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Week 2 Passing Matchups

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PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Peyton Manning is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kansas City only needed 191 yards (net) passing from Trent Green last week because the running backs combined for 198 rushing yards and 3 rushing scores. Even so, Green hit 15/26 for 200 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception, and generally looked fine despite his recent leg surgery. Eddie Kennison (4/76/0) and Tony Gonzales (4/51/0) led the way catching the ball, as usual.

The Raiders' pass defense enters 2005 in familiar territory - at the bottom of the NFL dogpile. They allowed 306 net passing yards and 2 TDs to Tom Brady last week. Last year, they allowed 30 passing scores (near the bottom of the league) and an average of 245.3 passing yards per game (30th in the NFL). These guys are soft.

Backup QB Todd Collins is questionable to be available due to a hand injury, while the Raiders' secondary comes into the game with a clean bill of health.

The forecast for McAfee Coliseum calls for a high of 67F and a low of 53F with a 20% chance of rain - perfect football weather, in other words.

A top-shelf passing attack meets a rotgut defense in this game - the Chiefs have a huge edge.


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Vick completed a mere 12/23 for 156 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception, and 58 of the yards came on one long pass to Michael Jenkins. The close-to-50% completion percentage is nothing new, and considering the inexperience/mediocrity of his receiving corps, the 156 yards wasn't a big surprise either. This team has a run-first mentality (you would too if you could rack up 200 yards on 40 carries against a defense as tough as Philadelphia's). Vick's 11/68/1 rushing boosted his ranking and made up for the passing numbers (he was 9th in fantasy points at his position during week 1) Several plays including his touchdown run were called running plays for him.

Seattle got rocked for 243 net passing yards and 2 TDs by Jacksonville last week. CB Andre Dyson and S Michael Boulware were both forced to the sidelines by cramps in the game, and that may have contributed to the Jag's mauling of the secondary. Whatever was the ultimate reason for the weak performance, though, it was not a good beginning for Seattle.

WR Roddy White, who has been limited by a bum ankle in recent weeks, is listed as probable for Sunday, while the Seahawks' defenders have a clean bill of health in this phase of the game. Injuries aren't a huge factor in this matchup.

The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 69F and a low of 52F with a 10% chance of rain. It should be a great day to tailgate and watch a football game.

The Seahawks are soft in this phase of the game, and Vick has the capability to throw bullets when he puts his mind to it. Don't expect the Falcons to throw a ton, but they should have decent success when they put the ball in the air.


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Delhomme opened 2005 throwing the ball well, hitting 19/31 for 212 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions - his receivers made some key errors but they looked good. Steve Smith looks like he hasn't missed a beat after sitting out last season. Smith was targeted 13 times for 8/138/1. Nobody else cracked 25 yards receiving during the game.

Kerry Collins and company rocked the Patriot's secondary for 18/40 for 265 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions in the losing effort. The Patriots only managed 1 sack during the game - on balance, the Raiders outplayed the Patriots in this phase of the game last week. The Patriots' injury riddled 2004 group was mediocre (17th in the NFL), but that group has little in common with this year's edition. We'll have to wait for a few more weeks to be sure, but opening 2005 it appears the Patriots haven't improved much if at all in this phase of the game.

The Patriots' secondary is banged up already: CB Tyrone Poole (Ankle), SS James Sanders (Ankle), CB Chad Scott (Shoulder), and CB Duane Starks (Thigh) are all listed as questionable as of Wednesday. That will make for a thin and fragile secondary, unless some of these guys get upgraded on Thursday/Friday.

The forecast for Bank of America Stadium calls for a high of 85F and a low of 61F with a 20% chance of rain. It sounds like a great day for football is on tap in the Piedmont.

The Panthers have some talented receivers on the team, and Delhomme is a very good NFL starter. The Patriots look suspect in this phase of the game and come into this one banged up - advantage, Panthers.


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Carson Palmer came out of the gates strong last week, throwing 26/34 for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception against division rival Cleveland. Chad Johnson was targeted 10 times during the game and snagged 9/91/0, while sidekick T.J. Houshmandzadeh saw 7 for 5/75/0. Kevin Walter turned in a nice supporting performance in the #3 WR role, grabbing 4/47/1 (FB Jeremi Johnson grabbed the other score, 1/18/1). The Bengals are in mid-season form to open the 2005 campaign.

The Vikings had a mixed performance vs. Tampa's Brian Griese, generating 2 interceptions (1 each by free agent imports S Darren Sharper and CB Fred Smoot), but also surrendering 18/29 for 213 yards and 2 TDs. They had 2 sacks on the day which placed them in a tie for 14th in the NFL to date. During 2004 this unit averaged 243.5 passing yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL) so their mediocrity to start 2005 is actually an improvement over last year - but this is not a feared unit coming into week 2 of 2005.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has a sore shoulder (probable). The Vikings have a clean bill of health amongst their secondary.

The weather service says Paul Brown Stadium will enjoy almost perfect football weather on Sunday (80F for a high, 62F for a low, 20% chance of rain) - conditions shouldn't be much of a factor in this matchup.

A strong passing attack faces a shaky secondary in this matchup - advantage, Cincinnati.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Trent Dilfer threw the ball a lot in the season opener, hitting 26/43 for 278 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions on the day. Dilfer ended up the 17th fantasy QB in the land for the week - not too shabby for an old man. Frisman Jackson reeled in almost everything thrown his way (9 targets for 8/128/1) while Antonio Bryant grabbed 5/65/0 in his 10 chances. We'll see if Jackson can sustain that level of play this week.

