I can’t believe I am already giddy about the pre-season, but after the schedules were released I couldn’t help it. Starting out the new NFL year with games against some of the leagues marquee teams is something to be happy about.
We have one of the best offenses in the football world, led by Phillip Rivers, and what better way to put it to the test then to go head to head with a Bearsdefense that is rooted in football history. The exact date of the pre-season opener against the Chicago Bears is to be determined, but the time to start getting anxious is now.
Not only will Nathan Vasher be going up against his old team, but it will be the first time in a long time that anyone has seen Brian Urlacher on the football field since his unfortunate wrist injury. Also, did I mention that this will be the first game that we get to see Julius Peppers in a Bears uniform?
I don’t think anyone is as anxious about the upcoming season as me. As far as I am concerned, anyone who doesn’t feel what I feel must be numb from the neck down.
Pre-season week two will be against the always entertaining Dallas Cowboys. These would be the same Cowboys that surprised the nation by repeatedly gutted the Philadelphia Eaglesgame, after game, after game last season. The Boys are back in playoff contention, and this game is looking to be a nice preview of what may or may not happen in next years playoffs. Watch this game, folks. It is looking to be quite a meaningful matchup.
Speaking of such matchups, in week three of the pre-season we fly to New Orleans to face the defending Super Bowl Champions and former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees. By the way, Brees seems to be very excited about this one.
Cap it all off with a trip to San Franciscoand we have a pre-season that is rooted in history, prestige, and tradition. We have played the 49′ersin every single pre-season dating back to 1987 and this romp in Candlestick Park will be a great day to bring out the throwbacks. I know I will.