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Key 2010 games are expected to be announced on Monday

Though the official 2010 regular-season schedule won’t be unveiled until April, the annual league meetings traditionally feature a partial lifting of the tarp.

Specifically, we’ll learn — most likely on Monday — the participants in the prime-time games to be played during Week One and the three games to be played on Thanksgiving.

We already know that the season will begin with the Saints hosting a game on Thursday, September 9.  With Steelers president Art Rooney II saying last week that his team won’t be the road team, the only other compelling opponent on the Superdome slate is the Vikings.

The early Monday night game will be hosted by the Jets.  If recent trends hold, it will be an AFC East foe.  Our guess is that it’ll be the Dolphins.

The late Monday night game, if history applies, will feature a West Coast team hosting a division rival.  We think the Seahawks would be the best choice, given Pete Carroll’s return to the NFL.  The 49ers or the Cardinals would be the most likely opponents.  We’ll guess Cardinals, given that likely Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart played for Carroll at USC.

For Thanksgiving, the Jets reportedly will host the prime-time game, which means that the Lions will host the Patriots in the first contest of the day.  The Cowboys will host the late afternoon game.  We think the visiting team will be the Bears — we’d prefer that it be the Saints.

A day from now, we’ll likely have answers to these questions.  In the interim, hit the F5 button.  Repeatedly.

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22 Responses to “Key 2010 games are expected to be announced on Monday”
  1. HarrisonHits says: Mar 21, 2010 9:23 PM

    “We think the Seahawks would be the best choice, given Pete Carroll’s return to the NFL”
    Really ? Pete Carroll sucked donkey balls previously at the NFL level, it seems unlikely he’ll do any better this time around. But I can see you’re all “pumped and jacked” they way ol’ Pete loves people to be about his teams.
    Seattle will be worse this year, not better. Carroll’s laid back manner does not translate well at the NFL level. He took a Pats team that had won its conference championship and made them progressively worse each year he was in charge. The players will walk all over him and he will lose control by the middle of the season.

  2. braindead says: Mar 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    None of it will matter, because by fall this country will be in a depression. No one will care about football, we will be more concerned about eating. There’s a huge wake-up call coming for all of us folks. We all better stop playing around on sports blogs and start paying attention to what’s being done to our country. Think I’m wrong? Think I’m crazy? Stay tuned, it’s coming, you can almost feel it…………………………..

  3. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 21, 2010 9:46 PM

    Ravens @ Jets for either the Monday Night season opener or the Thanksgiving Night game. It’s gotta be one of those. Would prefer they both play Thanksgiving and have a late BYE weekend before.

  4. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 21, 2010 10:01 PM

    Patriots and Colts will also play each other even though they are no0t division opponents and it doesn’t fit the normal scheduling system.

  5. Jay Cutler says: Mar 21, 2010 10:06 PM

    “We think the visiting team will be the Bears — we’d prefer that it be the Saints.”…..Florio whats with the hate for the bears latley?

  6. blackglass says: Mar 21, 2010 10:21 PM

    SmackMyVickUp.com says:
    March 21, 2010 10:01 PM
    Patriots and Colts will also play each other even though they are no0t division opponents and it doesn’t fit the normal scheduling system.
    More rampant stupidity. The Patriots and the Colts play each other because they both came in first place in their respective divisions. All 1st place teams play other first place teams in their conference. Jesus, learn how the schedule works…it’s been like this since 2004 or something.

  7. Bleed Green says: Mar 21, 2010 10:24 PM

    @braindead—
    you realize you wrote that on a sports blog? why don’t you go worry about whatever it is you want to worry about then. some of us like the distraction. some of us love the game. some of us won’t be swayed as easily. doesn’t cost me any more to look at this site than it does to not look at it. we’re already past the hump of the recession, not that we’re in the clear by any means. take a breath, go chill out, and live your life.

  8. Wallyhorse says: Mar 21, 2010 10:45 PM

    You forgot about the Falcons for the opener against the Saints, who make the most sense. Falcons-Saints is actually a huge rivalry in the south, and the Falcons are coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time ever.
    As for the other prime time games, I suspect the Colts will be in Nashville for the Sunday night opener against the Titans (as Vince Young is suddenly marketable again and he was 8-2 as a starter after the 0-6 disaster before he took over), while the Ravens or Texans will be the first regular season opponent for the Jets in the new stadium (as I think the NFL would save Dolphins-Jets for Thanksgiving night, which we know the Jets are also hosting), while the Seahawks are in the late Monday night game, but against the Raiders, as the NFL likes to have both the 49ers and Raiders at home the first week of the year and the Raiders can’t open at home on Sunday.