The Packers made Joey Harrington look good last week. Now, whether that is due to the bevy of talent surrounding Harrington or the poor play of the Packers is open to debate, but the 2 TDs they gave him made up the margin of victory (Harrington threw for 15/28 for 167 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions on the day). Green Bay coughed up 33 passing TDS last year (the most in the NFL, by the way) and they are on pace to do it again this year. Their 2 sacks of Harrington were not enough to disrupt the Lions' attack last week.

WR Josh Cribbs (Knee) is out for the Browns, while TE Aaron Shea (Shoulder)is questionable to play. The Packers' secondary comes into the game healthy.

The forecast for Lambeau Field calls for a high of 72F and a low of 53F with a 30% chance for rain. As long as the moisture holds off, it should be a great day to play some football.

The Browns offense has some decent weapons in the WR arsenal, while the Packers are highly suspect. Even with home field advantage at the Packers' backs, we think Dilfer and company will have an edge in the game.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs San Diego Chargers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jake Plummer had a substandard game last week, with 22/48 for 251 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions to his credit when all was said and done in Miami. Rod Smith was his usual reliable self, with 10 targets for 7/90/0 during the game, while TE Jeb Putzier saw 12 balls for 7/67/0 on the day. FB Kyle Johnson caught the TD pass with 2/21/1 on the day.

Drew Bledsoe had no trouble picking apart the Chargers' secondary last week, piling up 18/24 for 226 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 interceptions during the Cowboys' victory. The Chargers did garner 4 sacks during the game, so they did some things right in this phase, but the pass coverage (especially of Keyshawn Johnson) was not strong.

Backup TE Nate Jackson (Hamstring) is listed as questionable for the Broncos, while the Chargers' secondary is in good shape coming into this AFC West show-down.

The forecast for Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 81F with a low of 51f and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard at game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

Plummer is coming off a disappointing start, but the Chargers' weak secondary should help him regain top form. Advantage, Denver.


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Colts struggled to get their game going in the first half, but found some holes in the Ravens' scheme during the second 30 minutes. Peyton Manning ended up notching 21/36 for 254 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions when it was all said and done - Stokley, Harrison and Wayne all broke through the 50 yards receiving barrier (7/83/0, 6/69/1, 4/50/0 respectively) while young TE Ben Utecht snagged the other score (a 26 yard pass). The Colts' offense looked in mid-season form against a very tough pass defense.

Jacksonville gave up 2 passing scores to the Seahawks during the 2nd quarter last week, but then they stiffened and denied the Seahawks any points during the second half. the 228 passing yards they surrendered places them 19th in the NFL after one week of play, representing slightly more than the 209.8 passing yards they allowed per game during 2004. The Jags' pass D was mediocre last year, and they enter 2005 playing at the same so-so pace.

CB Rashean Mathis (Groin) is probable for the Jaguars. TE Dallas Clark (Concussion) is listed as questionable for the Colts, while WR Brandon Stokley is probable (hip).

This game will be played in the RCA Dome, so weather isn't going to be an issue.

The Jags are mediocre - the Colts are outstanding and have home-field advantage. The Colts' offense has a clear edge in this game.


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Gus Frerotte didn't wow us during the preseason, but he certainly showed us a thing or two in the season opener, going 24/36 for 275 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception on the day. That placed Frerotte 6th among fantasy signal callers in week 1, and made owners of Chris Chambers (13 targets for 5/40/0) and Randy McMichael (7 targets for 6/55/1) more hopeful about their 2005 prospects. Marty Booker made the most of his 6 chances, with 5/104/1 to lead the team in receiving.

The Jets stunk on opening day. They gave up 198 rushing yards and 3 rushing scores to the Chiefs, which is why the additional 191 passing yards Trent Green racked up on them is actually a reflection of a poor defensive effort, all around. They looked completely unable to find an answer to the Chief's offense. Forget last year - this defense is in the tank to start 2005. To be fair though, the Kansas City rushing game is top notch.

Neither squad reports injuries of note in this phase of the game.

The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 80F and a low of 62F with a 20% chance for rain - that is great football weather, in our opinion.

The Dolphins come into this one hot, the Jets are reeling. Advantage, Gus Frerotte and company.


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Minnesota sputtered coming out of the gates this year. Daunte Culpepper hit 22/33 for 233 yards, but threw 3 picks and 0 TDS in the opener. None of his receivers got over the 50 yard mark (Nate Burleson led the team with 3/45/0 last week). The Vikings were unimpressive in their first regular season game without Randy Moss.

The Bengals opened 2005 weakly in this phase of the game, surrendering 278 passing yards and a TD to Trent Dilfer and company. They weren't too stout in this phase last year, either (206.4 passing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL) with 23 TDs given up in 16 games) - there is definitely room for improvement among the Bengals' pass defenders. LB Odell Thurman and CB Keiwan Ratcliff did both pull in interceptions during the game, so the Bengals did at least manage to generate some turnovers vs. the Browns' attack.

Minnesota's aerial unit come into the game in good health, while the Bengals list CB Tory James (Toe) and FS Reggie Myles (Groin) as probable to play despite minor injury complaints.

The weather service says Paul Brown Stadium will enjoy almost perfect football weather on Sunday (80F for a high, 62F for a low, 20% chance of rain) - conditions shouldn't be much of a factor in this matchup.

Two struggling units face off in this one - Culpepper has a lot of talent around him, though, so we think he'll bounce back against the soft Bengals.


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady is a great QB who utilizes all of the weapons at his disposal. Last week, that meant 8 different Patriots caught passes (Brady threw for 24/38 for 306 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions to rank 4th among all fantasy QBs in points). The headliner was WR Deion Branch, who snagged 7/99/1 out of 11 chances, Troy Brown caught 6 balls for 51 yards out of 7 targets, and TE Ben Watson snagged 2/55/0. Tim Dwight hauled in the other TD (1/5/1). Brady has plenty of quality targets surrounding him.

