Think of this post as a PSA for those that have been living like a hermit over the summer: The NFL returns tonight on NBC as the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants take on the Washington Redskins. Besides signifying the beginning of the 2008 season, the Giants/Redskins match up has obvious division implications as well.
The NFC East is probably the toughest conference in the NFL and getting a leg-up on a division foe first thing sends a message to both Dallas and Philadelphia.
A Giants win lets the world know where they stand in relation to a Super Bowl hangover and the losses of Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan. A Redskins win, one that would be on the road, shows they are capable of competing with the rest of the league; a confidence boost if there ever was one. It would also say good things about Jason Campbell’s progression, provided it’s his arm that wins the game.
Considering the fact the Redskins beat the Giants in New York last December, you have to like Washington’s chances — especially if New York’s defense has a hard time getting to the quarterback. I am curious to see if the Giants open up their offense, because they certainly have the weapons to do so. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tom Coughlin go the other way — that is, play conservative with a lot of running plays in order to protect a defense that’s all of a sudden looking for an identity.
Because of the GOP Convention, kick off is at 7pm Eastern/6 Central.