NFL Week Three Preview
Throughout the off-season, the Bruno Boys peered into their Crystal Ball to provide you out there in Bruno Boys Nation with a look into what the future held for specific players for the 2009 season.
Now, we shift our focus and utilize our psychic powers to provide you with a breakdown of all the NFL games on the docket for this, Week three of football action as Bruno Boys Kyle presents Week Three - Game Previews (Fantasy Style).
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions: Combined, these two teams have averaged 33.0 points per game – or 13.5 fewer points per contest than the New Orleans Saints have scored this season.
Many pundits are predicting that the Lions get off the snide and win a football game for the first time since 2007, which would make Washington head coach Jim Zorn’s situation even more untenable. Fantasy Prediction: Matthew Stafford throws more interceptions than touchdowns for the third straight game.
Green Bay Packers @ St. Louis Rams: Another non-offensive juggernaut, the Rams (who are averaging a whopping 3.5 points per game), take on what should be an angry Packers team after they hosted the Bengals last week and suffered the indignity that goes with losing to that franchise.
Part of the reason for their Week Two swoon? Greg Jennings failed to catch a single pass in a game he suited up in for the first time in his career. Fantasy Prediction: The aforementioned Jennings goes off, with over 100 yards and at least one score.
San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota Vikings: The only battle of 2-0 teams this weekend, the Vikings take on the surprising 49ers and their slightly wacky but effective head coach Mike Singletary.
If they can go into the Metrodome and pull off this win, the respect they seek will be given. Fantasy Prediction: Brett Favre and Bernard Berrian finally hook up for a touchdown of at least 40 yards.
Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots: Tom Brady, oh Tom Brady, wherefore art though our Tom Brady? This would have been Juliet’s line if they had fantasy football in Shakespeare’s day, because it’s the question every fantasy owner wants answered.
Too much was probably expected of Brady coming off a very serious knee injury, and chances are he will round back into form in the Pats’ home opener. Fantasy Prediction: Brady silences the doubters and puts up 300+ yards and at least two scores.
Tennessee Titans @ New York Jets: The Titans have been one of the worst defensive teams in football, which wasn’t expected, even though they lost defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and standout defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
On the other hand, the Jets have the best defense in football, having allowed fewer yards than any other team. Fantasy Prediction: After nearly 300 offensive yards last week, Chris Johnson gains fewer than 100 this week.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles: This game is all about one Michael Vick. Even if he plays fewer than 10 snaps, that’s going to be the storyline. And, if he plays well with Donovan McNabb sidelined, there will be calls for Vick to become the starter.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, have nowhere to go but up. However, it just won’t happen this week. Fantasy Prediction: Kevin Kolb again throws for over 300 yards.
New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Buccaneers defensive backs probably have a bad case of whiplash seeing as how they have spent most of this season spinning their heads as the opposition’s wide receivers have run right past them.
Tampa is allowing 10.1 yards per attempt, which is difficult to believe. The Giants, meanwhile, should just roll along en route to a 3-0 record. Fantasy Prediction: As difficult as this may be to believe, Eli Manning will actually throw for over 250 yards for the second game in a row.
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens: In terms of yards, Cleveland has the worst offense in the league, yes, even worse than the Rams. They average 234.0 yards per game, and now face a stiff test against the Ravens.
True, the Ravens have struggled against the pass, but they’ve given up just 82 rushing yards, fewer than any other NFL team. Fantasy Prediction: Ray Rice has at least 150 total offensive yards and one touchdown.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans: The Houston offense we all thought we would see in 2009 showed up in Week Two after taking Week One off. Meanwhile, Jacksonville is going to be desperate for a win against a division foe, as they have started the season 0-2 and are in danger of falling even further back.
Fantasy Prediction: After seeing what Chris Johnson did to the Texans last week, Maurice Jones-Drew has a similar yet slightly less effective performance, gaining at least 175 offensive yards.
New Orleans Saints @ Buffalo Bills: The Saints’ offense, with quarterback Drew Brees clicking, simply cannot be stopped. They have put up an absurd 46.5 points per contest so far this season, and now face Buffalo, who has the second-worst pass defense in the NFL this year.
That could be very bad for them, and they’ll have to hope their offense can try and keep up. Fantasy Prediction: Buffalo will be behind early, forcing them to throw a lot, and this will make Terrell Owens very happy, as he catches at least five passes for 100 yards and a score.
Chicago Bears @ Seattle Seahawks: Matt Forte has been crushing the dreams of fantasy owners this season, as he’s been a non-factor in the passing game and is averaging a horrendous 2.2 yards per carry.
Something will have to give, though, as the Seahawks are allowing a league-worst 7.1 yards per carry on defense. Fantasy Prediction: Forte does, indeed, break out of his funk, and picks up over 100 rushing yards.
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers: Miami is 0-2 and doesn’t look much like the playoff contender they were last season. For the Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson is 30 years old and injured, and not doing much to ease the minds of fantasy owners who believed he still had plenty left in the tank. Fantasy Prediction: Philip Rivers continues to put up gaudy numbers, and gets over 300 yards passing once again.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals should be 2-0, but they lost that heart breaker to the Broncos at home in Week One. This game will be no heart breaker.
Despite the fact the Steelers can’t run the ball (28th in the NFL), they’ll make easy work out of their AFC North rivals. Fantasy Prediction: Hines Ward picks up 100 receiving yards and one score.
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell was historically bad last week at Kansas City, completing just 7-of-24 passes, or 29.2 percent, a rate that is horrific beyond imagination for a starting quarterback in high school, much less the NFL.
Denver, on the other hand, went from being a putrid defense last season to the defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season. Who saw that coming? Fantasy Prediction: Russell fails to complete half his passes for the third consecutive game.
Indianapolis Colts @ Arizona Cardinals: A potential shootout match might not be so. Arizona and quarterback Kurt Warner clicked last week, as he was the anti-JaMarcus Russell and completed over 90 percent of his throws, yet Larry Fitzgerald has yet to really get going despite scoring in both games this season.
It won’t be much easier for him this week, as the Colts enter the game as number one in the league against the pass. Fantasy Prediction: Once again, Larry Fitzgerald does not obtain 100 receiving yards.
Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys gunslinger Tony Romo was atrocious last week, and had people in Dallas calling for his head. As frenetic as ‘Boys fans might be right now, so too are fantasy owners who are wondering which Romo they’ll get.
In Carolina, Jake Delhomme only threw the ball to the wrong team one time, and hopefully those turnover problems are behind him, allowing DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith to actually get on the field to make plays. Fantasy Prediction: Romo bounces back, and has over 250 passing yards and two touchdowns.
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*THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY KYLE SMITH*
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