*ELI MANNING HEADS INTO SAN DIEGO. Remember this moment from 16 months ago? Eli Manning was dead set against going to San Diego that he essentially forced a trade out to New York. Now, New York heads into San Diego where he is sure to be hated like no other football player has. They guy they got in return for Eli [Philip Rivers] has been wearing a baseball cap and holding a clipboard ever since. Add to the fact that the Chargers are 0-2 and desperately need a victory. Oh...and add to the fact that this game is on ESPN.
*THE BENGALS COULD BE 3-0. Yeah. Cincinnati could be 3-0 and headed for a showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a month. I've said it before...these two teams have looked the best thus far. Granted, the Browns and Vikings aren't exactly the Patriots and Eagles....but, remember....this is the Bengals we are talking about!
*THE SITE OF THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COULD BE DETERMINED. Pittsburgh hosts New England in a pretty big AFC matchup. Last year, the Steelers won this game....which ended up being the reason the AFC title game was held in Heinz Field [they lost anyways]. New England needs this bad. A loss here would put them at 1-2....two full games behind Pittsburgh for the AFC lead, with Pitt holding the tiebreaker advantage. Also, the Pats sked is quite bumpy for a while. They host San Diego next week....but then go to Atlanta and to Denver before reaching their bye. After that, they have Buffalo and Indianapolis at home. They also have the Jets twice, at Buffalo and at Kansas City still on the docket. They do need to get this going.
Meanwhile, the Steelers will get to play the Browns twice and that horrible Ravens offense twice. They also get the NFC North teams on their schedule...the worst division in football. The Colts have some pushover defenses looming on their schedule.
*THE TWO BIGGEST RECEIVING STARS IN THE SAME GAME. On one side, you have Terrell Owens. On the other, Randy Moss.
*REMATCH OF SUPER BOWL XXXIV. Rams v Titans. To me, it wasn't the best Super Bowl game....it was the best ending. Of course, it is 5 years later and neither team looks much the same. Oh, it is also the Rams' home opener.
*RUNNING AWAY WITH THE AFC WEST. If Kansas City beats Denver Monday night....they will be 3-0 and own a two game lead over the rest of the division. The Raiders are favored to lose in Philly and could be 0-3 at the end of the day. So could San Diego if the Giants continue their unbeaten season. KC could have a 2-game lead after winning in Oakland and Denver. Amazing!
*RUNNING AWAY WITH THE NFC NORTH?? Detroit could be the only NFC North team to not lose....and that is because they are on a bye. Chicago hosts Cincy....Minny hosts N'Awlins....and G-Bay hosts T-Bay. Despite all of them playing at home...they all could lose