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Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:42 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 3:14 pm
 
                                                                          (US PRESSWIRE)
By Ryan Wilson

The 2011 season isn't yet over but with the regular season now in the books, the 2012 NFL opponents are now set (the official schedule will be released in the spring).

Every year, teams play six games in their division (facing each of the other three teams twice), eight games against eight teams from two other divisions, and two games determined on division record.

With the final regular-season standings settled, we now know who'll face whom.

For example, by virtue of winning the AFC West, the Broncos have the pleasure of facing the Patriots and Texans in 2012. And the Chiefs, last-place finishers in the West, get the Bills and Colts.

And the NFC South champion Saints get the 49ers and the Packers (again in Lambeau).

You can check out all the matchups below.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

New York Jets

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins

Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Buffalo Bills

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Cleveland Browns

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Tennessee Titans

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Indianapolis Colts

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

San Diego Chargers

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oakland Raiders

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers



NFC EAST

New York Giants

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dallas Cowboys

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Detroit Lions

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Atlanta Falcons

Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Carolina Panthers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

NFC WEST

San Francisco 49ers

Home: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals

Home: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

St. Louis Rams

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

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Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

BEFORE ANYONE ELSE COMMENTS ON THIS POST - WHAT'S PRINTED ABOVE IS CORRECT!

To answer some of the concerns addressed here:

-As some others have stated, the scheduled opponents are NOT random, it is determined by a pre-selected rotation.  Every team plays the other teams in its division twice (once at home, once away), another whole division in its conference (two of the four teams at home, two away), a division in the other conference (two of those four teams at home, two away), and the two other same-conference teams that finished in the same place in their division as your team did, one home and one away (for example - the Patriots finished first in the AFC East this year, so they are playing the first place Denver Broncos at home and the first place Baltimore Ravens away, plus the entire AFC South, plus the entire NFC West, in addition to the rest of the AFC East twice).

-The opponents ROTATE - this past year, the Patriots played the entire NFC East, the entire AFC West, the rest of the AFC East, and the first place (in 2009-2010) Pittsburgh Steelers (away) and Indianapolis Colts (home).  Next year, the Patriots will play the entire NFC South, the entire AFC North, plus the other two teams that finish in the same position in their division as New England finishes in the AFC East.  So SHUT UP ALREADY ABOUT THE SCHEDULE BEING RIGGED TO GIVE AN ADVANTAGE TO ANY PARTICULAR TEAM.

-There was a change made to the rotation this past year so that teams playing the NFC West would have away games either at Arizona and San Francisco, or at Seattle and Saint Louis.  It used to be that teams would travel to both San Francisco and Seattle, but the NFL changed this so that teams wouldn't have to travel to the far west coast twice (or maybe more) in a season.

-For the same reason, the rotation was also adjusted so that teams would travel to either San Diego and Kansas City OR Denver and Oakland.  It used to be that teams would travel to both Oakland and San Diego, so the change was made to avoid this. 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:39 am
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

m sure this won't do much to appease the Patriot-haters out there, but NE's SOS for this season (based on 2010 records), was

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WHo cares what it is based on 2010 records? The Patriots only played 2 teams this season who had records above 500. They were 0-2 vs the 2 teams



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season


It's all mathematical.  The only thing actually decided by the scheduling people is what order the games are played in, and which ones get to be in the prime-time TV slots.

It's real simple:

Every team in your division twice (that's 6 games, these are the same every year)
Every team in one other division from your conference (that's 4 games, the divisions rotate on a 3-year cycle)
Every team in one division from the other conference (that's 4 games, the divisions rotate on a 4-year cycle)
The two teams that came in the same place as your team, from the other divisions in your conference (these two games are the only ones that vary in difficulty based upon how well you did the previous season).

So using the Patriots as an example:

1) they get the Dolphins, Bills, and Jets twice, just like every season (6 games)
2) this year, the rotation dictates that their division plays the AFC South... so they get the Colts, Jags, Titans, and Texans (4 games)
3) this year, the rotation dictates that their division plays the NFC West... so they get the Cards, Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks (4 gms)
4) they came in first in their division, so the remaining 2 games are against the other two division winners in their conference.  In this case, that means the Ravens and the Broncos.

**For many years in a row, the Colts and Pats played each other.  This was not because the scheduling people thought it would be cool... it was because they both kept winning their division, so even when they weren't in the same spot on the 3-year rotation (category #2 above), they still wound up falling into category #4 above.**

For ALL teams, 14 of their 16 games are pre-determined based on those 3- and 4-year rotations (meaning it all comes out even over the course of a 12-year cycle).  The only fluctuating factor is those remaining 2 games, which are dictated strictly by where you finished within your division the previous year.  If those 2 games are easy, it usually means your team sucked the previous season.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

I'm sure this won't do much to appease the Patriot-haters out there, but NE's SOS for this season (based on 2010 records), was tied for 15th . . kinda middle of the pack, but still better than six other teams that made the playoffs (including BAL/PIT/SF/NYG).

Their SOS was 6th in 2010, 3rd in 2009, and 2nd in 2007 when they went undefeated. It's was last in 2008 (played AFC West/NFC West) and is last next season (playing AFC South/NFC West again). And, BTW, winning your division means playing four other first-place teams the next season.

So, sure, if your own division wasn't so hot and the two other divisions you play are likewise then you end up with an 'easy' schedule, but that certainly doesn't happen all the time.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

Why are the pats playing the Colts next year if they finished 2-14 if that is the case? I understand they should be better with Manning but why would the Pats get them again if it was done that way.
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 Ok i didn't read your post right. They got the AFC South so that is where the COlts come in. Balt and Denver are the 2 division winners. This year the Pats only played 3 teams who made the playoffs but Dallas should have and Indy may have if Peyton was healthy and also Philly was on their schedule and they way underperformed. Before this current season the Pats schedule looked pretty tough.




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

and than the other 2 games are the 2 other teams in your conference that finished in the same place in their respective division
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 Why are the pats playing the Colts next year if they finished 2-14 if that is the case? I understand they should be better with Manning but why would the Pats get them again if it was done that way.



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

I think they mixed up the NFC North for the 49ers.

I believe the 49ers go to Chicago and Detriot and the Packers and Vikings go to SF.  Three years ago when the Niners played the North they played the Lions and Bears at home and traveled to Green Bay and Minnesota.  They are suppose to flip every three years (four years for AFC). 



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

Wow there really are some ignorant NFL fans out there.  Home and away inside of the division.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

Here's how I see next years up and coming schedule.  I'll take the opponent's of the 2nd place finisher of each division and count the games of 2011 playoff teams (counting the division playoff team twice).

AFC East - 5 (Jets), (1 team in playoffs)
AFC Norris - 6 (Steelers), (3 teams in playoffs)
AFC South - 6 (Titans), (1...)
AFC West - 7 (Chargers), (1...)
NFC East - 8 (Eagles), (1...)
NFC North - 5 (Lions), (2...)
NFC South - 5 (Falcons), (2...)
NFC West - 6 (Cards), (1...)

I think it is safe to say that the AFC West and NFC East have the hardest road to the '12 SB.  The Eagles and the Browns, each have 8 games featuring 11' playoff teams.  That's half of their games that they play against playoff teams.  Let's exclude the Browns, really... they have ZERO shot of the playoffs, next year.  So, I'll go with the Eagles as having the hardest schedule.  They have the 8 playoff games and 2 more with my 'Boys.




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:52 am
 

Opponents set for 2012 NFL season

The NFL is totally rigged in favor of the Patriots. Why do they get to play Buffalo all the time? It seems like they play 1/8 of their schedule against the Bills every year.


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