Posted on: April 15, 2008 3:58 pm
 

Comments on the NFL Schedule - NFC

Let's look at the NFC.

Comments are below each team.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Cleveland Browns 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 15 (Mon.) Philadelphia Eagles 8:30 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Green Bay Packers 8:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Washington Redskins 4:15 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Cincinnati Bengals 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at New York Giants 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Bye  
11 Nov. 19 at Washington Redskins* 8:15 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 New York Giants* 8:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 20 (Sat.) Baltimore Ravens 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.

The Cowboys should have some fun offensive showdowns with Cleveland in Week 1, Green Bay in Week 3, Cincinnati in Week 5, Arizona in Week 6 and both Giants games. Dallas should be poised to make another Super Bowl run if Tony Romo can remain healthy and Terrell Owens happy. I'm looking forward to seeing Marion Barber as the starting running back.

New York Giants
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 4 (Thurs.) Washington Redskins 7 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 13 at Cleveland Browns (Mon.) 8:30 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Dallas Cowboys* 8:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.

The defending champs have some tough road games at Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Minnesota. But the Giants were great on the road last year, so it shouldn't matter where they play. New York will likely lose the division to Dallas, but the Giants will again be in contention for the wild card and have a shot at repeating. A 10-6 season is a likely scenario.

Philadelphia Eagles
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 15 (Mon.) at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Chicago Bears 8:15 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Bye  
8 Oct. 26 Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 New York Giants 8:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) Arizona Cardinals 8:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 15 (Mon.) Cleveland Browns 8:30 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m.

Donovan McNabb should be excited about this season because his injured knee should be close to 100 percent. Brian Westbrook has the chance to get another 2,000 total yards. And the defense should be better in Philadelphia with the addition of DB Asante Samuel. Look for the Eagles to finish with at least 10 wins and challenge Dallas for the division record. I see three teams from the NFC East making the playoffs.

Washington Redskins
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 4 (Thurs.) at New York Giants 7 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Cleveland Browns 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 3 (Mon.) Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Bye  
11 Nov. 16 Dallas Cowboys* 8:15 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 New York Giants 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m.

I think Washington is going to be solid in 2008, but they will have to overcome a tough division with the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys. If Jim Zorn can improve the offense, and the defense remains stout, Washington will make another late-season run. It might come down to how well Jason Campbell plays at quarterback. Look for Clinton Portis to have a big year.

NFC North

Chicago Bears
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Minnesota Vikings* 8:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 11 (Thurs.) New Orleans Saints 8:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 22 (Mon.) Green Bay Packers 8:30 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.

The Bears might be the worst team in the NFC, especially if Brian Urlacher isn't 100 percent with his neck. Rex Grossman needs weapons on offense, and he has none. Cedric Benson isn't a great running back. And the defense isn't the same as it was in 2006. Only Devin Hester is a real difference maker, and who knows how many times he will touch the ball. If Chicago wins five games I'd be shocked.

Detriot Lions
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Houston Texans 4:05 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) Tennessee Titans 12:30 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.

Now we'll see how the Lions offense does without Mike Martz. They should be able to run the ball, but remember Tatum Bell is going into the season as the expected starter. That will likely change after the draft. They have a great wide receiver tandem in Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson, but they will have to make Jon Kitna better and not the other way around. Look for the Lions to miss the playoffs again.

Green Bay Packers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 8 (Mon.) Minnesota Vikings 7 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Dallas Cowboys 8:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Indianapolis Colts 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 24 (Mon.) at New Orleans Saints 8:30 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 22 (Mon.) at Chicago Bears 8:30 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers will get his first start against Minnesota at home on Monday night. No pressure there. At least the Vikings have a bad secondary. Rodgers should be successful, as well as the Packers since they still play in the same division as Detroit and Chicago. Look for at least 10 wins this year.

Minnesota Vikings
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 8 (Mon.) at Green Bay Packers 7 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 6 (Mon.) at New Orleans Saints 8:30 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Chicago Bears* 8:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 New York Giants 1 p.m.

How many yards for Adrian Peterson this year? I'm guessing 1,400 rushing and 300 receiving with 12 touchdowns if he stays healthy. I hope Chester Taylor doesn't take away too many carries. I'd also like to see Tarvaris Jackson take the next step in his development and become a quality starter. The Vikings have a strong enough defense to make a strong playoff run.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Bye  
8 Oct. 26 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Denver Broncos 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at San Diego Chargers 4:05 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.

