It's like deja vu...all over again....over again...again...agai...aga...ag...a... ...
So back to topic about the game itself.
Never underestimate that power of a respected, championship brand.
We still carry weight in the eyes of the NFL for that fact. Now that we earned the opportunity to play on MNF again, the NFL wanted to see just how much Singletary (another brand on his own) team has developed from that MNF game against AZ. That game alone warranted a trip back to MNF.
But why the Champs? This is a perfect scenario for the NFL brand. The SuperBowl Champs go into Singletary's Den of Pain where his team is on the verge of a non-losing season for the first time in 8 years. One already established team with respected, pro-bowl names versus a team on the rise with new physical weapons on all sides of the ball, O, D and ST. Almost David VS Goliath-esque. High powered offense VS ferocious defense.
I can't wait to see how Manusky plans for this game. If it is anything like the AZ game, we are in for a treat defensively. I remember how well we played against Manning and I believe Manning is more intelligent at diceting a D. He didn't with us. Therefore I expect us to give Brees fits all night.
Like Brees, Alex will be in the lime-light again. He wasn't spectacular by any means in his last two MNF. However, I expect he and Raye's game plan to hit the weak spot of that D. I didn't know they where 25th in D. However, all it takes is one play to make it and Porter did it. Still, I believe they will have a harder time with V. Davis and our new speed.
Even with all that, the game symbolizes and embodies the essence of MNF and the NFL, up-in-comer VS established champion. Smash-mouth D. VS High octane O. Vet pro-bowl QB VS Verge-bust QB. Re-vamp DL VS Rook-filled OL. Newbie HC VS SB HC. Southeast VS West. Dogs VS Cats. All under the lights of Candlestick, one of the most storied NFL stadiums in history.
IT'S ALL HERE, MAN!!!!!
Two days off to enjoy lots of friends, lots of food and drink, and lots of great memories.
Look out NFL, here we come!!!!!