20 Bold Predictions for the rest of the season:
1) David Garrard will finish as a top 10 fantasy quarterback. (Right now he’s 16th.)
2) Brett Favre will not finish out the season as the Vikings’ starting quarterback.
3) The San Diego Chargers will win their division. (I guess that’s not so bold.)
4) Matt Ryan won’t lose a game at home…even through the playoffs.
5) Michael Vick will not be named MVP, even though everyone feels he should.
6) Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick will challenge the record for the most 40 or more pass attempts per game in a season (9).
7) Dez Bryant will finish with a 1,000-yard season.
8) So will Derrick Mason.
9) But Wes Welker won’t.
10) Randy Moss won’t be with the Tennessee Titans after this season.
11) Sam Bradford will win the NFC Rookie of the Year.
12) Peyton Hillis will be named to the Pro Bowl.
13) LeSean McCoy will finish with 90 catches.
14) Alex Smith will be traded in the offseason.
15) The Oakland Raiders will finish 8-8.
16) Jason Garrett will be his team’s head coach next year.
17) Marvin Lewis won’t.
18) Tom Cable will win Coach of the Year.
19) Kevin Kolb won’t be traded in the offseason.
20) Tom Brady won’t cut his hair.
Start’em in Week 11
Jon Kitna (@ Detroit)
After exposing a great secondary last week in the New York Giants (327 yards, 3 TD), Kitna gets a softer defense in the Lions and a chance to take down his old team.
Fred Jackson (@ Cincinnati)
C.J. Spiller is out this week (hamstring). Jackson, meanwhile, is coming off a 25-carry, 133-yard performance last week against a porous rush defense in Detroit. Jackson gets the same opportunity again this week against the Bengals.
Sam Bradford (@ Atlanta)
Bradford hasn’t thrown an interception in over a month and because the Falcons still can’t defend the pass (245.3 yards given up on average per game), the rookie should push that streak.
Mark Sanchez (vs. Houston)
It’s the Houston pass defense.
David Garrard (vs. Cleveland)
Second is the league in passer rating (104.9; MIN 3 starts), Garrard is also in the top 10 in touchdowns (15). He’ll get the chance to raise both rates when Cleveland’s 23rd ranked pass defense comes to town.
Dez Bryant (@ Detroit)
Five touchdowns in the past five games, Bryant has a great rapport with Kitna.
Colt McCoy (@ Jacksonville)
McCoy is the epitome of a sleeper this week going up against Jacksonville’s 29th ranked pass defense. Well, not anymore.
Vince Young (vs. Washington)
Did you see what Michael Vick did to the Redskins?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Indianapolis)
A bad Colts’ rush defense accompanied with Green-Ellis being a solid option out of the backfield makes for a solid performance this week.
Danny Amendola (@ Atlanta)
Although he’s one of two players in the league to have 70+ targets and less than 500 yards receiving (Wes Welker), Amendola is tight end-esque in the redzone for the Rams. Since Mark Clayton went down five weeks ago, he has three touchdowns in four games.
Marques Colston (vs. Seattle)
When Colston comes off a bye week, he comes out strong. Three touchdowns in those four respective game-afters, Colston has had three 140+ yard performances in four games and with 28th ranked Seattle visiting, I like Drew Brees’ No. 1 wideout.
Santonio Holmes/Braylon Edwards (vs. Houston)
I’ll say it again: It’s the Houston pass defense.
Mohamed Massaquoi (@ Jacksonville)
McCoy’s No. 1 receiver should have a breakout game, especially if Josh Cribbs can’t go.
Sit’em in Week 11
Matt Schaub (@ New York Jets)
It’s the Jets’ pass defense, far, far different from his own team.
Kyle Orton (@ San Diego)
Even off the bye week, the Chargers have an extra day to prepare for Monday Night’s game. Their 3rd ranked pass defense has only given up 666 passing yards in four home contests this year to starting quarterbacks. 666? Spooky.
Mike Wallace (vs. Oakland)
Only if Nnamdi Asomugha is on him.
Justin Forsett (@ New Orleans)
Like I said before: they’re coming a bye week and has plenty of time to study up.
Zach Miller (@ Pittsburgh)
Look at the linebackers when starting a tight end.
Knowshon Moreno (@ San Diego)
A week and a day to prepare for a game that could turn their season around, San Diego’s defense will show up on MNF.
Steve Smith (vs. Baltimore)
Is Jimmy Clausen still starting? Then Smith stays on this side of the fence.
Brandon Marshall (vs. Chicago)
Although I really do like Tyler Thigpen this week (it’s more of a morale thing rather than a stat thing), the Bears are very difficult to throw against.
Matt Forte (@ Miami)
As the Bears are against the pass, the Dolphins are against the run.
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Written by Al Buzzelli