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Well, after a week of vacation, I am back with this week's predictions

Starts:

QB - Carson Palmer vs. Browns - Chad Javon Ocho Cinco Johnson is without the shoulder brace, and the running game is building steam.  This is the week Carson goes off for his first big game of the year.  I see him hooking up with TJ twice, and Chad once, that makes 3 TDs, we'll say 290 yards, 0 INTs.

RB - Jamal Lewis vs. Bengals - The Bengals will struggle against the tough running of Jamal Lewis, and that makes for Lewis' first big game of the season.  He will get back to fundamental ball running, and punch through the Bengal line for 110 yards and 1 TD.

WR - Lavernious Coles vs. Cardinals - After a triumphant return last week, look for Coles to keep it going against an underachieving Cardinals Defense.  He will see plenty of balls in this shootout.  I see him with 105 yards and 1 TD.

TE - Billy Miller vs. 49ers - This is his chance to recapture some lost glory from his Houston Texans days.  In the abscence of Jeremy Shocky, Drew Brees will use Miller as his safety valve, and he will catch 4-6 balls for 85 yards and 1 TD.

K - Matt Stover vs. Steelers - The Ravens will be able to move the ball well enough to get one of the league's most efficient kickers in range to rack up decent stats this week.  The future Players Association leader will hit on 1 XP and 3 FGs.

D - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Ravens - Joe Flacco will be under pressure all day, and the Pittsburgh Defense will take full advantage of the young Baltimore QB, and the running game looks to be in flux with the return of Willis McGahee who will show some rust, and may have some difficulty holding on to the football.  I see 4 Sacks, 2 INTs, and 2 FF.

Sits:

QB - Drew Brees vs. 49ers - The 49ers passing D is suprisingly decent, and they will have an excellent shot of slowing Robert Meachum, David Patten, and Devery Henderson considerably.  Michael Lewis looks to be in Pro Bowl form, as does Nate Clements.  This means a long day awaits Brees when he tries to fit the ball in to this group of receivers.  The Saints need Colston back ASAP, so they don't lose more games to teams like the Redskins.  I see 210 yards and 1 TD.

RB - Ryan Grant vs. Buccaneers - The Buccs are great against the run this year, and this week, a hobbled Grant will stumble around the field and have little running room against this staunch defense.  I see him being limited to 80 yards and 0 TDs.

WR - Torry Holt vs. Bills - This is not going to be Torry Holt's year.  His QB will be an over the hill former All Pro, who has as good a chance of having another concussion as he does another TD pass in his geriatric arm.  Torry Holt has been plagued with poor QB play for years and responded positively, but father time is catching up to him, and unless Trent Green turns into Randall Cunningham with the Vikings of 98', then he isn't getting in the endzone any time soon.  We see 55 yards and 0 TDs.

TE - Mercedes Lewis vs. Texans - The Texans front 7 are some of the youngest, and most talented in the league, and this week they will keep the Jaguars from going up big, and they will keep this one close.  I see 40 yards and 0 TDs.

K - Jason Elam vs. Panthers - Though Michael Turner has been a very bright spot on the Falcon roster along with the solid play of Matt Ryan, the Panthers pose a much greater threat and should keep the Falcon scoring to a minimum.  We'll go with 1 XP and 1 FG.

D - Chicago Bears vs. Eagles - McNabb has been very accurate, only throwing 1 INT all year, and this game looks to be very favorable for the Birds.  The Bear Offense will get little playing time against one of the league's best defenses, so that means extended time on the field for the Bears D, and it won't take long for them to get worn down.  I see 1-2 sacks, 0 INTs, 0 FF.

That is it for now, good luck this week to all.

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