We’ve been trying to predict the teams that will participate in the prime-time games to be played in Week One of the 2010 regular season. The weekend typically ends with a Monday night twin-bill, and the second game usually features division rivals from the AFC or NFC West.
Last night, we suggested the Seahawks, led by former USC coach Pete Carroll, hosting the Cardinals, quarterbacks (presumably) by former USC signal-caller Matt Leinart. But there’s a flaw in that hypothesis. As a reader points out, the Seattle Mariners host the Boston Red Sox that night.
So why not play the game in Arizona?
There’s our current prediction: Seahawks at Cardinals. With Arizona possibly poised to disintegrate in 2010, it makes sense to showcase them early, before the wheels come off.
Which might explain why the Raiders often end up hosting the second game of the Monday night double-dip.