Last week was an average week of 9-7. My hit was the Giants going into Chicago and getting a big win against the Bears. My pick of the Broncos beating the Raiders was way off as the Raiders dominated on both sides of the ball. Due to the game tomorrow I will only be giving my preview of the Bears Redskins game and my fantasy studs.
Bears:The main reason the Bears went from a preseason Super Bowl pick to the cellar of the NFC North is because of poor quarterback play. On the season Rex Grossman and Brian Griese have combined for 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. That won’t win too many games in the NFL. Adrian Peterson has played well replacing Cedric Benson so far. Peterson has 250 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns along with 40 receptions. Bernard Berrian is also having a solid season as he has 800 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bears need to get Mushin Muhammed more involved in the offense as he only has 500 yards and 3 touchdowns. Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark are both playing well at tight end as they combine for 800 yards and 5 touchdowns. Devin Hester is the Bears most consistent form of offense as he has 5 return touchdowns. Unless the Bears put Hester at receiver more the offense will be missing lots of explosiveness. On defense the Bears are led by Brian Urlacher who has having a good all around season with 96 tackles 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Lance Briggs is also playing well as he has 83 tackles. Adewale Ogunleye is having a very good season as he leads the team with 9 sacks. Mark Anderson has been a bit of a disappointment as he only has 5 sacks after getting 12 in his rookie year. Nathan Vasher has also been bothered with injuries this season and look for the Bears defense to get stronger when he gets back to full speed.
Redskins: The Redskins are going through a very tough time as they are playing their second game in 10 days. This one coming 3 days after they attend the funeral of their teammate Sean Taylor. Last week the Redskins lost in a heartbreaker on a last second field goal made easier by a costly mistake by hall of fame coach Joe Gibbs. Jason Campbell is playing solid but not spectacular football on the season as he has 2600 yards 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Clinton Portis is having another good season as he has 920 yards and 7 touchdowns. Chris Cooley is standing out as Campbell’s favorite target as he has 584 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. Santana Moss has been bothered by injuries and it shows as he only has one touchdown on the year. Antwaan Randle El is playing well also as he has 600 yards on the season. The defense is led by London Fletcher as he has 100 tackles and 3 interceptions on the season. Andre Carter is putting pressure on the quarterback as he leads the team with 8 sacks. The Redskins problem is the turnover ratio as it is -9 for the season. But one half against Rex Grossman could change that.
This game is a must win for both teams if they want to stay alive for wild card contention. The game should be very emotional and go down to the wire. My predicton is the Bears 17 Redskins 21.
QB: Carson Palmer vs Rams: When Chris Redman throws for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in a half against you something is wrong. Now it’s Palmer’s turn. Expect around 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.
RB: Ryan Grant vs Raiders: The Raiders have had a problem stopping the run all year and with Brett Favre being injured the Packers might rely on Grant to carry the load. Expect around 140 total yards and 1 touchdown.
WR: Patrick Crayton vs Lions: The Lions have really struggled recently and especially in pass coverage. I would have picked Terrell Owens this week but T.O. in this case stands for Too Obvious. Expect Crayton to have around 90 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Kellen Winslow vs Jets: This is a dream matchup for Winslow as nobody on the Jets defense can keep up with him. Expect a huge game this week that includes 120 yards and a touchdown.
K: Ryan Lindell vs Dolphins: This game could end up being a battle between the 20’s which makes a big day for most kickers. Expect Lindell to get around 3 field goals and a couple extra points.
Def: Seahawks vs Cardinals: The Seahawks biggest question going into this week was probably how to stop the Cardinals all pro receivers. Well they don’t have to worry about that as both Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald will miss this week. Expect around 4 sacks and 2 interceptions.