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2010 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Start date January 8, 2011 - January 23, 2011[1]
Super Bowl XLV
Date February 6, 2011[2]
Site Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Pro Bowl
Date January 30, 2011[3]
Site Aloha Stadium, ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi
National Football League seasons
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The 2010 NFL season will be the 91st season of the National Football League, the major professional American football league in the United States. The regular season is tentatively scheduled to begin with the NFL Kickoff game on NBC on Thursday, September 9, at the Louisiana Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV champions[4] and then end on January 2, 2011.[5] Super Bowl XLV, the league's championship game, is scheduled to be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 6, 2011.[2]



The 2010 regular season will be the first year that the league will use a modified version of the scheduling formula that was first introduced in 2002, in which all teams will play each other at least once every four years, and will play in every other team's stadium at least once every eight years (notwithstanding the regular season games played overseas as part of the NFL International Series). Under the original 2002 formula, those teams scheduled to play all the AFC West clubs had to travel to both Oakland and San Diego in the same season, while those clubs playing the entire NFC West had to make their way to both San Francisco and Seattle.[6] In the 2008 season, the New England Patriots and New York Jets each had to make cross-country trips to all four of the aforementioned West Coast teams. In an effort to relieve east coast teams from having to travel to the West Coast multiple times during the same season, clubs would only have to visit one West Coast team (AFC West or NFC West), plus one western team from the same division closer to the Midwest, under the 2010 modified formula. Specifically, those clubs traveling to Oakland would then instead play at Denver, while those playing at San Diego would instead just have a shorter trip to Kansas City. For those playing NFC West teams, some will travel to both San Francisco and Arizona in the same season, while others will instead make trips to Seattle and St. Louis.[6][7][8] The previous schedule alignment was based on alphabetical order and did not take geography into account.

For the 2010 season, the intraconference and interconference matchups are:

What is known of the 2010 schedule is as follows:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The first preseason game will be held on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on NBC, with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.[9]
  • NFL Kickoff Game and opening weekend. The first game of the season will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2010, starting at 8:35 p.m. EDT, with the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints serving as the home team. The visiting team will be announced at the NFL's annual owners meetings from March 21-24.[10] Also expected to be announced at the NFL's annual owners meetings are the opening weekend's prime-time games, Thanksgiving games, and any possible Christmas games. It was announced on March 15 that both the New York Giants and New York Jets will play at home during the opening weekend to open the new Meadowlands Stadium.[11] The Giants will play on Sunday and the Jets will open ESPN's Monday Night Football schedule the next night. Visiting teams expected to be announced later in March.
  • International Series. One game will be played in Wembley Stadium in London, England for 2010.[12] League commissioner Roger Goodell is in favor of having two international games played every year on a 16-year rotating schedule that would guarantee each team playing twice over that span – once as the home team and once as the away team starting after 2010. The teams for the London game of the 2010 season were confirmed on January 15, 2010, with the San Francisco 49ers playing host to the Denver Broncos on October 31, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. GMT).[13] CBS will televise this game on a regional basis, as the Broncos are the "visiting" team. The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, who had expressed interest in previous games[14] and are set to play each other in 2010, were a possible matchup for a second NFL game, but league officials dropped a plan for two games in the UK, citing the economy and ongoing labor negotiations.[15]
  • Thanksgiving Classic. These games will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2010. Assuming the status quo continues, the Detroit Lions will host an AFC team, either the New England Patriots or New York Jets, at 12:30 p.m. EST on CBS. Fox holds the rights to the 4:15 p.m. EST game, which will feature the Dallas Cowboys hosting an NFC team, which is yet to be determined (the possibilities are the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, or the New Orleans Saints). The prime-time NFL Network game, featuring opponents yet to be announced, will be featured at 8:20 p.m. EST. There has been speculation, however, that the Lions' and Cowboys' permanent hosting will be reassessed at the owners' meeting in March 2010 and possibly revoked.[16]
  • Bills Toronto Series. The third regular-season game of the series, which sees the Buffalo Bills play in Toronto's Rogers Centre, is still being planned. Toronto will also host a Bills preseason game in 2010.
  • Christmas. Christmas Day falls on a Saturday and Christmas Eve on a Friday in 2010. In recent years, the league has scheduled a prime-time NFL Network game on the Saturday of Weeks 15 and 16. The NFL tries to avoid scheduling games on the evening of Christmas Eve; however, in 2007, a Monday Night Christmas Eve game between two west-coast teams was played at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. local time). The league may also choose to have an afternoon game on Christmas Eve, as it did in 2004 when Christmas Eve also fell on a Friday.
  • Pro Bowl: After a backlash from players and critics about the previous season's Pro Bowl being played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida in the contiguous United States, the date of the 2011 Pro Bowl will be on January 30, 2011, the week before the Super Bowl. Unlike the 2010 Pro Bowl, the game will be played at Aloha Stadium in ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi.[17] As a NFL spokesman stated that "Plans for future Pro Bowls are not final"[18]. Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian has stated his objections to the format, and is in favor of returning the game to after the Super Bowl as in previous years.[19] The annual AFC-NFC all-star game had previously been played for 30 consecutive seasons from 1980 to 2009.[20] However, the NFL and State of Hawaii officials only agreed to a two-year deal to hold the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012.[20] This gives the option of playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on a rotational basis with the mainland, so it both maintains the traditional ties of holding it on the islands and providing accessibility to fans when played in the contiguous 48 states.[20]

