As you impatiently wait for the new NFL season to begin, there are some games that you should mark on your calendar. I compiled a list of some of the games that I feel will be all the hype and more the action. The road to Super Bowl
XLI (Forty-One) starts September 7, 2006.
Games To Watch For In 2006
Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants
It’s the Manning Bowl. Finally, NFL fans will get to see the Manning brothers (Peyton Manning and Eli Manning) take their sibling rivalry to the next level when the Colts travel to the Meadowlands to battle the New York Giants. Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs in their first game in 2005, but will look to start the 2006 season in the right Direction.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
The rivalry has been rekindled. Last season, the underdog Washington Redskins traveled to Dallas for a Monday night showdown in week 2. For 56 minutes, Dallas was up by 13 points and clearly dominating the Skins. From nowhere, Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell throws 2 perfect TD strikes to wide receiver Santana Moss and the Redskins stun the cowboys 14-13. Later in the season, Washington destroys the Cowboys at Fedex field by a score of 35-7, virtually knocking them out of the playoffs. The Cowboys will be hungry for revenge, and the Redskins will be looking to win three straight against their arch rivals. The addition of Terrell Owens makes the Redskins job much harder this year.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
If you’ve been under a rock for the last two years, then you will have absolutely no interest in this game. For those of you who watch NFL football on a regular basis, then you will realize the importance. First Terrell Owens signs with the Philadelphia Eagles, then he talks about his quarterback Donovan McNabb like a dog. Owens ask for his contract to be revised, but is denied. So he purposely becomes a distraction; tearing the team apart with his antics and statements until he is eventually cut. Now the NFL bad boy has found a home with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys (a team in the same division as the Eagles). This game will be the most hyped game in week 5. I doubt that it will be a disappointment.
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Year in the AFC Championship, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Mile High Stadium in Denver as underdogs. The result of the game was a fifth Super Bowl appearance for the Steelers. Denver will be looking for revenge and the Steelers will be ready for a showdown. Without Jerome Bettis and Antwan Randle El in a black-and-gold uniform, the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers will have more of a task this time around against the Broncos.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
It’s always a showdown when these two teams get together and it should be no different when the Colts travel to New England to face the Patriots. Last year, the Peyton Manning and the Colts got the cursed monkey off their backs when the stomped on the Patriots in a Monday night contest. Both teams are looking to bounce back from playoff losses in 2005. It is always fun to see Peyton Manning go head to head against Tom Brady.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
In last years AFC wildcard game, the Steelers caught a lucky break when Bengals QB Carson Palmer went down with an ACL injury. The Steelers went on to win that game and eventually win the Super Bowl. The Bengals will have these games circled, and will also have their fingers crossed for a speedy return of Carson Palmer.
Other things to look out for in 2006
Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys
How long will it take until we see Terrell Owens on the sidelines chewing out Drew Bledsode for a poorly thrown pass? Does the addition of Owens make the Dallas Cowboys a instant Super Bowl contender? Questions, Questions, QuestionsÃ¢Â?Â¦Ã¢Â?Â¦
Reggie Bush, Vince Young, and Mat Leinert
Everybody will be tuned into the first hour of the 2006 NFL draft to see which teams these three college football icons go to. Then what impact will these players have in the NFL. Reggie Bush will be the biggest spotlight because it is more likely that he will be counted on to be an immediate impact. Vince Young, and Mat Leinert will most likely be some Veteran QB’s backup for the first year.
The Pittsburgh Steelers
Most teams that come off of a Super Bowl Victory (New England Patriots) slack off in the following year. Some teams fail to make the Playoffs. The Steelers will be the center of attention this year. They clearly are the team to be, but will they have enough to make another Super Bowl run.