  9. Wallyhorse says: Mar 21, 2010 10:49 PM

    And as for Thanksgiving, we know the Patriots will play the Lions early, while I think the late game will be Eagles-Cowboys (and I think both Eagles-Cowboys games will be full nationals as FOX gets Thanksgiving Day and NBC gets the rematch at the Linc in Week 16), while the Ravens, Dolphins or Texans are at the Jets on Thanksgiving Night (most likely the Dolphins for that one).

  10. Mason222 says: Mar 21, 2010 11:17 PM

    Lets see the Jets or Colts vs Vikes if Not then Saints vs Jets

  11. SATAN says: Mar 21, 2010 11:21 PM

    Cards VS SeaDucks? I’m ok with it as long as it’s in the Big Spaceship in the Desert. Be a great follow up to Jets-Ravens AKA Boldin VS Reavis.

  12. funi says: Mar 21, 2010 11:31 PM

    Cardinals needs to play Rams at home 1st game so Warner’s number can go into ring of honor! If it is the Seahags, I expect a 27-10 Cardinal win!

  13. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 21, 2010 11:33 PM

    Give the Browns a Monday nighter at home. We always seem to play great and we’re fun. The fans I mean. People will start tailgaiting tomorrow for it.

  14. funi says: Mar 21, 2010 11:42 PM

    Cardinals needs to play Rams at home 1st game so Warner’s number can go into ring of honor! If it is the Seahags, I expect a 27-10 Cardinal win!

  15. AZ_PACK_FAN says: Mar 21, 2010 11:58 PM

    Can’t wait to draft my FF team!

  16. funi says: Mar 22, 2010 12:15 AM

    GoBrowns19 says:
    March 21, 2010 11:33 PM
    Give the Browns a Monday nighter at home. We always seem to play great and we’re fun. The fans I mean. People will start tailgaiting tomorrow for it.
    Your city lost a team already and has been one of the laughign stocks in the NFL for years! The Browns do nto deserve to be on prime time! They must earn it! Who wanst to see those 350lb sinky dogpounders! Those are only the women I am talking about!

  17. fudgepack says: Mar 22, 2010 1:10 AM

    SmackMyVickUp.com says:
    March 21, 2010 10:01 PM
    Patriots and Colts will also play each other even though they are no0t division opponents and it doesn’t fit the normal scheduling system.
    Smack,
    Sure it does, the given the 2010 rotation, the Pats play the AFC North Teams (Steelers, Browns, Ravens, Bengals), NFC North (Packers, Bears, Lions, Vikings), AFC East x2 (Dolphins, Jets, Bills). Then as the winner of the AFC East this season, they play the winner of the AFC West (San Diego) and the winner of the AFC North… (THE COLTS). That is how the normal scheduling rotation works.

  18. Adam says: Mar 22, 2010 3:17 AM

    I want Jets vs Ravens for Monday Night.
    Im guessing Giants vs Redskins (yawn)

  19. ChicagoJo says: Mar 22, 2010 10:39 AM

    We think the visiting team will be the Bears — we’d prefer that it be the Saints.
    I’d prefer it if you STFU.

  20. Dewey Axewoond says: Mar 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    “The Cowboys will host the late afternoon game. We think the visiting team will be the Bears — we’d prefer that it be the Saints.”
    Florio,
    What a sad, pathetic, petty, bitter little man you are.
    Clearly, something’s put a bug up your butt about the Bears…given the vast collection of knick-knacks and gadgets that I’m sure are already up there (most painfully, your Brett Favre Bobblehead), it’s a wonder there’s even any room for that bug.
    I don’t know what it is that makes you so obsessively anti-Bear, but I can speculate…
    Is it your Rod Blagojevich haricut, perhaps?
    Is it part of your predictable insecurities that come as a by-product of your obvious little-man syndrome/Napoleonic Complex?
    Maybe something to do with your failed legal career?
    Maybe it stems from your bitter high school memories, your days as a gangly-pimple-faced dork, getting stuffed into lockers, mocked by girls, wedgied by the guys, all those Saturday nights spent at home alone, getting intimate with the latest issue Men’s Health then crying yourself to sleep…?
    Maybe you feel the need to be so petty and spitefully biased so you can fit in with the rest of the losers at NBC…
    Regardless of your stunted social and emotional development, whatever warped insecurities developed in childhood rear their ugly heads now, as deep-seated, petty, irrational or obsessive biases–the point is you’ve been spewing a pretty consistent pattern of anti-Bear bullsh1t lately, and it makes you look like a little bitch each and every time you add to it.
    My best advice to you?
    Go f*ck yourself, jack.
    You and your Rod Blago hair-do.

  21. Boltergeist says: Mar 22, 2010 11:48 AM

    So we could have Pats-Lions, Bears-Boys, Bengals-Jets on Thanksgiving. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my – eye roll.

  22. funi says: Mar 22, 2010 12:53 PM

    Denver Post says Denver- Oakland gets late MNF game not AZ-Seattle

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