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    Season offers plenty of reasons to watch

    By CHAREAN WILLIAMS
    Star-Telegram staff writer


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    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]NFL[/FONT][/FONT] schedule-makers did nothing to help the Oakland Raiders, who were the worst team in the NFL last season.

    The [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Raiders[/FONT][/FONT] have the toughest schedule, along with the Buffalo Bills, based on last season's won-loss records. The Raiders' and Bills' opponents were .539 last season.

    The [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Jacksonville [/FONT][/FONT][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Jaguars[/FONT][/FONT] are the only team with a three-game road trip this season, but at least they are short trips. They go to Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Tennessee in back-to-back-to-back weeks during the middle of the season.

    The Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts opened the regular season Thursday night with a 41-10 win over New Orleans. Here is a look at some intriguing games on the NFL schedule:

    Sunday, Chicago at San Diego: The Bears went 13-3 last season; the Chargers were 14-2. One of them will have a loss in Week 1.
    Sept. 16, Houston at Carolina: Panthers backup quarterback David Carr has to be praying for a chance to play against his former team.
    Sept. 30, Pittsburgh at Arizona: In hiring Mike Tomlin as their coach, the Steelers passed on assistants Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm, who now are in Arizona as head coach and assistant head coach, respectively.
    Oct. 7, New York Jets at New York Giants: The teams share a stadium, but they've met only 10 times, with the Giants holding a 6-4 edge.
    Oct. 7, Seattle at Pittsburgh: A rematch of Super Bowl XL, won by the Steelers 21-10.
    Oct. 21, Chicago at Philadelphia: The defending NFC North champions face the defending NFC East champions.
    Oct. 28, New York Giants vs. Miami in London: The NFL plays its second regular-season international game after the success of a game in 2005 in Mexico.
    Nov. 4, New England at Indianapolis: The Colts rallied from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Patriots 38-34 in the AFC title game, Indy's third consecutive victory over NE.
    Nov. 11, Indianapolis at San Diego: Peyton Manning vs. LaDainian Tomlinson. It could be for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
    Nov. 18, Chicago at Seattle: The Bears beat the [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Seahawks[/FONT][/FONT]27-24 in overtime during the playoffs last season.
    Dec. 9, Indianapolis at Baltimore: The Colts return to their former home, having beaten the Ravens 15-6 in the playoffs last season.
    Dec. 30, Kansas City at New York Jets: Chiefs coach Herman Edwards ends the season against his former team.
    Dec. 30, New Orleans at Chicago: A rematch of the NFC Championship Game won by the Bears 39-14.
    Dec. 30, Detroit at Green Bay: Could it be Brett Favre's last home game?
    cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

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