Dave Richard is high on Michael Turner as a strong Fantasy option this year, but I disagree. I don't like the talent on Atlanta's offense this year outside of Roddy White, and even he doesn't really make my toes tingle. The Falcons are going to be bad, even if they take Matt Ryan in the first round. And the defense will struggle also.

Carolina Panthers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Bye  
10 Nov. 9 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 8 (Mon.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:30 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Denver Broncos 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.

Steve Smith must be giddy about the season-opener at San Diego because he will have his quarterback back under center in Jake Delhomme. If Delhomme can return to form, and with the addition of Muhsin Muhammad and D.J. Hackett at wide receiver, the Panthers offense could be explosive. Then again, that's asking a lot from running back DeAngelo Williams, who will be the starter this year.

New Orleans Saints
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 6 (Mon.) Minnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 San Diego Chargers (in London) 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Bye  
10 Nov. 9 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 24 (Mon.) Green Bay Packers 8:30 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 11 (Thurs.) at Chicago Bears 8:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.

We just got done doing an interview with Ben Sheets for our podcast -- here's the link -- and he said the Saints are going to the Super Bowl. If you believe Sheets, it could be a fun year for the Saints. Deuce McAllister is healthy, and if the defense improves New Orleans should go back to the postseason.  The game in London against the Chargers should be fun. Look for at least 10 wins this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Atlanta Falcons 4:05 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Seattle Seahawks 8:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Bye  
11 Nov. 19 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 8 (Mon.) at Carolina Panthers 8:30 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 San Diego Chargers* 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.

The Bucs have to fight the dubious distinction of winning the NFC South because usually the next year the winner of the division falls off. I don't think Tampa Bay will tank, but the Bucs need another healthy year from Jeff Garcia and for the defense to remain tough. That might be hard to do. I do hope for another good season from Earnest Graham because he has great Fantasy potential in 2008.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Miami Dolphins 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at New York Jets 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Buffalo Bills 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Bye  
8 Oct. 26 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 10 (Mon.) San Francisco 49ers 8:30 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 New York Giants 4:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) at Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 St. Louis Rams 4:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Minnesota Vikings 4:05 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.

Arizona could be the surprise team of the division if the Cardinals settle on a quarterback early and don't deal with injuries. The offense could be explosive no matter if it's Matt Leinart, the expected starter, or Kurt Warner. Edgerrin James has bust written all over him, but he also could be a Fantasy stud. The defense will surprise people this year. And Neil Rackers can't miss game-winning field goals.

San Francisco 49ers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 New England Patriots 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Philadelphia Eagles 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Bye  
10 Nov. 10 (Mon.) at Arizona Cardinals 8:30 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 St. Louis Rams 4:05 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 New York Jets 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Washington Redskins 4:15 p.m.

The 49ers get the evil genius at offensive coordinator with Mike Martz, and he should help Frank Gore go from good to great and improve the stock of Alex Smith. If the defense can hold up, and the 49ers are loaded at linebacker, it could be a good year for San Francisco. The 49ers were the trendy pick in 2007 but faltered, and this year they could be the surprise of the NFC.

Seattle Seahawks
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 San Francisco 49ers 4:05 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 St. Louis Rams 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Green Bay Packers 4:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Philadelphia Eagles 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Washington Redskins 4:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 New England Patriots* 8:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 New York Jets 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.

The Seahawks are trying to make a run to the Super Bowl in Mike Holmgren's final season, but the division might have caught up to Seattle if San Francisco and Arizona have improved as expected. The Seahawks should be able to run the ball better with Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett replacing the injured Shaun Alexander. But the Seahawks passing game could suffer with D.J. Hackett gone and Deion Branch not healthy.

St. Louis Rams
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 New York Giants 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Buffalo Bills 4:05 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Bye  
6 Oct. 12 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at New York Jets 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.

Health is the key for the Rams, who last year were decimated by injuries to Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson and the entire offensive line. If the offense can stay intact, and the defense continues to improve, the Rams could return to contention. Jackson should be in line for a big season. Still, I see the Rams finishing just below .500 and out of the playoffs.

