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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
Player Projections by Team
Game Predictions Summary
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WEEK 4
September 27, 2006
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday Late
Sunday night
On Bye
ARZ at ATL MIN at BUF DET at STL SEA at CHI DEN, NYG
DAL at TEN NO at CAR CLE at OAK
Monday
PIT, TB
IND at NYJ SD at BAL JAX at WAS GB at PHI  
MIA at HOU SF at KC NE at CIN   updated

Game Predictions

Prediction Last Week 8-6, vs. line 6-8, Overall 30-16 (65%), vs. line 26-20 (57%)
ARZ 6, ATL 24 (ATL by 7) The Falcons cruised past CAR and TB but stumbled against the highly-motivated Saints on Monday Night Football. But this week it's just the Cardinals coming to town. That's good enough for a win and maybe even a defensive score here.
DAL 24, TEN 10 (DAL by 9.5) The biggest factor in this game isn't even in the game. It's that the Cowboys head to Philly the next week and have to guard against looking past this week. But with a bye week to think about it, the result should be a win for the Cowboys and a nice defensive showing against a banged up TEN line.
IND 28, NYJ 17 (IND by 9) The Colts could be without both Wayne and Stokley this week but it still won't matter. Pennington can get the trash time yards and scores here but they will be in trash time and it won't matter anyway.
MIA 17, HOU 13 (MIA by 3) The Fins finally notched a win last week but needed a home stand against the Titans to get there. The Texans are still searching for that elusive first loss by less than 14 points and should succeed, relatively, this week.
MIN 13, BUF 17 (BUF by 1) This is bound to be a ball control, kind of boring game that mostly hinges on how well the Vikes hold Mcgahee and if Losman can eliminate the mistakes that doomed them last week. Coin flip but the Bills are at home and the Vikes are back outside.
NO 13, CAR 23 (CAR by 7) The Saints are bound to suffer an emotional letdown after such a huge win over the Falcons while the Panthers with Steve Smith are getting back on track. It's hard to bet against the Saints these days (and not particularly profitable either) but this should be the week for changes.
SD 17, BAL 13 (SD by 2.5) A great matchup to watch because there no certainty around either of these unbeaten teams - none of their opponents so far have won a game in 2006. While there's no denying that both teams have featured great defenses, the difference comes down to Tomlinson versus Lewis.
SF 10, KC 21 (KC by 7) The Chiefs come off their bye week rested and really needing a win. Played in Arrowhead, this has to be a win even without Trent Green against a bad road team in the 49ers who won't have TE Davis and with a banged up Gore.
DET 17, STL 20 (STL by 5.5) This could be an interesting game to watch with Mike Martz heading back to St. Louis with a chip on his shoulder. The Detroit defense has flopped the last two weeks but the Rams offense has been nothing special. The Rams should outlast the Lions but it'll be a close one until the end.
CLE 20, OAK 17 (CLE by 3) Another battle of the 0-fers. The Browns are on the road but are getting the most from Frye, Winslow and Edwards but have no rushing game. The Raiders have redefined pathetic but back at home after a bye week, they are bound to improve. In theory anyway. Hey - if the offense cannot show signs of life in this game then pretty much write them off for the season (if you haven't already).
JAX 17, WAS 16 (JAX by 3) The Jaguars are on the road again but played Indy tough last week. The Redskins come off their first win after playing Houston last week and coming home with a healthy Portis will help. But Brunell will be introduced to the difference between the HOU secondary and the JAX secondary. This should be a close, low scoring game but it's hard to bet against the J'ville defense going against Brunell.
NE 14, CIN 24 (CIN by 6) The Bengals return home after win #3 in Pittsburgh and host the Patriots coming off a loss to Denver. So far the Patriots have won close games inside the AFC East but here's where the player drain is apparent once again.
SEA 13, CHI 16 (CHI by 3.5) Here is a coin flip game that will be determined by the defense that does the best. The Seahawks are without Alexander but the Bears will miss both Desmond Clark and having an effective running game for the fourth straight week. But in Chicago - Da Bears.
GB 20, PHI 30 (PHI by 11) The Eagles have been jumping out to monster leads and then allowing teams to draw close which is exactly what Favre on Monday night will want to do. This should be an exciting game to watch despite everyone knowing how it ends.