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Steve Geller

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Steve: Know your enemy, week five - Tampa Bay

The Saints 1-3 start to the season may be disappointing, but it's far from over folks. Currently Atlanta and Carolina are tied for the top spot in the NFC South at 2-2; so no one is running away with the division. New Orleans still has 7 more home games left on the schedule and welcome division rival Tampa Bay to the Superdome this week. The Buccaneers own an identical 1-3 record.

Tampa finished at the bottom of the NFL South a year ago with at 4-12 leading to the firing of dictator… I mean head coach Greg Schiano. The Bucs offense was ranked dead last in the league, while the defense finished 17th overall. Along with Schiano, cornerback Darrelle Revis was released to free up room under the salary cap and wide receiver Mike Williams was traded to the Buffalo Bills.

After a year off from coaching, Lovie Smith was hired by the Bucs, and cornerback Alterraun Verner was added to replace "Revis Island." Tampa Bay also added defensive end Michael Johnson and on offense quarterback Josh McCown was brought in after putting up impressive numbers for the Bears.

Tampa spent this year's entire draft on offensive players looking to boost their bottom of the barrel numbers from 2013. In the 1st round they nabbed receiver Mike Evans from Texas A&M and in round 2 grabbed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins out of Washington. Add those two with veteran Vincent Jackson and you have a nice trio of 6-foot-5 targets. Evans is dealing with a groin injury though, and will likely be unable to play Sunday, leaving Louis Murphy to replace him as the #2 WR. Rookie Robert Herron is the Bucs guy in the slot.

Tampa is still a run first team and Doug Martin is looking for a bounce back season. The 5-foot-9, speedy but powerful running back suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year after playing in just 6 games following an impressive 11 TD rookie campaign. This season hasn't started well either, as Martin suffered a knee injury in week 1 and missed the next 2 games before returning to action last week. He looked fine carrying the ball 14 times for 40 yards and a score while also catching 2 passes for 16 yards.

But who is quarterback for the Buccaneers? Mike Glennon was the team's 3rd round pick in 2013, but McCown was brought in to be "the guy." McCown started off the season with the starting job, but was ineffective and then hurt his thumb week 3 versus Atlanta. Glennon started last week's game in which Tampa pulled off a thrilling comeback win against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Coach Smith wouldn't name a starter for the game against the Saints in his Monday press conference, only saying his decisions at every position is based on who is available and who gives the team the best chance to win. Like the LSU situation, it's pretty clear that Glennon should be "the guy."

One thing coach Lovie does know is defense and the Buccaneers have a lot of talent on that side of the ball even if they haven't shown it thus far. They currently rank 27th in the NFL and are allowing on average just under 30 points per contest, which is only better then Jacksonville. Fans are not happy since Smith was supposed to come in and rejuvenate the D. The unit was a bit banged up to start the year and have been getting healthier. Plus, they are adjusting to Smith's Tampa 2 system.

The duo to fear is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David. McCoy is a big, disruptive force up front that has 20.5 sacks so far in his 5 year career along with 3 forced fumbles and 11 passes defended. David is in his 3rd year in the pros and 321 career tackles with 4 forced fumbles and 6 interceptions. Free agent addition Michael Johnson is tied with McCoy for the teams lead in sacks with 2.
The Buccaneers are coming into this game with a ton of confidence, but I would be more concerned if they were more settled at the QB position. Look for the Black & Gold to get back on track and get to 2-3 before the bye week.


By the way…how terrible are the Buccaneers new uniforms?
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Steve: Inside the SEC - Week 5

It is hard to believe but we are almost halfway through the season folks.  This week it pretty tame, but WHOA NELLY, next week is when the fun begins.

Idle Saturday is #3 Alabama, #14 Mississippi State and Florida.
Time to go Inside the SEC…

Tennessee at #12 Georgia - 11am kickoff

The Bulldogs squandered their last opportunity to take a step towards the Conference Championship game Atlanta in their last SEC matchup and look to regain their footing this week.  The Volunteers struggled to do much of anything in their last match-up against Oklahoma, but had a week off to prepare for Georgia.  It took OT last year for UGA to escape Knoxville with a win; can the Vols finish the upset this year with a win “Between the Hedges”?

