– Watch the Packers absolutely DISMANTLE the New York Giants. With Eli Manning out and a secondary that looked atrocious against the Cowboys this could be a big day for Brett Favre and Green Bay.
– Don’t overlook the Titans against the Colts. Last year Tennessee lost by one point at Indy and then beat Peyton and Co. 20-17. Jeff Fischer seems to always get his team ready for this game and, with a running game that may be better than some realized, ball control could win the day for the Titans… or at least keep it close.
– Expect LaDainian Tomlinson to have a BIG Sunday Night against the Patriots. Sign-stealing aside, the Patriots have one of the best run defenses in the league but I promise you that Norv Turner will find a way to get L.T enough touches, either running or catching passes out of the backfield, to guarantee he improves over last week’s dismal performance. Who wins the game? The Patriots.
– See what happens with the Saints this week. They go into to Tampa to play a team that got fairly routed last week in Seattle. Still, the Bucs defense held the Seahawks to 20 points. I think this is the week we find out if the Saints are as good as last year. I say they aren’t but I’m interested to see if I’m wrong.
– Who’s better Minnesota or Detroit? Both teams looked impressive in winning last week. Tatum Bell clearly helped the Lions running game and rookie Adrian Peterson did the same for the Vikings. However they both played bad teams last week (Atlanta and Oakland) so let’s find out if either team can compete long term. I say the Lions CAN and the Vikings CAN’T.
– Will Brady Quinn take many snaps against the Bengals? Charlie Frye was driven out of town and now Mr. Handsome takes over the #2 spot behind Derek Anderson. Look for the Browns to give Quinn minimal playing time because he’s not ready and Anderson may be able to help ignite the Browns against a Bengals defense that didn’t really look so hot against the Ravens.
– Watch the Houston Texans beat the Panthers. I’m not saying it WILL but that it COULD. Last week, Mario Williams showed everyone why Houston chose him with the first pick in ’06 as he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Also expect the Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson connection to become one of the more solid tandems in the league. Of course, the Panthers look like they’ve regained form as well. This will be one of the better games this weekend and may portend a bright ’07 future for whichever team comes out ahead.
– Look for the Raiders to get spanked like they’re children by the Denver Broncos. Yes they have a good defense. Who cares? At Denver? Are you kidding?
– Look for Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger and Josh McCown to have letdowns after putting up big numbers last week.
– Expect Rex Grossman to perform just well enough against a suspect Kansas City defense to keep the Cook County legislature from passing an ordinance making it illegal for him to wear shoulder pads.
Point Spread Predictions for WEEK 2*
RAVENS -10 over Jets
Chiefs +12 over BEARS
Texans +6 over PANTHERS
Keep in mind last week Andrew and I liked the Bears, Giants and Broncos… ALL LOSERS! (although we both liked the Bengals on Monday)