* - Sunday night games in Weeks 11-17 subject to change.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFC, Schedule
 
Posted on: April 15, 2008 3:22 pm
 

Comments on the NFL Schedule - AFC

The NFL schedule was released Tuesday, and it looks like another exciting season with some great matchups.

Let's take a look at each team, and you can offer your thoughts on team-by-team schedules. Comments are listed below each team.

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at St. Louis Rams 4:05 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Bye  
7 Oct. 19 San Diego Chargers 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 New York Jets 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 17 (Mon.) Cleveland Browns 8:30 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Miami Dolphins (at Toronto) 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at New York Jets 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 New England Patriots 1 p.m.


The Bills are looking at another year around .500. They should start 0-2 then 3-2 heading into the bye week. I see them at 8-5 heading into the final three weeks of the season, and Buffalo will likely finish 9-7 or 8-8.

Miami Dolphins
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 San Diego Chargers 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 New England Patriots 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Buffalo Bills (Toronto) 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at New York Jets 1 p.m.


The Dolphins are going to struggle again. They could be 1-2 heading into the bye week with a win against the Jets or Cardinals, but most likely Miami will be fighting for its first victory against Baltimore in Week 7, Oakland in Week 11, at St. Louis in Week 13, San Francisco in Week 15 and at Kansas City in Week 16. The best-case scenario for the Dolphins is they win all those games, which could give them five or six wins this year.

New England Patriots
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
2 Sep. 14 at New York Jets 4:15 p.m.
3 Sep. 21 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
4 Sep. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 at San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 20 (Mon.) Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 13 (Thurs.) New York Jets 8:15 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Seattle Seahawks* 8:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.


The Patriots have somewhat of a difficult schedule when you see two back-to-back trips to the West Coast in Weeks 5 and 6 and then Weeks 14 and 15. They also have to play at Indianapolis again. Otherwise, New England should coast. The Pats won't go undefeated in the regular season, but they will be successful.

New York Jets
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 New England Patriots 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 22 (Mon.) at San Diego Chargers 8:30 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Bye  
6 Oct. 12 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Oakland Raiders 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 13 (Thurs.) at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Denver Broncos 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.


The Jets are going to be 2-2 heading into the bye week at best, with wins against Miami and Arizona. After the bye, the Jets could win their next five games and be 7-2 heading into the showdown with the Patriots. The Jets could get three wins after facing New England against San Francisco, Buffalo and Miami, which would mean a 10-win season is possible.

 

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Houston Texans 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Cleveland Browns 4:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 29 (Mon.) at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Miami Dolphins 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Bye  
11 Nov. 16 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 20 (Sat.) at Dallas Cowboys 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.


The Ravens are going to struggle in their division this year because Cleveland will be better, and Cincinnati's offense should be able to score on Baltimore's defense. The Ravens offense might have to win some games this year, which will be tough to count on. The Ravens could be 3-6 heading into the bye week before closing the season with five losses in the final seven games.

Cincinnati Bengals
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at New York Jets  
7 Oct. 19 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 20 (Thurs.) at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.


The Bengals are going to have plenty of offense, but defense will remain the issue. The Bengals could realistically lose six of their first seven games. After the bye, it doesn't get any easier with games against playoff teams in Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Washington, and contenders in Philadelphia and Cleveland. It will be another rough season.

Cleveland Browns
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Bye  
6 Oct. 13 (Mon.) New York Giants 8:30 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 6 (Thurs.) Denver Broncos 8:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 17 (Mon.) at Buffalo Bills 8:30 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 15 (Mon.) at Philadelphia Eagles 8:30 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.


The Browns have a chance to be successful this year, but the schedule isn't in their favor. Dallas and Pittsburgh to start the season is brutal. Following the bye, Cleveland will struggle with the Giants, at Washington and at Jacksonville. And then to close the season, Houston, Indianapolis, at Tennessee, at Philadelphia and at Pittsburgh in the final six weeks. For the Browns to make the playoffs, they will have to earn it.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Cleveland Browns 8:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:15 p.m.
4 Sept. 29 (Mon.) Baltimore Ravens 8:30 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Bye  
7 Oct. 19 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 New York Giants 4:15 p.m.
9 Nov. 3 (Mon.) at Washington Redskins 8:30 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Indianapolis Colts 4:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.
12 Nov. 20 (Thurs.) Cincinnati Bengals 8:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at New England Patriots 4:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.


