In 2007 we had the New York Giants team that went on to lift the Superbowl, In 2008 we had offensive fireworks as the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints trading touchdowns like they were right hooks in a ring, and in 2009 we were treated to future Hall of Fame bust owners Tom Brady, Randy Moss and coach Bill Belichick.
In 2010 we have Kyle Orton and Alex Smith and two teams that have combined for JUST 2 playoff wins combined in the last 10 full NFL seasons (a 49ers Wild Card win in 2002 and a Broncos Divisional round win in 2005).
Yes the 49ers have a stud running back in Frank Gore, and a WR with big ‘potential’ in the shape of 2009 1st round draft pick WR Michael Crabtree, but their defense is pretty grotty aside from Patrick Willis.
As for the Broncos they have a Bears reject at quarterback, a Pro Bowl WR who seems to be a petulant liability (Brandon Marshall), a defense that ranked 26th in the league in rush defense.
Bottom line this is my least favourite matchup of teams that will make the pilgrimage to London, England.
When I say least favourite I mean in a 2010 exciting and meaningful game context.
I do appreciate the history of both teams, having grown up watching Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Tom Rathman, Roger Craig, John Elway, Steve Atwater, et al.
I just have to say I am not exactly blown away by a Kyle Orton short passing game versus a similar activity delivered on the sacred Wembley turf.
I have to admit I will pay extra attention to the free agency moves of the Mile High crew and the Goldrush fanatics, and their subsequent draft picks.
I just have a feeling that unless both teams do some significant off-season roster pimping then we could be in for a rather dull 16-10 sort of game where it becomes a festival of field goals.
Using an analogy from the wrong sport I do wonder if the NFL has scored an own goal with these two definitions of mediocrity.
I wonder if you think like me and would have rather seen someone like the Indianapolis Colts up against the Green Bay Packers? This from a Redskins fan!