The 2012 NFL schedule has been out for almost a full day now. Having thoroughly pored over it, everyone now has an idea of how exactly their favorite team is getting to 12 wins and which week Tebow will take over for Sanchez. Moreover, we’ve been told from innumerable sources – five months before the season starts – which will be the best and worst games for the entire season. Well, that’s great, but what of the middling games? Those you kind of enjoy but just slip past you as you await more intriguing or even storyline-friendly fare. Who will let you know about those? Take heart, as we’ve gone to the trouble of pinpointing the 10 most completely average games of the entire upcoming NFL season.
Week 2 – Cowboys at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Tony Romo returns to the scene of his greatest career derpage in a match-up of two pretty middle of the road teams. Romo plays all right for three quarters, setting up the usual pick-six of devastating late in the 4th. Amusing, but hardly noteworthy by Romo meltdown standards.
Week 5 – Bills at 49ers, 4:15 p.m.
The Bills are slightly improved. The 49ers will likely not be quite as good as they were last season. It’s a race to the middle! That said, San Francisco probably still wins by 10. Announcer reminder: that late score made it seem like it wasn’t closer than it really was!
Week 6 – Raiders at Falcons, 1 p.m.
You could probably stick the Falcons in every slot on this list, but for the sake of variety, I have abstained from that. The Raiders are a nice example of a “pretty okay” team to pit them against.
Week 7 – Lions at Bears, 8:30 p.m. (MNF)
By just being all right, this is probably the best Monday night game of the season.
Week 8 – Patriots at Rams, 1 p.m.
Oh, one of the pointless England games! Across the pond, we go! Pats win by, say, 30. Only redeeming factor is watching Peter King cry for Jeff Fisher’s failing meshiness and the fact that St. Louis was robbed of its chance to see Tom Brady.
Week 9 – Buccaneers at Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
That’s an almost but not quite solid showdown between two likely seven-win teams.
Week 10 – Jets at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
This is right around the time that the wheels usually start coming off the Jets, so there could be enough schadenfreude and sad Nacho face to propel it to good status, but without knowing whether New York will even survive its difficult first five weeks of the season, we’ll leave this one in the okay bin.
Week 12 – Redskins at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m.
Just good enough to let you ignore your family during dinner time on Thanksgiving without actually being good.
Week 15 – Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (Thursday)
Potentially a late-season game against two teams positioned for a playoff run. Nevertheless, it’s on NFL Network, therefore is even more likely to disappoint than if it were on Monday night.
Week 17 – Jaguars at Titans, 1 p.m.
Two otherwise mediocre teams playing for nothing the final week of the season turn out surprisingly kinda watchable games.
Week 17 – Chiefs at Broncos, 4:15 p.m.
Peyton Manning succumbs to NeckAIDs six weeks prior, leaving everyone in the AFC West deadlocked at 7-8 entering the final week. Even with massive playoff ramifications, it’s still just an okay game, as per the AFC West code of meh-hood.