NFL WEEK 1: The goods on this week's games

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Spotlight Game:
Which Warner will show up?

After a 7-9 season that was enough to humble even Mike Martz (sort of), all seems right again in St. Louis. rediscovered his fastball over the summer, looking more like a two-time NFL MVP than the quarterback who went 0-6 in 2002, and his wife has gone nine months without ripping Martz on sports-talk radio. With Warner and recovered from their right hand and ankle injuries, respectively, the are poised to make another run at the Super Bowl. If the defense and offensive line hold up, the same could be true of the , who were one of the league's hottest teams before blowing a 38-14 third-quarter lead in a 39-38 wild-card loss at San Francisco that they conveniently blamed on the officials. Boo-hoo! is out until October with a broken left foot so and the ' receivers won't be able to pick on their former teammate. Another matchup we'd like to see but won't: offensive tackle vs. mouthy tight end in a steel-cage death match.

Best of the rest

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia: In a weak moment, Jon Gruden told a Playboy interviewer during the off-season that he would run down a Tampa highway wearing nothing but a jockstrap if the Buccaneers repeat as Super Bowl champions. Let's hope that doesn't give Eagles coach Andy Reid any ideas for a pregame pep talk. He shouldn't need any gimmicks to motivate his players, who have had nearly eight months to reflect on their 27-10 home loss in the NFC title game to a Tampa Bay team they had owned in their previous four meetings. In addition to the revenge angle, the Eagles will have the advantage of a Monday night crowd that figures to be even wilder and crazier than usual for the first regular-season game at Lincoln Financial Field. Even so, the pressure is squarely on Philadelphia, which has been to back-to-back conference championship games without reaching the Super Bowl and knows its window of opportunity won't stay open forever. The Eagles have been downplaying the importance of this game all week, which is a sure sign that they're feeling the heat.

On The Record:
Ronde Barber

From the day they were born, people have had trouble telling the Barber brothers apart, but now has one distinguishing characteristic that his identical twin Tiki, a running back with the New York , doesn't. Namely, a Super Bowl ring. The Tampa Bay ' versatile cornerback took some time off from preparing for Monday night's big season opener at Philadelphia to answer a few questions.

Your Call: Best rookie coach

Winning NFL teams generally don't make coaching changes so it should come as no surprise that virtually every one of this year's new head coaches faces a major rebuilding job. Dennis Erickson, who inherited a playoff team in San Francisco, is the exception to the rule, but for Bill Parcells (Dallas), Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati), Steve Mariucci (Detroit) and Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville) the wins this season figure to be few and far between. Which coach will have the greatest first-year impact? You tell us.

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