The full 2009 NFL schedule is yet to be released, but for now, we can at least get excited for the opening weekend and Thanksgiving day match ups.
For Kickoff Weekend, the NFL will honor the
40th 50th anniversary of the AFL by featuring the defending Super Bowl champions, the oldest rivalry in football, and T.O. and Tom Brady, as well as four of the original AFL teams on Monday night.
For your post-turkey eating games, it's more Dallas and Detroit. Though, "Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged there continues to be discussions about rotating the Thanksgiving afternoon contests" (read: even we're sick of seeing the Lions on Thanksgiving). But until then, here's the lineup:
Thurs., Sept. 10 - Tennessee at Pittsburgh - NBC, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 13 - Chicago at Green Bay - NBC, 8:30 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 14 - Buffalo at New England - ESPN, 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 14 - San Diego at Oakland - ESPN, 10:15 p.m.
So don't lose hope. Have faith -- just 171 more days until the NFL returns.
Green Bay at Detroit - FOX, 12:30 p.m.
Oakland at Dallas - CBS, 4:15 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Denver - NFL Network, 8:20 p.m.