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NFL Schedule 2012 Week 1: Cowboys, Giants Open NFL Season

The NFL kicks off on Wednesday night with the Dallas Cowboys traveling to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The other big game nationally will be on Sunday night, also on NBC, which will be Peyton Manning's debut with the Denver Broncos as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As for the local Florida teams they open their season on Sunday afternoon.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET, TV: CBS

The top two running backs in this game, Maurice Jones-Drew for the Jaguars and Adrian Peterson for the Vikings, are not expected to see much playing time. Jones-Drew is limited after holding out, while Peterson is going to be eased back into the lineup after suffering a torn ACL late last season.

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET, TV: CBS

The Dolphins begin the Ryan Tannehill era as they travel to take on the Texans who are the front runners to win the AFC South.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 ET, TV: FOX

The Buccaneers kick off the Greg Schiano era by hosting a divisional opponent in Week 1. While the Panthers are hoping Cam Newton does not have a sophomore slump, plus they could be without running back Jonathan Stewart, who is nursing a sprained ankle.

For more on the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars make sure to visit SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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