Oh wait… except that Detroit Lions game. Ugh, at least the first half was good. Then it all turned to crap. Not only did we shoot ourselves in the foot numerous times with bad penalties, our best defensive player decides to lose his temper on a pivotal 3rd down and goal to give the Packers another shot at a TD. And guess what? They did get a touchdown. Not only did Suh get himself ejected for the remainder of the game which then got out of hand, he probably cost himself a couple of games after the league suspends him. And we only get the New Orleans Saints in week 13…
One more note on Suh, I really hope he can learn to control his temper. His skills on the field are amazing and he’s making the rest of the line better just being on the field, but he needs to check that extra attitude at the door. The NFL will not stand for players than can’t control themselves. This isn’t the NFL of the 70′s and 80′s.
Well enough of that. Lets turn this week around and make some great predictions on some guys that will perform better than their respective rankings. After all, that is what I do best!
On a much brighter note, I get to watch my second Live NFL game in person tomorrow. Panthers versus Colts! I’m excited for two reasons. One, I get to watch Cam Newton in person. That guy has been phenomenal and should be fun to watch live. Two, I get to see the Colts make it one game closer to capturing that #1 pick in the 2012 draft.
1. QB: Matt Leinart – ESPN Rank 17
Lets keep it simple, dump it off to Arian Foster a half-dozen times and you are bound to make the top 10. And if Andre plays, faagehtaboutit!
2. RB: Joe McKnight – ESPN Rank 35
With LT still nursing his injury and likely to miss this one, McKnight may get just enough touches to claw his way into the top 25. Shonn Greene is going to play with a protective pad on his ribs, but could re-aggravate that injury. If he does, McKnight will get a lot of work against a now terrible Bills rushing attack.
3. WR: Damian Williams – ESPN Rank 36
Going up against the Bucs, look for Williams to have a bounce-back game. He had been playing extremely well till Hasselbeck went down with an elbow injury in week 11 but Matt is back this week and ready to go.
4. TE: Jake Ballard – ESPN Rank 12
Just when you thought it was safe to start Ballard he drops a 1 catch for 13 yard performance on you. But, if you go and watch that game, he had ample opportunity to make his day much better. He dropped two very catchable balls, one for about 30 yards. I expect the Giants to throw a lot against the Saints, look out for Jake!
5. DEF: St. Louis Rams – ESPN Rank 14
Going up against John Skelton could bite me this week but he’s coming off a 3 pick performance. I’m willing to bet that the Rams took some notes on how to defend Skelton. We’ll see how this pans out.
To qualify as a hit the players must get to certain benchmarks within the weekly scoring leaders of ESPN standard leagues. Quarterbacks must reach the top 10. Running backs must reach the top 25. Wide receivers must reach the top 30. Tight ends and defenses must reach the top 10. The rankings I use next to the players names are the ranks as of the writing of this article.