The 20 Most Anticipated Games Of The 2011 NFL Season

The last few years it seems the trend in the NFC, at least, is for #5 and #6 seeds to look mediocre during the regular season then straight up run the gamut and win it all when it counts. The Giants in ’07, the Cards in ’08, the Saints in ’09 and the Packers last year. The AFC has been fairly more predictable with the Pats, Colts, and Steelers playing merry go round at the top of the heap. With the Lockout ending in late July, most teams are struggling with devastating injuries and rookies madly rushing to learn playbooks. Look for sloppy play in the first few weeks of the season. There are a ton of compelling storylines and more than 250 games on tap, but here are the 20 we’re most looking forward to. Check’ em out below.

NOTE: With Peyton potentially out for the next couple months and possibly the season (as of publish) we’ve removed all Colts games. Sorry, Kerry – I love ya, but I can’t place my chips on your #.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. New England Patriots
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Houston Texans
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. New York Jets

WILD CARD: Jets beat Chiefs, Ravens beat Texans

DIVISIONAL: Jets beat Steelers, Ravens beat Patriots

CHAMPIONSHIP: Jets beat Ravens

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Philadelphia Eagles
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. St. Louis Rams
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New Orleans Saints

WILD CARD: Falcons beat Saints, Bucs beat Rams

DIVISIONAL: Packers beat Bucs, Eagles beat Falcons

CHAMPIONSHIP: Packers beat Eagles

SUPER BOWL Jets (which pains me to say as a Giants fan)

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