All other games will be announced in April.

The 2010 NFL Draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from April 22-24, the first time that the draft will be held over three days instead of the normal two.[21]

Labor issues

NFL owners voted in 2008 to opt out of the their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) as of the end of the 2010 season. (The vote was 23 in favor, 9 against; the extension measure needed 24 to pass, which would have set the CBA to expire after the 2012 season). Unless a new CBA is reached with the NFLPA, 2010 will be an uncapped season,[22] meaning that there would be no salary cap or salary floor between which teams must operate.[23] Also, the uncapped season would limit unrestricted free agency only to players with at least six years of experience, as opposed to four under a capped season.[23] The final eight teams alive in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs (Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota and New Orleans in the NFC; and Baltimore, Indianapolis, the New York Jets and San Diego in the AFC) would also be restricted in the free agents they would be able to sign.[23]

In addition, owner Jerry Jones, whose Dallas Cowboys team is the wealthiest franchise in the NFL, has hinted that he may push for the elimination or severe reduction of revenue sharing for the uncapped season.[24] The creation of a separate salary cap for rookie players is also expected to be part of negotiations for a new CBA.[25]

The 2011 NFL season will have a work stoppage if no new CBA is agreed to.[26]

Potential move of a franchise to Los Angeles

Jon Semcken III, a representative of Majestic Realty Group of Los Angeles, stated in December 2009 that he believed he had a 50% chance of luring at least one existing NFL team to Los Angeles in time for the 2010 season, and was certain to have one by 2011.[27] In order to do so, Edward Roski is offering to build a new Los Angeles Stadium with his own money, in exchange for a large minority stake in the team that decides to move. Roski is courting seven teams about the deal. If a team does agree to move, it is not yet known what temporary stadium the team would use until construction of Los Angeles Stadium is complete.

Proposed rule changes

Several rule changes are being explored at the league's annual owners meeting in March:

  • The league is considering modifying the overtime procedure, which currently is a straight sudden death. For postseason play only, instead of the current "first point wins," a proposal exists to give both teams possession of the ball unless the first team scores a touchdown.[28]

Super Bowl and conference logo, trophy changes

Starting with Super Bowl XLV, the template of all all Super Bowl logos will virtually remain the same. The only differences from year to year will be the stadium backdrop and the Roman numerals for the game. For Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium is featured and "XLV" signifying the forty-fifth Super Bowl game.[29]

The NFL will also introduce new Lamar Hunt and George Halas trophies for the AFC and NFC Championship games. The trophies will change from a brown base with an 'A' or 'N' on top of it surrounded by players layered on a wall, to silver trophies in the make of a football.[29] Additionally, both the NFC and AFC logos have been revamped and recolored to reflect the current shield adopted two years earlier and with four stars running down the inside on both logos top to bottom from left to right instead of the six surrounding the AFC and three down the side of the NFC logo as each conference has four divisions. In addition, all event and playoff logos have undergone a complete makeover in a new logo system.[30]


As of March 2010 no NFL team is expected to overhaul their main uniforms, though several are either introducing or changing their third jersey.

