On we go with the program… i don’t know if i’ve mentioned this here yet, but i’m in three fantasy leagues again this year and so far, i’m 2-0, 1-1 and 1-1… because you care… also after picking a triumphant 12-3 in week 1, i’ve managed to keep things rolling pretty smoothly with a record of 10-6 in week 2… wonder how i’ll do this week… we’ll talk more about that after the jump, but first, the big news from this week in the NFL…

HOW GOOD [OR BAD] ARE THEY?

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

this week for the big stories, i thought i’d address a number of teams that have thus far shown surprising promise or a surprising lack thereof… first up, the 49ers… how good are they?… last year, they were pretty terrible, right? and their starting quarterback is currently not on anyone’s roster in somewhere around 90% of fantasy football leagues… and yet, they’re 2-0… and not because of an easy schedule either…

The 49ers managed to shut down the defending NFC champs in week one and in week two, they beat down the suddenly powerful Seahawks who had just finished establishing the fact that they were viable by shutting out the Rams… the defense has been solid, the ball control steady and i say they’re good… really good… probably not Superbowl good, but i think that they actually have a reasonable chance to go into their bye week at 5-0… the difference? Mike Singletary, who spent his playing career destroying the 49er culture of success is now spending his coaching career rebuilding it… and i wish them all the best… it’ll be nice to see a strong NFC team emerge again…

Speaking of the NFC in decline… the Washington Redskins can’t seem to put the ball in the end zone… how bad are they?… the Giants made short work of them in the opening week and the Rams should’ve beaten them in the home opener… but instead grabbed the losing end of a 9-7 game that looked like it was played in invisible rain and mud… sloppy, sloppy play and some of the worst play-calling from the Skins… there are clearly in bad, bad shape and deaing with numerous internal conflicts… as a homer, i’d like to see them straighten this out, but as a realist, i’m accepting the they are very, very bad…

next up, the Patriots have now split games with divisional rivals and didn’t look good in either game… Tom Brady is clearly not the Tom Brady everyone else expected him to be (everyone else meaning not me) and the defense, though still reasonably well-constructed seems to have plenty of holes in it… so how bad are they?… methinks that they’ll right this ship somewhat, but they may actually miss the playoffs… even though i picked them as a wildcard)…

okay, this is getting long, but next week, pending on results, i’ll take a look at how good the Texans and Jets are as well as how bad the Titans and Bucs are…

PICK ME, PICK ME

now playing: Fire it Up – Thousand Foot Krutch

lots of good matchups in the early games including the Titan Bowl (The Jets were previously called the Titans) and the Brown Bowl (which sounds pretty bad, but again is about the namesake), but i’m going to say that the key matchup is the 49ers and the Vikings… two old institutions hoping that they’ve got one more run in them… by that i mean the 49ers and Brett Favre…

seriously though, it may seem like a less important matchup, but both teams are currently 2-0 and both teams are trying to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with… i’ve heard plenty of people say that the Vikings are a strong contender, but, at 2-0, they haven’t really been challenged, have they?… likewise, i’ve heard pretty much nobody tell me that the niners are a contender, but having taken out two strong teams, i beg to differ… as such, i’m going with the upset here, 49ers 27, Vikings 23

and extremely quick with the rest…
– Ravens over Browns
– Lions over Skins (WHAT? ReALLY? yep.)
– Texans over Jags
– Falcons over Pats
– Packers over Rams
– Giants over Bucs
– Jets over Titans (oooooh)
– Eagles over Chiefs

i don’t know how much i care to chat about any of the late games at any great length, but i will talk about the Bills and Saints… hopefully, this will be a high-scoring occassion for BOTH teams… i know i’m going to sound like a homer, but the Bills do have a fair enough of a chance because their defense is better established… however, the Bills are banged up, their offense is NOT (yet?) at the caliber of the Saints and it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to match up… while i’d like to see it go a different way, the Saints will probably march all over the Bills winning 38-24…

and the rest…
– Seahawks surprise the Bears
– Steelers over Bengals
– Broncos over Raiders
– Chargers over Dolphins

On to the headliner… the main event… further proof that Sunday Night Football gets the better games… the Colts vs. the Cardinals… a showdown of two premiere quarterbacks… and it’s gonna be the highlight of the weekend… (as far as NFL games go)… Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner square off to see who’s arm can hold up the longest… honestly, the Cards have the advantage here, with a better defense and better receiving core, but i’m going with the Colts because they’re just plain tenacious… Colts win, 35-31

and finally, a game that looked real good on paper last year before the Panthers flopped… (how bad are they?… another time)… anyway, the Cowboys are probably going to run away with this game, scoring early and often as Romo tries to redeem himself and the Panthers continue to collapse upon themselves… Cowboys 42, Panthers 22

TH-TH-THAT’S ALL FOLKS

more stuff coming soon, i promise…

peace… love… bdg…