Vanderbilt at Kentucky – 11am kickoff

I’ll say Vandy showed some fight last week against South Carolina but just couldn’t pull off the victory.  The last time Kentucky played, they nearly beat Florida in “The Swamp”.  This is traditionally the game that decides the last place finisher in the East, but an impressive showing by the Wildcats could give them the momentum they need to claw their way into the middle of the pack.  We’ll see if Vanderbilt has another game in them where they can be competitive or revert back to ineptness on offense and defense.

Arkansas vs. #6 Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas - 2:30pm kickoff

You could make a case that either of these ballclubs could vie for the top spot in the West this year.  Arkansas lost its first game to Auburn, but has looked pretty darn good since.  Texas A&M dismantled South Carolina to open the season and haven’t really played anyone of consequence after that.  The Aggies have outscored their last 3 opponents 169-19, while the Hogs haven’t been too shabby ringing up its last 3 advisories to the tune of
174-49.  I just have a feeling that Razorback fans will be hollering “SOOIE” at the end of this one.

Louisiana Tech at #5 Auburn - 3pm kickoff

Coming off a less than ideal performance on the road in Manhattan, Auburn hosts the first of their Louisiana double header this week.  La Tech comes to collect a paycheck this week while auburn is just hoping to stay healthy and work on the LSU game plan.  Even if Auburn is looking ahead to the Bayou Bengals, the Bulldogs don’t have the horses to pull off a victory “On the Plains”.

Missouri at #13 South Carolina - 6pm kickoff

Someone please tell me why ESPN College Gameday is broadcasting from this game.  Coming off a loss to Indiana, Missouri will look to avenge their only regular season loss from last season.  South Carolina came out sluggish last week and had to fight back to secure a win against a pitiful Vanderbilt squad.  One of these teams better come out playing like they want to win their division or this could be a really ugly slap fight.

Memphis at #10 Ole Miss – 6:30pm kickoff

Beware Ole Miss, Memphis gave a decent UCLA team all it could handle earlier this season losing to the Bruins but just 7 points.  I know the Rebel Nation is anxious for next week’s tilt against Bama, but the Tigers are legit as they are playing with a ton of confidence and are a dangerous cat to contend with.  It will be a lot closer then Ole Miss will like, but as long as QB Bo Wallace protects the football, the Rebels should win.

New Mexico State at #17 LSU – 6:30pm kickoff

LSU looks to take their frustration out on poor New Mexico State for the beating they took in front of the home crowd last week.  The Aggies bring a 2-2 record in against average competition and are one of the worst FBS teams in the nation. The Tiger will maul ‘em in a blowout to a half empty stadium.
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Fantasy football week 4: Sit 'Em, Start 'Em


Patriots QB Tom Brady

Are Tom Terrific's best days behind him?   2014 hasn't been bad, his numbers just aren't elite and certainly not worthy of a starting QB spot in fantasy football.  It may be hard to find a suitable replacement being that the bye weeks are beginning, but if you're a Brady owner I'd take a good hard look at the waiver wire...or even consider making a trade. 

Eagles RB Darren Sproles

Sprolesy came out the gates smoking for the birds, but cooled off last week with 50 combined yards rushing/receiving and no TDs.  I don't like this week's match-up with Philadelphia heading out West to San Francisco.  In his career, Sproles has never found the endzone against them. 

Cowboys TE Jason Witten

Considering the problems the Saints had with Tony Gonzalez, it's really surprising to me that the Fleur-De-Lis D has kept Witten in check.  In 7 games the big tight end has managed 36 catches for 367 yards and zero, zilch, nadda for touchdowns.  Pretty impressive on the Black & Gold's part. 


49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

San Fran's golden boy has a prime match-up this week against an Eagles defense that loves to give up yards and points to opposing offenses.  Philly has been toasted for 8 passing TDs already in 2014, which is tied for worst in the league.  Expect Kapernick and the Niners offense to get on track this week as they look for their 1st victory in the brand spankin' new Levi's Stadium. 

