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Friday Sept 14th,
2007 - Page updated at 8:00 am
Senior Fantasy Football Editor For WagerOnFootball.com
Poolside Rant - Vol
NFL Fantasy Football
Poolside Rant 09/14/07
What a spectacular week one! We started the NFL
week with a disappointing game when the Saints just
looked overmatched by the flawless Colts and ended
with a dog when the Cards won the battle of ineffective
offenses to lose to the Niners and a revamped defense.
There were some very entertaining games between those
two and a multitude of surprises. I will run down
the events and performances I found most the most
intriguing in week 1.
Shocker #1. The Pats Cheat! Belicheck and the Pats
are caught video taping the Jets defensive signals.
Surprising for a team that has so much talent but
more to the point…is Belicheck a genius coach
or has he been playing by his own set of rules all
along and creating an unfair advantage? Tainted but
I think the league did an OK job on handing down
a punishment. I would have liked to have seen a suspension
for Coach Bill, as well perhaps a couple years worth
of picks but I am sure teams will heed “iron
fist” Goodell’s warning.
Surprise #2. Randy Moss has returned. Are you kidding
me? 183 yards, a TD and it looked like the Moss of
old. Scary if they call his number consistently this
season because physically the man is a freakish talent.
Combined with the cool head and live arm of a Tom
Brady could mean a trip to the big game but it was
only week one. 16 more weeks for Moss to revert to
the lazy, malcontent we all know and dash the Pats
dreams of a long prosperous off season.
#3. Rookie success. Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson
and Marshawn Lynch all exceed expectations and have
great debuts in the NFL. It certainly didn’t
look as though any of these guys had to adjust very
much making the transition from college to the Pros.
Brandon Jackson and Steve Smith (the other Steve
Smith) also showed up and made themselves a great
case for starting at some point this season. Dwayne
Bowe showed enough to be named the starter at this
point in KC…but it is over a wounded Eddie
Kennison. Tony Ugoh looked pretty good against a
solid Saints pass rushing tandem and Staley showed
OK in SF. On defense Patrick Willis looked like a
whirling dervish hitting everything in sight and
Leon Hall did a decent job in Cincy shutting down,
well OK it was Raven’s WRs he shut down, still
he OK for a rookie. Spencer had some good pressure
on Manning and eventually put him out of the game
while Okoye looked OK in the middle on the Texans
line stuffing LJ and stifling the Chiefs offense,
what there is for an offense anyway.
#4. Injuries, injuries and more injuries. Football
is a contact sport but there were an inordinate amount
of major injuries to start the 2007 season. Players
like Orlando Pace, Yeremiah Bell, Jason Ferguson,
Ko Simpson, Mike Brown, Jason Simmons, William Joseph
and Jon Jansen are all done for the season leaving
their teams down a starter. Not very good if you
consider there are 15 games left to go for every
team and if you project that out over the year it
means every team has 4 guys on IR by seasons end.
Those are also the guys done for the year not just
banged up a little or out for the next few weeks.
I pity Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson owners, Pace
is not going to be easy to replace and that could
be St. Louis’ shot at the division.
#5. Charlie Frye traded after starting week 1 vs
the Steelers. The few days following leading his
team to the field against the Steelers Charlie Frye
is sent packing to the Seahawks for a draft pick…a
low one. Tough break not getting a chance to redeem
yourself but I guess Romeo figures he has had enough.
Honestly who thinks Frye was the Cleveland Browns
biggest problem in week one? Me neither he didn’t
play on the defense. Well, it was only a matter of
time before Brady Quinn was the starter anyways so
here’s to Derek Anderson and his new team the
???, come Tuesday morning. Let’s all welcome
Brady Quinn to the league as the Browns new starting
QB against the Raiders. That will be three starters
in three games for the Browns…and a really
high draft pick to Dallas next year.
Five surprises is enough. There were others to be
sure but there are more important things than what
I found to be shocking in the NFL’s first week
of the season so let us move on. The picks I made
last week never got out to the public except for
a select few who played in a little side betting
and I went 12-4 straight up so this week I am going
to give out some freebies against the spread and
my upset of the week.
Dallas (-3.5) vs Miami– Dallas. Even a bad
hydraulic and an unscheduled landing won’t
stop Romo from putting up enough points to beat the
Dolphins this week. Of course, judging from Miami’s
offensive attempt at offense last week that may not
be more than 10 points and only a repeat of Dallas’ pitiful
attempt at defense can stop them from steamrolling
the Dolphins in this one.
Seattle (-2.5) vs Arizona – Seattle. Even that
spectacular new stadium won’t help motivate
the Cards enough to win this one. Expect a better
performance from Matt Leinhart this week but not
enough to take one from Seattle and Shaun Alexander.
The Seahawk defense looks like it might be for real.
Green Bay (+2.5) vs New York Giants – Green
Bay. This isn’t my upset pick even though the
Gmen are favored. Farve will shred the Giants D or
what is left of it. Eli may play but I doubt he finishes
the game with the Pack bearing down on him and no
one fears the Giants running game without Brandon
Cincinnati (-7) vs Cleveland – Cincinnati.
Be surprised only if the Bengals defense doesn’t
outscore the Browns offense. The real challenge is
figuring out which quarter Brady Quinn will take
over the Browns offense for the season.
Atlanta (+10) vs Jacksonville – Jacksonville.
I like every team against the Falcons this season
at nearly any spread. Jacksonville didn’t look
good last week and I don’t like Garrard as
a starting QB and yet I still choose the Jags. Is
that any indication of what I think of the Falcons?
Kansas City (+12) vs Chicago – Chicago. I don’t
care what the spread is. Chicago. A great defense
against a brutal offense spells W-I-N in Chi-town.
Larry Johnson owners beware…Chicago might
play 11 men in the box on Sunday.
Ok six free picks and now I trip the light fantastic
sticking my neck out on a game I have no business
picking in this section. For some reason after the
past week this game strikes me as a tough one for
the champs but I really should be examined for going
against the Colts.
Indianapolis (-7) vs Tennessee – Tennessee.
I am not buying into the Vince Young is great or
anything but I like Lendale White at 245lbs against
the Colts smallish D and then some Chris Brown and
Vince Young rushing to keep time of possession up
for the Titans. I have no idea how the Titans stop
Joseph Addai much less Peyton Manning but nonetheless
I stick with this pick as my upset of the week.
I suppose that is crazy enough for one week even
though last week was crazy enough without my help.
If I am not in the asylum next week or undergoing
shock therapy you can expect another rant from the
poolside. Until then I am outta here.
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