The NFL season is now less than a week away. It’s been a long off-season with plenty of change, as usual, and some teams have put themselves in contention for 2012 with coaching and player moves. So let’s take a look at the most interesting games in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – The NFC East is going to be one of the most intriguing divisions of the year and things get started off right with a grudge match between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. The defending Super Bowl Champions will welcome a Cowboys team that has drastically altered it’s defensive alignment in a shot at winning now while Tony Romo is under center. But the Cowboys receivers are banged up so get ready for heavy doses of running by the Cowboys in the hostile environment of New York.
Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears – Probably not a great game as the Colts are still rebuilding but interesting because Andrew Luck will see his first action.
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints – The debut of RG3 in the packed Superdome should be a show. Will Griffin be unleashed? Are the Redskins talented enough as a whole to give their new quarterback time to absorb everything New Orleans will throw at him? On the other hand, are the much maligned New Orleans Saints going to be able to function without Sean Payton? Is the new Saints defense any better than the old?
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers – Now here’s a game. The 49ers won with defense last season but that defense has been pushed around in the pre-season. Playing it cool or are cracks developing? As for the Packers, they’ll be trying to get off to a good start in what promises to be an interesting NFC North race.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos – Peyton Manning plays his first game as a Bronco against a solid Pittsburgh defense. With all the uncertainty surrounding Manning all this long pre-season, here’s where the rubber meets the road.Eric Drouant