Snap Judgments (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2007 2:40PM; Updated: Wednesday April 11, 2007 2:52PM
Giants at Cowboys, Week 1 -- So you want to be an NFL head coach? The last time these two teams met, the Cowboys beat New York 23-20 in Giants Stadium in the first week of December. It was Dallas's fourth win in a row, and at 8-4, Bill Parcells' team looked poised to make a Super Bowl run. It was New York's fourth loss in a row, and at 6-6, Tom Coughlin and his Giants appeared to be in the midst of death by implosion.
Both assumptions proved a tad inaccurate. The Cowboys and Giants some how straggled into the NFC playoffs for a one-and-done appearance. But while Parcells stepped down after the Cowboys' loss at Seattle, Coughlin survived a coaching death watch to get another shot in 2007. And speaking of resiliency, we'll find out in the first Sunday night game of the season whether Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo can get a hold of himself after that epic point-after flub against the Seahawks.
Colts at Falcons, Week 12 -- The big question that will loom over this Thanksgiving night game is obvious: Will everyone in the country have access to the NFL Network telecast by then? The action on the field won't be bad either, given that you'll have the league's version of its quarterbacking Yin and Yang -- Manning and Michael Vick -- front and center.
One's a runner, one's a gunner. One calls a lot of his own plays at the line of scrimmage, one's going to get the chance to do some play-calling this season for the first time. One's got a shiny new piece of jewelry on his finger, one's got a really cool water bottle with a secret compartment that is used to store his jewelry (wink, wink).
Patriots at Cowboys, Week 6 -- The NFL's two rock star quarterbacks meet for the first time, with New England's Brady making headlines this offseason for the female company he keeps (or doesn't any more, as the case may be), and Dallas's Romo, whose game seemed to go to heck in a handbasket last December once he started paying a little too much attention to the likes of Carrie Underwood.
Actually, we'd be more geeked for this one if Parcells hadn't retired, because those "Bill Bowl'' storylines were always so intriguing whenever he and Belichick matched wits. Maybe we'll get a break and Terrell Owens will provide pre-game fodder of some unknown origin, perhaps claiming that Brady is the only quarterback capable of getting him the ball enough.
Chargers at Patriots, Week 2 -- Not only did New England upset San Diego in last January's divisional round playoffs -- which eventually cost Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer his job -- but there was all that late-game bad blood on the field between LaDainian Tomlinson and the Patriots. If there's a threat to the Colts' AFC supremacy this season, it figures to come from either the ridiculously loaded Chargers, or the re-tooled Pats, who had the NFL's offseason of the year.
Titans at Saints, Week 3 -- Vince Young and Reggie Bush get to match play-making skills in the Superdome, on Monday Night Football. I guarantee you no one will be thinking about Houston defensive end Mario Williams for those three hours or so. Unless you count the Texans.
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