Saints RB Pierre Thomas

It's a crap shoot every week on which back, if any, to start in fantasy for the Saints.  With Mark Ingram out, Khiry Robinson is expected to handle the bulk of the carries, but a trusted vet like PT is still going to get his share of touches.  Plus we all now Thomas is a factor in the Saints passing attack.  He likes playing the Cowboys too, as he's scored 3 times in the last 3 meetings against them.     

Chargers Defense

Run, don't walk to the waiver wire and see if the Bolts D is available for you to grab.  Chances are they will be.  The Jags are a baaaaaaad ballclub folks. They are averaging just under 15 points per contest and have registered 5 turnovers on the year.  What are you doing still reading this!?!? Go pick up San Diego's defense...quick! 
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Steve: Know Your Saints Enemy - week 4, Dallas

The Saints notched their first victory of the season last week in their home opener, but now find themselves (me singing) "On the Road Again" in a prime time date with the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium. 

The Saints are a perfect 7-0 on Sunday Night Football under Sean Payton. They were 1-1 the year he was suspended.

New Orleans is also 4-1 versus Dallas in the Sean Payton era with their only loss coming in the Saints 2009 Super Bowl season.  The 'Boys came into the Superdome that Monday night and snapped the Black & Gold's 13 game win streak.

Dallas is off to a 2-1 start this year and is looking to make a return to the postseason for the first time since '09.  The Cowboys have finished with a record of 8-8 the last 3 seasons, but head coach Jason Garrett has managed to hang on to his job.  They were the 16th ranked offense in the league last year averaging 27 points per game while on defense they were just flat out horrendous. 

Dallas' D ranked dead last in 2013 surrendering 415 yards per contest while giving up 27 points.

Their defensive problems remain an issue this year and many voiced early on concerns the unit could be worse in 2014.  Due to salary cap issues the team released DE Demarcus Ware and let fellow defensive end Jason Hatcher walk in free agency.  Piling onto their problems, linebacker Sean Lee, their best defensive player, tore his ACL and will miss the season. 

Oh but wait, I'm not done.  Rookie D-lineman Demarcus Lawrence broke his foot and wont be back until at least week 9.  Bad luck, bad management; just bad all around for this brokeback defense.

Offensively the Cowboys are a dangerous team to contend with and look even more potent this season with the emergence of a legitimate rushing attack.  

Demarco Murray has hit the 100 yard rushing mark every week thus far and has found the endzone in every game as well.  He's averaging 5.1 yards per carry thanks in large part to a revamped offensive line that is now a strength of this ballclub.

That is great news for quarterback Tony Romo, who has been running for his life it seems since he's entered the league.  It may seem like he throws a ton of interceptions, but actually I feel like most are at crucial times so they are magnified.  For his career Romo has 212 TD passes vs. 105 INTs.  I'm pretty sure most QBs would take that ratio.

Looking at his targets, he has one of the beat receivers in the game today in Dez Bryant.  He, big, he's physical, he's fast and he can score from anywhere on the field.  Let's hope the Saints secondary pays more attention to him then the Rams did last week…can you say BLOWN COVERAGE!


Rounding out the receiving corps is Terrance Williams who is a solid #2 threat, Cole Beasley is in the slot and they still have trusted tight end Jason Witten.  He may be up there in age now at 32 but is still Romo's security blanket.

You get the feeling that we are in store for a shoot-out Sunday night with 2 prolific offenses on display and both facing pass rushes that have been non-existent.  The Saints haven't won their last 5 regular season road contests and could easily be 6 after this week. 

Dallas is looking like the more confident ballclub right now, and I admit I am hesitant to say New Orleans will come out on top in this one. 

The Black & Gold haven't been getting sacks or turnovers on defense; while the offense seems kind of…hate to say it …stale.  I still believe they are a playoff team though and getting to 2-2 is crucial for them. 

I'll pick the Saints because they are the team with more talent and this could very well be the game things all come together for them, because they will eventually.


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Steve: Inside the SEC – Week 4

Hallelujah! Conference play begins for most teams this week and the headline game has the Gators chomping their way into Tuscaloosa looking to take a bite out of the Tide. Three teams are idle as Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky are off.

