Jets fly over before the start of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots during the NFL season opener on September 12 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The NFL released its "hypothetical" schedule yesterday. We're not quite sure whether the games will be played this year, but we know that if they do, the season will kickoff with the defending Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers, hosting the previous season's winner, the New Orleans Saints.
I took a quick glance at this year's NFL schedule and compared to this year's Boston College football schedule. I wanted to come up with a few football extravaganza weekends where you could catch the Eagles and an NFL team play in the same weekend.
Here's my take on the top five combined NFL-BC football weekends in 2011:
1. Florida State at Boston College (Thursday, Nov. 3)
New York Giants at New England (Sunday, Nov. 5)
BC hosting Florida State on Thursday night is going away the best home game on this year's sched. While you have to wait a few extra days for the NFL game, the Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday at Foxboro.
2. Boston College at Clemson (Saturday, Oct. 8)
Green Bay at Atlanta (Sunday, Oct. 9)
We always have a great time when we travel to Death Valley to watch the Eagles take on the Tigers. And what better way to pair this game than with a trip to the Georgia Dome to watch Matt Ryan and the Falcons taking on Raji, Francois and the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers?
3. Boston College at Notre Dame (Saturday, Nov. 19)
San Diego at Chicago (Sunday, Nov. 20)
Most BC fans who travel to South Bend end up staying in Chicago for the weekend anyway (because who would want to stay in South Bend?). For those that do stay in Chicago, or those willing to drive the two hours to civilization, you can catch the Chargers-Bears game the following day at Soldier Field.
4. Duke at Boston College (Saturday, Sep. 17)
San Diego at New England (Sunday, Sep. 18)
Sure, BC-Duke might not be the best home game on the schedule. But this is your first chance to get to a Pats game in 2011, as they host the Chargers in their home opener.
5. Boston College at Central Florida (Saturday, Sep. 10)
Detroit at Tampa Bay (Sunday, Sep. 11)
I don't know what would compel you to attend a Lions-Bucs game. But if you were so inclined, you could see the Eagles play UCF in Orlando, make the short 90 minute drive down I-4, and catch Detroit-Tampa Bay the following day.