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The Chicago Bears won 11 games last year to take NFC North title and hosted the NFC championship game. But in the end we were left wondering just how good the Bears actually were. Their offense struggled, especially along the …
The Carolina Panthers and New York Giants closed old Giants Stadium last year and will open New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday in a rematch of a game that the home team would like to forget. New York (Diamond Sportsbook -6.5) suffered an embarrassing 41-9 loss to Carolina in the last game at Giants Stadium and hopes to return the favor with a big win in the first game at the team’s new home.
The unbeaten Tennessee Titans face their stiffest test of the season on Monday night as they host the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans are perfect on the season but their schedule has been fairly easy so far. “A lot of people still don’t respect us and feel like we haven’t played top-notch talent in the league yet,” safety Chris Hope said. “They’re still not sure about how good we are, and what better way to show them than on Monday Night Football against Peyton Manning and the Colts, one of the premier teams in the league.”
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants begin the 2008 season at home against the Washington Redskins. It’s the second time in six seasons that the Redskins are part of the NFL’s first game of the season. They won in 2003 against the Jets 16-13. In 2004 the NFL started a tradition in which the previous season’s Super Bowl winner hosts the NFL Thursday night game to start the regular season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills meet in preseason action on Thursday in Toronto. The Steelers won their preseason opener last week against Philadelphia 16-10 while the Bills lost to the Washington Redskins by a score of 17-14. The NFL will have a total of eight games in Toronto over the next five years. Five of those games will be regular season contests with the other three being preseason games.
NFL primetime preseason action on Thursday is highlighted by the game on FOX television as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Carolina Panthers. Although it is only a preseason game it should be a good one as the Eagles are expected to play their starters for the majority of the first half.