It’s hard to believe that we are already into week eight of the NFL season, as it’s the official halfway point of the season. There are plenty of big games and headlines to talk about here on the Gab today, and as always we’ll have the big games and events of the day covered. Before we go into week 8, here is a final look at some things to look for as the day gets under way.
* Of the nine 1pm EST games, the most interesting one to me by far is the Bucs showdown in Big D with the Cowboys. How bad do the Cowboys need this game? They have lost their last two, and tensions are mounting in Dallas against Wade Phillips and a team that with 13 Pro Bowl players is clearly in big trouble. A loss today vs Tampa Bay and the soap opera that is the Cowboys will only get even more interesting this week.
* Are there going to be any healthy running backs in today’s Rams-Patriots game in New England? Steven Jackson is 50-50, and Pats leading back Sammy Morris is doubtful with a knee injury. You could very well see a variety of backups rushing the ball in this one, including Travis Minor and Antonio Pittman for the Rams, and Kevin Faulk and Heath Evans for the Pats.
* Let’s hope the game today in London between the Chargers and Saints is better than last years Giants-Dolphins disaster. The field was in awful shape, and the game itself was a complete snoozer won by New York 13-10. While Reggie Bush won’t play for the Saints, there should be enough playmakers on both sides to make it a much better game to watch.
* The Falcons-Eagles game in Philly should be a fun one to watch. Matt Ryan played his college ball at Boston College, so you know he’ll have a large crowd in the stands for this one. While I think the Eagles will win this game, I love what the Falcons have done to put the 07 season behind them and Ryan is by my choice right now for rookie of the year with Chris Johnson of the Titans a close second.
* The premiere game of the day takes place in Pittsburgh, where the 5-1 Steelers host the 5-1 Giants. The Steelers may be missing as many as four starters, giving the Giants the clear cut advantage. It will be a really physical game on both sides, and we’ll see what QB steps up. The last time these two teams played back in 2004, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning were rookies and they both had good games in a Pittsburgh 33-30 win. I don’t think either offense will get near that point total today.
* The Mike Singletary Era should start with a win today for the 49’ers vs the Seahawks at home. Seattle is awful, and the Niners have already beaten the Hawks once this season. Look for Singletary to do what Mike Nolan should have done plenty in the past few weeks, which is feed Frank Gore the ball at least 25 times.
* No Sunday night game due to the World Series. No offense, but does anyone really care about the Rays and Phillies?
* If you want to hear one of the best interviews we’ve ever had on this site, I highly recommend taking the time to hear my 1-on-1 Friday with former two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bill Romanowski. The throwback LB was a great interview, and it’s great to see him doing well with his company – Nutrition53. Not to give it away, but we will have a MAJOR announcement this week here on the Gab involving “Romo” and the site. Stay tuned!