Some highlights from the 2012 NFL regular-season schedule released on Tuesday.
Key games Cowboys at Giants, Week 1
Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Here's a ratings grabber on a Wednesday night. The grudge game between Dallas and New York last Jan. 2 scored a 17.1 overnight rating, the highest in the history of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" package. The defending Super Bowl champions have the toughest strength of schedule this go-around, and it all starts with an explosive division rival.
Broncos at Patriots, Week 5
Oct. 7, 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS
A classic matchup between two of the finest quarterbacks of all-time: Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning (in new clothes). New England trounced Denver twice last season, including in the second round of the playoffs, so the Broncos have every reason to want payback. The difference this season, naturally, is there will be no more Tebow-mania related distractions.
Giants at 49ers, Week 6
Oct. 14, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
A rematch of that black-and-bl...