By Josh Satler – ProFootball101.org
1. Tony Romo vs. Seattle Seahawks.
Romo came back strong on Sunday with a 341- yard, 3 TD effort against the over-matched San Francisco 49ers. This week, another lowly foe from the NFC West comes to town in the Seattle Seahawks. Look for Romo’s hot hand to continue in this one as Seattle can be attacked through the air, as evidenced by Arizona’s dynamic duo’s (Fizgerald/Boldin) day two weeks ago—337 yards combined.
300+ yards and 2 TDs.
2. Peyton Manning vs Cleveland Browns.
Manning has been on a roll lately and this week he gets Cleveland. Although the Browns are not particularly strong vs. the run, if Colts’ center Jeff Saturday is forced to sit out, it’ll add more pressure to the passing game. And against the Browns’ secondary, we love Peyton’s chance to air it out and post huge numbers. Anyone remember Cutler’s day there a few weeks ago? We do.
300 yards and 2TDs.
3. Chad Pennington vs. St. Louis Rams.
If I say the word laughingstock, what do you associate that with? The Rams’ team. They’ve made every opposing QB over the past month look like an All-Pro, and that includes Shaun Hill of the 49ers. Meanwhile, Pennington is putting together a very nice year in Miami and look for that to continue this week.
250 yards and 2TD.
4. Matt Ryan vs. San Diego Chargers.
The understatement of the year is that the Chargers are reeling. Sitting at 4-7, the Fat Lady has almost sung although it may have sung for the defense a long time ago. Manning extended the hot streak by opposing QBs against the Bolts’ pass defense and look for Ryan and his play makers to do it once again.
250 yards and 2TD.
1. Jeff Garcia vs. New Orleans Saints.
The Saints are a notoriously poor team away from New Orleans. In fact, it’s been sometime since thye’ve won Tampa. Look for Garcia to target his outside play makers this Sunday and to put a few balls into the end zone.
2. Shaun Hill vs. Buffalo Bills.
This is a bit of a shocker, but that’s why it’s the sleeper section. The Bills are banged up in the secondary and Tyler Thigpen just torched them for 200+ yards and 3TDs. The Niners will be playing this one at home and will have plenty of opportunities to go up top. Look for Hill to put up 200 yards and potentially two scores.
Others with favorable match-ups:
1. Kurt Warner vs. Philadelphia Eagles.
It remains to be seen if Philly has mailed in the season, but one thing we’re sure of is Warner and the Cards are still trying to lock down their first NFC West Crown ever. And with the stable of receivers that Arizona has, Warner will always be an attractive play. Look for him to eclipse the 300-yard mark for the sixth consecutive game and for a few of those balls to end up in the end zone.
2. Brett Favre vs. Denver Broncos.
Favre has raised his play leaps and bounds since incorporating TE Dustin Keller into the passing game. The added time to learn the offensive system in NY has helped too. Look for Favre to continue his hot hand vs. the Broncos as Denver’s defense is highly suspect.
3. Matt Hasselback vs. Dallas Cowboys.
In what should be a high scoring affair, we like Hasselback on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys have already shown that they are susceptible vs the pass and the Seahawks, while demoralized at 2-9, can still make things happen in the passing game.