I know that most of us are tired of the NFL, tired of the stadium nonsense, and worn down by a 4-12 San Diego Chargers season.
I also know that fatigue has it's limitations, and I'm about ready to dive back into the NFL with both feet today and for the Super Bowl. Especially because each of these teams has some sort of ties to the Chargers.
Whether it be a divisional opponent (Broncos), a chief rival (Patriots), a team head coached by a guy who was an early candidate to take the Chargers' job in 2013 (Cardinals), or a team head coached by a guy who was with the Chargers just a few years ago (Panthers), there's plenty of reasons to pick and side and root for a team or teams today.
Here's how you can watch/listen:
Patriots vs. Broncos
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
When: Sunday, January 24, 12:05 p.m. PT
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: Patriots Radio Network | Broncos Radio Network
Online Streaming: CBS Sports
Odds: The Patriots opened as a 2.5-point road favorite. The line climbed to 3.5, but has settled between 3- and 3.5-points, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit
Broncos blog: Mile High Report
Cardinals vs. Panthers
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, January 24, 3:40 p.m. PT
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Radio: Cardinals Radio Network | Panthers Radio Network
Online Streaming: FOXSportsGo
Odds: The Panthers opened as a 4-point favorite. The line dropped to a field goal, and has settled there, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Cardinals blog: Revenge of the Birds
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader