Outside of the NFL Draft later this month, non-legal NFL talk will be at a premium, so you can't blame us if we wanted to share our best schedule-related nuggets.
You need to know the Cardinals, Bills, Panthers, Bengals and Titans are the only teams that won't play any prime-time games. And the team with the easiest season-closing stretch is the Patriots (.328 opponents' 2010 win percentage in Weeks 14-17).
Here's our divisional breakdown:
- From Week 11-15, the Chiefs will face the team with the best 2010 regular-season record (Patriots) and then four teams that played in the 2010 Conference Championship Games (Steelers, Bears, Jets, Packers).
- This will be the fourth time in six seasons the Raiders will open the season on Monday night (0-3 in those games).
- The Patriots open on the road for the fourth time under Bill Belichick. They've reached the Super Bowl each of the previous three times (2001, 2003, 2007).
- The Jets, who will face the NFC East, have lost two straight vs. the Cowboys, four straight vs. the Redskins, four straight vs. the Giants and are 0-8 all-time against the Eagles.
- Patriots and Colts play in regular season for ninth straight season (4-4 head to head).
- The Ravens and Steelers met three times last year and will meet twice by Week 9 this season.
- Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will coach opposite his brother, 49ers head coach Jim, in Week 12. It will be the first game between sibling head coaches in league history.
- The Colts are on the road three straight weeks (Weeks 6-8) but then don't leave home for a month (9, 10, 12 at home with a bye Week 11).
- The Titans will travel 7,000 miles this season, fewest in the league.
- According to NFL.com, the 49ers will travel over 29,000 miles this season, most for any team. The schedule includes trips to Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington and Baltimore.
- The Rams have two Monday night dates for the first time since 2004.
- The Giants and Cowboys will play twice in last four weeks of season.
- The Cowboys have three home games in an 18-day stretch in November (Weeks 9, 10 and 12).
- Between Weeks 7 and 12 the Eagles have one just one road game, and it's in New Jersey just 95 miles away.
- The Saints will play in the first game of the season for the third time in the past five seasons (lost to Colts in 2007 and beat Vikings in 2010).
- The Buccaneers will play in London for second time in three seasons (lost to Patriots in 2009).
- The Packers host the Saints in the season opener. The defending Super Bowl champs are 7-0 in kickoff games since they began hosting them in 2004.
- The Bears have just three true road games in the first 11 weeks of the season (six home games, a bye and the London game). The downside of that is there's only two games at Soldier Field in the last six weeks.
- The Lions play a Monday night game for first time since 2001 (which was a 35-0 loss to St. Louis).