Time to go Inside the SEC…

Troy at #13 Georgia - 11am kickoff

Once upon a time Troy could give SEC teams some trouble but this is not one of those years. The Trojans are 0-3 and just haven't been very competitive. Meanwhile, Georgia is once again fighting against the notion that its chances to win a national title are over after three weeks. I expect UGA to take out the frustrations of their loss to South Carolina on poor Troy. 

#6 Texas A&M at SMU – 2:30pm kickoff

The Aggies didn't exactly look like world beaters in their victory over Rice last week, but SMU is ten times worse than the Owls. The Mustangs have scored a total of 6 points in 2 games and don't stand a chance versus A&M's high powered offense.  TAMU could score 50 by halftime

Florida at #3 Alabama - 2:30pm kickoff

It's really not out of the question that Florida could leave Tuscaloosa with a victory. This will be the best defense the Crimson Tide have faced all season, plus the Gators also have a good QB in Jeff Driskel that will try to take advantage of Alabama's thin secondary.  Blake Sims may worry some as the Tide's signal caller but he has proved he is the best man for the job. If all else fails, Bama still has its ground attack. This will be a fun one considering the history between these two schools.

Indiana at #18 Missouri - 3pm kickoff

Mizzou is a very quiet 3-0 with impressive wins at Toledo and vs. UCF. The Tigers are getting solid play from quarterback Maty Mauk and are better than they get credit for on the offensive and defensive lines. Indiana can score, but their defense has yet to prove it can slow down a decent offense. Expect Missouri to easily win by double-digits.

Mississippi State at #8 LSU - 6pm kickoff

Well, look at what we have here! Finally, a real test for both teams and this one will challenge the Florida/Alabama match-up for the best game of the week. LSU currently has the top defense in the SEC, which will be needed to slow down Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. He along with his slew of wide receivers, will be difficult for the Tigers to stop.  The Bulldogs also have a talented defense led by d-lineman Preston Smith, who will be key to slowing down the Bayou Bengals ground attack. LSU has the better defense and is at home so I'll give them a slight edge.

Northern Illinois at Arkansas - 6pm kickoff

It's hard to believe that Arkansas is averaging over 47 points per game through 3 games considering they averaged 20 points a year ago. The Razorbacks have one of the best rushing attacks in the SEC led by Alex Collins and Quarterback Brandon Allen is also a threat through the air. However, the Huskies do have the second best defense in the MAC, combined with their #1 ranked offense. Northern Illinois will make it interesting early, but the Hogs have too many different weapons on offense.

#14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt – 6:30pm kickoff

There is obviously a long way to go, but the Gamecocks are back in SEC East race thanks to last week's win over Georgia. Now, the South Carolina hits the road for the first time to play a Vanderbilt team that is off to a troubling 1-2 start. The Commodores finally showed some life on offense last week but still only had 310 total yards against a UMass team that gave up 511 to Boston College and 474 to Colorado. This looks to be an easy win for South Carolina. 
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Steve: Sit Em or Start Em? Fantasy football, week three

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo
While the St. Louis Rams offense is abysmal, their defense is lethal.  Tony Romo will be under plenty of duress in the Edward Jones Dome Sunday.  More pressure means more chances for interceptions and we all know those are Romo’s specialty. BOOM! If you are desperado for a fill in QB, Ryan Tannehill is a decent play going up against KC this week.   

San Francisco 49ers Running Back Frank Gore 
I know it’s hard to sit a guy like Gore but the 31-year-old is up aginst a pretty stout defense this week in the Arizona.  Last year the Desert Birds allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.  Despite the loss of Darnell Dockett and Daryl Washington, they have remained tough against the run through the first two games giving up just 133 yards and one touchdown. Add to that, in his past four meetings against the Cards, Gore scored just once and was held to less than 70 rushing yards in three of those contests. 

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Markus Wheaton
Wheaton has been a nice complement to Antonio Brown with 11 receptions and 157 total yards so far, but Pitt is up against the Panthers defense this week. Carolina’s front seven is likely to give Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger fits and will limit the upside of all of their offensive players. The Panthers are allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.


Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins
Last week Robert Griffin III was on my sit list, and he wound up getting hurt. Now his back-up Kirk Cousins is a start for me?  What gives?  Well, Cousins has looked like the better QB all along and RG3’s injury might be the best thing for the Redskins as a team.  Washington has a tough NFC East rivalry match-up this week with the Eagles, but Philly’s defense is soft.  Look for Cousins and WR Desean Jackson to hook upon some big plays as D-Jax is facing his former team for the first time, and the divorce wasn’t pretty!   

Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Mohamed Sanu
With AJ Green dealing with an injury, Sanu has a ton of upside. While he’s yet to prove himself as a worthy #2 receiver, he sure looks the part at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. If Green misses significant time, Sanu will be a serviceable play, and Cincy could stand to develop another receiving threat to complement AJ whenever he returns.

Houston Texans Defense
The Texans are my PLAY OF THE WEEK! Eli Turnover…I mean, Eli Manning is on the menu for JJ Watt and the rest of the Houston D.  That means big points off takeaways and sacks.  Eli has thrown 21 TD passes in his last 18 games and… wait for it… 31 INTS. YOWSER! The G-men look terrible and uncomfortable thus far in their new offensive coordinator’s scheme.  
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Steve: Know Your Enemy, week three - Minnesota

The Saints look for their first victory of the 2014 NFL season Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings. There’s no place like home, as the Black & Gold’s last defeat in the Superdome came on December 30th, 2012 to the Carolina Panthers.

The Vikings come into this match-up with a record of 1-1, having won week 1 in St. Louis, but then got crushed last Sunday in their home opener against New England.  Minnesota’s offense is averaging 20.5 points per contest, while the defense is giving up 18 points per game. Being just two games into the season though, it’s kind of hard to really rely on those averages.

First year head coach Mike Zimmer is trying to get this franchise back on track after finishing 5-10-1 in 2013.  Zimmer helped turn the Bengals defense around and will now try and duplicate that success in Minnesota after the Vikings finished giving up a league-worst 30 points a game a year ago.  

The defensive line has gotten a makeover with the team deciding to let go of aging Pro Bowlers Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.  They did re-sign defensive end Everson Griffen and added former Giants nose tackle Linval Jones in free agency to play alongside defensive tackle Shariff Floyd, whose rookie year was derailed by a knee injury.

The Vikes used a 1st round draft pick on linebacker Anthony Barr out of UCLA, and he has the type of athletic ability that could be a huge factor on game day.  Meanwhile, two former 1st round selections, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison smith may be stars in the making.  
Over on the offense side of the ball, running back Adrian Peterson is the team’s workhorse, but will not be a factor in this game and possibly the rest of the season.  The Vikings have placed him on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his child abuse case is resolved, which bars AP from all team activities.  It’s a huge blow for the team since Peterson has scored double-digit touchdowns every season he’s played and has averaged 5 yards per carry for his career.

The other offensive weapons include wide receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph.  Patterson is a young, rising star and has been used in the passing and rushing attack.  

Quarterback is the big question for this team. They would probably take Brett Favre back right now if he wanted to play.  Minny re-signed veteran signal caller Matt Cassel, and moved up in the draft to select Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville with the final pick in the 1st round.  Also still clinging on for dear life on the roster is former 1st round pick Christian Ponder.  Cassel currently has the gig as the starter, but Bridgewater is obviously the future and will likely take over at some point this season when Minnesota struggles.  And struggle they shall. 

At best, the Vikings were an 8-8 team with Peterson, and now look like a 3-13 ballclub.  Obviously at 0-2 though, the Saints can’t afford to sleep on anyone.   Every week is a must win, but this really is a MUST WIN for New Orleans.  Earning a victory here gets the momentum going in a positive direction for the Black & Gold and I fully expect that to be the case.  If I’m wrong… I give up on this prediction stuff. Frustrations and having a goose on the season should get resolved for New Orleans.

