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Sunday Night Football and Manning Bowl II

The New York Giants face the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at Lucas Oil Field in a key Week Two match-up. But more importantly, it’s that time again, NFL fans – it will also be “Manning Bowl II,” as Eli and his brother Peyton square off for just the second time, and the first since 2006. 

This is also only the second time ever in NFL history that had brothers starting at quarterbacks in the same game. 

Here are a few things for viewers to look forward to: 

  • Expect to hear multiple references to how both Eli and Peyton have the same number of Super Bowl rings.
  • Expect Eli to reference his “Amazing Catches” story about big brother Peyton in the pregame show yet again.
  • Expect Archie Manning to be interviewed by every major sports television and radio outlet between now and kickoff.
  • Don’t expect the proud Manning parents to state which team they are rooting for that night.
  • The over/under on the number of times NBC cuts to a shot of Archie and Olivia in the stands: 63.
  • Number of times NBC’s Al Michaels will mention the point spread and over/under line during the game: 1.
  • Number of times that Colts’ head coach Jim Caldwell will be asked about possibility of resting his starters towards the end of an undefeated regular season: zero (thankfully)
  • Expect Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin to throw the red replay flag to challenge a referee’s call – and be unsuccessful yet again.

Most importantly, let’s hope that it’s at least as good a game as the first “Manning Bowl,” which the Colts won 26-21 at the Meadowlands.  Oh, and that the brothers are cordial to each other after the game and don’t fight.  OK, at least we won’t have to worry about the latter one…

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Chris Lardieri covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com and has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. He previously wrote for 1766, the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and popular blog, ‘The Outer Loop’.  Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter for more MLB and sports observations.

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Cowboys, Redskins to butt heads on SNF

The Dallas Cowboys have huge expectations going into this season and start 2010 off against their bitter rival Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football.

Most media members aren’t giving the Redskins much of a chance in a game they need no motivation for. Are people underestimating Mike Shanahan and his made-over Redskins? Maybe.

If we analyzed the individual matchups in this game piece-by-piece, the talent level of the Cowboys does look to a bit higher but looks can be deceiving. The fact is, the Redskins have a great chance to win if they play aggressive defense and win the following match-ups.

The Redskins must be aggressive on D and blitz Romo, and blitz him hard if they want to win. Coming in to this season, the Cowboys aging offensive line was considered one of the few weaknesses of the team. This week matters got worse when they lost veteran tackles Marc Columbo and Kyle Kosier for Sunday’s game.

The ‘Boys are expected to start Kyle Barron, a former first round draft pick from the St. Louis Rams, in Columbo’s place and Montrae Holland, a player who was inactive in all 16 regular season games last year for the Cowboys, in Kosier’s spot. You have to think Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is salivating going into this game.

The Redskins are expected to attack this weakness and shrug off the drama between Albert Haynesworth and Coach Mike Shanahan. Although Haynesworth is not expected to start, he is the perfect man to clog up the middle and force players like Holland and Barron to make adjustments.

If Haynesworth draws enough attention, that allows Redskins linebacker London Fletcher to use his speed in an open lane to Romo.

Expect the Cowboys to respond to the blitz with their wide collection of weapons including speedy wide receiver Miles Austin and Roy Williams, tight end Jason Witten and underrated Martellus Bennett.

Another huge factor is the match-up between OL Trent Williams and DeMarcus Ware. This is the most important individual matchup in this game with Ware being a certified quarterback killer who racked up 11 sacks last season and 20 sacks in 2008.

The Redskins may also use the Cowboys aggression against them. Cowboys’ defensive lineman Marcus Spears and linebackers DeMarcus Ware, Bradie James and Anthony Spencer can swarm through even the smallest gaps in an offensive line. Once the ball is snapped; these four go zero-to-sixty as fast as any tandem in the NFL. But maybe the Redskins can use that to their advantage.

As a writer at Cowboys Nation pointed out, the aggressive Cowboys defense has also so far been very susceptible to misdirection plays, as they over pursue where they expect the ball to go, many times leaving the backside wide open. 

Cowboys/Redskins series record: 59-39-2 Cowboys
Streak: Cowboys have won the last 3.

Redskins 2009 Leaders

  • Receiving-Santana Moss. 70 receptions for 902 yds, 3td
  • Rushing Clinton Portis.124 rushes for 494 yards, 1 td
  • Tackles-London Fletcher 142 tackles. 95 solo. 2 sacks.
  • Sacks- Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo tied with 11.
  • Interceptions-DeAngelo Hall 4

2009 Cowboys Leaders

  • Passing-Tony Romo. 347/550 4483 YDS. 26TD. 9 INT.
  • Receiving-Miles Austin. 81 receptions for 1320 yds, 11TD.
  • Rushing- Marion Barber. 214 rushes for 932 yards, 7TD.
  • Tackles- Bradie James. 113 tackles. 80 solo. 2 sacks.
  • Sacks- DeMarcus Ware. 11.
  • Interceptions- Mike Jenkins. 5.

Another version of this article can be found on Mike’s Redskins’ Examiner column here.

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Based in Washington, Michael Hoffman has covered D.C. sports for numerous publications. In addition to contributing to Sports Climax, he is currently the Washington Capitals and Washington Redskins columnist for Examiner.com

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NFL Schedule Week One

NFL schedule Week One kicks off with a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship match-up when the Minnesota Vikings travel to the Jazz capitol of the world to take on the New Orleans Saints.

Expect the Who Dat faithful to be partying it up tailgating well before the kickoff.

Sunday Night Football pits one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys traveling to D.C. to take on Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.   

NFL Schedule Week One in its entirety is below.

Thursday Night Football September 9, 2010
Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints 8:30PM

Sunday Football September 12, 2010

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills 1:00PM
Oakland Raiders vs Tennessee Titans 1:00PM
Cincinnati Bengals vs New England Patriots 1:00PM
Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants 1:00PM
Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00PM
Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00PM
Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00PM
Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans 1:00PM
Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears 1:0PM
San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks 4:15PM
Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia Eagles 4:15PM
Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams 4:15PM

Sunday Night Football September 12, 2010
Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins 8:20PM

Monday Night Football September 13, 2010
Baltimore vs New York Jets 7:00PM
San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs 10:15PM

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