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2012 NFL Schedule Leak Is Probably Fake, But Is Still Fun To Look At

Update: As we all expected, the schedule below has been confirmed as a fake. Twitter follower dldove77 points out that it has the Carolina Panthers opening the season at home, but the team has already said that they will be on the road in week 1 because Bank of America Stadium will be in use by the Democratic National Convention.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. This supposedly leaked 2012 NFL schedule is very likely a fake. The evidence against its authenticity is damning. It was posted on a Blogspot site that has been online for less than a week. The owner of that site has chosen to remain anonymous and has declined to answer Pigskin Buzz’s inquiries about how he (or she) obtained this schedule. On the site, the author gives only a vague description of how s/he managed to find it:

As a lot of you saw, today the NFL released the 2012 Preseason Schedule. However, NFL.com also has the entire regular season schedule has been set for a few weeks. It’s currently at the stage where it’s actually loaded on NFL.com, but not made available to the public. The original plan was to release the NFL Regular Season Schedule the week before the 2012 NFL Draft (Thursday, April 26th). However, I found a way to access this early and wanted to give you all a look at what to expect starting Wednesday, September 5th.

There’s also some evidence that this thing is real, however. Specifically, it would be really hard to fake. I am in charge of making the schedule for my 8-team fantasy football league every year and it’s very hard to get all the games, including a rivalry week and divisional matchups at the end of the season, to line up properly. It would likely have taken a tremendous amount of effort, and access to a custom-coded algorithm, to generate this NFL schedule.

As far as I can tell, it conforms to all the requirements of an official NFL schedule. Teams play their actual 2012 opponents. All the games in week 17 are divisional matchups. The prime time games all seem realistic. If this thing is a fake (and, again, it is probably a fake), it is a very good fake.

And, even if it’s a fake, it’s a lot of fun to look at. So let’s do just that.

