Two weeks ago we didn’t even know if we were even going to have a season. And now, unbelievably, we are mere hours away from the beginning. If getting the lockout over with and the start of free agency was akin to a night spent at the Playboy Mansion, then this Thursday is consummating the relationship with a girl you have no business being with, like Stacey Dash or Elisha Cuthbert.
Five games are on the slate for Thursday night and the opening of what may be the most anticipated preseason kickoff ever:
Baltimore at Philadelphia: We get a glimpse of Ricky Williams in a Ravens jersey and to see if Mike Vick can maintain the torrid pace he established at the end of last season.
Jacksonville at New England: Thanks to the genius of “The Hoodie”, we get to see both Albert Haynesworth and Ochocinco unveiled as Patriots. And for Jacksonville….uh….well….who cares? Certainly not their fan base.
Seattle at San Diego: The reigning NFC West champs will look completely different on offense with additions Sidney Rice and Tarvaris Jackson. While the Chargers remain their prolific offensive selves.
Denver at Dallas: Two new looks squads with new head coaches bang it out and try to reverse the downward trend of 2010.
Arizona at Oakland: The first word that comes to mind when I see this matchup is “inept”. Major Bradley explains why here, for the Cardinals anyway, while the Raiders remain the NFL’s version of your favorite drunk uncle.