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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY FEATURES

Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
Player Projections by Team
Game Predictions Summary
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WEEK 2
September 13, 2006
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Sunday night
BUF at MIA TB at ATL KC at DEN WAS at DAL
CAR at MIN NO at GB
Sunday Late
NE at NYJ
Monday
CLE at CIN NYG at PHI ARZ at SEA TEN at SD PIT at JAX
DET at CHI OAK at BAL STL at SF   updated

Game Predictions

Prediction Last Week 9-7, vs. line 7-9, Overall 9-7 (56%), vs. line 7-9 (44%)
BUF 16, MIA 24 ( MIA by 6.5) Both the Bills and Dolphins put up worthy fights in losing efforts last week but the Fins are home now and Culpepper wants to have a good game for the home crowd. Second road trip in a row for the Bills against their two biggest divisional rivals hardly seems fair.
CAR 16, MIN 17 (CAR by 2.5) The Panthers were surprised by the Falcons last week while the Vikes simply outlasted the Redskins on Monday night. It may be a short week for Minny, but they are at home and the Panthers may still be without Steve Smith and they just put their LT on IR. Mistakes are going to define this game.
CLE 13, CIN 23 (CIN by 10.5) The Bengals could probably put this game away in a big way but there won't be too pressing a need to score a lot and with a trip to Pittsburgh the next week, no need to risk Palmer doing more than necessary.
DET 6, CHI 17 (CHI by 8.5) Always a defensive war in Chicago and the Lions surprised last week while at home. But a new offense on the road in Chicago in a divisional game means Mike Martz will regret leaving the NFC West.
HOU 13, IND 34 ( IND by 13) The Colts always top 30 points against the Texans and without a rushing game, there's only so much Carr can do. Should be some nice trash time for Johnson and Moulds here, but nothing that is going to challenge the Colts at home.
NO 16, GB 13 (NO by 2) Here's a chance to find out if the Saints are really that good and the Packers are really that bad. Favre is still Favre but with a far lesser supporting cast and the Saints are now all about Reggie Bush and a surprisingly good defense. More than anything - this could be payback for the 52-3 shellacking that the Packers handed to the downtrodden Saints in week five last year.
NYG 27, PHI 23 (PHI by 3) Coin flip game that could go either way. The Giants come off a close loss to the Colts while the Eagles throttled the Texans last week. The Giants are probably better than that and the Eagles may not be that good. This game answers that and could give PHI an early lead in the NFC East. Stallworth won't surprise anyone this week.
OAK 0, BAL 31 (BAL by 11.5) This is admittedly a nasty score but the Raiders are now on the road against the Ravens defense that should alone be worth one or two TD's. Throw in Lewis and just one passing score and the Ravens should clean up here with the rare two consecutive shutouts. The Raiders will have the same kind of record, only not the sort you want to remember as a fan. Looks like a "Commitment to Folly" so far.
TB 13, ATL 24 (ATL by 5.5) The Buccaneers come off a spanking by the Ravens that exposed one small problem - Chris Simms may not be the best QB in the league and Caddy needs a healthy line that can block. The Falcons are brimming with confidence as they always are when they start hot and are weeks away from their traditional late season slide.
ARZ 13, SEA 27 (SEA by 7) The Seahawks barely escaped with a win last week and the Cards had to fend off Alex Smith to open with a "W" this year. In Seattle, the Seahawks don't lose and could really use a nice "statement" game.
STL 23, SF 17 (STL by 3) Interesting game that has the 49ers passing again and the Rams wanting to run more. Alex Smith looks new and improved but so does the Rams defense. Difference in the game - STL has the better defense. Hard as that is to believe.
KC 10, DEN 20 (DEN by 11) The Chiefs will be without Green at least this week and that casts a shadow on the entire offense that already is challenged to win in Denver. Plummer may be a problem throwing the ball lately, but he can still hand it off with the best of them.
NE 24, NYJ 16 (NE by 6) The Jets felt mighty good leaving Tennessee with a win and Chad Pennington has never looked better (or healthy for that matter). But the Patriots are a bit better than the Titans and this game pits Eric "The Kid" Mangini against Bill "Your Daddy" Belichick. Not yet, Grasshopper, not yet.
TEN 10, SD 31 (SD by 11.5) The Titans made Pennington look all-world last week and now the Chargers return home after spanking the Raiders last week. Home opener against a very bad defense? Not too hard to call.
WAS 17, DAL 24 (DAL by 6) Both teams come off painful losses and neither want to be 0-2 but at home in the evening game is too good of a set-up for Owens to make amends for his previous standing on the star. Having the Redskins short a cornerback doesn't hurt either.
PIT 17, JAX 16 (PIT by 2) A great Monday night match-up that should prove to be more defensive in nature without the flashy scores that fantasy fans love. With Big Ben questionable and the Jags showing good poise and character last week, this game could go either way.