NFL Week 1: Game Previews (Fantasy Style)

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 28:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown to Randy Moss #81 (not pictured) in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 28, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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 1 of football action as Bruno Boys Kyle presents Week 1Game Previews (Fantasy Style).

Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta Falcons

The two biggest surprises of last year square off as their respective franchises take another resurgent step forward. Fantasy owners will be watching to see if Matt Ryan takes a noticeable step forward during his sophomore year.

Fantasy Prediction—Ronnie Brown nears 100 yards against an Atlanta run defense that was in the bottom quarter of the league a year ago.

Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals, who we’ve gotten to know through the “Hard Knocks” series open against what will be one of the most interesting teams to follow from a fantasy perspective in the Broncos.

Fantasy Prediction—If there was ever a game you should feel good starting Cedric Benson, this would be it.

Minnesota Vikings @ Cleveland Browns

Everyone will be watching the quarterbacks from both teams, as Brett Favre comes out in a stylish purple helmet for the first time. Meanwhile, Cleveland will be trying to answer questions about their talent at every skill position.

Fantasy Prediction—Brian Robiskie will not make the splash everyone thought he would to start his career, and gets, at most, two fantasy points.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts

The Jags were 1-1 against the Colts last season, with each team claiming a win at the other’s home stadium. Maurice Jones-Drew had a combined 329 rushing and receiving yards in those contests, but scored only once.

Fantasy Prediction—MJD will match that touchdown total in this game, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he doubled it.

Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints

Can Detroit win their first game since 2007? No. One need only look to Week 16 of last year, when the Saints throttled the Lions by the score of 42-7 in Detroit, and four different Saints players scored a rushing touchdown. 

Fantasy PredictionDrew Brees threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns last season. He’ll throw for fewer yards this time, but more touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay

This game is a rematch of a real barn burner from last season that saw the Cowboys prevail, 13-9. In fairness, Brad Johnson and Jeff Garcia were the quarterbacks, and that’s not what you’ll see this year. What you will see is Byron Leftwich sacked at least twice by DeMarcus Ware because it takes longer for him to get rid of the ball than it does for a 90-year-old woman with arthritis to cross a street.

Fantasy Prediction—Leftwich fails to reach double-digits in fantasy points.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers

Both teams have to be considered legitimate contenders in the NFC to reach the postseason, so this match-up will be a good litmus test for each.

Fantasy Prediction—Neither DeAngelo Williams nor Jonathan Stewart cross the goal-line for Carolina.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens

The Chiefs will try to replicate what the Ravens did last season and go from a struggling team to one in playoff contention. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they don’t have Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed, etc.

Fantasy Prediction—Larry Johnson gets five or fewer fantasy points.

New York Jets @ Houston Texans

The Mark Sanchez era begins in a game that pits what should be a very good defense in New York against what we know can be a powerful offense in Houston.

Fantasy Prediction—Steve Slaton is decent but not great against a solid Jets run defense, picking up fewer than 10 points.

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants

New York took both games in the series last season, one with Plaxico, and one without him. Brandon Jacobs had 187 rushing yards and one touchdown in the two games against the Redskins.

Fantasy Prediction—Jacobs scores the first touchdown of the season for the Giants, en-route to at least 15 points.

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals beat the 49ers twice last season to account for two of their nine wins. Anquan Boldin had 15 catches for 174 yards and two scores in the two games, while Frank Gore ran for 96 and 99 yards, respectively, with one touchdown.

Fantasy Prediction—Gore is the centerpiece of the Niners’ offense, and proves it with another day of at least 90 rushing yards.

St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks beat the Rams twice last season, despite Steven Jackson amassing 255 rushing and receiving yards with one touchdown.

Fantasy Prediction—Like the aforementioned Gore with the 49ers, Jackson will be the main focus of the Rams’ offense, and will accumulate over 125 yards of total offense.

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

These two teams split the series last season at 1-1, including a 20-17 win by the Bears in overtime. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns and two picks combined in the two contests.

Fantasy Prediction—Greg Olsen was the leading receiver for the Bears in both games against the Packers last season, and will be so once again this year, with over 50 receiving yards.

Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots

The Bills were 0-2 against the Patriots last season, and scored a total of 10 points in the two games. Trent Edwards didn’t amass even 130 passing yards in either of the two games, and finished them with a grand total of 248 passing yards.

Fantasy Prediction—Edwards’ numbers improve, but not much, as he registers fewer than 10 fantasy points.

San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders

The Chargers beat the Raiders twice last season by the combined score of 62-25. LaDainian Tomlinson had two of his better games on the year, scoring three rushing touchdowns to go with 197 rushing yards.

Fantasy Prediction—More of the same from LT, who scores once and proves his precipitous decline isn’t going to be as rapid as some believe.




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