Peyton Manning v. CHI
How will the Bears keep Peyton off the field? Schedule a commercial
shoot in the middle of the second quarter? Kyle Orton asks for
his autograph after the game.
Tom Brady v. KC
Cracked foot or not, the NFLís foremost Rodmaster (Gisele?! Bridget?!)
will find a way to loft a TD or two or four against the Jared
Allen-less Chiefs D. The only thing that might curtail Tomís stats
is, well, nothing. Play him with confidence.
Donovan McNabb v. STL
By all accounts McFro has looked sharp in the preseason and killed
it last year in the homestretch after coming off a torn ACL in
2006. Though he might miss Kevin Curtis, his favorite WR, that
DeSean Jackson kid is coming on and Westy can take a swing pass
to Canton. Oh yes, and the Rams D is toothless. Even Donnie canít
get injured in the first game, can he? Ride Ďim while heís still
Tony Romo @ CLE
Dallas might opt to go after the inexperienced Browns secondary
rather than run MBIIIÖor they might run MBIII anyways. If
Edwards is 100% this could be a shoot-out, and I like Romoís
chances to put up big points.
Eli Manning v. WAS
The Superbowl might have been Eliís coronation as an upper-echelon
NFL QB. Plax should be fine and Washington shouldnít put
up much of a fight defensively.
Ben Roethlisberger v. HOU
Last year saw Big Ben muster up the fourth most many points for
QBs; this year could even be better with Santonio Holmes hitting
his third-year stride. It starts at Houston, where the CBs and
pass rush will offer much opportunity.
Carson Palmer @ BAL
Palmer might start slow, but look for him to heat up by the second
half, when Baltyís D has been on the field for far, far
Brett Favre @ MIA
Facial growth connoisseur and malcontent Brett Favre can be counted
on to strafe the Finsí secondary at will as long as the
Jetsí upgraded line performs as advertised. He wonít
even need to use the half of the playbook he didnít understand,
the half with multi-syllabic words and stuff.
Drew Brees v. TB
Pro Bowler Brees will find his spots against an aging Bucs D.
New not-so-secret weapon Shockey already upgrades a strong WR
corps. Meacham could start to make good on the promise implied
as a first round draft pick.
Derek Anderson v. DAL
Definitely the most dubious of the top ten, what with a lackluster
second half 2007 from Mr. Anderson and a solid Dallas secondary
(augmented by the reality-impaired Adam Jones), but I think itís
a high-scoring tilt packed with heavy artillery.
JaMarcus Russell v. DEN
Overfed QB with questionable work ethic? Heís got talent
at WR, but Iíd take a chance somewhere else.
Brodie Croyle @ NE
If you were even thinking of starting Brodie, youíre in
for a long season my friend. And definitely not against the Pats.
Why is newly-retired Daunte Culpepper kicking it on the sofa this
Sunday while Kyle Orton starts for the Bears?
Matt Ryan v. DET
A rookie QB, even against the Kitties, doesnít hold much
promise, though he will probably have some games this season that
Joe Flacco v. CIN
Kyle Boller II should have a hard time behind a shaky line and
with a suspect RB situation for support (unless Ray-Ray turns
into the second coming of MJD).