Perhaps one of the best quarterback matchups in all of professional football this weekend will take place tonight at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Tonight’s game will feature two of the top quarterbacks in the National Football League over the last decade – Omaha’s Jeff Garcia and Sacramento’s Daunte Culpepper. And while that matchup has garnered most of the attention, tonight’s contest has plenty of ramifications on the remainder of the UFL season.
A Nighthawks win would put them a full game ahead of the Hartford Colonials and Las Vegas Locomotives in the early-season UFL standings, a game-and-a-half ahead of the Mountain Lions and a full two games ahead of the Florida Tuskers.
A Mountain Lions victory would put them a half-game ahead of Hartford, Las Vegas and Omaha, and a game-and-a-half ahead of the Tuskers.
And while most of the pre-game attention rightfully has been paid to both Garcia and Culpepper, there will be plenty of talent all around the Rosenblatt Stadium grass tonight.
For Omaha, Garcia has the likes of running back Ahman Green, wide receivers Robert Ferguson and Devard Darling and tight end Christian Hopkins to utilize. Defensively, middle linebacker Nick Greisen, cornerback Ricardo Colclough, defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek and defensive end Charles Grant all came up big in their UFL debuts in Week 2.
Sacramento’s feature back is former Nebraska Cornhusker Cory Ross, the 2009 UFL rushing champion, and the bevy of receivers for Culpepper to throw to include wide outs Otis Amey, Rod Windsor, Taye Biddle and Joe West, and tight end Nate Lawrie.
The “Rumble at Rosenblatt” will be played in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd for the Nighthawks’ franchise. In Week 2, the Nighthawks set a new UFL single-game attendance record at 23,067, and they have a chance to improve on that record in Week 3.