Games to watch

Nfl 2007

September 06, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

WEEK 1

SAINTS@COLTS

Tonight's game kicks off the season and is what the Super Bowl matchup should have been last February -- an offensive feast with quarterbacks Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

WEEK 2

CHARGERS@PATRIOTS

LaDainian Tomlinson didn't like how the Patriots celebrated their playoff win last season. Now he gets to make his statement.

WEEK 3

TITANS@SAINTS

Two of the league's budding stars clash when Vince Young's Titans meet Reggie Bush's Saints. They were the two best offensive players in the 2006 draft.

WEEK 4

PATRIOTS@BENGALS

The Patriots' defense was ravaged by the Colts in the AFC championship game. Now it faces the best imitation of the Colts' no-huddle passing game in Carson Palmer's crew.

WEEK 5

CHARGERS@BRONCOS

Norv Turner has to take the Chargers further than Marty Schottenheimer did. The road passes through Denver, where the Broncos have reloaded.

WEEK 6

SAINTS@SEAHAWKS

In a battle for NFC supremacy, the Saints and Seahawks will be thinking about playoff tiebreakers and home-field advantage, even though it's early.

WEEK 7

RAVENS@BILLS

How will Buffalo welcome back Willis McGahee? How will he respond? It's the subplot that will draw the most attention.

WEEK 8

STEELERS@BENGALS

The Mike Tomlin era in Pittsburgh will be well under way by late October, but it will get an acid test against division foe Cincinnati.

WEEK 9

PATRIOTS@COLTS

In January, Patriots defenders wilted in the RCA Dome heat, lost to the Colts and missed the Super Bowl. Bill Belichick hasn't forgotten.

WEEK 10

COLTS@CHARGERS

A week after playing the Patriots, the Colts have to face Tomlinson with their rebuilt defense. Advantage, Tomlinson.

WEEK 11

BEARS@SEAHAWKS

Another game that could determine the postseason seeding in the NFC. If Bears QB Rex Grossman has made it this far, he must be doing OK.

WEEK 12

RAVENS@CHARGERS

Brian Billick will have to be at his best to navigate the Ravens through a three-week, playoff-like stretch, starting in San Diego.

WEEK 13

PATRIOTS@RAVENS

Adalius Thomas returns to Baltimore with the Patriots, but the Ravens still might have the better defense. They'll need it against Tom Brady.

WEEK 14

COLTS@RAVENS

One more chance for a statement game for the Ravens. They let the playoff game against the Colts get away last season; they won't want to let it happen twice.

WEEK 15

JETS@PATRIOTS

This game might determine the AFC East title. Jets coach Eric Mangini more than held his own against his mentor last season.

WEEK 16

EAGLES@SAINTS

The top seed in the NFC could be at stake here. If Donovan McNabb is healthy, the Eagles may be the favorites.

WEEK 17

COWBOYS@REDSKINS

The Cowboys could be pushing for a playoff spot. Unless Joe Gibbs turns things around, the Redskins could be pushing him out the door.

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