Christmas came early football fans! The 2011 NFL regular season schedule has arrived! It just so happens that the schedule makers created one of the most exciting NFL schedules the same year as a lockout. But, I'm not here to talk about the lockout. I'm here to tell you the top 5 games you need to watch this fall. Let's start with number 5...
Number 5: Cleveland Browns vs St. Louis Rams (Week 10)
It's the annual toilet bowl in wonderful Cleveland, Ohio! Think about this for minute: Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy head-to-head on the gridiron. Sound familiar? Ladies and gentlemen I give unto you...the Red River Shootout (part 2). The former Texas Longhorn, Colt McCoy, and the former Oklahoma Sooner, Sam Bradford, square off again. Both coming off productive rookie season, especially for Bradford. Let's not forget the running back match-up: Steven Jackson of the Rams versus Peyton Hillis of the Browns. There will plenty of points in this one!
Number 4: Washington Redskins vs New York Giants (Week 1)
If you have any pride in the United States of America, you will watch this game. The two cities most devastate by the 9-11 terrorist attacks square off in DC on the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. Sure, this isn't exactly a "game of the week", but the fact still remains that this game takes place on 9-11. So at least watch the pregame festivities.
Number 3: Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 1)
How's this for a week one match-up? One of the best rivalries in all of sports. The top two defenses in the NFL stand toe to toe for 60 minutes. One thing that the Ravens have going for them is that this one won't be at Heinz Field. Look for a low scoring contest that won't be decided until the final drive of the game.
Number 2: New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts (Week 13)
Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning in Foxboro in December. Need I say more? Look for an old fashion Tom vs Peyton duel that goes right down to the wire. Buckle up.
Number 1: New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons (Week 15)
This is the final Monday night game of the season. Did I mention it's also on December 26th? The NFL just gave us a Christmas present! Two dome teams squaring in a dome with two of the best "dome quarterbacks" in the NFL. The Falcons and the Saints are going to full out aerial attack each other. Drew Brees and Matt Ryan will be throwing any and everything at the opposing teams secondary. Oh by the way, this game could also decide the winner in the NFC South (just sayin').
So there you have it. If you're a sports junkie or just an average fan, be sure to tune into these five games. They are sure to be instant classics.