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Atlanta at Detroit 8:30 PM Tickets
SUN, DEC 23 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
New Orleans at Dallas 1:00 PM Tickets
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Tickets
Tennessee at Green Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Indianapolis at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tickets
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 PM Tickets
St. Louis at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Tickets
Oakland at Carolina 1:00 PM Tickets
New England at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Giants at Baltimore 1:00 PM Tickets
Minnesota at Houston 1:00 PM Tickets
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Denver 4:05 PM Tickets
Chicago at Arizona 4:15 PM Tickets
San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM Tickets
San Diego at NY Jets 8:20 PM Tickets
Week 17back to top »
SUN, DEC 30 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM Tickets
NY Jets at Buffalo 1:00 PM Tickets
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Tickets
Dallas at Washington 1:00 PM Tickets
Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM Tickets
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM Tickets
Houston at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tickets
Green Bay at Minnesota 1:00 PM Tickets
Miami at New England 1:00 PM Tickets
Carolina at New Orleans 1:00 PM Tickets
Philadelphia at NY Giants 1:00 PM Tickets
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Tickets
Oakland at San Diego 4:15 PM Tickets
Arizona at San Francisco 4:15 PM Tickets
St. Louis at Seattle 4:15 PM Tickets
Kansas City at Denver 4:15 PM Tickets
Per ESPN 


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