The Steelers have a difficult schedule with eight games against the NFC East and AFC South, the two best divisions in the NFL. On top of that, the Browns should compete with the Steelers for the top spot in the division. It will be a tough year for the Steelers to get back to the playoffs.

AFC South
Houston Texans
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
13 Dec. 1 (Mon.) Jacksonville Jaguars 8:30 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m.


The Texans should start 3-3 going into the bye week. Following the bye, Houston will get wins against Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oakland and Chicago. Another win or two would push the Texans over .500 and into playoff contention. But it will all depend on Matt Schaub staying healthy.

Indianapolis Colts
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Chicago Bears 8:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Bye  
5 Oct. 5 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Green Bay Packers 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 27 (Mon.) at Tennessee Titans 8:30 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 New England Patriots 8:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at San Diego Chargers * 8:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 18 (Thurs.) at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.


The Colts season will likely come down to its stretch of games starting in Week7, with tough matchups at Green Bay, home to New England, at Pittsburgh, at San Diego and at Cleveland. The division will be tough also, but the Colts should make through with at least 10 wins again.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 Bye  
8 Oct. 26 Cleveland Browns 4:05 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
13 Dec. 1 (Mon.) at Houston Texans 8:30 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 18 (Thurs.) Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.


It will be interesting to see David Garrard and his new weapons with Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson, which should open up the offense. That will mean more running lanes for Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, and I see Jones-Drew having a big year. The Jaguars have great home games against Indianapolis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Tennessee Titans
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 Houston Texans 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Bye  
7 Oct. 19 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 27 (Mon.) Indianapolis Colts 8:30 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Green Bay Packers 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 27 (Thurs.) at Detroit Lions 12:30 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Cleveland Browns 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Houston Texans 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m.


The Titans better hope they can run the ball with the same success as last year because outside of upgrading at tight end, Vince Young again is left with little help at wide receiver. On defense, the Titans have lost several key players. The Titans will finish around .500 this year.

AFC West
Denver Broncos
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 8 (Mon.) at Oakland Raiders 10:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 New Orleans Saints 4:05 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 At Kansas City 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05 p.m.
7 Oct. 20 (Mon.) at New England Patriots  
8 Oct. 26 Bye  
9 Nov. 2 Miami Dolphins 4:05 p.m.
10 Nov. 6 (Thurs.) at Cleveland Browns 8:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at New York Jets 1 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 Kansas City Chiefs 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Buffalo Bills 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.


The Broncos have a chance to finish the season strong this year as opposed to previous years when they fell apart at the end. I can see Denver going 7-2 after the bye to finish 10-6. Brandon Marshall's arm needs to be 100 percent, and Travis Henry needs to stay healthy for a full season.

Kansas City Chiefs
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 at New England Patriots 1 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 Oakland Raiders 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 Denver Broncos 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 Bye  
7 Oct. 19 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at New York Jets 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 at San Diego Chargers 1:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 at Oakland Raiders 1:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 7 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 San Diego Chargers 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.


The Chiefs are going to be bad, especially with Brodie Croyle expected to start at quarterback. Larry Johnson, however, has a chance to start the season strong with some poor run defenses on the schedule in Oakland, Atlanta, Denver and Carolina in the first five weeks. If Johnson can stay healthy, he should rebound as a quality Fantasy running back.

Oakland Raiders
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 8 (Mon.) Denver Broncos 10:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 21 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 San Diego Chargers 4:05 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 Bye  
6 Oct. 12 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 New York Jets 4:15 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Atlanta Falcons 4:15 p.m.
10 Nov. 9 Carolina Panthers 4:05 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Kansas City Chiefs 4:15 p.m.
14 Dec. 4 (Thurs.) at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 New England Patriots 1:15 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 Houston Texans 4:05 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m.


All eyes will be on JaMarcus Russell early to see if he can live up to the hype of being the No. 1 overall pick last year. I don't know how good Russell will be, and I don't like his receiving options even with the addition of Javon Walker. The Raiders will again finish fourth behind San Diego, Denver and Kansas City.