Carolina's pass D was pretty mediocre last week, limiting the Saints to 190 yards and 0 TDs passing - but they coughed up 2 rushing scores and failed to generate any interceptions during the game. They weren't horrible, but they didn't shut down Brooks and company either, and they folded in the final minute allowing the Saints to march into field goal range with relative ease. This group was in the middle of the NFL pack last year (ranking 18th while allowing an average of 217.4 passing yards per game), so their mediocrity is not a huge shock. Ben Watson owners take note as Carolina rookie strong safety Thomas Davis was terrible last week. He made Ernie Conwell look like Jerry Rice. McCree might start for him but he's battling a thigh.

SS Marlon McCree (Thigh) is probable to play for the Panthers, while New England lists WR Andre' Davis (Foot)and WR Bethel Johnson (Thigh) as questionable. Tom Brady is probable to play (shoulder).

The forecast for Bank of America Stadium calls for a high of 85F and a low of 61F with a 20% chance of rain. It sounds like a great day for football is on tap in the Piedmont.

Brady and company mount one of the top passing attacks in the NFL; Carolina is only mediocre in this phase of the game. Advantage, New England.


New York Giants Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Giants' passing attack was erratic last week, with Eli Manning managing 10/23 for 172 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions on the day. He looked decent at points during the game (the TD pass to Jeremy Shockey (2/29/1)was beautiful, for example), but he didn't manage to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers often enough. Amani Toomer didn't catch a single ball during the game. Plaxico Burress led the team with 11 targets for 5/76/1 - he was the top fantasy receiver on the team last week.

The Saints surrendered 19/31 for 212 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions to the Panthers last week - but the Panthers' receivers blew several chances to score more TDs. The bottom line is that the Saints didn't do much to stop the Panthers in this phase, rather the Panthers shot themselves in the foot repeatedly. Even with the lucky breaks the Saints ranked 16th against the pass last week, and they only generated 1 sack. These guys just aren't very good.

TE Jeremy Shockey (Ankle) and WR Jamaar Taylor (Groin) are questionable to play for the Giants. The Saints report no new injuries of note amongst their secondary.

This game will be played on Monday night at Giants' Stadium, so the temperature should be closer to the forecast low of 62F (high of 80F). With only a 20% chance of precipitation, it sounds like a great night for football is on tap.

Manning is off to a shaky start, but the so-so Saints will give him a chance to gain confidence this week.


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kerry Collins played very well in the season opener, tossing 18/40 for 265 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception to his talented stable of WRs. Not surprisingly, Randy Moss led the charge with 15 targets for 5/130/1 receiving; TE Courtney Anderson handled the other 2 scores with 4 targets for 3/18/2. Jerry Porter handled 3/48/0 in a limited role (he's recovering from a hamstring pull and did not look 100%). The Raiders' passing game definitely has it's vertical element back.

The Chiefs' pass D was splintered by the Jets for 333 yards and 1 TD last week, but part of the excessive yardage was due to the huge lead the Chiefs built which led the Jets to abandon the running game. Heck, things got so out of hand the Jets pulled Chad Pennington for Jay Fiedler at the end of the game - the Chiefs secondary played better than 333 yards would seem to indicate. One concern for the unit this week, though, is due to injury. Starting CB Patrick Surtain suffered a concussion last week, and we have yet to see if he'll be ready to go on Sunday. Keep an eye on his status as the later injury reports come out on Thursday and Friday. He's listed as probable on Wednesday.

CB DeWayne Washington (Back) is questionable for the Chiefs; the Raiders say WR Doug Gabriel (finger) is questionable for the game. QB Kerry Collins (Thumb) and WR Jerry Porter (Hamstring) are listed as probable.

The forecast for McAfee Coliseum calls for a high of 67F and a low of 53F with a 20% chance of rain - perfect football weather, in other words.

The Chiefs' secondary may come into this one without their best CB, while the Raiders are relatively healthy and field the top WR in the land on their unit. Advantage, Raiders.


San Diego Chargers Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Drew Brees (18/35 for 209 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions) played a decent game in the season opener, showing a nice chemistry with top WR Keenan McCardell (9/123/2) and #2 WR Eric Parker (5/75/0). This week, all-world TE Antonio Gates will be back in the lineup, which should make Brees even more effective than he was last week.

Gus Frerotte threw for 24/36 for 275 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception vs. the Broncos, who were ravaged by injuries/cramps during the game in Miami. Top CB Champ Bailey suffered a separated shoulder and may not be available for this game, while fellow DBs Lenny Walls and Darrent Williams (who filled in for Bailey during pre-season) both struggled with cramps during the game. It was not an impressive outing in terms of performance or conditioning for the Broncos' pass defenders.

WR Vincent Jackson (Calf) is questionable for the Chargers, while Bailey is listed as questionable by the Broncos. CB Walls is listed as probable to play despite a hand injury.

The forecast for Mile High Stadium calls for a high of 81F with a low of 51f and a 30% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard at game-time, footing and ball handling could be issues for both teams.

The Chargers come into this game playing well and in good health, while the Broncos secondary may be without their best CB (and he won't be 100% even if he does play due to his separated shoulder) -- the Broncos didn't play well in the opener as a group, either. Advantage, Chargers.


St. Louis Rams Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Rams' OL is not doing their job. They averaged 3.4 yards per carry last week - the linemen failed to open up holes for Jackson and company - and they allowed a totally unacceptable 7 sacks to the 49ers in the opener. It's a wonder that Marc Bulger is available to play again this week after a pounding like that. In spite of all the pressure, Bulger still managed 34/56 for 362 yards passing, 2 TDs and 1 interception. Torry Holt was targeted 16 times for 10/125/0; Isaac Bruce saw 6 balls for 3/61/1. Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis both hauled in 7 passes (7/73/0 and 7/63/0, respectively), and TE Brandon Manumaleuna got into the act with 1/6/1. From a fantasy perspective, Bulger was the top QB in the land last week.

