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My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

Posted on: April 15, 2008 7:28 pm
 

With the 2008 NFL schedule finally published, a challenge went out to post your top 10 games.  Normally I would have passed this by but I'll bite.  So here's my list for what the top 10 will be.

Week 3:

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis

With the progress being made in the Jacksonville, it’s possible that the Colts actually will have to run the season before grabbing the AFC South title, which could be taken away from them by the Jaguars.  If the Jaguars start out strong against Indianapolis in the early part of the season, the Jags could run the gauntlet and we could see a shift in power next season.

Week 4: 

Ravens at Pittsburgh

Except for the first game in 2007, a game against the Ravens is never an easy one.  Ravens will be healthy and own the Steelers for the most part.  Ravens have a chance to start their season off by beating the defending AFC North champions.  Steelers need this game as to not fall behind in the division.

Week 6:

Patriots at San Diego

Definitely no love loss between these teams.  Chargers defense is going to come on strong, as always.  Chargers will be out to prove they can beat the Patriots and the Patriots will continue to attempt to humiliate the Chargers.

Giants against the Browns

The Browns have an opportunity to upset the reigning SB champion and show the world that last season was not a fluke.  The Giants are out to protect their crown and want to prove that they weren’t a fluke also.

Week 8

Cardinals at Carolina

Two teams with potential to be division winners.  Delhomme will hopefully be healthy and the Cardinals young team will be in sync.  This will probably be the most underrated game of the week.
Week 14

Cowboys at Pittsburgh

Cowboys/Steelers games are will always be reminiscent of the Bradshaw/Staubach matchup.  Could Romo/Roethlisberger make these games as exciting as the ones I grew up with?

Week 17: 

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh

Given both teams strength of schedule for next season, the possibility is great for a nail biter for this past seasons AFC North division contenders.  This game holds implications of a tie breaker for the division title in 2008

Final Three:

Colts/Steelers – Steelers/Patriots – Patriots/Colts

These three games represent a triangle….Patriots had taken the AFCC away from the Steelers and went on to win the SB that year.  The year after Steelers had done the same to the Colts, the year after the Colts took out the Patriots and got the monkey off their back. 

Okay, so I’m a Steelers fan, why wouldn’t the majority of my top 10 be Steeler games…lol.

Category: NFL
Tags: 2008 Season
 
Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 1:20 pm
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

Jlee,

If it was an issue with Ward and Roethlisberger, then why no more information in the press about it?  You make it sound like the McNabb/TO feud.  I wouldn't put too much speculation into that. 

Yeah, they lost Faneca, but the whole oline last year was atrocious, to include Faneca's play (was it possible he was playing so he wouldn't get hurt?).   If they shore up that oline, which it looks like they've been doing and will be doing during the draft then there's a very good possibility that Faneca's loss isn't going to hurt as much.  Faneca was great under the Russ Grimm oline, unfortunately, we saw what happened when the oline went away from being the Grimm's oline.

We're not sure how Parker's progressing, haven't heard how he was doing.  Can he be effective next year?  Don't forget Baltimore shut down the run game the first game with them completely, yet 5 TDs later the Steelers were able to win. 

Now I'll give you strength of schedule but reality is...we never know who's really going to come back as good the next year.  So teams that may have seemed tough to beat, won't be exactly.  Prime example:  The Bengals and the Ravens were projected to be top of the division last year...where did they finish? 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 1:10 pm
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

JellyDonut,

I can understand why Browns/Ravens game would be in the top 10 for Browns/Ravens fans.  I mention the Ravens game for the simple fact that, for the most Ravens have owned the Steelers in their series.  Another top game would be Jags/Steelers for us, for the same reason. 

It would be great to see an actual matchup with the Bills/Patriots or Jets/Patriots to actually see if someone in that division can give NE a run for their money.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 12:57 pm
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

Actually Steller fans, I see a sub .500 record for your team. The Steelers play a tough schedule, thier running game is a huge question mark, they lost thier best offensive lineman and there is a schism developing between Big Ben and Hines Ward (what kind of dumba**  QB makes a backhanded slap to the face to your best WR) That is just the problems on the offense. If Willie Parker can't come back and be effective, it will be a long year for the Steelers.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2008 10:11 am
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

All those games have the potential for being great.  A couple will probably disappoint, most will be great.  I haven't (and probably never will) analyze the NFL schedule for the top ten.  It's the kind of analysis that leads to fun discussions.  

If Baltimore / Pittsburgh is in the top 10, shouldn't Cleveland / Baltimore also be in the top ten.  Last year, Cleveland / Baltimore played the "field goal" game when the players were called back onto the field after it was determined the ball hit the gooseneck and the fieldgoal was good. 

I also feel the Bufalo Bills are improving and their soft schedule should keep them in the playoff mix.  Not sure that would earn them a top ten, but possibly a Bills / NE matchup would be exciting.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 10:03 am
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

SaintsTroll,

Actually, yes I think it will be more exciting then people think.  I've heard that the Panthers are a good football team when Delhomme is healthy.  Given the defense that Whisenhunt is building on the Cardinals, it will be interesting to see what they're able to do against Delhomme and Smith. 

The Panthers at one time had one of the better defenses in the NFC, can the upgrades that the Cardinals offense makes this year get them past the Panthers defense?




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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 7:53 am
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

Clovdyx,

I would say the biggest game for me is going to be the Indy/Pittsburgh game.  My husbands a Colts fan and well....I'm of course a Steelers fan.  If I could have one wish would be to get tickets for this game.  I'd make the trip backup to PA for that.

Hard to say how Green Bay is going to do against Dallas.  Sometimes backups work well because there's little game tape for the defenses to study.  I think that was one of the reasons for Andersons (and Garrards) success this season (along with Roethlisberger's success in his rookie year). 




Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 1:05 am
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

The biggest game for me, personally, is the Patriots/Colts game, of course.  Being only fifty minutes from Indianapolis and proudly wearing a Patriots jersey during every game (and hoping the Colts fall to 0 - 16)...well, it's intense.

Outside of anything New England, I'm waiting for Week 3, myself.  Dallas heads up to Green Bay.  Without Favre, how will the Packers do against the best team from the NFC last year?  Win this time?  Lose?  Will Rodgers do well (as he did when Favre was injured) or fail terrible?


Good list, by the way.  I'm surprised to see the Steelers were on it a few times ;)



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 8:01 pm
 

My Top 10 NFL Games of 2008

Thank you Cajunsteelerguy, if I was being unrealistic, I could have put the Steelers up there for all the top 10 games...at least they'll be my top 10 come regular season. 


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