PREDICTION: Saints 38 Vikings 13
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Steve: Saints fans sick as Sproles soars on MNF

For the 2nd straight week former Saint Darren Sproles rescued his new team from the clutches of defeat.  The Philadelphia Eagles made history by becoming the first team in NFL history to overcome 14 point deficits in each of the first two games of the season.  The short in size, but large in talent running back was a HUGE factor.  Sproles racked up 178 yards receiving/rushing and scored to help propel Philly to a 30-27 comeback win over the Colts in Indy.
When Sproles was traded to Philadelphia for a 5th round draft pick, most of the Who Dat Nation groaned in disapproval.  Why would New Orleans get rid of a guy who was responsible for 70+ receptions a season?  A player who was speedy, shifty and had a knack for making players miss.  Making room under the salary cap was a big reason while concern over Sproles age was another.   The 5'6" 190 lb back turned 31 in June.

Yeah, I understood those two concerns, but what got me is that Sproles is a Drew Brees "guy".  The Saints QB was responsible for the RB signing in New Orleans as a free agent in 2011.  The two played together in San Diego and had a great relationship, even working out together in the offseason. "Sprolesy", as Brees calls him, flourished in Sean Payton's offense and parting with his production seems even more damaging now. The Saints are 0-2 and to make matter worse, RB Mark Ingram is said to have a broken hand and could miss a month of action.

Meanwhile, Sproles seems to be outrunning father time...

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Steve: Inside the SEC week three

Well alright, alright! While this week’s match-ups aren’t all winners, there are quite a few that have my attention.  The best one being a top #25 in conference match-up! Time to go Inside the SEC…
UCF at #20 Missouri - 11am kickoff
Boom!  Right off the bat, this one could actually be the game of the week in the SEC.  Central Florida lost to Penn State in its opener and hasn’t played since, while Mizzou did a decent job of beating Toledo last week.  The Tigers, however, have not looked sharp on defense.  If the Knights can slow down the Missouri offense just a little, this may be an upset. 

Massachusetts at Vanderbilt - 11am kickoff
Vandy is in bad shape.  Not only did they decide to switch both offensive and defensive systems this year, but also have been splitting practice reps 3 ways between their quarterbacks.  BLAH!  UMass almost knocked off Colorado last week and the Buffs are a way better team than the Commodores right now.  From the looks of things, Vanderbilt won’t win an in-conference game this year.  

Arkansas at Texas Tech - 2:30pm kickoff
The Hogs took out a ton of frustration on Nicholls State last week, but get back to some real competition now.  Lucky for Arkansas, Tech’s defense needs help.  This is a winnable game for the Razorbacks, but it’s just too hard to give them the benefit of the doubt on the road right now.   

#6 Georgia at #24 South Carolina - 2:30pm kickoff
Boy, did Georgia dismantle Clemson in their opener, showcasing a potent ground attack that makes the Bulldogs look as if it they’ll be mighty tough in the SEC. Meanwhile South Carolina got smoked at home by the Aggies in their opener, and then earned an unimpressive victory over East Carolina.  A loss here and the Gamecocks would likely be out of contention to win the division.  With all their problems on defense, I just don’t see how USC beats UGA.  

LA-Lafayette at #14 Ole Miss - 3pm kickoff
LA Tech took down the Ragin Cajuns last week and things will get a whole lot harder for ULL at Ole Miss.  The Rebels just stomped Vanderbilt and right now ULL is pretty much on the same level as the Commodores.  Sorry Cajun Nation, this one won’t be close.  

Mississippi State at South Alabama - 3pm kickoff 
UAB just shredded Mississippi State’s defense for 548 yards, but the Bulldogs did manage to pull out the victory.  That will surely make State a little uncomfortable heading into South Alabama this week.  The Jaguars won their opener at Kent State, but just doesn’t have the firepower the Blazers possess to have a chance at knocking off MSU.  

Southern Miss at #3 Alabama - 5pm kickoff
There are still more questions than answers regarding Alabama this season. Blake Sims leads the quarterback race, and if Jacob Coker does not make some improvement, Sims will remain the starter.  The Golden Eagles have only won two out of their last 26 games and won’t be able to slow down T.J. Yeldon or Amari Cooper.  Once again the Tide rolls to victory.  

UL Monroe at #10 LSU - 6pm kickoff
This isn’t a complete cream puff game for LSU, as the Warhawks are 2-0 on the year with wins over Wake Forest and Idaho.  But the Tigers are 11-0 against in-state teams under head coach Les Miles.  It will be 12-0 after this one.

