Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (11/1 and 12/13) – It’s time to see newly acquired left tackle Jason Peters in action against some of the best defensive ends in the National Football league in Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. The reason I picked the Giants game because it’s a division rival and Eagles fans will want Peters to prove himself against the best of the best. Justin Tuck had 12 sacks in 2008 and Osi Umenyiora had 13 sacks in 2007, in 2008 he tore his ACL. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Peters will respond to constant pressure from one of the best defenses. If Peters can’t perform then everything the Eagles did this offseason will mean nothing. The 11/1 game will show Eagles fans whether or not first round pick Jeremy Maclin will be able to perform a high level as a rookie and see how the emotion of the game will be without longtime defensive leader in Brain Dawkins.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (10/25) – This game will tell whether or not the Cowboys will be able to perform without Terrell Owens and to see if they put past all of the drama these past few years behind them. It will also be a point in the season that will tell if Roy Williams was worth three high draft selections, a first, third, and fifth. It’s the point in the season where we see position battles over, including who will take over the void Terrell Owens left. It’s also a game to show how well the Cowboys are playing, not only for the playoff race but to see if Wade Phillips will keep his job at head coach.
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles (10/26) – By this time we will have a general knowledge of how well Albert Haynesworth will play in 09’. Not only that but it’s one of the biggest games on the Redskins schedule. He’ll have to face one of the best offensive lines on paper, but not official until we see this line plays in the NFL. It’s also a point to see where Brain Orkapo is in his development as a rookie and whether or not a future DROY (Defensive rookie of the year) award could be in his future. This Monday Night game will most likely be a huge turning point in the Redskins season and it might be the game where Jason Campbell gets benched, that’s if he starts off the year bad. With a bye week right after the Eagles game it could allow them to figure out whether or not Campbell is the quarterback for the rest of the year, or if they need to let one of the backups see time.
New York Giants vs. San Diego Chargers (11/8) – This is a mid season game and it’s at a point in the season where everyone will see whether or not the Eli Manning will be able to perform without Plaxico Burress, including finding out who might be able to fill the void Plaxico has left. Will it be Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, or Domenik Hixon? Might we see a wildcard emerge as a top wide receiver on the Giants? It’s too early to tell as of right now who will emerge as the number one wide receiver but it’s something to watch for as the season progresses. The early favorite is first round pick Hakeem Nicks, he has been catching the ball well this offseason and he has the physical play that Plaxico brought to the table. It’s a game that should tell if Osi Umenyiora will be able to return to his high level of play after his injury.
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