PEWTERREPORT.COM STAFF STANDINGS

Scott Reynolds 29-16

Hugh MacArthur 27-18

Jim Flynn 26-19

LAST WEEK

Hugh MacArthur 10-4

Scott Reynolds 8-6

Jim Flynn 5-9
 
Arizona at Atlanta (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Arizona is averaging 83 yards per game on the ground and Edgerrin James 3.4 yards per carry.  Someone forgot to tell him he’d be signing with, well, Arizona.  Kurt Warner has put the ball on the ground eight times in three games.  As the great Norman Chad once said of Tony Banks, “ I believe the man could fumble a handshake.”  Atlanta

Reynolds – I look for Atlanta to rebound, especially at home. Whether Kurt Warner or Matt Leinart is under center for Arizona, the Falcons should have the edge due to the fact they are playing at the Georgia Dome and have a potent running game. Atlanta

Flynn – The Cardinals picked a bad week to contemplate benching Kurt Warner and starting first-round pick Matt Leinart. The Falcons take out their frustrations from last Sunday’s pounding in New Orleans on the Cardinals. Atlanta

Minnesota at Buffalo (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Willis McGahee is leading the NFL in rushing.  He rushed for 150 yards last week against the Jets…….and the Bills…….lost.  The Jets are allowing almost 140 yards a week on the ground.  The Vikings are allowing 87 yards.  I’m no mathematician, but I think this means JP Losman will likely need to pass more.  Historically speaking, this is not a good thing for the Bills.  Minnesota

Reynolds – Buffalo has surprised me. I thought they would be a worse team than they are. Minnesota has been a very lucky team this year. I like the fact that this game is in Bills territory. Buffalo

Flynn – Buffalo is looking to gain ground on New England, but I don’t see the Bills doing that against a Vikings teams that’s playing surprisingly well. Minnesota

Miami at Houston (1:00 Sunday ET)

MacArthur – Miami head coach Nick Saban was thrilled to win last week over the rugged Titans.  After the Fish squish the pathetic Texans, he might be tempted to start dynasty rumors.  Miami

Reynolds – Miami has struggled to put points on the board, but Houston’s defense is porous. I could see the underachieving Dolphins stealing a road win here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Houston rise up at home, either. Miami

Flynn – Flipped a coin, and heads says the Dolphins down the Texans in a close one at Reliant Stadium. Miami

Indianapolis at New York Jets (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Peyton Manning “checks it to pancakes” when he breaks a few eggs.  Jets head coach Eric Mangini checks it to “scrambled." Indianapolis.

Reynolds – Aside from New Orleans and Minnesota, the Jets have to be the surprise team in the NFL right now. But it’s no surprise that Indianapolis is a good team and will beat New York this week. Indianapolis

Flynn – The Jets are playing surprisingly well and are 2-1 and tied for first place in the AFC East division. But the Colts will give the Jets a dose of reality with a win in New York. Indianapolis

San Diego at Baltimore (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – The San Diego Chargers have averaged 217 yards on the ground during their first two games.  The Ravens have allowed just 34 yards rushing in their first three games.  Mr. Ray Lewis, meet Mr. Ladanian Tomlinson.  San Diego

Reynolds – This will be a battle between two very good defenses. It would appear that Baltimore would have the edge due to homefield advantage, but I think that San Diego’s offense is more potent and can put more points on the board than Baltimore’s offense can. San Diego

Flynn – The bye week came at a great time for the Chargers, who have had two weeks to prepare for the 3-0 Ravens. Baltimore struggled last week in Cleveland and will have a tough time defending its home turf against the well-balanced Chargers team. San Diego

New Orleans at Carolina (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Carolina’s win last week in Tampa disguised a disturbing fact:  they aren’t very good.  The Panthers don’t run the ball well, are giving up over 150 yards a week on the ground, and tend to turn it over too much.  Guess what?  The Saints do run the ball well, and their defense is for real.  New Orleans

Reynolds – Carolina is in a fight for its life to get back into the NFC South title hunt and needs a win against New Orleans. With Steve Smith back and this game taking place in Carolina, I like the Panthers to build on last week’s win at Tampa Bay and go to 2-2 on the year. Carolina

Flynn – Both teams are coming off emotional wins, but the Saints’ big win vs. the Falcons might have been more draining. The 1-2 Panthers still are fighting to keep their season alive, and that along with homefield advantage, should help them prevail in what should be a great NFC South game. Carolina

San Francisco at Kansas City (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – This is a tough game to choose.  Alex Smith actually looks like an NFL quarterback, and Frank Gore is running behind a suddenly solid offensive line.  The bells ringing all over Kansas City aren’t just in Trent Green’s head.  They’re warning bells.  The wild card is that both teams fumble.  For all the hullabaloo over Vernon Davis, he doesn’t even lead the 49er tight ends in catches this year. San Francisco

Reynolds – I think San Francisco will really miss the presence of rookie tight end Vernon Davis. I might have picked the 49ers had he been in the lineup. Instead, I’ll go with Larry Johnson and the Chiefs at home. Kansas City

