Superbowl Preview?

Football fans who think they might be tied up next February 3 might want to tune in Sunday, Sept. 9, to watch the Chicago Bears play the San Diego Chargers in what could easily be a preview of Superbowl XLII in Phoenix. The game is in San Diego and kickoff is 3:15 p.m. CST. The Bears made it last year, and ignoring the fact that they really weren’t ready to play against Indianapolis (who the heck knows how that could happen in a Superbowl?), the Chicago team looks a good bet to repeat as NFC champs. The defense is expected to be even tougher than last year, Rex Grossman finally has a complete injury-free season under his belt, the team has added some wide receiver speed, and offensive coordinator Ron Turner seems to have discovered the tight end, a position he didn’t have in his play book all last season. And then there are the Chargers, who finished the 2006 season 14-2, directed by first-year QB Phillip Rivers. The Chargers led the league in most points scored with 492, supported by league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, who not only lead the league in points scored (186) but broke the all-time NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season, finishing with 31 scores. They lost to the New England Patriots before New England lost to the Colts, who eventually beat the Bears. So both teams are on an upswing, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to seem them playing again next February…. Full disclosure: While Cygnus Business Media and Pavement are headquartered in Fort Atkinson, WI, (extreme Green Bay Packer territory) I work out of an office in LaGrange, IL, a suburb of Chicago. So in a nod to all my Packer-fan friends, good luck to the Packers and Brett Favre. I’d like little better than to see the two match up Dec. 23 in Soldier Field in Chicago for a game that mattered...

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