Friday, October 06, 2006

Week 5 Preview and Picks:
Be Nice, Philly Fans!

Game of the Week/Month/Season! Eagles over Cowboys: The atmosphere should be so TOxic as to shatter any confidence Dallas might have brought in. Over-under on number of batteries thrown on the field: 7.5

The rest of the day:

Bears over Bills: JP Losman may have been able to run roughshod over the Vikings' D; he's going to get pummeled vs. the NFL's No. 1 team.

Rams over Packers: The short week after Monday Night Football couldn't come at a worse time for Green Bay, which should sit Favre for Rodgers – hey, just to see what happens. It can't get WORSE.

Colts over Titans: Vince Young has Michael Vick's old problem: Until his coaches start scheming to take advantage of his unique talents, he'll struggle. (As if being a rookie wasn't hard enough.)

Vikings over Lions: Despite Detroit's offensive output last week, the defense is so weak that it's going to make Minnesota look like a juggernaut.

Pats over Dolphins: I wanted to pick this as the Upset of the Week, I really did. But I got burned picking against the Pats last week. Lesson learned.

Saints over Bucs: I predict that Reggie Bush ends his TD drought this week... twice. With that TB QB situation, the Saints will have the ball... a lot.

Giants over Redskins: Am I merely bitter that the Skins won the shootout with my Jags last week? Perhaps. But the Giants have enjoyed a bye week to get ready.

Panthers over Browns: A league patsy comes along just in time to allow Carolina to continue to gain momentum.

Cardinals over Chiefs: I know -- I picked the Chiefs to lose last week too (to the 49ers, ugh). I'm saying lightning can't strike twice for Damon Huard, and Matt Leinart comes up big for the home crowd.

Raiders over 49ers: The worst game of the week, and a contender for worst game of the year (which the Raiders always seem to be a part of).

Jags over Jets: Forget what you saw last week in D.C. – there is no way the Jags' D has two awful games in a row.

Chargers over Steelers: Phil Rivers is the new Ben Roethlisberger – trying to stay out of the way of his talented teammates.

Broncos over Ravens: After the way Baltimore beat the best team in the AFC West last week, I should know better. But with the game in Denver and seeing the way the Broncos stuffed the Pats in Denver a few weeks ago, the NFL ends the week with one fewer unbeaten team.

Last Week: 5-9 (Worst Ever!)
Season: 36-24

(Don't forget to log in all day Sunday for the weekly NFL Comment Tailgate of pre-game, mid-game and post-game analysis!)

-- D.S.


Brian in Oxford said...

5-9? Thank goodness you didn't try betting the spread, Dan. Eek....

Brian in Oxford said...

Next point....obviously there'll be quite the hate-fest in Philly this weekend for Mr. O.

The real question will be, by Christmas, how will the Dallas fans be feeling towards Owens? Will he be booed there by then!

BobbyStompy said...

"seeing the way the Broncos stuffed the Pats in Denver a few weeks ago"

That game was in New England.

LaziestMovieCriticofAllTime said...

Picking Denver to win isn't that big of a deal. McNair looks absolutely horrible outside of a few game winning drives.

I would put this year's Baltimore team in the league of last year's Bears team. Great defense with an offense that will win some games but has no chance to go anywhere. I can't believe so many sportswriters have them ranked so high.

Brian in Oxford said...

To quote the Tuna,

"You are what your record says you are."

No reason not to have Baltimore high now. If it turns out they really are sucky, then just rank them lower later.

Myles! said...


As a Pats fan with Tom Brady on his team- as long as NE keeps winning, I couldn't care less if Brady continues to put up pedestrian numbers. Fantasy football is nice and all, but it doesn't even approach rooting for your real team. Hell, it doesn't even approach approaching it. It's just a complete nonissue in that context.

That said, I know some people who have no problem rooting against their own team's starters when they're matched up against them in a fantasy league. One of them happens to be my dad, and if I didn't live 2 states away we might have gotten in a heated argument about it last week. Instead he just hung up.