Whatever apathy you might have for this week's "Monday Night Football" matchup between a pair of 3-7 teams, keep in mind how phenomenal next week's game should be.
Before the season began, the San Francisco 49ers versus the Arizona Cardinals sure looked like a quality, changing-of-the-guard kind of game for the NFC West. The division has turned out to be so awful, the winner will be one game out of first place.
Next week's game should make up for it.
Bill Belichick versus Rex Ryan. Tom Brady versus Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards versus a susceptible pass defense. Vince Wilfork versus Nick Mangold. Patriots fan favorite Danny Woodhead versus the team that dumped him.
It will be only the fourth time two teams with 9-2 records or better have played on "Monday Night Football," the first time since 1990 and the first game that doesn't involve the Joe Montana-led San Francisco 49ers in Candlestick Park.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted other games:
1987, Chicago Bears (10-2) at 49ers (10-2)
1989, New York Giants (9-2) at 49ers (9-2)
1990, Giants (10-1) at 49ers (10-1)