Seventeen NFL games to watch for
The NFL rolled out the 2011 schedule with its usual amount of prime-time fanfare on Tuesday, and yet what do we make of a regular season that has the potential to be anything but regular?
With the league's labor battle unsettled as the draft approaches, the NFL's schedule release had that written-in-pencil feel to it this year, with the words 'subject to change' perhaps the caveat that remains unspoken but implied.
We have been assured time and time again by many that there will be football this season, but no one can be certain just when, or how much of the 2011 schedule will actually come to pass. Early season games would appear to be in the most jeopardy, of course, so take with a grain of salt the buildup for the Saints at Packers on Thursday night of kickoff weekend or the Cowboys at Jets showdown on Sunday night in Week 1.
Fingers crossed, here are the 17 games I can't wait to see in the NFL's 17-week regular season: