Tonight the Dolphins and Steelers strap it up for real as we begin the chase to Super Bowl XXXXI. We’ve had a couple of days to digest the NFL preseason, scan final cuts, and analyze last minute free agent pickups. Here’s a look at my season win total ladder:
Philadelphia Eagles – 12
I like the Eagles in this division more than any other. Both Philly and RB Terrell Owens have to prove they can cover the big numbers and convince us all why they were mediocre last year (at best). Drew Brees is having an MVP first half. situs judi online resmi The defense is suspect at times but the offensive air-attack should improve quickly with L.T. and Saints WR Ericsson out of Philly.
By the way, the Eagles are signing free agent safety Lawyer Milloy from the best run defense in football San Francisco. That’s a good run support if you’re a ineffective run stuffer.Milloy will be asked by new defensive coordinatoratics after he stops the run, which should help the Eagles against the run.Milloy has great run spreading ability and is a big-name player needed to help the run defense.
The Browns finally put it all together in their season opening 14-6 victory over the Bengals. It was pretty awesome to see a team give a strong showing of offensive skill in the opener. The Browns opened the game by getting the ball to C shadows while nearly blowing it with a turnovers? That’s the way the midfield looked in the opener against the Bengals.
Denver – 11
Denver continues to be the home underdog. Hey, that’s business. History tells us the home underdog will continue to be the underdog 30 percent of the time in the next 10 years. Conversely, the Broncos being the home dog never works out. Going back further, those teams that were 19-12 on the road under Dog Pete in consecutive years are 14-1 SU, 13-3 ATS.
Washington – 6
The Skins spanked the Eagles last night by a score of 23-10. This match-up was supposed to be a foreplay scenario based on the matchups of Redskins vs. Dallas. But from the first play of the game, you could see that Dallas was going to pound the Redskins. Too many weapons to count out. Too much running by Washington to be able to stop. Too easy for the Cowboys. Unless, you know, they’re about to get run over by the Broncos.
New York Giants – 5
They might still be playing it “wisely”, but L.T. has been the perennial hottest player in football since the Vikings broke in. He had an unbelievable opener against the Cowboys and looked the part of a team that finally got its act together. He also gets the start of RB Rashard Taylor. If Taylor can manage to stay healthy, this one should be a lot of fun.
San Francisco – 8
The 50-point win at Arizona was the Giants most lopsided win since their inception in 1960. If they can afford to lose that game, the confidence and respect with which they were playing the Cards was demonstrated. Conquering the NFC West could be the proudest moment of Phil Donahue’s career.
Tampa Bay – 9
The Bucs are sort of the joker team in the league now. They aren’t good enough to take the division, but they are good enough to take out the top spot each week if they maintain their recent form.
St. Louis – 11
The Rams are a team that, at least on paper, could compete with the much better Falcons for the top spot. The problem is that Tampa Bay is too good. The two teams finished 12-4 ATS last season, but finished 15-9 against the spread in this one.
Arizona – 10
Anquan Boldin is the number one receiver in the league. Now that Larry Fitzgerald is out of sight, Boldin is the number one guy again. He explosive and is the number one guy in the league again.
arlivers list this week is filled with All Pro candidates that don’t even get mentioned in the back end of this paragraph. Terrell Owens, the most accurate receiver in football, is the number one guy with the New York Jets. Too little, too late, for the part of the league that needs it the most. How come there’s never a game coming up where the first guy on my list scores 20 points?
Philadelphia – 12
Is there a more frustrating team to watch than the Eagles? The worst team in the NFL, for lack of a better name, is the Browns. The team used to be good but they haven’t been good since their Super Bowl season of 2002. Any team that loses everything on the field can’t be good.