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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
Player Projections by Team
Game Predictions Summary
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WEEK 1
September 6, 2006
Season Ticket
Thursday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Sunday night
MIA at PIT BUF at NE NYJ at TEN CHI at GB IND at NYG
Sunday
CIN at KC PHI at HOU DAL at JAX
Monday
ATL at CAR DEN at STL SEA at DET SF at ARZ MIN at WAS
BAL at TB NO at CLE     SD at OAK

Game Predictions

Prediction  
MIA 17, PIT 20 (No Line) An interesting season opener that pits the Fins on their 6 game winning streak and addition of Culpepper against the Super Bowl Champion Steelers who are without Roethlisberger. This should be a lower scoring, more rush than pass sort of game that favors the home team that still has a top defense.
BAL 17, TB 23 ( TB by 3) The Ravens get to unveil what a real quarterback looks like and the promise of a passing game has never been higher than with McNair but playing in Tampa Bay to open the year is not where you want to start anew. Ravens offense surprised but the Bucs defense is good enough.
BUF 13, NE 31 ( NE by 9) The Bills start out their new life under HC Dick Jauron and heading into New England is no place to expect fast results. The Pats are healthy again on defense and Brady wants to make a statement that he really does not need any wideouts from last year. He better be right...
CHI 24, GB 10 (CHI by 3.5) Have to think that facing the #1 defense is no way for a rebuilding, struggling offense to start the season but the schedule makers were not kind and neither will the Chicago defense. Over and Under on Packer turnovers is four.
ATL 17, CAR 27 ( CAR by 6) Bad way for the Falcons to start their season against the one team that knows how to beat them the best and in Carolina no less. This is a bad schedule year for the Falcons and it starts immediately.
SF 13, ARZ 30 (ARZ by 7) The Cardinals get to unveil their new rushing game against the worst defense of last year while still using the best wideout tandem in the NFL last year. Denny Green will want to win big and that's just what the 49ers have been adept at giving. The 49ers will be improved this year without a doubt, but that won't happen in week one.
SEA 27, DET 20 (SEA by 6) Seattle begins their quest to return to the Superbowl by opening up against one of the worst teams of 2005. Detroit has a Martz offense now and Marinelli defense but even playing at home won't be enough to change the fact this is a rebuilding team going against the NFC Champ. But those Martz offenses are always a boon for the fantasy world.
DAL 20, JAX 16 ( JAX by 2.5) The Cowboys come calling with Terrell Owens finally in uniform and their defense finally set. The Jags had a great 2005 season but flopped when they needed to step up and feasted on a schedule that was far kinder than this year. With Jimmy Smith and Greg Jones already gone, it's time for Leftwich to take the next step up and stay healthy.
PHI 34, HOU 20 (PHI by 4.5) The Eagles want to erase all memory of last year and heading to play the #32 team in points allowed last year should be a great way to start. McNabb will want a big "TO who?" game here and Westbrook is healthy-ish. The Texans are on the right track with Kubiak but it'll take a lot longer than one week to get up to speed.
NYJ 17, TEN 20 (TEN by 2.5) Wow - what a messy game. Two of the most stumbling teams face off this week with the carrot of starting their year with a win. Take the Titans at home with the same offense from last year and realize that anything could happen here.
NO 14, CLE 17 (CLE by 2.5) One of these teams wil get a much needed win and that has to favor the home Browns in the second year of Romeo Crennel. The Saints are turned around now but they haven't started moving forward quite yet.
CIN 24, KC 27 (KC by 2.5) The Chiefs at home are always tough and the Bengals hit the road while asking Carson Palmer "are you sure you're okay? Are you sure-sure?". This should be one of the best games to watch of the day and will help define if KC is still as good running and Palmer is truly getting healthy.
DEN 20, STL 23 (DEN by 3.5) This is an upset but maybe not as big as it seems. The Broncos on the road were killed by Miami last year and this is not the same offense other than Plummer and Rod Smith. The Rams are unveiling an all new scheme and Holt was hard enough to cover in the past.
IND 27, NYG 24 (IND by 2) It's Manning vs. Manning night and Archie gets to just watch one game while wondering what to cheer. This should be an excellent Sunday night game and has so many fantasy studs in it that no fantasy league game may be decided until this finishes.
MIN 17, WAS 23 (WAS by 4.5) Monday night game #1 has the rebuilding Vikings visiting the Skins who should be without Portis this week. The Vikings are nothing like we remembered but the Skins at home on opening week? - still too much for a new offense and defense to beat.
SD 27, OAK 17 (SD by 3) The Chargers head into Oakland where the Raiders are still waiting for the paint to dry on their new offense and defense. Judging by the preseason, the Raiders offense still has a ways to go before replicating 1994 again but that new quarterback in San Diego has to make sure he doesn't let Oakland stay in the game.