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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
November 9, 2005
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Mon 9 PM
BAL at JAC NE at MIA NYJ at CAR On Bye:  
HOU at IND* SF at CHI GB at ATL CIN, SD Updated *
KC at BUF WAS at TB* STL at SEA TEN. NO Times ET

Prediction: NY Jets 14, Carolina 24

The 6-2 Panthers are tied with Falcons for the NFC South lead and host the 2-6 Jets that are only two games out of it in the AFC East. But the Jets are not only 0-4 on the road this year, they have not even remotely been close in those losses. HC Herman Edwards has mentioned that they Jets were 2-5 in 2002 and yet still won the AFC East that year but man - that kind of optimism calls for more random drug testing instead of inspiring confidence.

New York Jets (2-6)
1 7-27 @KCC 10 Nov 13 @CAR
2 17-7 MIA 11 Nov 20 @DEN
3 20-26 JAC 12 Nov 27 NOR
4 3-13 @BAL 13 Dec 4 @NE
5 14-12 TBB 14 Dec 11 OAK
6 17-27 @BUF 15 Dec 18 @MIA
7 14-27 @ATL 16 Dec 26 NE
8 Open Bye 17 Jan 1 BUF
9 26-31 SDC . . MON
NYJ Projections Rush Catch Pass
QB Brooks Bollinger 0 0 230,2
RB Curtis Martin 60 10 0
TE Doug Jolley 0 20 0
WR Laveranues Coles 0 100,1 0
WR Justin McCareins 0 70,1 0
WR Jerricho Cotchery 0 20 0
PK Mike Nugent 0 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: Fresh off their fourth loss in five games, the Jets hit the road looking for that elusive first win as a visitor. Brooks Bollinger brought the team back last week so that the Chargers would only beat them by five and has been anointed the starter again this week. Outside of that one game, this offense just struggles to score points and had never had more than 17 on any road trip this season.

Quarterback: Vinny Testaverde reaggravated his ankle against the Chargers and Brooks Bollinger came in at the end of the third quarter. He completed 11 of 20 passes for 106 yards and two scores in just over one quarter and had his team on the Chargers 3-yard line with a first down and 1:4o left to play but Martin could not run it in and Bollinger threw three straight incompletions to lose the ball game. Pretty close for a team starved for a win. Good enough to get a second start.

Running Backs: Curtis Martin only has one 100 yard game this season and has only 533 rushing yards and five scores on the season. At this time last year, he had 865 yards and ten touchdowns. Outside of his one freak high game in Buffalo, Martin has not exceeded 72 yards in a game this season. He has scored in each of the last four games.

Wide Receivers: Wayne Chrebet has suffered his final concussion and has already been placed on injured reserve and called it a career. He's long been a fan favorite even if his fantasy numbers have greatly waned in recent years. His slot will likely go to Jerricho Cotchery who has a high of only 14 yards in a game this year. Laveranues Coles scored his second touchdown of the year when he had six catches for 64 yards against the Chargers. Justin McCareins only managed one catch in that game and he's really only managed one decent game this year when he was in Buffalo - much like Curtis Martin.

Tight Ends: Chris Baker broke his ankle last week and is lost for the rest of the season. Doug Jolley steps in as the starter but he only had one catch for 12 yards against the Chargers after Baker left despite getting five passes.

Match Against the Defense: The Panthers rushing defense has been very tough this year and no rusher has exceeded 36 yards against them in the last five games. Start Martin if you must but anything more than 60 yards and one short score would be a major success here.

Bollinger faces a secondary that has been torched a few times by Favre and McCown in particular but it depends on which Bollinger shows up here - the comeback kid of last week or the one that only had 149 yards and no score in his only full start of the year? The Jets will be forced to throw in this game so Bollinger should at least get trash time yardage if not scores. Expect him to throw at least one score and maybe two if Martin doesn't get to make the short run. Coles should be nearly a lock for a score here though McCarein's matchup is no worse. Look for nice games from the two wideouts but not much from the rest of the team.

Carolina Panthers (6-2)
1 20-23 NOR 10 Nov 13 NYJ
2 27-17 NE 11 Nov 20 @CHI
3 24-27 @MIA 12 Nov 27 @BUF
4 32-29 GBP 13 Dec 4 ATL
5 24-20 @ARI 14 Dec 11 TBB
6 21-20 @DET 15 Dec 18 @NOR
7 Open Bye 16 Dec 24 DAL
8 38-13 MIN 17 Jan 1 @ATL
9 34-14 @TBB . MON SAT
CAR vs NYJ Rush Catch Pass
QB Jake Delhomme 0 0 210,1
RB DeShaun Foster 70 20 0
RB Stephen Davis 60,2 0 0
TE Michael Gaines 0 20 0
WR Steve Smith 0 80,1 0
WR Keary Colbert 0 30 0
WR Rod Gardner 0 20 0
WR Ricky Proehl 0 40 0
PK John Kasay 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Panthers come off a big time thumping of the Bucs in Tampa Bay that should clear the way for a division title fight with Atlanta looking twice later this year. This week is at home but the next two games are on the road and the Bucs are coming off that road trip to Florida as well. The rushing game with Davis remains strong and while the world waits for the bottom to fall out of Steve Smith's year, he's having none of that line of thinking.

Quarterback: Jake Delhomme had one of his worst games of the year when he threw for 216 yards and one score against the Buccaneers but according to Michael Vick that is already the mark of excellence in passing. Delhomme has scored in each of the last six games and had been on a five game string of multiple touchdown efforts. An average effort from Delhomme is about 240 yards and two scores that either both go to Steve Smith or end up elsewhere after he checks off on Smith.

Running Backs: The Panthers rushing attack has never produced any runner with more than 81 yards but Stephen Davis now has a team record 11 touchdowns on the season in only eight games. Davis is now the new "Bettis". Deshaun Foster contributes a change of pace role but he has yet to score a touchdown and has never had more than 51 yards in any game.

Wide Receivers: This is Steve Smith's house. YOU MUST RESPECT THIS HOUSE! Smith still leads the league with 903 yards, nine receiving touchdowns and 55 receptions in only eight games. Smith had two bad games against the Packers and Patriots (there's a big go figure) but otherwise has always had over 100 yards and at least one score in the other six outings. Keary Colbert has returned to his pumpkin after only managing one catch for 18 yards against the Buccaneers and Ricky Proehl had just one catch as well - for 63 yards. Smith? Five catches for 106 yards and one score against one of the toughest secondaries in the league.

Tight Ends: Kris Mangum sprained his knee last week but he's never been more than one or two catches a week,

Match Against the Defense: The Jets have been dinged by the run in almost every game this year and on the road should allow Davis at least one chance to bust in from the one yard line. Look for decent yardage from both Foster and Davis in this one but not a big game from either thanks to that split duty.

The Jets have only allowed six passing scores this season and all but two teams have remained at less than 200 passing yards. This will not be a big passing game and Smith faces a matchup that has never allowed more than 83 yards to any wideout this season. There have been only four scores by wideouts against the Jets but Smith has yet to let such facts get in his way, Like last week, he'll need one long gainer to top 100 yards and like last week, he'll probably get it. None of the other wideouts should matter this week against a great secondary.