(Philadelphia, Pa) – I am naming Week 2 of the 2008 NFL season “Rivalry Weekend” as there are nine match-ups featuring rivalries. Two of the oldest rivalries in the NFL will be renewed this week as the Green Packers travel to the Detroit Lions (will play each other for the 156th time w/ the all-time record of 84-64-7 in favor of the Packers including them winning 7 of the last 8 games) and the bitter mid-west annual battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns has another rendition (have met 110 times with the series tied, 55-55). Browns kicker Phil Dawson, the longest-tenured Brown said it best by saying, “This isn’t just any week, it’s Steelers week”.
With the 50th anniversary of the AFL, there will be three renewals of old-time AFL rivalries two meeting for the 96th time versus each other in the Kansas City Chiefs playing the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers meeting the Denver Broncos. The New England (formerly Boston) Patriots will play the New York Jets for the 95th time. The Patriots traveling to the Jets will also be even more highlighted by the return of the Pats to the place that “Spygate” occurred. The country will want to see this match-up because Patriots fourth-year quarterback Matt Cassel is making his first career NFL start (actually first start since his high school days in 1999) in place of an injured Tom Brady. News came out this week that the 2007 NFL MVP after making 111 consecutive starts will need surgery to repair a left knee that has a torn MCL and ACL. Cassel will of course be matched against 17-year veteran Brett “the Jet” Favre, who will be making his 255th straight start and first regular season one in the Meadowlands.
Other rivalry games on the docket include divisional tests as the Seattle Seahawks travel down the coast to face the San Francisco 49ers (meeting for the 19th time), a key NFC South battle as the Falcons go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (meeting for the 30th time), and the rivalry that I grew-up on the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Dallas Cowboys on the NFL’s biggest stage of ESPN Monday Night Football. I can just picture Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere sitting in front of their televisions while giving out much love to the Cowboys and their public enemy number one Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens…Not!! Continue reading “2008 NFL Week 2 Preview”