San Diego Chargers
Wk Date Matchup Time
1 Sept. 7 Carolina Panthers 4:15 p.m.
2 Sept. 14 at Denver Broncos 4:15 p.m.
3 Sept. 22 (Mon.) New York Jets 8:30 p.m.
4 Sept. 28 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
5 Oct. 5 at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 12 New England Patriots 8:15 p.m.
7 Oct. 19 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 26 at New Orleans Saints (in London) 1 p.m.
9 Nov. 2 Bye  
10 Nov. 9 Kansas City Chiefs 4:15 p.m.
11 Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m.
12 Nov. 23 Indianapolis Colts * 8:15 p.m.
13 Nov. 30 Atlanta Falcons 4:05 p.m.
14 Dec. 4 (Thurs.) Raiders 8:15 p.m.
15 Dec. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
16 Dec. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers * 8:15 p.m.
17 Dec. 28 Denver Broncos 4:15 p.m.


All of the Chargers tough games out of division instead of at Pittsburgh in Week 11 are at home, which will help in matchups against Indianapolis and New England. But the Chargers could get off to a slow start with Philip Rivers (knee), Antonio Gates (toe) and possibly LaDainian Tomlinson (knee) coming into the season banged up.

* - Sunday night games in Weeks 11-17 subject to change.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: AFC, Schedule
 
Posted on: April 11, 2008 1:02 pm
 

Jake Long should go No. 1

In looking at what the Dolphins should do with the No. 1 overall selection, drafting Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long makes the most sense.

I think we can all agree that Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has the potential to be the best player in this draft. But it's the one spot the Dolphins don't have a need for with Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Lorenzo Booker already on the team. Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan is not a No. 1 overall selection, and I'm not sold on Virginia defensive end Chris Long or LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey being tremendous impact players.

Jake Long would fill a huge need for the Dolphins since their offensive line is a mess. He can play either tackle spot, and with Miami's quarterback situation -- Josh McCown is the likely starter or second-year John Beck -- they need time to throw. Brown, the Dolphins best player on offense, is coming off a torn ACL and might not be ready to start the year. And if the Dolphins are to have any success on offense, they will need to run the ball well.

If Long can live up to the potential of being the next Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden, the Dolphins will have made the right move. If he turns into the next Robert Gallery, then Miami missed out. But if you have the chance to take a player who can lead your offensive line for 10 years, that's the way to go. And I think Jake Long can be that type of player.

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 4, 2008 4:51 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2008 4:55 pm
 

Rookie running backs

Dave and I recently did a podcast about rookie running backs to look out for in the NFL Draft.

Check it out here: http://audio.cbsnews.com/mp3/sports
line/04038_fantasy_football.mp3

My top three rookie running backs in order are Darren McFadden, Rashard  Mendenhall and Felix Jones. I'd like to see McFadden with the Jets, Mendenhall with the Lions and Jones with the Cowboys. Jonathan Stewart is the other top rookie running back, but his injury history concerns me. The teams looking at running backs in the first round will likely be Oakland, the Jets, Detroit, Houston, Dallas and Tennessee.

LEAVE FAVRE ALONE

Brett Favre is retired. Leave it that way.

RONNIE AND RICKY

The Dolphins are now in Tandemville. Last year it was Perfectville, but this year will be all about Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams sharing carries. Look for Brown to be the starter and the main guy, but his knee injury will limit him. I look at Brown as a No. 3 Fantasy option, and Williams is now worth drafting as a handcuff. Look for Lorenzo Booker to also play a role, which will hurt the Fantasy value of all three backs.

BYE-BYE HENRY

The NFL should ban Chris Henry. The Bengals finally made the right move by cutting him. Good talent, but bad demeanor ruined his career.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

The NFL released the preseason schedule, which is listed below. Check it out and let me know which game interests you the most. 

