It’s that time of year again. The NFL season opens on Thursday with a highly anticipated rematch of the defending champion New Orleans Saints and the team that thoroughly dominated them in the NFC Championship Game, the Minnesota Vikings. Darrelle Revis is on the roster and ready for a visit from Anquan Boldin. And Anquan’s not coming alone. He’s bringing a 10,000 pound offensive line, that “other” defense, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. These are great bookends to the first week.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, I have a few takeaways from the pre-season. Last pre-season, I was impressed by a few teams. There was something about their intensity, passion and power that stood out. The Jets were not on that list. I did put a spotlight on the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals. Not bad…those teams went 33-15. That was much better than their combined 20-27-1 record in 2008. I was also down on Denver. When they started out 6-0, I was thinking — “Hmmm, might have missed on that one.” When they finished 2-8, I felt better.
So, who do I think is the real deal this season? (more…)