The Giants' second-year starter Eli Manning struggled at times vs. the Cardinals, but when it was all said and done he had thrown for 10/23 for 172 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions on the day. The Cardinals did sack Manning 3 times, and LB Karlos Dansby hauled in both interceptions in a big performance, but in the end it wasn't enough to win the game. The team averaged 189.8 passing yards allowed per game last year (9th in the NFL) - it appears they are headed for another top-ten season in this department.

WR Kevin Curtis (Ankle) is probable for the Rams, while the Cardinals' secondary reports no new injuries of note as of Wednesday.

This game is going to be hot - as in blazing hot on the field. The forecast calls for a high of 101F, and with kickoff at 4:15, it's bound to be near or higher than that on the field. There is a 20% chance for rain, but don't count on it. Cramping/dehydration are bound to be issues in conditions like these.

The Cardinals are no joke when it comes to pass D but the Rams should bring a much better passing game than New York did. St. Louis mounts one of the top aerial assaults in the NFL. We think that home-field advantage will help level the playing field, but still give the edge to the Rams.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs St. Louis Rams Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Kurt Warner played well in his debut as a Cardinal (27/46 for 264 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception) while leaning heavily on WR Larry Fitzgerald (he reeled in almost every one of the 15 balls thrown to him, with 13/155/1 on the day). Anquan Boldin caught 4/62/0 during the game; nobody else got above 30 yards receiving. Warner played well to start off 2005, ranking 13th among fantasy signal callers last week.

The Rams' defense did a decent but not spectacular job against the 49ers' attack, holding Rattay and Arnez Battle to 13/18 for 192 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions (they rank 9th in the NFL in yards allowed after one week of action). Last year they surrendered 198.4 passing yards per game to rank 11th in the NFL -- they seem to be on a similar pace entering 2005.

TE John Bronson (Knee) is doubtful for the Cardinals. CB Terry Fair is doubtful for the Rams - neither team is too terribly banged up in this phase of the game to date.

This game is going to be hot - as in blazing hot on the field. The forecast calls for a high of 101F, and with kickoff at 4:15, it's bound to be near or higher than that on the field. There is a 20% chance for rain, but don't count on it. Cramping/dehydration are bound to be issues in conditions like these.

The Rams have a talented array of receivers around Warner, but the Rams are no pushovers in this phase of the game. The matchup looks pretty even to us.


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Once the games start to count, Kyle Boller goes in the tank. He looked terrible before injuring his toe and being carted off the field (he's out for a while), tossing 15/23 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception. His backup, Anthony Wright, at least managed to squeeze in a TD pass along with his interceptions (19/31 for 214 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions), but he didn't look much stronger than Boller. Todd Heap saw 7 targets last week (4/38/0), and Derrick Mason was thrown to 12 times (8/99/0) - there was some action for their fantasy owners, at least.

Tennessee's defense is young, inexperienced and not blessed with a lot of high-profile talent. That became apparent quickly in week 1, during which Ben Roethlisberger achieved a perfect QB passer rating of 158.3 (9/11 for 218 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). The Titans lost 34-7. This is not a good defense, folks.

QB Kyle Boller is out of this game due to his foot/toe injury. WR Devard Darling (Thigh) and TE Daniel Wilcox (Hip) are questionable to play this week, while Todd Heap (foot) is probable. The Titans' secondary is in good health coming into the game, with no injuries of note reported on Wednesday.

The Coliseum in Nashville expects a high of 87F with a low of 67F and a 20% chance for precipitation as of mid-week. Sounds like great football weather to us.

So which unit is worse? The soft Titans passing defense or the anemic Ravens passing game? Time will tell, but in this particular battle we call the matchup even.


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Guess Drew Bledsoe really wasn't ready for the scrap heap yet after all. 18/24 for 226 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions put Bledsoe at #3 among all fantasy signal callers last week. He looked very much in synch with Keyshawn Johnson (6 targets for 5/65/2 on the day -- Johnson was the 7th best fantasy wideout last week), found 2nd year man Patrick Crayton for 6/89/1 (Crayton's career high to date) and hooked up with Terry Glenn 3 times for 42 yards. The Cowboy's pass attack to WRs is firing on all cylinders in the early going. On a down note, TE Jason Witten was only targeted one time. That's a worry for him.

Washington handily bottled up first-time NFL starter Kyle Orton last week (no surprise there), limiting him to 15/28 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception - but we're not ready to call them top-shelf just yet, as Orton didn't pose much of a test. Washington fielded a top-ten pass D last year, but lost key CB Fred Smoot to Minnesota in the off-season. Can Carlos Rogers fill Smoot's shoes? We'll have a better idea after Washington faces the rejuvenated Drew Bledsoe on Monday night.

Dallas is in good health in this phase of the game, while the Redskins lone injured DB is SS Ryan Clark (Knee)- he's questionable to play on Monday.

The forecast for Texas Stadium on Monday night calls for a high of 94F with a low of 70F and a 10% chance of rain. Considering kickoff is at 9 PM ET, expect temps to be at the low end of that range - an excellent night to play football is on tap.

The Cowboys have home field advantage and a highly tuned pass attack humming along at the moment, but Washington is no joke in this department, either. Home field advantage should help out some, but don't expect the Redskins to roll over and play dead to their division rivals on Monday Night Football.


