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6 Things To Watch In Week 6

Six things
to watch in week 6 …

1. Watch the

Chicago
offense after the bye week. Jay Cutler and crew will give the Falcons plenty of
trouble.

Look for Matt Forte to open up the play action pass deep. I like Devin Hester,
Earl Bennett and Greg Olsen, in that order. Solid passing attacks have given

Atlanta lots of trouble.
Tom Brady and company left them scratching their heads in the 26-10 loss.
Expect to see that this week as

Chicago
opens it up in the second half.

2.

Kansas City
has been giving fantasy owners fits. The inability to run the ball goes much
deeper than Larry Johnson, who is averaging a measly 2.4 yards per carry. The
offensive philosophy to run out of the shotgun formation is a joke. The delay
or draw play is overused in this offense.

The I and pro set formations are not happening due to the Chiefs having only
one fullback on the roster. Mike Cox, who is 6-foot, 252 pounds, out of Georgia
Tech is used more as a receiver than a blocker thus far. Look for some I-formation
sets this week against the Redskins, where Johnson is again the tailback,
utilizing his blocking fullback. I expect it will produce more favorable
results. I’m going out on a thin limb here and projecting Johnson having 22
carries for 84 yards and a score.

3. The complete destruction of the Jaguars last week by

Seattle was not a one-week wonder. Matt
Hasselback was playing well up to the injury, and then the ‘Hawks had to learn
to use Seneca Wallace as the starter. Those days are long behind them as they
face

Arizona
at home this week.

I like Nate Burleson this week again based on his average targets per week (9.8).
I will say Burleson grabs seven balls for 104 and a score.

Arizona’s defense is giving up 15.5 points
per week to wide receivers, which ranks 28th.

Seattle’s defense is not quite as bad at 10.8
points per week to wideouts (20th). That bodes well for Anquan Boldin and Larry
Fitzgerald owners.

4.

Buffalo
has been giving it up on the ground. They rank near the bottom in points given
up to running backs (29th). Expect the Jets to tone down the offense this week
in a real grind-it-out game. I like Thomas Jones and Leon Johnson, in that
order.

Buffalo
will have trouble throwing the ball to Terrell Owens with Darrelle Revis
wearing the same jersey.

On the other side, Lee Evans has a speed advantage over Lito Sheppard. Roscoe
Parish and Josh Reed are both ailing. If neither can go, look for Steve Johnson
to step up as the WR3 and have some good yardage. I do expect the

Buffalo ground game to be
a major factor in this one. Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson will split carries,
which makes it hard to figure out who to start. I like

Jackson better this week but with RBBC in
full effect, I’d rather look at other options.

5.

San Diego
can’t stop the run. That is good news for Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon
Moreno owners. Buckhalter will play and has been tearing it up with an
astonishing 7.22 yards per carry. Look for

Denver to focus on the ground game this week.

Moreno has
looked like a marginal No. 2 back to-date. My guess is that the former
Cornhusker “Buck” will outshine the rookie this week. I have him at 11 carries
for 92 yards, three catches for 33 yards and a score. Expect the Chargers to
press coverage until Orton can throw a ball past 17 yards.

If I am the defensive coordinator, I play a flat dime, sending extra bodies
early and often to expose Orton.

I make him throw the ball over the top instead of these short routes. I don’t
think he’s capable. Orton is not the QB you think he is. Brandon Marshall made
him look awfully good last week in their suicide bomber meets candy striper
uniforms from last week.

6. Forget about Laveranues Coles this season. Andre Caldwell is making a
name for himself as the No. 2 receiver in

Cincinnati.
When the game was on the line last week,

Caldwell
answered the call. I do like him but not this week as Cedric Benson runs wild
against the Texans, who are the second to last in points per week given to
running backs (17.2 per week). Benson was drunk on his boat, resisted arrest and
hasn’t changed.

He is very angry about getting exposed as the thug that he is. He will smack
you down if you stand in his way to the end zone. He’ll have 22 carries, 101
yards and a score.

Six things I am going to look forward to this weekend:

1.Waking up to breakfast on Sunday morning.

2. Watching all the action on Direct TV instead of the local channels that
favor Bay Area teams that I loathe.

3. Bass Fishing all day Monday and listening to the Monday Night game via
Sirius Satellite Radio on the drive home.

4. Smoking a pork shoulder on Sunday for eight hours that has been marinating
in a maple rub for the previous two days.

5. Listening to nothing having to do with the 49ers.

6. Winning my work football pool for the third consecutive week.

As always, thanks for the read and send any questions/comments/concerns to
michaelfsarmento@gmail.com.

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