HALL OF FAME GAME - AUGUST 3

Indianapolis vs. Washington

WEEK 1

New Orleans at Arizona

Cincinnati at Green Bay

Atlanta at Jacksonville

Baltimore at New England

Buffalo at Washington

Dallas at San Diego

Denver at Houston

Indianapolis at Detroit

Kansas City at Chicago

N.Y. Giants at Carolina

N.Y. Jets at Cleveland

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

St. Louis at Tennessee

San Francisco at Oakland

Seattle at Minnesota

Tampa Bay at Miami

WEEK 2

Carolina at Philadelphia

Oakland at Tennessee

New England at Tampa Bay

Cleveland at NY Giants

Arizona at Kansas City

Chicago at Seattle

Dallas at Denver

Detroit at Cincinnati

Green Bay at San Francisco

Houston at New Orleans

Indianapolis at Atlanta

Miami at Jacksonville

Minnesota at Baltimore

Pittsburgh at Buffalo (Toronto)

San Diego at St. Louis

Washington at NY Jets

WEEK 3

San Francisco at Chicago

Houston at Dallas

Pittsburgh at Minnesota

Buffalo at Indianapolis

Seattle at San Diego

Arizona at Oakland

Baltimore at St. Louis

Cleveland at Detroit

Green Bay at Denver

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay

Kansas City at Miami

New Orleans at Cincinnati

NY Giants at NY Jets

Philadelphia at New England

Tennessee at Atlanta

Washington at Carolina

WEEK 4

Jacksonville at Washington

Atlanta at Baltimore

Carolina at Pittsburgh

Chicago at Cleveland

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Denver at Arizona

Detroit at Buffalo

Miami at New Orleans

Minnesota at Dallas

New England at NY Giants

NY Jets at Philadelphia

Oakland at Seattle

St. Louis at Kansas City

San Diego at San Francisco

Tampa Bay at Houston

Tennessee at Green Bay

Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:33 pm
 

Marvin Harrison healthy

In perusing some offseason news today, here's what I found. There was some interesting injury news regarding several key Fantasy players heading into 2008.

  • Texans QB Matt Schaub is making progress in his rehab from shoulder surgery. The team expects Schaub to be limited during offseason work, but he should be fine for the start of the season. It's curious, though, that the Texans signed Quinn Gray as insurance. Hopefully it's not because they don't expect Schaub to be ready for the start of the year.
  • Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown should be ready to go by the season opener as he recovers from a torn ACL. I'm concerned about Brown being ready, but if he is, that would be great for Fantasy owners. He was awesome last year before getting hurt, and the new Dolphins regime will want to lean on Brown often if he's ready for the pounding.
  • Bucs WR Joey Galloway had offseason shoulder surgery. He's expected to be fine to start the season, but you have to be concerned about a 37-year-old player with a history of injuries. At some point, Galloway is going to break down, and the Bucs are also counting on another big year from veteran QB Jeff Garcia.
  • Browns TE Kellen Winslow is on schedule to start the year at 100 percent following offseason knee surgery. As long as Winslow is healthy, which he appears to be, he should be the top tight end in the NFL next year ahead of Antonio Gates and Jason Witten. I think Winslow has better upside, and I don't think the Browns will have as much success running the ball in 2008 because Jamal Lewis will not be as motivated following his big payday.
  • Bears RB Cedric Benson says he'll be 100 percent by training camp. He's also expected to be the starter heading into 2008. Benson was drafted as a starter in 2007 and was a disappointment. Now he's coming off an injury, and the Bears offensive line isn't that good. I'd still draft Benson this season, but he's a definite reserve for me, maybe even a fourth RB depending on how the draft goes. I still think Chicago will make a play for a running back, whether in the draft or in free agency. If Shaun Alexander is released as expected, the Bears could go after him.
  • The Giants are still saying Jeremy Shockey is the starting tight end. I don't like this move. Both parties should part ways. Shockey would be better off with a new team, and the Giants should give Kevin Boss the starting nod. That would open up two more tight end spots for Fantasy owners. Boss has plenty of upside and doesn't need to be stifled by Shockey.
  • It appears Colts WR Marvin Harrison is on pace for a full recovery. That's great news. Harrison is near the end of the line for his career, but he could still be a starting Fantasy option when healthy. His offseason and training camp will be closely monitored, and hopefully Harrison won't suffer any setbacks.
Posted on: March 10, 2008 2:29 pm
 

What now for Shaun Alexander?

In NFL news ...

Seattle went from a combination of Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris at running back to Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. I'm not sure if the latter is that much of an upgrade.

Alexander is going to be released by the Seahawks. He is due a roster bonus on June 1, so don't expect him to be in Seattle much longer. What happens to Alexander now remains to be seen. Teams in need of a running back, much less a starter, are slim. Some possible destinations could be Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas. He could still start for the Lions, Panthers or Bears, but he won't be very good.