Detroit Lions Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Joey Harrington started to answer his critics last week with a very solid, careful performance (15/28 for 167 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). He tossed some very well-placed balls, and utilized all three of his young receivers during the game (Roy Williams had 2/13/0; Mike Williams 1/3/1; and Charles Rogers flashed some speed with a 1/31/0 reception) while relying heavily on new TE Marcus Pollard (7 targets for 5/58/1 during the game). The Lions' attack wasn't high octane, but they didn't fall flat on their faces, either.

No surprise here, the Redskins (led by Mark Brunell after Patrick Ramsey was clothes-lined out of the lineup), made the Bears pass D look good during opening weekend (they were 6th in the NFL last week allowing 159 passing yards and 0 TDs to the Redskins). Whether they have actually improved over last years' 15th-ranked pass D (allowing 208.8 passing yards per game on average, with 23 passing scores allowed) is still an open question.

CB Jerry Azumah is probable to play despite a sore hip. Detroit will continue to do without Jeff Garcia, of course (ankle/leg, out).

The forecast for Soldier field calls for a high of 76F and a low of 61F with a 40% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard at game time, it could create a sloppy, slick field - conditions might not be optimal for either teams' offense.

Detroit looks like they are starting to jell in this phase, while the Bears defense started out 2005 well and have home-field advantage at their back in this faceoff between division rivals. This matchup looks fairly even to us.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brett Favre lost his top WR threat this week when the team revealed that Javon Walker has been sidelined by a torn ACL in his knee. Without Walker (and #3 Robert Ferguson for large chunks of the game vs. Detroit due to cramps), Favre looked mediocre. His pass protection was atrocious (the Lions got 4 sacks and a lot of other hits on Favre), and his remaining receivers dropped some very catchable balls. The Packers may be in for a long season if the OL and receiving corps don't improve in a hurry.

Cleveland was mauled by the Bengals last week in this phase of the game (26/34 for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception for Carson Palmer). They managed to generate 2 sacks but didn't do enough to disrupt Palmer and the receiving corps' rhythm. The Browns were 5th in the league last year allowing a mere 181.3 passing yards per game, but they clearly have issues coming into 2005. The absence of starting CB Gary Baxter due to a concussion didn't help matters any.

Besides Javon Walkers' loss, the Packers list WR Terrence Murphy as probable to play (knee). CB Gary Baxter (Concussion) and CB Leigh Bodden (Groin) are questionable for the Browns (Baxter missed last week's game due to his injury).

The forecast for Lambeau Field calls for a high of 72F and a low of 53F with a 30% chance for rain. As long as the moisture holds off, it should be a great day to play some football.

Two stumbling units face off in this one, and neither looks much stronger than the other from where we sit.


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Leftwich opened 2005 on a strong note, tossing 17/31 for 252 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions against a gassed and cramp-ridden Seahawks secondary. He was the 5th best fantasy QB in the season's first week, and looked very much in synch with top WR Jimmy Smith (13 targets for 7/130/2, which made Smith the #1 fantasy WR during week 1). Reggie Williams turned in a nice supporting effort with 4/41/0 on only 5 targets. The Jaguars have things going their way in this phase of the game. Jimmy Smith has scored a TD in each of Jacksonvilles' past 3 games against Indianapolis.

Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright were kept in check by the Colts on Sunday night, combining for 355 passing yards but 3 interceptions and 1 lost fumble (with 1 late, garbage-time TD after the Colts tried to kneel down and run out the clock in the closing minutes; the Ravens called time-outs and refused to let time expire). The Colts' pass rush made life miserable for the Ravens all night (currently tied for 6th in the NFL with 3 sacks during week 1), and they consistently blew around the Ravens' offensive linemen. They look considerably stronger than last year's 28th ranked secondary (which allowed 243.3 passing yards per game on average).

WR Cortez Hankton remains sidelined by his surgically repaired ankle (out). The Colts list SS Joseph Jefferson (Toe) as out this week, while FS Bob Sanders (Concussion) and CB Donald Strickland (Hamstring) are questionable. CB Marlin Jackson (Shoulder) and FS Gerome Sapp (Shoulder) are listed as probable. The Colts secondary is thinning out quickly - hopefully some of these guys will be upgraded as the week rolls along. This game will be played in the RCA Dome, so weather isn't going to be an issue.

In the Colts' house, against their fast-starting pass D, Leftwich and company will have their work cut out for them - but they bring talent and tools to the dance, too.


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Aaron Brooks threw for 18/24 for 192 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions last week, with 3/32/0 rushing, to rank 24th among all fantasy QBs during the first week of the season. It was not exactly what his fantasy owners had in mind when they drafted Brooks. TE Ernie Conwell was a favorite target, he saw 6 targets for 6/71/0 before being knocked out of the game with a jaw injury. Joe Horn was targeted 8 times for 5/66/0 - those two appear to be the top fantasy producers among the receivers heading into week 2.

The Giants were surprised last week by the late scratch of CB Will Peterson, and they didn't look particularly sharp against the Cardinals, giving up 27/46 for 264 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception to Kurt Warner, and surrendering 13/155/1 of it to WR Larry Fitzgerald. They weren't up to their standard from 2004 of 189.4 passing yards allowed per game (8th in the NFL in this category). We'll see if they do better with Peterson in the lineup.

TE Ernie Conwell (Jaw), WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Hamstring) and TE Shad Meier (Knee) are all questionable to play Monday night as of Wednesday evening. CB William Peterson (Knee) and fellow CB Corey Webster (Quadricep) are listed as questionable by the Giants. This game will be played on Monday night at Giants' Stadium, so the temperature should be closer to the forecast low of 62F (high of 80F). With only a 20% chance of precipitation, it sounds like a great night for football is on tap.

