Sep 16, 2011

Week 2 Previews

Red Hawks vs Rabid Penguins
Coming off one of the four 100 point performances in Week 1, the Red Hawks are looking for a win in their division opener when they play the cellar-dweller Rabid Penguins. Had these two teams played last week, the Red Hawks would have won by nearly 40 points. Both teams' wide receiving corp has major injury questions though, with Brandon Lloyd and Dez Bryant possibly out for the Red Hawks, and Hakeem Nicks perhaps not playing on Monday night for the Rabid Penguins. Since Nicks does not play until Monday, he has an extra day of rest and could produce for Ryan. Furthermore, it can be expected that Ben Roethlisberger will have a game much different than last week,  when he turned the ball over 5 times. RB Peyton Hillis also has a strong match-up against the Colt's porous defense.  This one is much closer than it may look from the standings.

Yahoo Prediction: Red Haws win 90.00-84.04
Drew's Prediction: The Rabid Penguins win

Players to Watch:
Red Hawks: WRs Brandon Lloyd and Dez Bryant
The Rabid Penguins: QB Ben Roethlisberger

Red Dragons vs Lehman Demons
This game will make a winner out of one of these winless teams in this divisional show down. Last week, the Red Dragons scored more points, but not by much. Both teams are expected to light up the scoreboard this week, with 12 of the 18 active players projected in double digits. Neither team has too many injury concerns and favorable match-ups can be found on both rosters. Particularly interesting will be PIT RB Rashard Mendenhall and the Steelers' DST for the Lehman Demons. Like Roethlisburger, a big day could be coming with the Steelers having a huge chip on their shoulder from being embarrassed by the Ravens in Week 1.

Yahoo Prediction: Lehman Demons win 113.41-103.80
Drew's Prediction: Lehman Demons win

Players to Watch:
Red Dragons: QB Phillip Rivers
Lehman Demons: RB Rashard Mendenhall

Ferocious Foxes vs Annihilating Angels
Week 1 was a dream come true for one of these owners and a nightmare for the other. The Annihilating Angels look to rebound after an embarrassing Week 1 loss. It will be interesting to see how the star RBs in this non-divisional match-up fair this week. Chris Johnson for the Foxes and Jamaal Charles for the Angels both underachieved in Week 1 and neither have the best match-ups heading into Week 2. If one of these elite backs gets back on track, they could propel their team to a win. If they both flop, the Foxes will be favored to win with significant advantages in the QB and WR positions.

Yahoo Predictions: Ferocious Foxes win 95.60-89.64
Drew's Prediction: Ferocious Foxes win

Players to Watch:
Ferocious Foxes: RB Chris Johnson
Annihilating Angels: RB Jamaal Charles

Dogs of War vs Mike's Big Dawgs
The battle of the canines will be an interesting match-up for sure. The Dogs of War picked up the win last week, but actually scored less than the 0-1 Big Dawgs. The winner of this match up will rule the pound, at least until Week 13 when they meet again. Green Bay will be the pro team to watch for this match-up, with QB Aaron Rodgers leading Mike's Big Dawgs, with a Green Bay WR on each team. If Rodgers tosses mostly to Greg Jennings, the advantage will go to the Dogs of War, since a receiving yard is worth more than a passing yard. However, if Jordy Nelson gets the catches, it may be hard for the Dogs of War to keep pace. The Big Dawgs will also be looking forward to the return of RB Arian Foster, who has the largest contract in the League yet did not play last week.

Yahoo Prediction: Mike's Big Dawgs 91.26-88.39
Drew's Prediction: Mike's Big Dawgs

Players to Watch:
Dogs of War: WR Greg Jennings
Mike's Big Dawgs: WR Jordy Nelson

Angler Pigs vs White Star Fleet
The number 1 and 2 teams in the League clash in an early battle for dominance, both in the League and the division. Combined, these two teams scored over 245 points and won by nearly 111 points. Adding to the pressure is the ever present Montreuil-Eggleston rivalry. With the Montreuil brothers both notching victories against his sons last week, Keith is looking to "regain the family honor". Despite the fascinating back story, it does not look overly favorable for the Angler Pigs. The RBs for the Angler Pigs stunk like a sty last week, while White Star Fleet enjoyed dominate performances from the RB positions. If the Angler Pigs do not get big performances across the board, it may be tough to get this victory. White Star Fleet scored about 15 points more than the Angler Pigs last week. Give those RBs a couple touchdowns though, and that 15 point gap may have quickly disappeared. Both teams have solid WR corps and elite QBs. It will be fun watching QB Drew Brees battle Chicago, the top defense from Week 1 for the Angler Pigs and QB Mick Vick's return to Atlanta for White Star Fleet.

Yahoo Prediction: White Star Fleet wins 103.78-78.49
Drew does not predict his own games.

Players to Watch:
Angler Pigs: RBs LaGarette Blount and Shonn Green
White Star Fleet: QB Mick Vick

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