For now, consider Alexander a No. 3 Fantasy running back. His best days are well behind him, and he is not worth holding onto in keeper leagues at this point. I'll be curous to see where he goes in our latest mock draft (www.sportsline.com/nfl/fantasy/stor
y/10688830
), but my guess is somewhere after the sixth round is safe.

As for Jones, he will become the starter for the Seahawks. He remains a No. 3 Fantasy option also, but he will be better with the Seahawks than he was with the Cowboys. Consider him a deep sleeper at this time.

Jesse Chatman also signed with the Jets. That gives the Jets a nice trio of running backs in Thomas Jones, Leon Washington and Chatman.

New York must believe the Raiders are going to select Darren McFadden in the draft because otherwise they wouldn't have brought in another tailback. It will be interesting to see what the Jets do if McFadden is still there when they draft.

In NBA news ...

Dwyane Wade is done for the season. According to the Heat, Wade will undergo OssaTron treatment on his left knee. What? It's being described as shock wave therapy, but come on, who are they kidding. The Heat is tanking the season to guarantee themselves no worse than the No. 4 spot in the draft and the most ping-pong balls in the lottery.

Pat Riley has quit on the season to go scout the NCAA conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament. I guess he doesn't have TiVo. For the Heat, hopefully they end up getting the No. 1 or 2 pick and can turn things around. This year has been brutal.

If you have Shawn Marion, expect more shots, and go pick up Ricky Davis now in your Fantasy leagues because as we all know, he's going to start chucking up shots.

I'll be headed down to the Heat game tonight to talk to Clippers forward Elton Brand and find out when he's coming back this year. Hopefully he'll be in a talkative mood.

Posted on: March 7, 2008 4:43 pm
 

You say hello, Favre says goodbye

The song from that commercial was in my head.

Anyway, some random thoughts for today ...

  • Where does Brett Favre rank in your mind of all-time best quarterbacks? My top-five list goes like this: John Elway, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Tom Brady. Peyton Manning will eventually knock Marino from the top group.

 

  • Enough of the Favre retirement shows. He said it best at his news conference that he now knows what it's like to be dead. Too much already.

 

  • We're doing a football combine with our Fantasy department. We'll do the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, broad jump, vertical jump and wonderlic test. We'd like to incorporate some more ideas, so if you have any suggestions, pass them along. In a practice test of the wonderlic Friday with 15 questions between David Gonos, Eric Mack, Dave Richard and Scott White, Gonos and White each had 13, while Richard and Mack got 11.

 

  • We're doing a mock football draft on the site right now with other Fantasy experts here in a 12-team league. I had the No. 8 pick and took Larry Johnson. There are at least three other running backs I like better than Johnson, but it's too hard to pass up on him at that spot unless you take a quarterback, which I didn't want to do. I'll likely go running back again in the second round and get one of my guys. We'll be doing mock drafts all offseason so make sure you check it out.

 

 

  • We're doing plenty of stories this offseason to get you ready for the 2008 Fantasy season. I'd like to know what you're interested in reading about, so let me know, and we'll address it.
Posted on: March 3, 2008 4:59 pm
 

Randy Moss signs

Finally, Randy Moss returns to the Patriots. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues with Moss and Tom Brady can exhale now. But can Moss possibly duplicate his 2007 stats? I don't think so.

There's no way Moss comes close to his 98 catches, 1,493 yards and NFL-record 23 touchdowns in 2008. Teams saw in the playoffs how to take Moss out of the game, and though most non-playoff teams don't have the talent to play the same defense, they will make sure to limit what Moss can do.

There's also the motivation factor with Moss. He now got his payday with a three-year deal worth $27 million. Last year, Moss was playing on a one-year deal full of incentives and was out to resurrect his career. He did all that and helped New England go perfect in the regular season and reach the Super Bowl.

I'm not sure Moss, who worked his butt off last year, comes back and does as much and puts in as much effort. Believe me, I hope he does, but I just don't see it happening.

The good news is the Moss saga is finally over. If anyone really thought he was tying his fate to former teammate Daunte Culpepper, get a clue. That was ridiculous.

 
 
 
 
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