Oh how wonderful it is to start writing about the NFL again!
There are some grudge matches on television you don’t want to miss out on tonight, as veterans and rookies both eagerly take the field and showcase what they’ve been working on all offseason. I’m looking forward to seeing Peyton Manning perform in a Broncos uniform. Is he rusty or does he still have it? Will Aaron Rodgers even set feet on the gridiron to manage an offensive drive or will Mike McCarthy save the team’s most valuable asset for future use? Are the Eagles going to come out and score on their first possession? AH the questions that bounce around in my mind ….
3 things I’ll look for: Steve Johnson and Ryan Fitz connection. RG3 and offense. Both defenses, impact of Mario Williams with the Bills and the Redskins’ communication.
2 things that must happen: RG3’s leadership shows today. Nick Barnett’s statement as a LB.
1 lasting impression: Bills’ starters all have to be on the same page.
3 things that should happen: Falcons win at home. Ray Rice averages 5 yards per carry. Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan end up with similar stats.
2 things I’ve noticed: The mercurial safety, Ed Reed said he wants to finish his last season strong. Julio Jones might outshine Roddy White this year.
1 thing that’s most important: Matt Ryan’s career with the Falcons might be over if this season doesn’t go right.
3 things that we’ll admire tonight: A short preview of Drew Brees pinpoint accuracy, Tom Brady’s elegant throwing motion, and there won’t be any head-blowing injuries.
2 things that we’ll miss: Sean Payton won’t be on the sidelines coaching. Solid WR Robert Meachem was traded.
1 thing why 2012 matters: If Tom Brady and Brees don’t make for a playoff run, they’ll be labeled as the old great hags of football. Sorry.
3 things to pay attention to: All the Eagles’ runningbacks. They’re scary fast. Michael Vick’s new ‘do. A Steeler team without Mike Wallace.
2 things to listen for: Vince Young better not say something silly on the sidelines. Antonio C. and Nnamdi A. communicating on the field.
1 thing under the microscope: Andy Reid’s tenure as Eagles’ coach is on the edge…no joke.
3 things to witness: Kendall Reyes, rookie defensive end for the Chargers’ is pumped. Phillip River’s throwing arm (said it hurt last year). The swag on the Super Bowl contending Green Bay Packers.
2 things sure to happen: Both starting offenses should score. Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem should help the with the absence of Vincent Jackson.
1 thing on the line: Norv Turner’s job.
3 things we look forward to seeing: Peyton Manning, duh, for all the reasons. Life without Tim Tebow, the fans will get over it, if they haven’t already. The Broncos could push for a playoff run, they have the quarterback and the defense to do so.
2 things we need: Johnny Knox, Brandon Marshall, and Jay Cutler to blow up. Look for 1990 Aaron Brewer to put in some work tonight at left safety.
1 thing we hope doesn’t happen: Peyton Manning gets hurt.
enjoy the preseason games tonight! ❤