On the journey to Super Bowl XLIII, in Tampa, Fla., here are 43 games that, for various reasons, merit more than a passing glance when perusing the 2008 NFL regular-season schedule:
36. Sept. 14, Patriots at Jets: The most compelling part of this matchup is that it is a return to the scene of the crime, pitting the teams whose season-opening game in 2007 gave us the term "Spygate." Otherwise, the Pats, who have the NFL's easiest schedule because they play in one of its softest divisions, should be 2-0 after this one.
32. Sept. 28, Falcons at Panthers: The quarter pole is a good point to see how the Falcons are progressing under new coach Mike Smith. And it will be interesting to see where the Panthers are with a (presumably) healthy Jake Delhomme at quarterback. If Julius Peppers isn't terrorizing the Falcons' quarterback (whoever that might be), that is a bad sign for the Panthers.