The Saints have some talented receivers surrounding Brooks, while the Giants have home-field advantage at their back to shore up a slow-starting secondary. We call this one an even matchup.


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Donovan McNabb played a decent game against the Falcons (24/45 for 257 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception), ending up 19th among all fantasy signal callers after the first week. He took a hard hit to his chest region, though. Medical testing has revealed no structural testing, but he is heavily bruised and was unable to practice on Wednesday. Backups Koy Detmer and Mike McMahon both took equal snaps with first team, to prepare in the event that McNabb won't be able to play. Keep an eye on the late-week injury reports to see if McNabb is upgraded (he's questionable right now) or downgraded while game day approaches. Terrell Owens (7/112/0) and Brian Westbrook (7/64/1) led the team in receiving last week, while Greg Lewis managed 5/44/0 in a supporting role. TE L.J. Smith contributed 3/29/0 - there just wasn't very many fantasy points to go around with only 1 TD being scored by the Eagles.

The 49ers surrendered a ton of yardage to the Rams (316 net yards) and 2 TDs, but they also sacked Marc Bulger 7 (yes, seven) times and generated an interception (DB Mark Adams). The 49ers dynamic duo of Bryant Young (3) and Julian Peterson (2) accounted for 5 of the sacks. The Niners only had 29 sacks the entire year during 2004, so the intense pass pressure they're bringing this year is a vast improvement over 2004. The Eagles allowed 2 sacks to Atlanta last week - they are decent at protecting McNabb, but he can be gotten to at times.

McNabb is officially questionable to play as of Wednesday. The 49ers secondary is in good health as of Wednesday.

The Forecast for Lincoln Financial Field calls for a high of 80F and a low of 61F with a 20% chance of rain. It should be a great day for a football game if the forecast holds up.

The 49ers are going to try and generate pass pressure vs. McNabb and company - we'll see how well the OL stands up and if McNabb can burn them when they blitz. If McNabb can play at all this week remains to be seen.


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense at Houston Texans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger answered his critics by throwing for a perfect 158.3 passer rating during the 34-10 annihilation of Tennessee last week (9/11 for 218 passing yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions). There weren't many balls to go around in this phase as the team rushed the ball 41 times last week, but Antwan Randle El (2/89/1) made his chances count. TE Heath Miller hauled in the other score (1/3/1). Hines Ward had a quiet afternoon with 2/25/0 (he was only targeted twice in the game).

The Texans ranked in the top 10 among pass defenses last week, but they were playing a young QB in his very first start - and the Bills' running game dominated the Texans' front 7. So don't be too impressed by their 7th ranking vs. the pass after one week of action (164 passing yards and 1 TD allowed last week). This secondary hasn't really been tested yet.

QB Ben Roethlisberger was downgraded to questionable Thursday with a "bone bruise" in his knee. Tommy Maddox would start if Roethlisberger is unable to go. Stay tuned to see how he fares Friday. CB Lewis Sanders (Shoulder/Neck) is questionable for the Texans, and fellow CB Dunta Robinson is dinged up (ankle) but probable to play. WR Hines Ward has a sore back but is probable for the game.

The roof will probably be rolled back in Houston this weekend, as the forecast calls for a high of 93F with a low of 71F and a 0% chance of rain. It'll be hot and sticky, but the field will be in good shape. Some players will probably struggle with cramps due to the heat and humidity...

Considering that the Texans look vulnerable to the run, it's probable that the Steelers won't toss the ball around too much again this week, which limits the upside potential for Roethlisberger and company. However, they made the most of what few passing plays were to be had last week - the Texans will be tested in this phase of the game at least a little.


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It's back to the future time in Washington, with once-and-now-again starter Mark Brunell at the controls heading into the Monday Night showdown vs. Dallas. 8/14 for 70 yards, 0 TDs and 0 interceptions was Brunell's stat line after stepping in for the injured Patrick Ramsey last week, but it was enough for coach Gibbs to hand him the keys to the Washington offense again. Here's what the Footballguys.com Monday recap had to say about Brunell's abbreviated appearance last week "Brunell did not start the game, but entered in the second quarter after Patrick Ramsey left with a neck injury. Brunell did not look particularly sharp, only throwing for 70 yards on 14 passes. However, Brunell did not turn the ball over and the Redskins scored all nine of their points for the game while he was in the game. Ramsey was medically cleared to play in the third quarter, but HC Joe Gibbs stuck with Brunell for the rest of the game." We're not impressed with Brunell at this stage in his career. Look hard at your other receiving options this week, guys and gals.

Even without Antonio Gates, Dallas had trouble containing Drew Brees and Keenan McCardell last Sunday, giving up 18/35 for 209 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions to Brees (9/123/2 for McCardell as he abused Dallas' secondary again and again). With their 2 sacks, the Chargers had 188 net passing yards - Dallas wasn't totally dominated, but on the other hand they didn't shut down the Chargers, either.

Patrick Ramsey is not on the injury report, and Dallas has a clean bill of health.

The forecast for Texas Stadium on Monday night calls for a high of 94F with a low of 70F and a 10% chance of rain. Considering kickoff is at 9 PM ET, expect temps to be at the low end of that range - an excellent night to play football is on tap.

Brunell is unexciting, while the Cowboys are playing mediocre ball in this phase right now. That sounds about even to us.


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Buffalo leans heavily on their stellar defense and plays a run-first, pass second sort of offense - the quarterback's main job is to take care of the ball while establishing a credible threat to pass. J.P. Losman did well at both last week, tossing 17/28 for 170 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions (he didn't fumble, either). Predictably, Lee Evans (3/68/0) and Eric Moulds (4/40/0) led the team in receiving (no-one else got above 18 yards receiving). The TD was tossed to OT Jason Peter on a trick tackle-eligible play. While the Bills' approach to playing football isn't likely to generate huge passing numbers, Losman certainly appears competent enough to manage the offense successfully, which is more than we can say about a lot of other young QB's in the league (like, say, Kyle Boller).

