Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pre-Week 3 Thoughts

  • FOX is nationally televising a HUGE NFC showdown in this Sunday's late game featuring a rematch of 2005 game of the year as the New York Giants visit the Seattle Seahawks. Last season, New York kicker Jay Feely missed three potential game winning field goals before Seattle's Josh Brown nailed his first opportunity in overtime. Despite eleven false start penalties, the Giants had the Seahawks beat on multiple occasions. This time around, the Giants, coming off an amazing 17-point comeback in Philadelphia, are simply trying to escape a ridiculously difficult early schedule with a winning record, while the Seahawks, who have yet to truly get their offense rolling, must win this game in order to reestablish themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. Seattle has never opened a season 4-0, and considering they are already halfway there, it seems rather difficult with another NFC showdown looming in Chicago next week.
  • This is why the NFL is great: divisional matchups that we see all the time manage to be the most intriguing, particularly this week's Cincinnati-Pittsburgh and Jacksonville-Indianapolis.
  • Chicago and Baltimore have to win on the road this week in order to be considered major contenders.
  • Upset of the week: Houston Texans over Washington Redskins
  • The Sunday Night game will be a close one because Denver usually has the Patriots number, but neither team has gotten it going offensively.
  • Joe Horn said the atmosphere in New Orleans for the return of NFL football is similar to that of the Super Bowl. I say winner of Monday's game goes on to take the division.