In one week’s time, Free Agency will begin and there will be a tirade of tweets, ESPN ticker watching, and posts from various sources and no one will miss out on the action. But in the beginning of April, sometime before the draft, the NFL is going to release the schedule.
There are two games on the schedule that will be prime-time guarantees. The Giants, as the reigning champs, will open the season on a Wednesday night, Sep the 5th, and who better to challenge The Trophy and inflate ratings than the Dallas Cowboys? In fact, of the 10 most-watched Sunday Night Football games, Cowboys v Giants holds four of those spots. The #2 spot is held by the season finale (for those of you wondering, #1 was Minnesota vs Green Bay, when Brett Favre stuck it to them)
I think that NBC can’t wait to get it’s greedy hands all over Cowboys v Giants in a season opener that ended on an epic note as the Giants vaulted themselves to yet another Super Bowl victory, and the Cowboys were left to lick their wounds and rethink their options.
This season opener will showcase the revamped Dallas Cowboys defense with certain new faces in the secondary, linebackers, and defensive line. With one more year under their belt with Rob Ryan’s mad scientist scheme, Eli Manning will have the kitchen sink and all the scouring powder, Drain-o, Windex, and bleach to go along with it. And a sponge. To soak up the tears he’s still crying because he didn’t want to play in San Diego.
The 2nd game that is going to be a prime-time must see is a game that I personally will be attending. One of my favorite moments from childhood was watching the Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Cowboys in the Super Bowl in 1995. That rivalry has stayed somewhat in tact since we only play them every four years, and it will be a game to remember. Between the two franchises there are 11 Vince Lombardi trophies.
The last time these two teams met, an intended pass for Jason Witten was picked out of the gusty wind to seal the game. Gusting winds won’t get the chance to take the blame for a Cowboys loss this round, but a revamped defense on both sides, this could get interesting.
Which game do you see on our upcoming schedule that you think has Prime-Time written all over it? Sound off in the comments below.