NFL 2012 Schedule
Week 1 Wednesday 9/5/2012 Cowboys @ Giants NBC 8:30 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Redskins @ Eagles FOX 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Saints @ Panthers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Cardinals @ Falcons FOX 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Seahawks @ Bills FOX 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Dolphins @ Jets CBS 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Colts @ Jaguars CBS 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Bengals @ Browns CBS 1:00 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Bears @ Titans FOX 4:05 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Vikings @ Rams FOX 4:05 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 49ers @ Patriots FOX 4:05 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Steelers @ Ravens CBS 4:15 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Chiefs @ Chargers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 1 Sunday 9/9/2012 Texans @ Broncos NBC 8:20 PM
Week 1 Monday 9/10/2012 Packers @ Lions ESPN 7:00 PM
Week 1 Monday 9/10/2012 Buccaneers @ Raiders ESPN 10:15 PM
Week 2 Thursday 9/13/2012 Broncos @ Chargers NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Eagles @ Saints FOX 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Lions @ Jaguars FOX 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Buccaneers @ Panthers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Vikings @ Colts FOX 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Rams @ Dolphins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Browns @ Giants CBS 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Raiders @ Falcons CBS 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Steelers @ Titans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Bears @ 49ers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Packers @ Texans FOX 4:05 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Cowboys @ Seahawks FOX 4:05 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Bills @ Cardinals CBS 4:15 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Ravens @ Chiefs CBS 4:15 PM
Week 2 Sunday 9/16/2012 Jets @ Patriots NBC 8:20 PM
Week 2 Monday 9/17/2012 Bengals @ Redskins ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 3 Thursday 9/20/2012 Rams @ Bears NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Giants @ Falcons FOX 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Panthers @ Chiefs FOX 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Chargers @ Buccaneers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Jaguars @ Packers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Ravens @ Redskins CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Patriots @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Bills @ Jets CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Bengals @ Eagles CBS 1:00 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Saints @ Raiders FOX 4:05 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Cardinals @ 49ers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Colts @ Texans CBS 4:15 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Steelers @ Broncos CBS 4:15 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Browns @ Cowboys CBS 4:15 PM
Week 3 Sunday 9/23/2012 Seahawks @ Lions NBC 8:20 PM
Week 3 Monday 9/24/2012 Titans @ Vikings ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 4 Thursday 9/27/2012 Ravens @ Browns NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Eagles @ Giants FOX 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Packers @ Colts FOX 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Lions @ Titans FOX 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Bears @ Jaguars FOX 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Cardinals @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Raiders @ Panthers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Dolphins @ Bengals CBS 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Chiefs @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 49ers @ Seahawks FOX 4:05 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Buccaneers @ Broncos FOX 4:05 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Jets @ Rams CBS 4:15 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Texans @ Patriots CBS 4:15 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Chargers @ Steelers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 4 Sunday 9/30/2012 Redskins @ Cowboys NBC 8:20 PM
Week 4 Monday 10/1/2012 Falcons @ Saints ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 5 Thursday 10/4/2012 Dolphins @ Colts NFLN 8:20 PM BYE
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Redskins @ Giants FOX 1:00 PM Saints
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Falcons @ Eagles FOX 1:00 PM Lions
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Buccaneers @ Cowboys FOX 1:00 PM Jets
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Vikings @ Bears FOX 1:00 PM Bills
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Titans @ Texans CBS 1:00 PM Jaguars
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 49ers @ Rams FOX 4:05 PM Chiefs
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Cardinals @ Packers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Steelers @ Raiders CBS 4:15 PM
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Patriots @ Seahawks CBS 4:15 PM
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Browns @ Broncos CBS 4:15 PM
Week 5 Sunday 10/7/2012 Bengals @ Ravens NBC 8:20 PM
Week 5 Monday 10/8/2012 Panthers @ Chargers ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 6 Thursday 10/11/2012 Eagles @ Redskins NFLN 8:20 PM BYE
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Cowboys @ Falcons FOX 1:00 PM Panthers
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Buccaneers @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM Bears
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Jets @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM Seahawks
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Texans @ Jaguars CBS 1:00 PM Giants
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Colts @ Titans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Raiders @ Ravens CBS 1:00 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Chargers @ Browns CBS 1:00 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Lions @ 49ers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Rams @ Cardinals FOX 4:05 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Steelers @ Bengals CBS 4:15 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Broncos @ Chiefs CBS 4:15 PM
Week 6 Sunday 10/14/2012 Saints @ Packers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 6 Monday 10/15/2012 Bills @ Patriots ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 7 Thursday 10/18/2012 Vikings @ Packers NFLN 8:20 PM BYE
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Redskins @ Browns FOX 1:00 PM Eagles
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Falcons @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM Texans
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Rams @ Lions FOX 1:00 PM Ravens
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Bills @ Colts CBS 1:00 PM Bengals
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Dolphins @ Patriots CBS 1:00 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Titans @ Jaguars CBS 1:00 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Chiefs @ Steelers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Cardinals @ Jets FOX 4:05 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Seahawks @ Panthers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Chargers @ Saints CBS 4:15 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Raiders @ Broncos CBS 4:15 PM
Week 7 Sunday 10/21/2012 Giants @ 49ers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 7 Monday 10/22/2012 Bears @ Cowboys ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Giants @ Bengals FOX 1:00 PM BYE
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Redskins @ Saints FOX 1:00 PM Broncos
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Panthers @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM Chargers
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Bears @ Lions FOX 1:00 PM Colts
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Patriots @ Rams CBS 1:00 PM Vikings
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Titans @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM Packers
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Jaguars @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM Falcons
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Browns @ Steelers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 49ers @ Cardinals FOX 4:05 PM
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Jets @ Seahawks CBS 4:15 PM
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Chiefs @ Raiders CBS 4:15 PM
Week 8 Sunday 10/28/2012 Eagles @ Cowboys NBC 8:20 PM
Week 8 Monday 10/29/2012 Ravens @ Texans ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 9 Thursday 11/1/2012 Seahawks @ Cardinals NFLN 8:20 PM BYE
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Cowboys @ Ravens FOX 1:00 PM Raiders
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Falcons @ Lions FOX 1:00 PM Patriots
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Bears @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM Rams
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Dolphins @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM 49ers
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Texans @ Colts CBS 1:00 PM Bucs