This week, though, Losman faces a tough test. Visiting Tampa Bay over the past few years has been very difficult for opposing offenses (see the weather report below), and this week won't be any different. Daunte Culpepper failed to throw a TD against these guys last week, and was picked off 3 times, once by LB Derrick Brooks, and twice by CB Brian Kelly -- they also forced Culpepper to fumble twice (he hit 22/33 for 233 yards on the day). In 2004 the Bucs were the top-ranked pass D in the land, allowing an average of 161.2 passing yards per game - it appears they are just as strong entering 2005.

TE Tim Euhus (Shoulder) and WR Roscoe Parrish (Wrist) are out for the Bills, while starting WR Eric Moulds is listed as probable despite a sore ankle. The Bills are hurting on depth, but should be ok as long as their starters hold up. Tampa has a clean bill of health in their secondary coming into this game.

The forecast for Raymond James Stadium calls for a high of 92F and a low of 74F with a 30% chance of rain - hot and muggy conditions for certain. A team not used to Florida weather may be subject to dehydration and cramping in such conditions - Buffalo could have issues due to the heat. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing/field conditions could also adversely impact both teams.

Passing the ball on Tampa is never easy (just ask Daunte Culpepper) - this week's game will be a stern test for an inexperienced signal caller like J.P. Losman.


New York Jets Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chad Pennington looked out of rhythm and lost during parts of the game last week, and ended the day on the bench (21/34 for 264 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception to go with 6 fumbles (1 lost by the Jets). Backup Jay Fiedler didn't do much, either (6/10 for 88 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions) but he did manage to throw a TD. TE Chris Baker led all Jet receivers with 7/124/1; Laveranues Coles was second on the team with 6/66/0 but made several key drops during the game. All in all, it was an embarrassing first game for the Jet's passing attack.

The Dolphins' pass defense held up pretty well against the Bronco's aerial bombardment (Denver was so far behind they had to throw up a ton of passes), limiting Plummer to 22/48 for 251 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. S Lance Shulters and CB Travis Daniels hauled in the picks. They aren't up to the elite level of 2004, when the team averaged 162 passing yards allowed per game, but they are decent. They were lacking in sacks last week, with only 1, but Jason Taylor made it count by stripping Plummer of the ball and running it back for a TD. They played with intensity and energy last week, something lacking as the teams' 2004 disaster dragged on to a close.

Neither team lists any injuries of note in this phase of the game.

The forecast for Giants' Stadium calls for a high of 80F and a low of 62F with a 20% chance for rain - that is great football weather, in our opinion.

The Jets are in disarray to open 2005, while the Dolphins are coming together as a team. Advantage, Miami.


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Seattle's opener was the story of two halves. In the first half, the OL protected Matt Hasselbeck well and he threw for the majority of his yards and 2 TDs. In the second half though, the Jags blitzed the Seahawks a lot, and pass protection broke down. 21/37 for 246 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions was the bottom line when the game was over. Hasselbeck took a hard shot to his throwing arm shoulder on the last play of the game that looked pretty painful. Darrell Jackson saw 9 balls come his way for 6/65/1, and Bobby Engram converted 9 chances into 8/79/0/. They are the top fantasy receivers on the team heading into week 2.

The Falcons contained Donovan McNabb and company (and put a hard shot on his chest), limiting the Eagles to 250 net passing yards and, more importantly, only 1 passing TD (to Brian Westbrook). They didn't shut down the Eagles, but they didn't let them run wild in this phase, either. It was a strong performance against a talented team like Philly. The Falcons had 2 sacks by the end of the night - not impressive, but better than nothing.

Seattle lists WR D.J. Hackett (knee) and TE Itula Mili (stomach) as doubtful to play this week - both missed the team's season opener. CB Kevin Mathis is doubtful for the Falcons (knee) while CB Allen Rossum is questionable (hamstring).

The forecast for Qwest field calls for a high of 69F and a low of 52F with a 10% chance of rain. It should be a great day to tailgate and watch a football game.

The Seahawks need to protect Matt Hasselbeck much better if they hope to play in the post-season. You can bet that the Falcons will come after him in this game, and the Seahawks are without starting OT Floyd Womack for sure on Sunday.


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

San Francisco's Tim Rattay continues to look good in his chances, tossing 11/16 for 165 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions against the Rams last week. WR Arnez Battle (who was a QB in college) also connected on 2 passes for 27/0 last week, ran for 1/-3/0 and snagged 5/59/1 receiving. Brandon Lloyd accounted for the other TD with 3/65/1 on the day. The 49ers weren't overpowering in this phase week 1, but they were effective.

The Eagles held up well against the Falcons' offense, but considering that the Falcons mounted an anemic aerial attack, don't be too impressed. Vick barely completed half of his passes (12/23 for 156 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception) and 58 of the yards came on one long pass to Michael Jenkins. Philly ran in the middle of the NFL pack last year allowing an average of 200.8 passing yards per game (12th in the NFL), but were tough to score on through the air (16 passing scores surrendered in 16 games). They have yet to be truly tested in this department this year.

TE Eric Johnson (Foot) is listed as doubtful as of Wednesday, while WR Johnnie Morton is probable despite a concussion suffered last week. FS Brian Dawkins (Ankle) is probable to play despite his sore ankle.

The Forecast for Lincoln Financial Field calls for a high of 80F and a low of 61F with a 20% chance of rain. It should be a great day for a football game if the forecast holds up.