The Green Bay Packers are the only team to officially unveil a third uniform for 2010, a throwback uniform based on their 1929 uniforms when they won their first NFL championship. The throwbacks are as accurate as possible while complying with current NFL guidelines, with a brown modern-shell helmet in place of the leather helmets of 1929, along with blue jerseys and gold circles with the jersey numbers nested within the circles, and brown pants. Like throwbacks worn in recent seasons by the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the archrival Minnesota Vikings, these throwbacks will be a permanent addition to the Packers uniforms, unlike throwbacks worn by the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers that were intended as one-time deals but made permanent, as well as several one-shot throwbacks in recent years. The new Packers throwbacks replace the previous throwbacks (which comprised the current helmets with the "G" logo and stripes removed, white jerseys with plain green lettering, and tan pants) worn sporadically since the early 2000s.

The Indianapolis Colts are also expected to release a third jersey. Since the team only has two colors, and only has worn a throwback jersey once in their history (Thanksgiving 2004, which other than the location of the horseshoes on the helmets, was substantially similar to their regular away jersey), it is unknown how this third jersey will appear.

The Arizona Cardinals, who are the only team to not wear a third jersey in any form since the NFL allowed third jerseys in 2002, are expected to release a third jersey as well.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will release "updated" third jerseys as well. It is unknown if the Patriots will return to their silver alternate jerseys from 2002-2007 or adopt their American Football League-era throwbacks as their third jersey. The Eagles currently have a black alternate of the current design, though they may be adopting a throwback as well.[31]

After a one-year hiatus due to the 50th anniversary of the AFL, the navy blue Tennessee Titans jerseys are expected to return as their third jersey, despite the fact that the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers wore their current third jerseys in addition to the AFL Legacy throwbacks in 2009.

Throwbacks worn by the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to be retained for 2010.


This is the fifth season under the current television contracts with the league's television partners: CBS (all AFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), Fox (all NFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), NBC (16 Sunday night games and the kickoff game), ESPN (17 Monday night games over sixteen weeks), NFL Network (eight late-season games on Thursday and Saturday nights, including one Thanksgiving game), and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. These contracts run through at least 2013.

In national radio, this is the second and final year on Westwood One's most recent contract extension, which expires at the end of the season.

New stadiums

Meadowlands Stadium will open in 2010, replacing Giants Stadium as the home of both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The new stadium is being built a few hundred feet away from the old building in the parking lot of Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Unlike Giants Stadium, the new Meadowlands Stadium is a 50/50 partnership between both New York teams.

Coaching changes

Team 2010 Coach 2009 Coach(es) Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Buffalo Bills Chan Gailey, former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech Dick Jauron, Perry Fewell (interim for 7 weeks) Fired Jauron was fired after nine games into the 2009 season after compiling a 24-33 (.421) record, including a 3-6 record at the time of his firing, in 3½ years. Fewell, the Bills' defensive coordinator, was the interim head coach for the rest of the season and went 3-4 (.429) in that capacity; he was hired to be defensive coordinator for the New York Giants January 14. Jauron was hired as defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Gailey, who was last seen in the NFL as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator before Todd Haley fired him prior to the 2009 regular season, was named the new Bills coach on January 19; he was recommended to the Bills by former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan, former head coach of the Denver Broncos Jim Zorn Fired Zorn, who was first hired to be offensive coordinator but had never been a head coach before being given the coaching reigns went out to a 6-2 start in the first half of 2008, but fell dramatically afterwards, and in his two seasons went 12-20 (.375) as the Redskins coach before being relieved of his duties following the completion of the 2009 season. On January 5, 2010, Shanahan, the former two-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Denver Broncos, was hired as the Redskins' new coach. Zorn was hired January 30, 2010 to be the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll, former USC head coach Jim L. Mora Fired Mora was fired after compiling a 5-11 (.313) record in his only season as head coach as the Seahawks lost the last four games of the 2009 season, being outscored 123-37. [32] Carroll had spent the past eight years as the head coach of the USC Trojans, having won a share of the 2003 and the outright 2004 national championships; he had previously been the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999, with a career 33-31 record.


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  32. ^ http://twitter.com/Adam_Schefter
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Miami Cincinnati Indianapolis Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Carolina St. Louis
New England Cleveland Jacksonville Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans San Francisco
NY Jets Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego Washington Minnesota Tampa Bay Seattle
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