Previewing the Most Pivotal NFL Matchups of Week 1

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Previewing the Most Pivotal NFL Matchups of Week 1
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The 2012 NFL regular season is fast approaching, and there will be 32 charged-up teams wanting to make a statement.

Week 1 of the 2011 season saw some huge passing numbers put up by the starting quarterbacks around the league. One threw for 500-plus yards, three for 400-plus and 10 threw for 300-plus yards.

To refresh your memory, here's a breakdown of those numbers: Tom Brady (517 passing yards), Cam Newton (422), Drew Brees (419), Chad Henne (416), Tony Romo (342), Mark Sanchez (335), Philip Rivers (335), Matt Ryan (319), Jay Cutler (312), Aaron Rodgers (312), Kevin Kolb (309), Drew Stafford (305), Rex Grossman (305) and Kyle Orton (304).

Expect to see more of the same during Week 1 of the 2012 season.

The funny thing is that out of the impressive numbers put up by the group we just listed, Henne, Grossman and Orton are no longer starters in the league, and there is no guarantee that Kevin Kolb will start either.

This presentation will preview the most pivotal matchups from all 16 of the Week 1 games, looking at key issues to watch for in every contest.

With a Wednesday night game, a Sunday night game and two games on Monday night, it should be an exciting week of football.

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