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I turned my season around with a 10-6 mark last week. I’m doing much better in the Gainsville Guzzlers’ fantasy league btw – I’m 2-0. There were still some minor surprises – this looks like one of those “any given Sunday” years where the Super Bowl winner could have 6 losses on their record. Let’s see what this week brings.
Atlanta at New Orleans – The Falcons crushed the Cardinals last week while New Orleans slipped by opponent number two. Michael Turner will probably see limited carries, but Jason Snelling was huge last week – so no worries there. Reggie Bush’s absence, on the other hand, limits the Saints ability to create personnel mis-matches. I still believe the Saints are on a Super Bowl hangover. Falcons 31-24.
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay – The Steeler defense has been good enough to overcome the revolving QB shuffle jumping out to 2-0. The Buccs have been one of the NFL surprises, as they are 2-0 also. Pittsburgh has only put up one offensive touchdown this season and Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris seems to have learned from his mentor Mike Tomlinson – the Buccaneers are giving up only 10.5 points per game to Pittsburgh’s 10. Lack of QB play and the heat of a southern Sunday afternoon finally catch the Steelers. Tampa Bay 14-10.
Cincinatti at Carolina – Jimmy Clausen’s debut comes against a Bengal defense that is intent on restoring it’s reputation. They bounced back from week 1 to record 4 INTs against Joe Flacco last week. Carlson Palmer has looked bad in the first two games. Another low scoring game. Cincinatti 14-7.
Dallas at Houston – The Cowboys are staring at taking an 0-3 record into the bye week. While it wouldn’t end their hopes, it would dig a deep hole under their playoff aspirations. The Texans have put up big offensive numbers and will be without starting left tackle Duane Brown. Dallas has had no ground game, but will have two line starters back in action. Dallas better not have a hard time getting into the end zone, because Houston will light it up. Houston 33-27.
Tennessee at NY Giants – This clash of the big men (Titans – Giants, get it?) should be a thriller. Vince Young returns to starting line-up and faces a team he lit up as a rookie. Chris Johnson is chomping at the bit after the Steelers shut him down last week. Eli Manning is coming off a disappointing outing in the “sibling rivalry” – he lost two fumbles last week – but welcomes back TE Kevin Boss. Tennessee 27-21.
Philadelphia at Jacksonville – Michael Vick has sparked the Eagles – especially LeSean McCoy – while the Jaguars are limping into this game with a back-up who was less than impressive last week. Eagles 31-14.
NY Jets at Miami – Mark Sanchez bounced back against the Pats, but the Jets D will be missing some vital cogs. The Dolphins are looking for a 3-0 start, but QB Henne has shown little consistency in wins over so-so teams. Jets 24-17.
Oakland at Arizona – Gradkowski’s in, Campbell’s out…the Cardinals would be happy with either one over Derek Anderson. Oakland 24-21.
Cleveland at Baltimore – The Ravens can’t score. The Browns Jake Delhomme is out. A yawner. Baltimore 14-10.
San Francisco at Kansas City – On paper, these two teams’ records should be reversed. But the games aren’t played on paper. This week things get right. San Francisco 31-17.
Detroit at Minnesota – The Lions, even without Matthew Stafford, are a play or two away from 2-0. Brett Favre has looked, well, old. Jahvid Best continues his assault on ROY. Lions 37-28.
Washington at St. Louis – The learning curve continues for Sam Bradford (Best’s main comp for ROY). McNabb and Portis are too much. Washington 27-21.
Indianapolis at Denver – The Broncos could be without CBs Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman, and may not be focused after the apparent suicide of Kenny McKinnely. Orton has looked good and Demaryius
Thomas is busting out. Manning has been….Manning. Colts 34-30.
Green Bay at Chicago – Cutler seems to be thriving in the Mike Martz offense. Aaron Rodgers is putting up the points, but the Packers are without RB Ryan Grant. This game will tell if the Bears are for real. Green Bay 31-28.
Be sure to tune into Big Boy Sports Southern Style on BTR at 3pm ET Sunday.