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Forecasting player performance in the NFL is kinda like forecasting the weather up here in the great Pacific Northwest. There’s a reasonable chance it will rain almost any day of the year. Of course, there’s also a reasonable chance it will be sunny…or cloudy…or partly cloudy…or partly cloudy with scattered showers…or…get my drift? My point is this: I should have been a weatherman. I’d be just as accurate as I was last week and I’d have much prettier hair. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he? Your Week 2 forecast, courtesy of the guy with decidedly unpretty hair:


Must Start: The Top 10

1. Peyton Manning v. JAX – It wasn’t vintage Peyton but we probably expect too much after the arcade game numbers he put up last season. That wasn’t exactly Morgan St. he was squaring off against, either. Baltimore’s big boys shut him down in the first half but two second stanza TDs and 254 yards later, he’d posted one of the better first week lines. Still the king of the mountain until something changes (read: he retires).

2. Kerry Collins v. KC – Don’t be discouraged by the sub-50% completion rate. The Raiders run a high risk/high reward system and Collins has never been the most accurate passer. What he does do well is throw it deep. Lucky for him (and you), he has the best receiver on the planet chasing down those howitzers. Expect more big plays and another strong showing at the Black Hole in Week 2.

3. Carson Palmer v. MIN – Know why I like DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket? Because if I feel like dragging my tail out of bed at 10am left coast time to watch the Battle of Ohio, I can damn well do it. You scoff but I’m here to tell you the Bengals are one of the more exciting young teams to watch these days. Expect plenty of points at Paul Brown Stadium this weekend as the Vikes roll into town.

4. Tom Brady @ CAR – Don’t be fooled by the Cheshire grin and the Cali cool demeanor. On the gridiron, GQ’s cover boy is a stone-cold assassin. I actually felt uncomfortable watching him victimize Raiders rook, Stanford Routt, in the opener…until I realized I was feeling sorry for a Raider. Expect another solid outing against a bummed Carolina D missing its primetime plugger, Kris Jenkins.

5. Byron Leftwich @ IND – It might not be true at the moment but by season’s end, the Jags could possess one of the top five passing offenses in the league. Jimmy Smith is (still) a vastly underrated target and Reggie Williams and Matt Jones are mismatches waiting to be exploited. Running the show is the precociously talented Leftwich who, if he can avoid a fierce Indy pass rush, could get the better of the league’s best, Mr. Manning, once again this Sunday.

6. Daunte Culpepper @ CIN – Uh-oh. Culpepper was the antithesis of sharp last Sunday and I can’t help but think that had a lot to do with the weapon he DOESN’T have at his disposal this year. With the game hanging in the balance and the Vikes marching toward paydirt, he went looking for legendary receiver, Moe Williams. Ugh! The resulting pick (his fifth turnover of the day) ended a potential game-salvaging drive and likely put you in the red at the QB position.

7. Donovan McNabb v. SF – He already suffered from a bruised ego and now it appears a bruised sternum could limit his effectiveness against the Niners this weekend. He swears he’ll play but you hafta wonder whether he’ll go the full sixty if, as expected, the Eagles are able to put the upstart Niners away early. Monitor his status up until game time.

8. Mark Bulger @ ARI – Why does it seem like every Rams loss ends with him throwing a critical interception? Mike Martz tried to change his ways last weekend but couldn’t afford to run it much after a leaky D put his squad in an early hole. If Bulger throws 56 passes again, two things will hapen: Bulger will put up huge numbers and the Rams will lose. I suspect he (and they) won’t, though he should still post solid totals.

9. Trent Green @ OAK – Thanks to a great defensive effort and the two-headed monster of Priest Holmes/Larry Johnson, Green gets an “incomplete” for Week 1. The Raiders will score more than seven points this Sunday, meaning Green will hafta to do more than just show up in Week 2. That should be no problem considering he AVERAGED almost 350 yards against them last season. Keep him in there.

10. Michael Vick @ SEA – I would almost risk incurring the wife’s wrath to scoot up I-5 for a first-hand look, but I’ll settle for a front-row seat in front of the tube again. Despite having never thrown for 3,000 yards or 20 TDs in a season, he’s the one guy I HAFTA watch every week. Why? You know why, especially if you benefitted from the 68 rushing yards and the TD scamper against Philly. Simply electrifying.

Grab A Helmet:

Joey Harrington @ CHI – The gameplan was disturbingly conservative but Joey still managed to play within himself and, most importantly, throw more TDs (two) than interceptions (none). Though he needs to involve his ultra-talented wideouts more, he seems to be turning the corner…as promised. Give him a look against a decent Bears squad that doesn’t match up well in the secondary.

Jake Plummer v. SD – Several readers took me to task for not including him in The Report last week. Funny. Haven’t heard from them since. Nobody runs hot and cold like The Snake which means, naturally, that he’ll follow up last week’s dud with a brilliant performance against the Bolts this Sunday. At least, I think he will…maybe.

Jake Delhomme v. NE – Plummer’s namesake in Carolina is, ironically enough, almost as inconsistent. The reason? He takes a lot of chances. That can get you in serious trouble against the defending Super Bowl champs but I suspect he’ll avoid the mistakes and post solid totals this weekend. Failing that, we’ll settle for quantity over quality as the Panthers fight to keep up with the high-flying Pats.

Drew Brees @ DEN – He didn’t miss Antonio Gates as much as I thought he would (thank you, Mr. McCardell) but he also wasn’t very sharp overall (two picks to offset his two TDs). He gets his über talented TE back this Sunday, just in time for a potential shootout at Mile High. Start him but keep in mind that his career numbers v. Denver are borderline atrocious.

Kurt Warner v. STL – Warner draws another former employer/protégé this weekend in a game that could seal the fate of the loser. Not many 0-2 teams have come back to make the playoffs, after all. If he doesn’t get some help from his running backs, it could be a long year in Arizona, regardless. Expect plenty of points and good numbers from both sensei and student this weekend.

Grab A Clipboard:

Kyle Orton v. DET – Facing the ‘Skins D right outta the gate is a tough draw and though we shouldn’t write him off just yet, things won’t get much easier this week against a Lions squad that held Favre and the Pack to a measly three points. He needs more time and more weapons and, unfortunately, both are in short supply at the moment. Steer clear.

David Carr v. PIT – He’s had plenty of time and has more than enough weapons but still can’t get over the hump. Why? Search me. You’d need a shovel to find his QB rating at this point and you’ll almost certainly need one to find him if his O-line can’t fend off a ferocious Curtain pass rush on Sunday.

Mark Brunell @ DAL – I figured he’d be collecting his pension and selling insurance by now but, lo and behold, he’s back under center for Washington. Is Joe Gibbs really THAT desperate? Don’t think for a second Brunell can reverse his flagging fortunes this late in the game. He simply doesn’t have the arm strength or the surrounding talent to be worth a slot in your starting lineup.

J.P. Losman @ TB – I picked him up in our dynasty league last season and though I didn’t expect immediate returns, I’m starting to think he might be useful sooner rather than later. Not this soon, though. The Bills are still a run-first/run-second team and with the defense they have, why shouldn’t they be? Wait until he’s asked to shoulder more of the load.

Brian Griese v. BUF – Did I mention how good that Buffalo defense is? Griese wasn’t terrible against the Vikes but he did turn the ball over a couple times, not a good sign with the opportunistic Bills coming to Tampa. This one has all the makings of a 13-10 back alley brawl.

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