Sunday, September 17, 2006

NFL WEEK 2: 5 Games to keep an eye on

As Week 2 ramps up let's take a look at five games of note today:

1.) Bucs @ Falcons
The Bucs always play Michael Vick & Co. tough- the defense loves it when Vick tries to do his crazy legs routine so Brooks, Barber, Simeon & the rest of the D can tee off on him like a wobbling pinata- I've witnessed a few of these beatings firsthand. But after the Bucs got their asses kicked at the hands of the Ravens, and with Atlanta having mauled Super Bowl favorites Carolina at their home, things should be different today. Buc castoff Warrick Dunn had the most yards rushing in the league last week 132). Can he do it again against his former team?
MY PICK: Falcons 24, Bucs 12

2.) Patriots @ Jets
The Pats did not look sharp in their 19-17 snoozer vs. the Bills last weekend, and Tom Terrific admitted that the Deion Branch contract situation distracted him all week. Well now his #1 target is in Seattle, so the only distraction will be which receiver is going to step up and replace the former Super Bowl MVP? Troy "Older than dirt" Brown? Reche Caldwell? Bam Childress? Look for a lot of running by Maroney & Dillon, and watch the tight ends- Ben Watson could have a breakout game and emerge as Brady's fave target. Chad Pennington looked good (319 yds, 2TDs) in his return from rotator cuff surgery last week in the Jets 23-16 win over Tennessee. But this is not the Titans, despite the lack of quality receivers on the Pats squad. The division is on the line; who will emerge with the lead?
MY PICK: Pats 24, Jets 21

3.)Bills @ Dolphins
Which team that "nearly" won last weekend is the better loser? The Bills gave the Pats all they could handle in Foxborough before succumbing by a safety; The Fins took a 17-10 lead into the 4th Q against the defending Champ Steelers before allowing 2 4th Q TDs to lose it. QB Duante Culpepper will be making his first start at home for the Fins- think he wants to impress the home crowd? With the Pats & Jets squaring off, 2nd place in the AFC East will be on the line.
MY PICK: Dolphins 27, Bills 17

4.)Redskins @ Cowboys 8PM NBC
Whaddaya know it's the home debut of T.O. The jackass who once angered everyone in Big D when he stomped on the hallowed star in the middle of the field at Texas stadium as a 49er will now be running across it dressed in Cowboy blue. Clinton Portis will not play for the Skins, so that hampers their running attack. But if TO and Drew Bledsoe don't get on the same page today against their NFC EAST arch rival, things could get ugly quick in Tunaland. let's keep our fingers crossed that that happens. Please.
MY PICK: Cowboys 28, Skins 14

5.)Giants @ Eagles
Little bro Eli gave big bro Peyton and the Colts all they could handle before falling to the Colts 26-21 last Sunday night. Donovan McNabb looked like he had shed a 220-lb weight last week in the Eagles 24-10 win at Houston (oh wait, he did). But the Giants look strong and they most certainly are not the Texans. And with RB Brian Westbrook hurting (knee injury) but starting it will be tough for Philly to control the ball. In my opinion New York is just the better team, even in the City of Brotherly Hate, and I think they'll prove it today.
MY PICK: Giants 17, Eagles 14

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