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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
WEEK 16
December 21, 2005
Season Ticket
Sat 1 PM Sat 1 PM Sat 1 PM Sat 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
ATL at TB JAC at HOU* SF at STL* PHI at ARI MIN at BAL
BUF at CIN NYG at WAS TEN at MIA* IND at SEA* Mon 9 PM
DAL at CAR PIT at CLE Sun 5 PM OAK at DEN NE at NYJ
DET at NO* SD at KC* CHI at GB Updated* Times ET

Prediction: New England 23, NY Jets 10

This is the replay of week 13 when the Patriots won 16-3 when the Jets were the visitors. It's only been two games since - nothing has changed here except the Patriots are healthier and the Jets no longer have Curtis Martin.

New England Patriots (9-5)
1 30-20 OAK 11 23-16 @MIA
2 17-27 @CAR 12 24-17 NOR
3 23-20 @PIT 13 16-26 @KCC
4 17-41 SDC 14 16-3 NYJ
5 31-28 @ATL 15 35-7 @BUF
6 20-28 @DEN 16 28-0 TBB
7 Open Bye 17 Dec 26 @NYJ
8 21-16 BUF 7 Jan 1 MIA
9 21-40 IND M THU SAT
NEP at NYJ Rush Catch Pass
QB Tom Brady 0 0 240,1
RB Corey Dillon 80,1 30 0
TE Ben Watson 0 20 0
WR David Givens 0 60 0
WR Deion Branch 0 60,1 0
WR Tim Dwight 0 30 0
WR Troy Brown 0 30 0
PK Adam Vinatieri 3 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Patriots have already clinched the AFC East and at 9-5, they are also a shoo-in to be the lowest ranked of division winners. That means a home game in week one that will likely produce a win and then the next week on the road to the best record - uh, that would be the Colts. Unless of course the other division champ loses their game in which case the Colts just get the best wildcard team. But the Pats at the Colts - just seems sort of destined to happen,

Quarterback: Throughout the bad games earlier this season, the only consistently good aspect of the team was the play of Tom Brady. Now he is still playing well and the rest of the team is catching up to him. Brady threw for 271 yards and no scores in the previous meeting with the Jets.

Running Backs: Corey Dillon ran for 65 yards and one score in week 13 against the Jets and he has scored in each of the two games since and has been a part of the passing game as well.

Wide Receivers: No wideout had more than 64 yards or scored against the Jets earlier this year. Troy Brown led the group with five catches. Deion Branch comes off one of his worst games of the year while David Givens has roared back into the limelight with six catches for 137 yards and one score last week. He is, evidently, completely over his knee sprain now.

Tight Ends: Ben Watson had two catches for 43 yards when the Jets visited in week 13. But Brady is mixing in Christian Fauria as well.

Match Against the Defense: Nothing much has changed since they played just a couple of weeks ago. The game is now in New York but the Jets have only one win in their last nine games. Expect a similar result from this offense with more rushing by Dillon and slightly less passing from Brady who should toss one score this time.

New York Jets (3-11)
1 7-27 @KCC 10 3-30 @CAR
2 17-7 MIA 11 0-27 @DEN
3 20-26 JAC 12 19-21 NOR
4 3-13 @BAL 13 3-16 @NE
5 14-12 TBB 14 26-10 OAK
6 17-27 @BUF 15 20-24 @MIA
7 14-27 @ATL 16 Dec 26 NE
8 Open Bye 17 Jan 1 BUF
9 26-31 SDC . . MON
NYJ vs NE Rush Catch Pass
QB Brooks Bollinger 0 0 180,1
RB Cedric Houston 50 10 0
TE Doug Jolley 0 30 0
WR Laveranues Coles 0 50 0
WR Justin McCareins 0 50 0
WR Jerricho Cotchery 0 40,1 0
PK Mike Nugent 1 FG 1 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Jets came tantalizingly close to another win but as so often has been the case, they pulled up short. Cedrick Houston is running at least as well as the banged up Curtis Martin has been and Brooks Bollinger has scored in the last two games but the Jets are still really no better than they were in week 13.

Quarterback: Brooks Bollinger threw for 327 yards and two scores against the Fins last week and he had one score against Oakland as well but he only threw for 135 yards and no scores in the previous match-up with the Patriots.

Running Backs: Cedrick Houston has ran for a total of 158 yards and one score in the two weeks since Martin left and he's been at least adequate as a replacement. But Curtis Martin gained just 29 yards on 15 carries in week 13 against the Pats and Houston will be hard pressed to turn in dramatically different yardage than Martin had.

Wide Receivers: Laveranues Coles scored last week for just the third time this season and the only score since week nine. But Coles had just four catches for 35 yards as the lead receiver in the previous game against the Patriots. Justin McCareins only had one catch for four yards in that game.

Tight Ends: Doug Jolley is about the only good thing to happen lately for the Jets. He had a career best nine catches for 102 yards against the Dolphins after only managing 26 yards against the Pats in week 13. Jolley only has a couple of games over 30 yards this season.

Match Against the Defense: The Patriot defense has really picked up the pace lately and the secondary has finally started to get the right chemistry. Look for Houston to only turn in moderate yardage here at most and it could easily be the worst of his few starts so far this year.

Bollinger only had 135 yards in week 13 and while he is at home, the Pats are playing even better now. Look for a marginal increase in passing yards but no more than one passing score - if that even happens. The slot receiver has been the most likely to score in recent weeks against the Patriots.