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Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it
be the cherry on top. Welcome to the mid-point of the season, here's to a strong finish and a playoff berth.
| Passing || || Rushing |
| Team || Score || Team || Score ||DEN||246||SF||121||IND||223||WAS||120||NE||221||MIN||115||NO||210||SEA||114||CAR||209||KC||112||PIT||207||NYG||111||CLE||205||HOU||109||TB||205||CAR||108||NYG||201||NE||105||MIN||201||PIT||104||OAK||197||NYJ||104||DAL||195||IND||100||SF||195||TB||98||HOU||194||CIN||97||WAS||194||DEN||94||PHI||190||BAL||92||STL||187||DAL||91||CIN||187||STL||89||SEA||183||OAK||86||BAL||182||PHI||86||SD||182||ARI||81||JAX||174||SD||80||ARI||171||NO||79||MIA||170||JAX||79||NYJ||167||MIA||78||KC||148||CLE||75|
How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.All times are Eastern
|Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday 1:00pm |
Analyzing the Redskins matchup week to week is always a complex task. They have so many facets, wrinkles, strengths and weaknesses, not to mention the Shanahanology side of the equation. They're a tough nut to crack at times. The Panthers too, while losing last week, played a tremendous game. They made a lot of changes to their offense and managed to get back to being a bruising running team. Someone must have read the Progno last week in the Panthers organization. Well done lads, that was exactly the direction you needed to go in and you almost pulled off the upset because of it. This week you need to stick with it. I understand the Redskins are weak in their secondary and the temptation is strong to try and overpower their corners but listen to me now and hear me later, that's fools gold in them hills. Pound the ball. Let Cam duck and run with it, run Jonathan Stewart, run Forest run. Then when the Redskins try just a little too hard to stop the run, that's when you take your shots deep down field. Loving the direction guys. Keep your chin up, it's not an over night miracle cure but it will fix what ails you.
And since no one really listens to my ocean deep pearls of wisdom, expect Cam Newton to air it out from the opening bell, he'll have success in fantasy but they won't win the game.
| Favorite: Even|
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 27 - Washington Redskins 23
|Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants - Monday 8:30pm |
This screams, "trap!" So many are going to be licking their chops at the prospects but this will turn into a red ripe herring. Fantasy wise the best play comes from Tony Romo to either Dez Bryant or Miles Austin, probably not both. It's a feel thing with the Cowboys, it explains why Jason Witten had 18 receptions off of 22 targets last week. They found a weakness and they exploited it but they don't know what that weakness will be until game time when they test the defense early on. Miles Austin or Dez Bryant will have a good day, but like I said, not even the Cowboys know which one. By the way, the stat that made me smile the most this week was for Cowboys backup tight end John Phillips. Welcome to the column John. John added 3 more receptions and a touchdown to the TE position which accounted for 21 total receptions at the position on the day for the Cowboys. It also has to be noted that as usual, Jason Witten catches 18 balls but none in the end zone yet his backup is the one to snare the touchdown grab. Fun stuff in there.
Many do not realize just how good the Cowboys secondary is. I realize it's Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones but they haven't seen the likes of the drape cover corners the Cowboys have and the speed of the Cowboys linebackers that enables them to keep up with opposing pass catching tight ends. However, I'm a believer in what the Falcons are selling and going with the only undefeated team remaining in the league, certainly isn't a stretch.
| Favorite: Even|
Prediction: New York Giants 30 - Indianapolis Colts 20