Are you ready for some football? Well, we all know that the regular season is some six months away, but it’s never too early to get ready, and the league gave a sampling of that on Monday when it announced some early week one games and Thanksgiving games at the owner’s meetings in Phoenix. League commish Roger Goodell announced that the opening of the NFL Season will take place on Thursday, September 6th in Indy, the site of the Champion Colts as Indy will play host to the New Orleans Saints.
The league has done a good job over the past few seasons of show casing the champs on opening night, and this year a matchup of Peyton Manning vs Drew Brees and Reggie Bush should be a fun one to watch. Last year the defending champion Steelers were close to getting upset on opening night by Miami, but found a way with some late scores to secure one of their just 8 wins last season.
Sunday Night Football opens up with the New York Giants meeting the Dallas Cowboys, a NFC East matchup with two of the favorites of the division along with the Eagles. Both Dallas and NY were playoff teams a year ago, both getting knocked out in the first round. The Giants will have a new look without Tiki Barber, and will likely have former Bronco and Browns RB Ruben Droughens carrying the load. Dallas will look different with Wade Phillips standing on the sidelines instead of the “Tuna” Bill Parcells.
As they did a season ago, Monday Night Football begins this year with a doubleheader. First, the Baltimore Ravens face the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by the Arizona Cardinals colliding with the San Francisco 49ers. Last years Monday night doubleheader was a bit of a snoozer, as the Vikings-Redskins then Chargers-Raiders games were blah at best. Hopefully this years two MNF openers will be better. The full schedule is set to be released within the next 2-3 weeks.