The 49ers are playing with a new confidence, but they will be in a hostile venue this week, against a good pass defense. This game will be a tough challenge for Rattay and company.


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Kyle Orton was baptized in the NFL river last week, and he did a workmanlike job of not making a lot of errors (15/28 for 141 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception) - but he didn't generate much in the way of offense, either. Teams are going to concentrate on shutting down the rushing game and force Orton to beat them through the air - 141 yards isn't going to do the job. Muhsin Muhammad saw almost half of the passes that were thrown in the game, with 12 targets for 6/59/0 - nobody else cracked 30 yards receiving during the game last week.

Detroit stymied division Rivals Brett Favre and company last week, limiting the formerly-high-flying Packers to 27/44 for 201 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. The Lions' defenders looked very confident and fast during the game, and never allowed Favre to find a rhythm through a combination of good coverage and a strong pass rush (they are tied for 3rd in the NFL with 4 sacks after week 1 - Green Bay only allowed 14 sacks last season). This group looks significantly better than last years 20th-ranked pass defense.

WR Muhsin Muhammad is probable to play despite a sore side (Grossman remains out, of course). Detroit's secondary comes into the game in good shape.

The forecast for Soldier field calls for a high of 76F and a low of 61F with a 40% chance for rain. If the rain comes down hard at game time, it could create a sloppy, slick field - conditions might not be optimal for either teams' offense.

Detroit shackled Brett Favre and company last week: they should be able to make life miserable for a rookie QB in his second start this week. Advantage, Detroit.


Houston Texans Passing Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Carr got absolutely battered last week by the Bills (the Texans' OL gave up 5 sacks and lots of QB pressures last week) - so much for their new "max-protect" approach to pass blocking. When you spend more time on your back than upright, it's hard to do much in the way of statistics - Carr had 9/21 for 70 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions on the day.

What word best describes the way Pittsburgh dominated Tennessee last week? Utterly, completely, totally? Even in a blow-out, 34-7 victory, the Steelers held the Titans to 206 passing yards and 1 TD - and you know Tennessee was heaving the ball like crazy for most of the game. The Steelers ranked 4th in the NFL during 2004 allowing an average of 177.2 passing yards per game (with only 14 passing scores surrendered in 16 games) - they open 2005 at a similar, dominating level.

TE Mark Bruener (Toe) and WR Jerome Mathis (Hamstring) are questionable for the Texans. CB Willie Williams (Groin) is probable for Pittsburgh. The roof will probably be rolled back in Houston this weekend, as the forecast calls for a high of 93F with a low of 71F and a 0% chance of rain. It'll be hot and sticky, but the field will be in good shape. Some players will probably struggle with cramps due to the heat and humidity...

The Steelers will have watched the game tape, and the defensive players will be looking to pad their sack stats against the inept Texans. This one looks ugly for Carr and company, unless they figure out how to pass block in a hurry.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Brian Griese had a mixed performance during the season opener, tossing 18/29 for 213 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Joey Galloway (7 targets for 5/97/0) and Michael Clayton (7 for 4/60/0) were the top receivers and targets during week 1, as expected. Alex Smith is quite a weapon at TE, seeing 5 targets and hauling in 4/34/2, accounting for both of the TD catches. The Buccaneers have a respectable but not elite pass attack at this early point in the season.

The Bills humiliated the Texans' quarterback and receivers last week, giving up a mere 25 net passing yards during the entire game. They had 5 sacks (making them 2nd in the NFL in that category after week 1) of David Carr, and just generally exploded through the Texans' offensive line like it was swiss cheese during most of the game. Considering the Bills were 3rd in the NFL last year averaging 164 passing yards allowed per game, it's hard to pronounce this edition better than last years - but if they keep up this pace for long, we'll have to...

Neither team reports injuries of note in this phase of the game.

The forecast for Raymond James Stadium calls for a high of 92F and a low of 74F with a 30% chance of rain - hot and muggy conditions for certain. A team not used to Florida weather may be subject to dehydration and cramping in such conditions - Buffalo could have issues due to the heat. If the rain comes down hard around game-time, footing/field conditions could also adversely impact both teams.

Griese and company will have their hands full trying to make anything happen on Sunday.


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Steve McNair was adequate against the Steelers, throwing 18/26 for 219 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. The TEs headlined the assault, with Erron Kinney snagging 5/58/0 and Ben Troupe gathering 4/28/1 during the game. Only WR Drew Bennett was able to find separation from the DBs (3/79/0), with a big play of 53 yards. The Titans were limited by the lack of a solid #2 WR in the game, so expect Bennett to continue to draw lots of attention from opposing secondaries.

The Ravens' pass D ranked 10th during 2004 allowing an average of 195.1 passing yards per game (only 14 passing scores surrendered over 16 games). They faced a stern test on Sunday Night, when the Colts threw down 21/36 for 254 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions during an inspired second half on Peyton Manning's part. Considering that the Baltimore offense was simply horrible and the Ravens' D had to defend the Colts' great offense in the face of 3 interceptions and 1 fumble lost on the part of Boller and Wright, they actually held up fairly well.

Starting SS Ed Reed (Thigh, probable) and nickel DB Deion Sanders (Thigh, questionable) come into the game knicked up, while the Titans list TE Ben Troupe as questionable due to his foot injury (Troupe played and scored in last week's game, though).

The Coliseum in Nashville expects a high of 87F with a low of 67F and a 20% chance for precipitation as of mid-week. Sounds like great football weather to us.

Tennessee has a few good players but doesn't field a particularly impressive stable of WRs, while the Ravens are back on their heels a bit after losing to the Colts. Even with home-field advantage at their back, we think the Ravens' secondary is significantly better than the bulk of the receivers Tennessee can throw at them.




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