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Titans @ Packers CBS 1:00 PM Redskins
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Bengals @ Jaguars CBS 1:00 PM
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Saints @ Giants FOX 4:05 PM
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Broncos @ Panthers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Chargers @ Chiefs CBS 4:15 PM
Week 9 Sunday 11/4/2012 Jets @ Steelers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 9 Monday 11/5/2012 Eagles @ Browns ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 10 Thursday 11/8/2012 Bills @ 49ers NFLN 8:20 PM BYE
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Redskins @ Rams FOX 1:00 PM Browns
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Falcons @ Chiefs FOX 1:00 PM Steelers
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Buccaneers @ Saints FOX 1:00 PM Titans
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Lions @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM Dolphins
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Jaguars @ Texans CBS 1:00 PM Cardinals
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Broncos @ Bengals CBS 1:00 PM Cowboys
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Giants @ Eagles FOX 4:05 PM
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Panthers @ Bears FOX 4:05 PM
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Patriots @ Ravens CBS 4:15 PM
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Raiders @ Chargers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 10 Sunday 11/11/2012 Packers @ Seahawks NBC 8:20 PM
Week 10 Monday 11/12/2012 Colts @ Jets ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 11 Thursday 11/15/2012 Raiders @ Bengals NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Eagles @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Cowboys @ Redskins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Saints @ Falcons FOX 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Patriots @ Jaguars CBS 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Chargers @ Jets CBS 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Bills @ Browns CBS 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Texans @ Bears CBS 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Titans @ Colts CBS 1:00 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Lions @ Cardinals FOX 4:05 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Vikings @ Seahawks FOX 4:05 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Chiefs @ Broncos CBS 4:15 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Dolphins @ 49ers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Ravens @ Steelers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 11 Sunday 11/18/2012 Giants @ Panthers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 11 Monday 11/19/2012 Packers @ Rams ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 12 Thursday 11/22/2012 Texans @ Lions CBS 12:30 PM
Week 12 Thursday 11/22/2012 Saints @ Cowboys FOX 4:15 PM
Week 12 Thursday 11/22/2012 Patriots @ Titans NBC 8:20 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Falcons @ Redskins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Panthers @ Eagles FOX 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 49ers @ Jets FOX 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Rams @ Bills FOX 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Jaguars @ Vikings CBS 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Steelers @ Browns CBS 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Raiders @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Bears @ Packers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Cardinals @ Seahawks FOX 4:05 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Colts @ Chiefs CBS 4:15 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Bengals @ Chargers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 12 Sunday 11/25/2012 Broncos @ Ravens NBC 8:20 PM
Week 12 Monday 11/26/2012 Buccaneers @ Giants ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 13 Thursday 11/29/2012 Panthers @ Falcons NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Redskins @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Lions @ Eagles FOX 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 49ers @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Jets @ Titans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Bills @ Texans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Steelers @ Cowboys CBS 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Browns @ Bengals CBS 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Chiefs @ Saints CBS 1:00 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Packers @ Giants FOX 4:05 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Seahawks @ Rams FOX 4:05 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Jaguars @ Raiders CBS 4:15 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Ravens @ Chargers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Broncos @ Patriots CBS 4:15 PM
Week 13 Sunday 12/2/2012 Colts @ Bears NBC 8:20 PM
Week 13 Monday 12/3/2012 Dolphins @ Cardinals ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 14 Thursday 12/6/2012 Jets @ Jaguars NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Giants @ Ravens FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Eagles @ Cardinals FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Redskins @ Steelers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Vikings @ Texans FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Seahawks @ Dolphins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Rams @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Titans @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Colts @ Patriots CBS 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Bengals @ Chiefs CBS 1:00 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Cowboys @ Panthers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Saints @ Broncos FOX 4:05 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 49ers @ Packers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Browns @ Raiders CBS 4:15 PM
Week 14 Sunday 12/9/2012 Falcons @ Chargers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 14 Monday 12/10/2012 Lions @ Bears ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 15 Thursday 12/13/2012 Chiefs @ Buccaneers NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Panthers @ Saints FOX 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Lions @ Packers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Vikings @ Redskins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Cardinals @ Patriots FOX 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Jets @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Dolphins @ Texans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Ravens @ Bengals CBS 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Browns @ Colts CBS 1:00 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Giants @ Cowboys FOX 4:05 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Rams @ 49ers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Seahawks @ Bears FOX 4:05 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Broncos @ Falcons CBS 4:15 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Chargers @ Raiders CBS 4:15 PM
Week 15 Sunday 12/16/2012 Eagles @ Steelers NBC 8:20 PM
Week 15 Monday 12/17/2012 Jaguars @ Titans ESPN 8:30 PM
Week 16 Thursday 12/20/2012 Steelers @ Giants NFLN 8:20 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Cowboys @ Bengals FOX 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Panthers @ Redskins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Buccaneers @ Falcons FOX 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Packers @ Vikings FOX 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Colts @ Lions CBS 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Patriots @ Bills CBS 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Jaguars @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Texans @ Jets CBS 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Chiefs @ Browns CBS 1:00 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Rams @ Seahawks FOX 4:05 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Bears @ Cardinals FOX 4:05 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Titans @ Chargers CBS 4:15 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 Ravens @ Eagles CBS 4:15 PM
Week 16 Sunday 12/23/2012 49ers @ Saints NBC 8:20 PM
Week 16 Monday 12/24/2012 Broncos @ Raiders ESPN 8:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Giants @ Redskins FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Cowboys @ Eagles FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Saints @ Buccaneers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Falcons @ Panthers FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Packers @ Bears FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Vikings @ Lions FOX 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Patriots @ Jets CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Bills @ Dolphins CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Texans @ Titans CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Jaguars @ Colts CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Bengals @ Steelers CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Browns @ Ravens CBS 1:00 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Cardinals @ Rams FOX 4:05 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Seahawks @ 49ers FOX 4:05 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Chargers @ Broncos CBS 4:15 PM
Week 17 Sunday 12/30/2012 Raiders @ Chiefs CBS 4:15 PM

