Friday, September 21, 2007

Start/Sit: Week 3


Start: Jason Campbell- True, he hasn't been all that "Mmm, Mmm Good" as of yet. But he did play an impressive game against Philadelphia on Monday night and added some nice rushing yardage to his so-so passing stats. Washington is playing with confidence right now and Campbell is a big reason why. This week, he draws the G-men, whose secondary and linebacking corps have been less than noteworthy (to put it kindly). Forecast: 225 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

Sit: Donovan McNabb- No, it's not because he's a black quarterback as he might claim (Funny how he brought that up yet again. Could it be a smoke screen to divert attention from his recently awful play? Hmmm.) He's clearly not fully healthy, his main weapon Brian Westbrook is banged up and he faces an underrated Detroit defense this week. These are not the ingredients in a recipe for success. Forecast: 195 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 3 sacks

Running Back:

Start: Laurence Maroney- His owners are worried about his lack of goal line opportunities and well they should be. He's lost touchdown carries to both Sammy Morris and Heath Evans thus far. However, New England ought to be able to put the game against Buffalo out of reach early and will utilize Maroney to control the clock. Besides, he has the talent to break off a long one every now and again and may get his touchdowns that way. Forecast: 105 yards, 1 touchdown

Sit: Frank Gore- Kudos to Gore for playing well on what was a very difficult game for him last week after his mother's death. He is an intense competitor and will usually thrive in most situations. However, he plays a ravenous Pittsburgh team this week who will attempt to shut him down and force San Francisco to beat them through the air. The Steelers held the hapless Bills to a field goal last week and the 49er's have a very similar makeup to Buffalo (strong running game, questionable quarterback, underachieving receivers.) Forecast: 45 yards, 3 catches

Wide Receiver:

Start: Joey Galloway- The Ageless One proved again last week that he still has that fifth gear he can shift into to run away from defensive backs. He is averaging an amazing 23 yards per catch this season. A healthy Cadillac Williams could only help his cause, but it shouldn't matter in any case. St. Louis doesn't have anyone in the secondary who can keep up with him. Forecast: 7 receptions, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns

Sit: Donald Driver- Driver, like Galloway, is another aging WR who continues to defy the odds and produce quality results. However, he will face an enraged San Diego defense who was humiliated by New England last week. Expect Brett Favre to be scrambling all day and for Driver to draw double coverage. I just don't see this ending up well for Cheesehead Nation. Forecast: 4 catches, 55 yards

Tight End:

Start: Bo Scaife- Scaife is having a quiet year so far, but expect that to change soon, beginning with Monday night. He is historically Vince Young's favorite target dating back to their days in college at Texas together. Young has only been able to look Scaife's way 7 times this season, but, in fairness, the Titans have played two very good defenses in Indianapolis and Jacksonville. New Orleans is nowhere near as good on the defensive side of the ball as those two and Scaife should have a breakout game. Forecast: 5 catches, 60 yards, 1 touchdown

Sit: Tony Gonzalez- As you can see, I am not afraid to recommend benching Studs when the circumstances call for it. Gonzalez's problems go deeper than just the matchup against Minnesota. He is dealing with a clearly shaken Damon Huard at QB, who knows he is "thisclose" to being pulled for Brodie Croyle, which certainly wouldn't help Gonzales' fortunes any. Throw in a porous offensive line, a sub-par Larry Johnson and an opportunistic Minnesota defense that has the linebackers capable of blanketing a star like Tony and you'll see why sometimes, it's better to rest and fight another day. Forecast- 3 catches 30 yards


Start: Dallas- All the attention has been focused on the Dallas offense this season, but the Cowboys Defense quietly rebounded from their Week One meltdown by posting a very solid day against Miami last week. Wade Phillips brought the house against Trent Green and the Fins, which resulted in 2 sacks and 4 interceptions. They'll have a great opportunity this week against Chicago to keep the momentum going. Saying that Rex Grossman turns the ball over frequently is like stating there's a little water in the Pacific Ocean. Forecast: 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery

Sit: Jacksonville- Though Jacksonville tore apart an inept Atlanta squad last week, it's hard to forget that they ceded a franchise record 282 rushing yards against Tennessee the week before. The run game is a specialty of the Broncos with Travis Henry averaging 133.5 yards a game this season. Jacksonville also lost it's starting safety Gerald Sensabaugh to a season ending injury which will make them more vulnerable through the air as well. Forecast: 2 sacks, 1 interception

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