The 2010 NFL season kicked off in the Bayou on Thursday, as the Saints defeated the Vikings, 14-9.
Sunday marks the official start to a brand new NFL season and below is a few games that every NFL fan should keep their eye on. Best of luck to all fans, hope your team wins and feel free to send us your comments and feedback at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.
Indianapolis at Houston – 1:00pm: The Texans are bound to have a good season, but only time will tell if they are going to be a great squad. Their season begins against a very tough opponent in the Colts.
Every fan knows that Peyton Manning changes the play at the line of scrimmage probably four to five times throughout each series, but the Texans must pressure the opposing quarterback, running back and wide receivers on every play. The Texans will also need to rely heavily on their air attack, especially since the Colts ranked 18th in total defense in ’09 while the Texans offense ranked first in passing yards, averaging 290.9 yards a game.
Look for Matt Schaub to concentrate on throwing to his various targets, which includes Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels. Also, Arian Foster will need his offensive line to be at their best, so he can repeat his preseason performance against the Cowboys, where he rushed for a total of 110 yards and one touchdown.
Expect a back and fourth battle, but in the end, the Texans will earn their second all time victory against the Colts. Prediction: Texans 31 – Colts 26
Green Bay at Philadelphia – 4:15pm: Let the Kevin Kolb era begin in the city of “Brotherly Love.” Kolb appeared in a five games last season, completing 62 of his 96 attempts for 741 yards, four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
The Packers defense is going to blitz the young quarterback multiple times and pressure their receivers too. They were ranked second in total defense last season, as well as held their opponents ground game to 83.3 yards per game. Can the Eagles counteract with their running attack of LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell?
Besides the question marks for the Eagles, the Packers are led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who finished last season with 30 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Look for him to continue to attack the Eagles defense, which struggled at the end of the season against the Cowboys passing game.
Overall, this will be a fun game to tune into and in the end; the Packers will leave Philadelphia with a 1-0 record. Prediction: Packers 23 – Eagles 14
Dallas at Washington – 8:30pm: The Cowboys have a great deal of pressure on their shoulders entering week one against their divisional foe. Already, the Boys know the Super Bowl is in their stadium and that they need to win the division, along with a few playoff games too.
Tony Romo is coming off a great ’09 campaign where he threw 26 touchdown passes and tallied 4,483 yards through the air. Part of his success is owed to one of his new favorite targets, Miles Austin, who emerged as a perennial wide receiver last season. Austin is due to have a great year, but don’t forget about the other targets Romo has, which consists of rookie Dez Bryant, Roy E. Williams, Jason Witten and Kevin Ogletree. The Cowboys also have a great three-headed running attack that features Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Yet, don’t forget about their doomsday defense, which will pressure opposing offenses all four quarters of the game.
As for the Redskins, it will be interesting to see how quarterback Donovan McNabb’s ankle holds up. This squad certainly has a lot of questions on both sides of the ball and certainly one name that the broadcasters will focus on throughout the telecast will be Albert Haynesworth and his emotional training camp too.
Cowboys fans, feel free to rejoice now because your team should win this game. Prediction: Cowboys 21 – Redskins 13