And, finally, some notes about the schedule, taken from the site that posted it:

  • NFL changed their bye week scheduling from last year. For the 2011 season, bye weeks lasted from Week 5 – Week 11 (excluding week 10). For the 2012 season, bye weeks are from Week 5 – Week 10.
  • NFL Thursday Night Football – All 32 teams play one game on a Thursday. NFL Network carries a total of 13 games from Week 2 – Week 16, excluding Week 8 (MLB World Series) and Week 12 (NBC carries the Thanksgiving primetime game). The NFL really tried to limit teams from traveling cross-country for Thursday Night Football and it mostly worked (except for the Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers in Week 10 and the Oakland Raiders at the Cincinnati Bengals Week 11). Also every team playing on Thursday has a Sunday game the prior week (except for the San Francisco 49ers, who have their bye week).
  • The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will kick off the NFL Season on Wednesday, September 5th on NBC. They also lead the league in appearances in primetime with 5 games each. The Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, and Denver Broncos all have 4 appearances.
  • The NFL International Series continues with the New England Patriots at the St. Louis Rams on October 28th in London,England and the New York Jets at the Buffalo Bills on December 16th in Toronto, Canada.
  • Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season is highlighted by NBC Sunday Night Football matchup of the Houston Texans at the Denver Broncos on September 9th. On Monday, September 10th, ESPN carries a double header lineup of the Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions at 7:00pm and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Oakland Raiders at 10:15pm.
  • The Thanksgiving lineup for the 2012 NFL season features the Houston Texans at the Detroit Lions (12:30pm CBS), the New Orleans Saints at the Dallas Cowboys (4:15pm FOX), and the New England Patriots at the Tennessee Titans (8:20pm NBC).
  • The ESPN Monday Night Football Game on December 24th featuring the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders has been moved from 8:30pm to 8:00pm.
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7 Comments

  1. Holzmiento

    April 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Definitely fake, Texans will not be home Sept. 15 weekend. Reliant Center reserved for trade show that weekend.

    • David Woods

      April 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Good catch. Like I indicated in the post, I think we all knew that this wasn’t real. Still fun to look at and scrutinize, though.

  2. Holzmiento

    April 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Hope the Texans season opener IS correct however. 3rd year in a row an opener against Peyton’s team…

  3. dldove77

    April 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the hat tip!

  4. Bear_the_dog

    April 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I’m thinking fake for a slightly different reason. My reasoning may be way off, but I’m looking at my favorite team, the Oakland Raiders, and see that they play the first 4 games against NFC teams, followed by two AFC North teams. They they play the next 3 games against their AFC West rivals (with one bye week in the mix)… starting with Week 7. This seems a bit too late in season for first AFC West meeting. The last 3 games of the season are also AFC West games. While that isn’t too bad to end playing each of the rivals, it seems too much of a pattern… a weird pattern. Personally, I would prefer the Raiders AT Kansas City game to be one of the earlier games of the season. I know the last two years they played at the end, but it sucks for me; I like going back to KC for the game but can’t go during the holidays. I know the schedule is NOT about ME, but my selfish desires don’t like that.

  5. Don

    April 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Bruce Springsteen is playing Met Life Stadium on Saturday night September 22. I doubt they could have the stadium ready for a Jet game at 1:00 pm the next day.

  6. CJ

    April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    After examining the Ravens schedule I can give two more reasons why this is a fake. #1 – The Steelers won’t be playing in Baltimore on 9/9 because the Orioles are hosting the Yankees. Both the football and baseball stadiums share parking and are right next to each other. #2 – Now look at the Ravens schedule from weeks 2 through 4. The NFL would never put any team on the road three straight games AND make the third road game on a short week Thursday. That would be absolutely brutal,