Flynn – The 49ers just didn’t look good in their loss to the Eagles last week. Arrowhead is a tough place to play, even if the Chiefs aren’t a good football team. The Chiefs are in search of their first win and will get it at home. Kansas City  

Dallas at Tennessee (Sunday 1:00 PM ET)

MacArthur – Jeff Fisher is in the process of carefully building yet another disappointing Titan team.  The Titans are bad against the run.  Very bad.  How bad?  Let’s just say you might want to start Julius Jones AND Marion Barber on your fantasy team this week.  Dallas

Reynolds – Dallas should win in a romp. Tennessee just isn’t very good. End of story. Dallas

Flynn – With or without Terrell Owens, Dallas wins this one easily over a very bad Tennessee team. Dallas

Detroit at St. Louis (Sunday 4:05 PM ET)

MacArthur – Continuing on the topic of bad, here’s the problem:  the Rams are bad.  How bad?  Their best weapon is a field goal kicker.  This is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Why are they 2-1?  They are second in the league in turnover ratio at plus-7.  Here’s another problem.  The Lions are bad.  Everywhere.  Even their kicker is 3 touchdowns behind Jeff Wilkins in points. This is like bringing a water balloon to a gun fight.  The knife punctures the balloon. St. Louis

Reynolds – The Lions have let me down and burned me. I won’t pick them again until they win a game. Go Rams! St. Louis

Flynn – The 2-1 Rams have a chance to make some noise in the NFC West with Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander out for at least a month. The schedule-makers have been kind to the Rams, who shouldn’t have a problem at home with the Lions. St. Louis

Cleveland at Oakland (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – I think the broadcast rights to this game went to the Home Shopping Network.  Should have gone to the Discovery Channel.  I certainly would like to discover where the Oakland offense went.  Who knew the one guy that could shut down Randy Moss was Art Shell?  Cleveland

Reynolds – You’ve got to be kidding me. This might be the worst game of the year. This game deserves to end in a tie because these teams are so horrible. I think the Browns are the least self-destructive team. Cleveland

Flynn – The 0-2 Raiders are rebelling against Art Shell. The Browns are 0-3, but they still are playing with heart. Heart prevails on Sunday. Cleveland

New England at Cincinnati (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur –  Here’s a little secret.  The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t that good on defense.  Here’s another:  Tom Brady and the Patriots are pretty good on offense.  Oh, and the Patriots haven’t lost two straight since 2002.  New England

Reynolds – The Patriots losing two straight games? Yep. The Bengals are finally a complete team and will have the home crowd advantage. They are the new heavyweight team in the AFC. Cincinnati

Flynn – Tom Brady is clearly not the same quarterback without legit receivers on offense. The Bengals are clearly one of the better teams in the AFC, and they’ll be tough to beat at home. Cincinnati

Jacksonville at Washington (Sunday 4:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – Mark Brunell’s left arm is hurt.  Clinton Portis’ left shoulder is hurt.  Fragile Fred Taylor seems to be healthy and Reggie Williams is starting to play like a number one pick. Rumors that Tom Cruise will vault out of Dan Snyder’s box to help Joe Gibbs “find his inner alien” are false. Jacksonville

Reynolds – Mark Brunell’s pefect day was an aberration. He won’t be so lucky this Sunday against the red-hot Jaguars. I like how Jacksonville’s offense is coming around and its defense is stifling. Jacksonville

Flynn – Washington looked good in its win over Houston last Sunday. So did Jacksonville in its loss in Indianapolis. Mark Brunell won’t be completing 22 straight passes against Jacksonville’s defense on Sunday. Jacksonville

Seattle at Chicago (Sunday 8:15 PM ET)

MacArthur – This could easily be a preview of the NFC Championship game.  Chicago’s defense is top notch, and Rex Grossman’s passer rating is over 100.  The Bears also have a penchant for forcing turnovers.  Seattle has actually been winning with defense this year rather than offense.  Not this week.  Chicago

Reynolds – Losing Shaun Alexander will cost Seattle a win this week. Chicago is playing solid football and is dangerous at home. Without a sound ground game, Matt Hasselbeck will struggle. I’ll admit it. The Bears are for real. Chicago

Flynn – Even without Shaun Alexander, Seattle’s offense is quite potent. Then again, Chicago’s defense is pretty good, too. The Seahawks have proven to be a good road team, and Matt Hasselbeck is better than Rex Grossman. That should be the difference in a close one. Seattle

Green Bay at Philadelphia (Monday 8:30 PM ET)

MacArthur – Don’t look now, but the Eagles have the number one ranked offense in the NFL.  Boy, TO leaving really DID have an effect, didn’t it?  Green Bay’s defense is ranked 31st in the NFL.  Put a few more INTs in the record book for Mr. Favre.  Philadelphia

Reynolds – Don’t get too excited about Green Bay’s win last week. They haven’t turned things around yet. They only beat the Lions. The Eagles rebounded nicely from their crushing OT loss to New York and will take care of Favre and Co. at home on Monday Night Football. Philadelphia

Flynn – Cherish last week’s win over Detroit while you can, Brett Favre. It might be the last game you win for a while. Philly hasn’t been kind to Favre and the Packers in the past and that won’t change on Monday night. Philadelphia

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