Friday, September 15, 2006

NFL Week 1 Rewind/Week 2 Fast Forward....

I'm sure you have read a hundred different articles about the first week of the 2006 NFL season already, so I'll keep this short & sweet like my women. I was only surprised by a couple of things last week - the first being how bad the Carolina Panthers are on offense without Steve Smith and the second being how bad Drew Bledsoe can be when he is forced to move around.

The Panthers were grossly overmatched on their home turf by the Falcons and couldn't find a way to stop the run even though they knew it was coming.....not to mention that they only managed a couple of very long FGs on this really the experts Super bowl pick??

After watching the Eagles dismantle the awful Texans, I had the pleasure of watching the Cowgirls go down in flames in Jacksonville. After what looked to be a sure domination by Dallas in the first few possessions, the real Drew Bledsoe stood up and took a big nose dive throwing 3 picks to seal their defeat. I also had the pleasure of watching the Foreskins lose at home to a fired up Brad Johnson & a healthy dose of Chester "The Molester" Taylor. Did anyone see how pumped B.J. was after he found Marcus Robinson in the back of the endzone for his first TD pass of the year......I love it.

This brings us to week 2, which features several huge divisional matchups including the Eagles v. Giants (at which I will be in attendance) and the Redskins v. Cowgirls (the loser of which drops to 0-2). If you were unfortunate enough to have Carson Palmer, Trent Green or Daunte Culpopper as your starting fantasy QB, I feel you, as the 3 of them combined to score me a total of 6 points in 3 different leagues last week. I see a better performance out of Palmer & Daunte this week and let's hope that Trent gets better quickly after the vicious hit he suffered at the hands of Cincy's D. If you are looking for a replacement for Green, think about Carr against Indy as he should be throwing a lot to play catch up or maybe even Rivers against the awful Titan pass D. I picked up Pennington but am considering grabbing someone else to play this week because I am not liking the Jets' chances against New England.

Other players I would consider adding if they are available in your league are Kellen Winslow Jr., who looks to be the #1 option for QB Frye and another TE, Ben Watson of the Pats, who also seems to be the #1 option in their passing attack. RBs, Correll Buckhalter and Najeh Davenport also look to be good options as a flex player as both should get a decent number of touches each week and may vulture a goal line TD or 2 for you. Also keep track of the Detroit and St. Louis defensive teams, who both looked sharp in week 1 but could be smoke & mirrors.

As for picks of the week, there are plenty of double digit point spreads out there, which either means Vegas is overreacting to the week 1 outcomes or there are a handful of very, very piss poor teams. I am leaning towards the latter at this point but it is still very early in the season to be marking down trends. The underdogs I like this week are Washington getting 6, Detroit getting 8.5 and Minnesota at home getting they realize Steve Smith will probably sit out again and that the Vikes have just enough offense & defense to win this thing.

My lock of the week is San Diego at home giving up 12 to Tennesee....Kerry Collins & Co. are in for a thrashing at the hands of Shawn Merriman and L.T.

Enjoy the Games!