Not sure how readers will react to my enthusiasm in regards to the return of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Look, the guy screwed up, but it happens to the best athletes. (Kobe Bryant anyone?) His charges were eventually dropped and he spent the next six months being hated by America. I truly believe the guy has taken enough humiliation. It's time for him to set foot back on the football field.
Seattle (2-2) at Chicago (4-1)
Any question here? The Bears were able to earn a win last week with Todd Collins at quarterback, who posted an impressive 6.2 QB rating. Yes, 6.2. (Kind of reminds me of Ryan Leaf for the Chiefs in '98 when Leaf managed to go 1-for-15 with 0 TDs and 2 INTs in a game, giving him a 0.0 rating). Then again, the Bears beat the Carolina Panthers, who would probably struggle against Perkins School for the Blind if they played. OK, that was extremely cruel. I apologize. Regardless of who the Bears played, they looked alright without Jay Cutler (a la Matt Forte). Now that Chi-town gets their regular QB back, they should have no trouble handling the Seahawks.
PICK: Chicago Bears
Miami (2-2) at Green Bay (3-2)
Before we know it, Green Bay might have Ahman Green suit up and take care of running back duty. Seriously, that is not a joke. Green is still playing football, in case you didn't know, for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Ever since the Pack lost Ryan Grant in the first game of the season, Green Bay's run game has been a roller coaster ride; one in which the highs are much shorter in comparison to the lows. John Kuhn breaks a million tackles one week, then can't buy a yard the next. Brandon Jackson gets a ton of hype (so much that I cleverly added him as a sleeper for one of my fantasy teams) and has done very little so far (has since been dropped from my team...hello Brandon Lloyd!). Miami, on the other hand, has been surprisingly ok thus far. Guys like Davone Bess and Brian Hartline have helped Brandon Marshall, who has been a disappointment so far this year. (Can't blame him though, doesn't exactly have Dan Marino throwing to him). I forgot to mention that Green Bay's TE Jermichael Finley is now likely out for the rest of the season. Not exactly good news for Aaron Rodgers as now Greg Jennings will see tougher coverage. GB will have to rely a lot on the run game here...too bad they don't have one.
PICK: Miami Dolphins
San Diego (2-3) at St. Louis (2-3)
As an avid Rams fan, it was a complete heart breaker to hear of Mark Clayton's injury. What does that mean for St. Louis? Back to the same old Rams.
PICK: San Diego Chargers
Baltimore (4-1) at New England (3-1)
Joe Flacco's mediocre year has pretty much crushed one of my fantasy teams. You look at his stats and you think: "This guy was supposed to be a Top 10 QB?" Now, look at the Ravens stats. 4-1. That's all that matters. Flacco's leading them to wins and that's what counts. Not to mention Ray Rice finally showed up last week. New England just lost their #1 wideout in Randy Moss. They also regained Deion Branch from the Seahawks. I wonder how Tom Brady is feeling right now. Brady frequently expressed to the media his fondness of Moss and his athleticism. Brady also loved Branch when he was a Patriot. It's like having your girlfriend break up with you at Prom, and then hooking up with her best friend later that night. Mixed emotions for the pretty boy in Boston.
PICK: Baltimore Ravens
I'll finish my picks off here pretty quickly, so, here you go:
Atlanta Falcons over Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns (Big Ben!)
Tampa Bay over New Orleans Saints (Bold Prediction of the Week)
Kansas City Chiefs over Houston Texans
Denver Broncos over New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers over Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys over Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts over Washington Redskins
Tennessee Titans over Jacksonville Jaguars
NEWS AND NOTES: With Kevin Kolb starting this week, I really don't think Philly has a chance... The Pittsburgh Steelers should eat up Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis this week... Not really sure why, but I really like this Tampa Bay team. Josh Freeman and Mike Williams are beginning to look like Steve Young-Jerry Rice. OK, just kidding, but I have to give them props... Kyle Orton has continued to produce week in and week out no matter who he plays. Expect him to sail right past Revis Island... Dallas and Minnesota is my "Must Watch" game of the week. I'm not as interested in the Vikings and Brett Favre's issues as I am with what's going on in Dallas. Jerry Jones cannot be happy, yet he still believes in Wade Phillips. I'm confused... ESPN's Monday Night Football games have been every bit electrifying so far. Not this week.
Well that's it for this week. Thanks for the reads and please feel free to comment.