The NFL schedule is set for its earliest release ever as it’s been reported to come out on April 3rd. While we don’t know when the games will be played, we do know for sure who is going to play who. So while the news in the NFL is slowing down before the draft talk heats back up, let’s take a look at 10 games that no matter when they are played you don’t want to miss in the 2008 regular season
1. New England at Indianapolis – Is there any doubt on this one? Hopefully this year this will be a nationally televised, prime-time game, unlike last year when it was just a 4:15pm eastern start. When Manning and Brady go at it – it’s always special.
2. Seattle at New York Giants – You never know, this could be your Thursday opener. The Hawks were a solid playoff team that could have a very new look to the backfield with Julius Jones taking over for Shaun Alexander. As for the Giants, they will be the “no respect” card as a team that will be labeled as lucky to have won the Super Bowl.
3. Dallas at Cleveland – The Browns have been as active as any team during free agency, making deals and trades to put them hopefully over the top in the AFC North. As for Dallas, they will come to the Dawg Pound with their high powered offense. This has all the makings of a 41-38 game that will be fun to watch.
4. Pittsburgh at Jacksonville – Can the Jags finally take that next step and overcome the Colts in the AFC South? That will be the big question for them in 2008, and they will look to make a statement vs a team they always play tough against – the Steelers. These two teams had two very good games in 2007, including a wild card showdown in Pittsburgh where the Jags won late, meaning the Steelers want some revenge.
5. New England at San Diego – A rematch of the AFC Title game, you know that San Diego wants a piece of New England at 100 percent, and depending on when this game is, they may get it. Another fun game whenever these two foes meet that should be a shootout if played in good weather early in the year.
6. New York Giants at Dallas – How could you not love this game?! A rematch of the NFC Divisional showdown in Dallas as the Cowboys melted down and blew the #1 seed in the NFC. Dallas topped the Giants twice last season in the regular season, but it meant nothing since they lost the biggest game of the season on the biggest stage.
7. Green Bay at Seattle – Let the Aaron Rodgers era begin! We shouldn’t say “begin” since this could be a late December game for all we know. Anyway, it’s a playoff rematch between two good teams, and the Hawks will look to gain a bit of revenge for the beating they took on frozen Lambeau Field the second week of January.
8. Jacksonville at Chicago – Can the Bears bounce back and be the team they were two seasons ago? Some experts really wonder about that, and this physical matchup with the Jags could tell us a lot. The Bears want to reestablish themselves at home, and this is a game where they can prove they can hang with a tough AFC opponent.
9. Indianapolis at Pittsburgh – The Steelers had a solid defense in 2007, despite their failures down the stretch were still better at home than on the road. Now the question will be can they slow down Peyton and the Colts when they come to town. The Steelers will likely hope this is a late in the season game when the weather breaks and could be nasty in the Burgh.
10. San Diego at New Orleans – A mega matchup between two star backs in LaDainian Tomlinson and Reggie Bush in England. Last years game was played on bad footing with an awful Dolphins team and a Giants team that seemed to be stuck in the mud. We’ll see if the result this year is any better than 2007.