Michael Sherwin's Power Rankings
by Michael Sherwin
1. New England Champs made chumps of Indy again
Week 2s vastly overrated their season is over game
Carolina Panthers at Kansas Chiefs
Line- KC -5.5
I didnt believe in the Panthers last year until I realized- holy crap they are going to the Super Bowl. Steve Smith was a huge part of that and will be sorely missed. While its not time for the panic button the Panthers are in trouble as teams will be Super motivated to beat them.
The Chiefs will win this game and Carolina will realize that there is no reason for Jake Delhomme throw the ball 40 times a game.
CHIEFS 27 Panthers 13
Team that will refuse to start 0-2 pick
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
The Colts really shot themselves in the foot last Thursday. They dont have a clue around the goal line. I would call four QB sneaks at the goal line until they prove they can get it in. The refs give you the call 9 times out of ten down there anyhow. Tennessee fell victim to Miamis plan last week. Miami will try and turn every game into an ugly mess and hope it comes down to field goals. I say this cause the Titans actually played quite well and established distance early in the second have before Miami turned the game into a complete mess. I believe the Titans are a year older not better, even with Chris Brown looking like an elite halfback. The Colts are my super bowl pick and Im sticking with them, they wont start 0-2.
COLTS 31 Titans 23
Cant hide who I like pick
Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Line Seahawks 2.5
This will be the last time we have to talk about the Bucs for a while. They eliminated two players who were getting annoying in Keyshawn Johnson and Warren Sapp and got rid of John Lynch just in time. Unfortunately they didnt replace any of these guys with actual talent. Joey Galloway has been overrated and sucked ever since his 99 contract holdout, he wont even be playing. That leaves Michael Clayton and who?? Against Seattles excellent secondary forget it. The Seahawks thumped a Jekyl and Hyde Saints team that is twice as good as the Bucs and they should have no trouble here.
SEAHAWKS 27 Buccaneers 10
Fantasy stats galore, but bad teams pick
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
Okay the Jets arent a bad team. They actually seem to be great when Pennington is playing. Pennington is a huckleberry but he is one of the best QBs in the league. With Pennington playing, Curtis Martin becomes effective again and Santana Moss becomes a weapon. I was very impressed with the Chargers last week. Their reputation before last Sunday was almost worse than it was during the Ryan Leaf days. I think we have a Palmer-Kitna part two. Drew Brees isnt that bad, the Chargers have just failed to provide him with anything other than LT. If Antonio Gates can keep it up the Chargers are no longer a bye week. Pennington, Martin, Moss, Gates and LT- five fun guys to watch in what shouldve been a battle for 0-2. A road win for the Jets in what should be a great one to watch and plenty of Stat Whoring to boot.
JETS-41 Chargers 28
AND FINALLY MONDAY HORROR
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
I just realized the one redeeming factor of the NBA. If this were basketball Daunte and Moss would be guarding Donavan and TO and vice versa. Could you imagine a jump ball in the end zone or Culpepper creaming McNabb in the pocket? Alas thats all the love B-ball gets cause they have this and it is still painful to watch 90% of the time. Heres the problem for the Vikings, Dallas passed for 352 against them. With no running game, an elderly QB and average receivers. I know most of it was a result of the circumstances but cmon. Phillys d always comes hard. The Eagles let up a lot of yards but most was on a Tiki Barber long run. I am basing my pick on the Terrell Owens addition. The Eagles are on par with the Vikings and Colts as far as having a perfect QB-WR combo. And all things being equal, the Philly d is better until the Vikings prove otherwise.
EAGLES 24 Vikings 21
Redskins over Giants+3.5
Fantasy player of the week predictions
QB- Chad Pennington
Last weeks fantasy stars
QB- Dante Culpepper (5 TD)- Just a ridiculous game
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