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 5 of football action as Bruno Boys Kyle presents the Week 6 Game Previews (Fantasy Style) .
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have a chance to continue to surprise people and move their record to 5-1 against a 2-3 Houston squad. Nobody saw this coming from the franchise formerly known as the Bungles, and if they did, I want them to buy me some lottery tickets.
On the other hand, Houston will once again finish behind the Colts in the AFC South.
Fantasy Prediction: Cedric Benson runs for over 100 yards and two scores.
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
With one win, the Lions can’t be officially called the worst team in the NFL any longer. But, they’re still bad. They’ll be facing a Packers team that is just 2-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
The Packers desperately need a win and will surely play with that type of intensity, especially at home.
Fantasy Prediction: Greg Jennings goes off, catching at least five passes for 120 yards.
Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota Vikings
This is an intriguing match-up and one in which you wouldn’t have been looked at funny had you called it a possible Super Bowl preview before last week. But, that was before Baltimore lost, at home, to Cincinnati.
Minnesota is firing on all cylinders right now, but the Ravens are not, so we’ll see if they can rebound.
Fantasy Prediction: For the fifth straight game, Adrian Peterson fails to gain 100 rushing yards.
New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints
One of these two teams will suffer their first loss in what is arguably the best game in a weekend full of mediocre contests (much like last week).
Drew Brees has thrown for fewer than 200 yards and zero touchdowns in each of his last two games, killing his fantasy owners. Now, he faces a Giants team that is first in the league in pass defense... by a wide margin.
The Giants have allowed only 105 passing yards per game; the Panthers are second in the NFL in pass defense, and are allowing 166 passing yards per contest.
Fantasy Prediction: Brees throws for two scores, but for fewer than 225 yards.
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
If you thought it was impossible for a starting quarterback of an NFL team to play four quarters and complete just two passes, you certainly weren’t alone.
But Cleveland’s Derek Anderson pulled off the feat last week, averaging one-half of one completion per quarter.
Now, he faces the Steelers, with a healthy Troy Polamalu back in the lineup. Good luck, Derek.
Fantasy Prediction: Rashard Mendenhall goes over 100 rushing yards with at least one score.
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the Panthers and Buccaneers combining for a 1-8 record, it’s safe to say this isn’t one of the marquee match-ups of the weekend.
At the very least, it should be fun to see if Panthers wideout Steve Smith can get on track against an opponent he’s charred in the past.
Fantasy Prediction: Smith catches seven or more passes for 100 or more yards.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Redskins
Washington is playing with a lame-duck coach, and everyone knows it. They had an early-season schedule that was sent from paradise...with consecutive games against St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Carolina and now Kansas City, but are somehow 2-3.
If they lose this game, Jim Zorn may not last until Monday.
Fantasy Prediction: Matt Cassel again throws for fewer than 200 yards.
St. Louis Rams @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Rams have gotten their brains beaten in on a regular basis, losing all but one of their first five games by a minimum of 19 points, but at least they were in the news a lot this week.
Oh, wait, that was because a blowhard was part of a group bidding to buy the team. Well great. God, it’s difficult being a Rams fan.
Fantasy Prediction: Steven Jackson scores his first two touchdowns of the season.
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks
Even at 2-3, Seattle could find themselves just a half-game behind idle San Francisco in the horrid NFC West with a win over the Cardinals.
It won’t be easy, but the Seahawks are formidable playing at Qwest Field in one of the league’s best home-field advantages.
Fantasy Prediction: T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Nate Burleson each catch touchdown passes.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders
As mentioned before in this space, JaMarcus Russell is the worst quarterback in the league. Oakland’s brass has to recognize this; even the Crypt Keeper has to understand how insanely awful he is.
The Eagles’ reserves should be on the field by the third quarter of this one. Fantasy Prediction : Russell throws three interceptions.
Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
The fact that the Titans are winless is about as surprising as the fact that the Bengals have just one loss.
The Titans rolled through the regular season last year, and though they lost a disappointing game in the playoffs, then lost Albert Haynesworth in free agency, this type of precipitous drop-off didn’t seem to be a realistic possibility.
Now, with the second worst pass defense in the NFL, they have the unenviable task of trying to cover Randy Moss and Wes Welker all day.
Fantasy Prediction: Tom Brady has his best day of the year so far, throwing for over 350 yards and a minimum of three scores.
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Like the Redskins, the Bills are playing with a lame-duck coach in Dick Jauron , who made the brilliant move of firing his offensive coordinator in the preseason and now has an offense that is 26th in scoring and 25th in total offense.
Those numbers won’t improve against a very good Jets defense.
Fantasy Prediction: Terrell Owens has fewer than 50 receiving yards.
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
Another one of the few solid match-ups, the 3-1 Bears travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, who are also 3-1. Both teams are in second place, so this is a very important contest for each.
Fantasy Prediction: Matt Forte has a huge day, with 150 combined rushing and receiving yards.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
Denver’s defense has been remarkable, and up until last week, it hadn’t allowed even one touchdown pass. Tom Brady changed that, and expect Philip Rivers to add on to it.
The Chargers, at 2-2, need a win badly in order to keep their hopes of a division championship alive, because the Broncos have yet to lose in five contests this year.
Fantasy Prediction: Philip Rivers throws for at least 250 yards and two scores.
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY KYLE SMITH !
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