After Thursday Night’s amazing offensive show by Peyton Manning and the Denver Bronco, can any game Sunday or Monday night matchup?
There are a number of good games on tap for the opening week of the 2013 NFL season and these are just five of my best.
Atlanta at New Orleans
Atlanta ran away with the NFC South title last season winning by six games over three other teams. The last time the two teams played head to head, Drew Brees had his consecutive game touchdown pass streak broken at 54 games, while throwing five interception.
Prior to that game, Brees had a record of 11-2 versus the Falcons and had 29 passes for touchdowns. The NFC South has not been won by any team for consecutive seasons and all four teams were 3-3 against one another last year.
Minnesota at Detroit
These two teams have two of the best individual players in the NFL. Last season Adrian Peterson the Vikings running back rushed for 2,097 yards, just 8 yards shy of the all time record.
Calvin Johnson, the Lions wide out, set an NFL record for the most receiving yards with 1,964.
Detroit has lost eight straight and last year lost all six of its NFC North division games.
Green Bay at San Francisco
Last season, the Green Bay Packers ended their season in San Francisco losing 45-31 in the playoffs. This season they start by the Bay in the weekend’s best matchup.
Green Bay also lost its opening game last season against San Francisco 30-22 in Green Bay.
The key to this game is the Packers defense vs. the offense of the 49ers. Stop Kaepernick from running all over the field and Green Bay has a chance. However, that is easier said than done.
New York Giants at Dallas
Both teams missed the playoffs last season. Eli Manning is 4-0 playing at the new Dallas stadium.
Dallas turned the ball over 29 times a season ago, with 20 coming playing at home. Tony Romo had 15 of the turnovers.
Both defenses have improved and their offenses, with the talent at quarterback, have the potential to score lots of points.
Philadelphia at Washington (Monday Night)
The Redskins season and future rides on the knees of Robert Griffin III. He returns on Monday from knee surgery. If he can dissect the defense for the Eagles the Redskins will easily come out on top.
This game starts the Chip Kelly era in Philly. Look for an up-tempo college style offensive set from the Eagles.
Nevertheless, after all is said and done, RGIII will be the deciding factor in the outcome of this game.