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 9 of football action as Bruno Boys Kyle presents the Week 9 —Game Previews (Fantasy Style) .
Washington Redskins @ Atlanta Falcons : The Redskins are stumbling their way through the regular season due in part to their 28th-ranked scoring offense, while the Falcons are 4-3 and fighting for a playoff spot. They won’t overtake the Saints for the NFC South title, so they have to win games like these to stay ahead.
Fantasy Prediction: Matt Ryan struggles for the second game in a row against the Redskins’ passing defense, which is second in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears : Nothing cures a losing streak quite like playing Cleveland, and that’s who the Bears beat up after having previously lost two in a row. For Arizona, Kurt Warner faced the best pass defense in the league last week against Carolina and turned the ball over six times, including five interceptions; he has another tough test this week against the Bears, who are 12th in pass defense and allow fewer than 200 yards per game through the air.
Fantasy Prediction: Warner throws two more picks, but also two scores while throwing Larry Fitzgerald’s way often enough that the receiver compiles at least 100 receiving yards.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals : The first-place Bengals (that’s weird to type) are undefeated against AFC North squads and are trying to defeat the Ravens for the second time in the regular season, something that they accomplished in both 2005 and 2007. If the trend holds, they’ll win again this week.
Fantasy Prediction: Cedric Benson does not go for 100 rushing yards this time around, but he still gets a respectable 75.
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts : The Colts are No. 1 in the NFL in passing offense, and the Texans are No. 3, and combined, they are averaging nearly 600 passing yards per game between them. This should be a fun contest to watch if you like seeing aerial displays.
Fantasy Prediction: Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson combine for nearly 300 receiving yards and two scores.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars : Neither the Chiefs nor the Jags have offenses that average 20 points per game, and they also share something else in common—highly overpaid quarterbacks.
Fantasy Prediction: A week after Jacksonville bizarrely gave Maurice Jones-Drew just nine touches; he’ll get a minimum of 25, and go for 200 yards from scrimmage.
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots : The Dolphins have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four contests, and not surprisingly, they’ve come away with three victories in that time. The Patriots have only scored 30 or more twice, but those totals came in their last two games, each of which was victories.
Fantasy Prediction: Tom Brady terrorizes a Miami pass defense that allows 236 yards per game by throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers : The Battle of the Bays pits the Packers against the Bucs, who are the only NFL team remaining that doesn’t have a victory. Rookie first-round pick Josh Freeman gets the start at quarterback for Tampa, and he will be welcomed by Green Bay’s ninth-ranked pass defense. This could be an ugly debut.
Fantasy Prediction: Fewer than 150 passing yards and multiple picks for Freeman.
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints : An interesting match-up, this game pits one of the best passing offenses in the league against the No. 1 pass defense. New Orleans lost to the Panthers twice last season, but they have visions of going 16-0 this year.
Fantasy Prediction: DeAngelo Williams has averaged 133 rushing yards per game over his last three contests, and with Sedrick Ellis missing from the Saints’ defense, Williams piles up over 100 yards once again.
Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks : As bad as we all know Detroit is, the Seahawks have just one more win this season than the Lions. This is the worst match-up of the weekend, and really, what is there to say about this game?
Fantasy Prediction: Calvin Johnson makes his triumphant return and captures his second 100 receiving yard day of the season.
San Diego Chargers @ New York Giants : Though each of these squads have a winning record, both seem to be under-performing, especially the Giants, who have lost three in a row after winning their first five. Before the season began, a number of pundits thought this could be a possible Super Bowl preview; that doesn’t seem so likely now.
Fantasy Prediction: Eli Manning completes fewer than 60 percent of his passes for the sixth time in seven games, while throwing more interceptions than touchdowns against the sixth-ranked pass defense of the Chargers.
Tennessee Titans @ San Francisco 49ers : It was hard to gauge the effectiveness of Vince Young last week considering he threw mostly short and intermediate passes against a terrible Jacksonville pass defense. He’ll get another chance to prove his worth in a game pitting two highly-drafted quarterbacks who were busts but are now getting second chances.
Fantasy Prediction: Chris Johnson goes for over 100 yards despite facing the second-ranked run defense in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles : A key NFC East game, this contest will determine the sole possessor of first place in the division. These teams have split their season series in each of the past two seasons, and though many expect the Eagles to come out victorious, the Cowboys are playing very well as Tony Romo has thrown for six touchdowns with no picks over his last two games.
Fantasy Prediction: After proclaiming himself the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver, Roy Williams goes out and plays like it, catching a touchdown pass for the second week in a row.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos : With a combined record of 11-3, these two teams offer viewers one of the better match-ups of the week. Denver is coming off its first loss while Pittsburgh has won four in a row, and it will be interesting to see which defense responds, as each team’s respective units are in the top-10 in total defense.
Fantasy Prediction: Knowshon Moreno scuffles for the third week in a row against the best run defense in the league, amassing fewer than 60 rushing yards.
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY KYLE SMITH .
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