Kentucky at Florida - 6:30pm kickoff
Well, the Wildcats were feeling good about their offense after the opener, but then put up just 20 points on Ohio last week. Meanwhile Florida comes into this game limping due to some injuries at tight end and along the offensive line. The Gators have much more talent than Kentucky though, and UK is unlikely to keep this game close.

Tennessee at #4 Oklahoma - 7pm kickoff
Tennessee believes it is on the right track and Oklahoma is going to let the Volunteers whether or not that is true. The Sooners have plowed through Tulsa and Louisiana Tech so far, while the Vols opened with a solid win over Utah State, then earned a ho-hum victory over Arkansas State. To have a chance Tennessee will have to slow down a Sooners offense that is averaging 50 points per game.  While I think the Volunteers are heading in the right direction, winning in Norman, Oklahoma is just too much to ask.

Rice at #7 Texas A&M - 8pm kickoff
The poor Owls have a brutal two game stretch to open the season. They lost at Notre Dame and now head to Texas A&M. The Aggies have been perhaps the most impressive offensive team in the nation, boasting an outstanding offensive line, a group of quality running backs and wide receivers as well as a quarterback in Kenny Hill that is quickly making A&M fans say "Johnny Football who?"  This will not be close. 
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Steve: Sit Em or Start Em? Fantasy football, week two


Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III
Who is this quarterback in a Redskins uniform, and what have they done with RG3? Yeah, he completed 78% of his passes in week 1, but was constantly checking down instead of airing it out.  It’s like he doesn’t trust himself and also looks hesitant to pull the ball down and run. Washington is at home against Jacksonville but the Jags defensive front is underrated. If I were you I’d look elsewhere for a signal caller.  I don’t think I’d even own RG3 at this point.     

Atlanta Falcons Running Back Steven Jackson
Sure, Jackson is still a physical specimen, but at 31 years old isn’t a reliable RB1 or 2 to turn to week in and week out.  Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antoine Smith will all eat into Jackson’s carries as well.  None are capable to enough to take the reins and be the workhorse, making the Falcons RB situation a pain in the ass for us fantasy owners.  Also a big negative is that the Dirty Birds leave the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome in week 2 and are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Sunday. Cincy was the 5th best defense against the run last year.  

San Diego Chargers Tight End Antonio Gates
This breakdown could be summed up in 3 words… LEGION OF BOOM.  I recommend sitting all your Chargers as the defending champs comes to Diego this week.  Seattle’s defense looks just as lethal as it did last year as they shut down the Packers to open the year and will look to eat up the one dimensional Bolts offense on Sunday. Gates will not duplicate his week 1 performance of 6 catches for 81 yards.


Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton
 The Red Rifle started out the season with a solid outing throwing for 301 yards but managed just 1 TD.  After watching what Brees and the Saints offense did to the Falcons, Dalton is chomping at the bit to carve up some Dirty Bird this week.  To add to Dalton’s delight; in the last 5 games in Paul Brown Stadium against NFC teams, he has thrown 11 touchdowns. I expect he and RB Giovanni Bernard to have big days in the match-up. 

Cleveland Browns Running Back Terrance West 
I have long trolled the Saints run defense in fantasy football.  Whoever they are facing, I tend to say start the opposition's running back, and this week is no different.  With Ben Tate out with a knee injury Terrance West will handle the bulk of the carries.  He managed to gain 100 yards on 16 carries a week ago in Pittsburg and should put up solid numbers against a New Orleans D that looked awful in Atlanta.  The Browns offensive line is also very underrated.  The only thing that scares me is Isaiah Crowell vulturing away TDs with some goal line carries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense
If you’re in a pinch this week and the Bucs happen to be on your league’s waiver wire, I feel they are a great play going up against a Rams team that is hurting on offense. Quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the year after he tore his ACL again and St Louis has veteran Shaun Hill under center in his place.  Hill was so bad last week against the Viking that he got yanked from the game in favor of 2nd year signal caller Austin Davis.  Jeff Fisher says Hill is still his guy, but it doesn’t matter.  Stack the box versus the Rams rushing attack and dare them to throw it. Plus, this game is in Tampa so the Dome coddled Rams will be wilting in the heat.        
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